City folk unwind with fresh food, fresh air at the Glasshouse Mountains

City folk unwind with fresh food, fresh air at the Glasshouse Mountains

City folk unwind with fresh food, fresh air at the Glasshouse Mountains

By Richard Bruinsma

Imagine a big spacious cottage set in peaceful farmland at the foot of the rugged and majestic Glasshouse Mountains. When it’s time for dinner, there’s an organic vegie patch waiting just beyond the veranda, with fresh chicken eggs, and freshly baked bread at the ready.

This is the scene at Blackwattle Farm, a B&B and farm stay nestled on 20 acres amongst farmland near Beerwah but still just 10 minutes’ drive from Australia Zoo.

The farm is a local example of self-sufficiency, with vegetables, meat, eggs, and milk (not for guests due to health regulations) sourced on the property. Any other required produce is sourced from local growers. They also make their own jam.

The farm has one self contained rainforest cabins and a mountain view suite and is able to sleep up to six guests at a time, including children, with a farm tour and breakfast included.

“It’s great to just see people come here and unwind, a lot come from Brisbane and they feel like they’re miles from anywhere,” Emma Carlos, who runs the farm with her partner Mark Simm, said.

“It’s really quiet and private, we’re away from the roads so there’s no traffic noise, and we’re right at the foot of the Glasshouse Mountains.”

The property overlooks Mt Beerwah (regarded as the mother of the mountains) and Mt Coonowrin (also known as crookneck, the oldest son). Mt Tobrogargen, the father, sits just out of sight to overlook the whole region.

Most of the guests at Blackwattle Farm are from south east Queensland but they also host many international visitors who marvel at the natural surroundings and peacefulness.

“We’ve got miniature pigs, alpacas, Dexter cows, chickens and we’re getting goats in July,” Ms Carlos saidof the farm.

“We’ve also got a 30m by 30m organic vegetable garden where guests can access and pick their own vegetables and salads.

“It’s good for the kids – even if they don’t like purple eggplants, for example, they can still pick them and watch them get grilled.”

The guests can also get involved with the daily animal feedings at 4pm. City folk unwind with fresh food, fresh air at the Glasshouse Mountains.

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