Farmstay Animal Feeding

Wattle Gully Retreat is not a working farm but we do have many resident farm animals, including:

  • Goats
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Chickens
  • Alpacas

Our young guests are welcome to rise early to help with the morning animal feeding activity.

Swimming – Fishing

A walk along our mountain creek provides many spots for a cool dip in summer. Children can play around the creek seeking out the freshwater crayfish or try for small fish in the water holes. Small hand lines and fishing nets provide hours of entertainment. Search for the tiny freshwater turtles that play hide and seek in the pools.


For the ultimate bush holiday, why not enjoy an evening toasting marshmallows at one of our campfires (weather permitting). Firewood is provided or if you prefer, you can scout around the bush to find your own.

Other Local Animal and Farm Activities

Dairy Farm tours:  The local Maleny dairy farm ( offers farm and factory tours where you can discover for yourself the process if milk from the cow to the bottle and everything in between. (15 minute drive).

Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World (15 minute drive).

Australia Zoo,  home to over 100 different animals including tigers, cheetahs, crocodiles and koalas, is a 30 minute drive from the retreat.

Horse-riding: Mooloolah Valley Riding Centre ( is a 30 minute drive away and offers riding for all experience levels including ponies for the kids.

Strawberry Picking – pick your own – seasonal from July to October – Beerwah area (30 minute drive).