The Old Dairy and giant fig
View from under the giant fig tree
Platypus on the Obi Obi Creek
Platypus at Arley Farm
Mist in the morning
Obi Obi Creek
Obi Obi Creek
The Old Dairy
The Rolling Green Hills
Arley Farm has stunning views over the valleys of the surrounding 160 acre farm but is only 3km to Maleny.
The Old Dairy
The Old Dairy offers two bedrooms and is very spacious which includes a full kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, living area with cosy fire and views from all rooms to surrounding farmland.
Bedding configuration; Bedroom 1: 1 Queen, 2 Singles, 5x5m. Bedroom 2: 1 Queen with private balcony, 3x5m. A traveling cot is available. A laundry is attached to the kitchen.
WEEKEND RATES START FROM $525, with extra nights at $180, for up to four people. Mid -week rates start from $460 for two nights (mon-thurs). Extra guests $25pn.
On the farm are three dams, a weir, 1.5 km frontage to the Obi Obi Creek and excellent riparian zones with remnant rainforest. The farm is a registered Land for Wildlife property where you can see platypus, echidna, crayfish and a wide range of birds from wetlands and forest. There is also of course the resident breeding herd of Santa Gertrudis cattle which calve from September to November.
Just a short stroll from the accommodation brings you to a beautiful rainforest swimming hole on the Obi Obi Creek where you can enjoy a picnic or BBQ and maybe catch a glimpse of the resident platypus. This area is fully fenced, very private and a quiet haven in a rainforest setting.
With over 1.5 km of creek frontage there are plenty of places to walk and catch great views of view the resident wildlife.
Arley Farm is a Santa Gertrudis beef breeding property, each year from early August our cows have young calves which are great fun to go out and visit. In the late afternoon, groups of calves are often seen racing around and generally getting into trouble. We carry around 100-150 head of cattle depending on the season and year.
We keep a small flock of free range hens with a rooster near the Dairy and children love to collect the eggs and feed the hens.
Arley Farm is one of the best places on the Sunshine Coast to go out and see platypus in a natural setting on our creeks and dams. We have about 25 resident platypus and can nearly always arrange for you to visit them when weather is permitting. Because some of our creeks have clear open water, we can spot them easily and get up close for a great photo. Our creeks also have the usual critters such as turtles, water dragons and excellent birdlife including the azure kingfisher.
Down on the Obi Obi creek we have established a private BBQ and recreation area with swim-hole, shelters, hammock, badminton net and table setting. This adjoins an excellent rainforest remnant with towering figs and over 200 species of plants. The recreation area is a short five minute walk from the Dairy and is popular with families for a relaxing day by the creek.
Arley Farm has three dams and two creeks with 1.5 kilometres to the Obi Obi. Throughout the farm and creek areas native vegetation has been replanted and conserved. There are numerous walks that can be taken on the farm, all of which are suitable for small children with easy walking from 15 minutes to over an hour. Views from the hilltop overlooking the Obi Obi Creek are spectacular.
The Old Dairy accommodation has attached a large barn with full size table tennis table, piano, and kids drawing area with toys. For many parents this a great place for kids to run around and keep themselves occupied, especially good if the weather turns nasty.
Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher
- DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo
- Rumpus room, Cot
- Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave, Dishwasher
- Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
- Open Fireplace, Heaters
- Clothes dryer, Washing Machine
- Non-Smoking, Parking
- Studio Room 12x5m, Table Tennis, Covered outdoor dining area