Arcadia Valley, with Kids

Arcadia Valley is roughly an 8 to 9 hour drive from Brisbane, and it was also the second last place we were stayed on our Outback adventure, the last place being Roma.

 

With this in mind, as you read about our adventures in this gorgeous location, remember you could easily “pop up” there for one week during the school holidays, or for a bucks party weekend… you’ll see why I suggest this in a moment.

 

Arcadia Valley is also right next door to the famous Carnarvon Gorge, a place that you’ll definitely want to visit if you love nature walks and the great outdoors.

 

We stayed in the Homstead at Arcadia Valley Escape, a beautiful farm stay location that offers station tours… and you’ll visit the most spectacular man cave you’ve ever seen.

 

The Man Cave

 

I need to start by telling you that (a) my photos don’t do it justice, and (b) YES, you can stay in this man cave, it’s officially called “The Outpost“.

 

The Outpost features a bathroom out the back that looks like a water tank, a double bedroom up the top….

 

Arcadia Valley Man Cave

 

… a massive balcony that looks out onto a spectacular view…

 

Arcadia Valley Man Cave

 

… a fireplace, pool table, dart board, chess set, and…

 

Arcadia Valley Man Cave

 

… a beer bottle chute (See the red square in the image below)?  That little hole conveniently disposes of your beer bottles to avoid the wife having to tell you to take out the garbage….

 

Arcadia Valley Man Cave

 

… and the ultimate BBQ.

 

Arcadia Valley Man Cave

 

So, I’m thinking this place is an option for small families, but would also make a fantastic getaway location for bucks / hens night and romantic getaways!

 

The Station Tour

 

We arrived in Arcadia Valley approximately 1 minute before the station tour was due to take place, we were a little panicked that we were going to miss it and wondered if we had.

 

As I hoped out of the car, I looked around and said “oh no, where’s Wally” (Wally was our tour guide, and the man responsible for setting up the amazing farm with farming methods that focus on “sustainable agriculture”).

 

I looked in the back seat to find Jazzy handing me her “Where’s Wally” book, thanks sweety, she’s always so helpful.

 

Where's Wally

 

Wally took us on the farm tour in an “open” 4WD”.  The grown ups were in awe of how this family managed to setup this sustainable farm, ensuring that they had water in times of drought.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

 

The kids found everything hilarious, the bumps in the road, going through puddles and Wally’s explanation about “Cow School”.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

 

Cow School was the place where the Mama cows and baby cows hung out, the big cows were the teachers, the calves were the students.  Lucas decided to name one of the cows after his teacher.  I managed to capture it on video “Look Mummy, that cow is Mrs Wharton”.  I showed it to her.  I’m not sure the video captured the context.

 

Ooops.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

 

The kids had an absolute blast learning how to “sort the cattle”, when Wally was talking about how they were then loaded onto big trucks to…..AARARRUGGGIIIIPPPSHHHH….  I stopped him.  Thomas had just started eating steak and had fallen in love with the cows, I wasn’t ready for him to “put it together” (his Dad explained things when we got home from our Outback trip, it appears that he’s fine with it, it was just Mummy who has hang ups apparently).

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

 

On the tour the kids saw their first emus …

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

 

… had a play with the farm dog….

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

 

… and wished we’d arrived the night before to see the outdoor movie.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Tour

The Homestead

 

Arcadia Valley Escape has a number of different accommodation options, we stayed in “The Homestead”, and this place will forever remain a mystery to me, I wish I had a floor plan.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Stay

 

We walked into the homestead expecting to see a couple of bedrooms, but seriously, you’ll be absolutely amazed at all of the hidden rooms and the kids had the BEST game of hide and seek of their whole lives.

 

I tried to create a collage of all the beds, but I swear I’ve missed some.  Their website says that The Homestead sleeps 10 people, but I’m sure I counted more than that, the rooms just kept popping out all over the place.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Stay

 

The Homestead has 3 different places to dine, a sun room out the front…

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Stay

 

… a large dining table inside and also one in the fully equipped kitchen.

 

Arcadia Valley Farm Stay

 

This is the type of place that would be fantastic to spend a week with friends or family, even a bush Christmas!  At $165 per night (current at the time of writing this article), with the cost shared between 3 families, the kids having fun on the Station Tour, the outdoor movies and Carnarvon Gorge close by, it would be a week in heaven.

 

Check out our video to see more!

 

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