Bordered by Victoria and the Great Dividing Range, the Riverina’s warm weather, flat plains and ample water supply make it one of the most fertile regions in the country. You can explore NSW’s most prolific wine-growing region, kids can pick apples at Batlow and the family can enjoy boat rides along the Murrumbidgee River.
The Riverina’s other main attraction is that it inspired one of Australia’s most beloved bush poets, Banjo Paterson. Follow his tracks on The Road to Gundagai or see the rugged Snowy Valley countryside which moved him to write The Man From Snowy River. What really makes The Riverina an ideal family holiday destination are the farm stays dotted throughout the region, many of which are pet friendly. Here are our top five farmstays.
Kimo Estate - Channel your inner jackaroo and stay on this 7000 acre working farm. The Shearer’s Quarters sleeps 12, making it ideal for two or three families travelling together.
Hillview Farmstay - This luxury farmstay is pet friendly and comes with all the mod cons, including a Tesla charging station. Choose from one of seven options, ranging from one to four bedroom 4.5 star cottages or glamping tents. The 1000 acre property is yours to explore and kids are encouraged to feed the animals.
Corynnia Station - Stay for two nights or longer and book a farm tour with Bruce, who will proudly show off his 17,000 acre working farm. Meet the merino sheep flock, visit the 1920’s shearing shed that’s still used to this day and discover how he grows rice, cotton, rye and grass.
Catania Farm - This family-owned, award-winning farm just eight hours from Griffith is one of the oldest in the district, with the original mud-brick farmhouse built in 1912. Rest assured the three bedroom, self-contained cottage accommodation that sleeps seven is a lot more modern.
Hanericka Farmstay - Handily located midway between Sydney and Melbourne, Hanericka Guest House has been introducing guests to the charms of country life for the last 30 years. Children get a kick out of hand feeding everything from chickens to poddy lambs and even camels.