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4 eco-experiences for curious kids

Feeling overwhelmed by the 24/7 lives we all live today? A mini-break at an eco-resort is the perfect antidote to the chaos, and luckily, southeast Queensland has plenty to choose from! Here are 4 eco-experiences where you can rewild the family and reconnect with nature … and each other.


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4 eco-experiences for kids in SE QLD


Clandulla Cottages & Farmstay, Scenic Rim

The perfect place to reconnect with family and nature, Clandulla Cottages is a picturesque, century-old farm in the heart of Queensland’s Scenic Rim, less than one hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Experience the joy of hand-feeding, interacting with the friendly and cheeky farm animals, and collecting fresh eggs every day. Then, soak in the fresh air, swinging in a hammock chair under the trees, as the kids enjoy the broad offering of outdoor and indoor activities to keep them entertained for hours. As the day winds down, gather around the crackling bonfire to toast marshmallows under the starry sky with fellow guests before retiring to your beautifully renovated cottage with everything you could need for a relaxing getaway. Clandulla Cottages is a farmstay experience that you and your family will remember forever. clandullacottages.com.au

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Caring for the horses at Clandulla Cottages


Girraween Environmental Lodge, Ballandean

Nestled amongst 400 acres of native Australian bush and surrounded by Girraween National Park, Girraweeen Environmental Lodge is a collection of 10 self-contained, architecturally designed chalets.

Family chalets can accommodate six guests and have everything you need, including a spacious bathroom with shower and two-person spa bath, full kitchen and dining area, large covered deck area with gas BBQ, and slow combustion wood-fired heater.
The chalets have a DVD player, games and book library, and no wifi. With no distraction from the outside world, you can all relax, unwind, and reconnect with nature—and each other.

Sit back on your verandah, laze in front of your fire, take a bushwalk, feed goats and deer, watch kangaroos, go for a dip in the plunge pools or waterholes or relax and stargaze in the outdoor spa at night. girraweenlodge.com.au


Kondalilla Eco-Resort, Montville, Sunshine Coast

Kondalilla Eco Resort offers 23 rooms spread across 23 acres, including family rooms with kitchenette facilities, reverse cycle air conditioning, and a wood burner for the cooler months. Take a day trip to nearby Mapleton and Montville, and enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant offering vegetarian cuisine with a seafood and vegan influence. kondalilla.com

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The Rockpools at Giraween


Wittacork Dairy Cottages, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Just 10 minutes from Maleny is a cosy farm stay the whole family will love. Wittacork Dairy Cottages is a modern working dairy farm on 700 acres with over 150 acres of pristine rainforest. Its four self-contained cottages—each with its own wood heater—are set on a ridge overlooking Lake Baroon and Kondalilla National Park. There are five kilometres of walking tracks with bridges across creeks and waterfall viewing areas. Guests can collect eggs from the chicken coop, tour the dairy, feed the goats and pigs, and bottle-feed calves. The owners also offer rides in a six-wheeler farm vehicle and pony rides. Bring along a bike helmet for the kids for the pony rides. wittacork.com.au

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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