We have enjoyed a number of stays with the kids at Redwing Farm. Beautiful, family-focused and an easy 2 hour drive from Adelaide at the top of Yorke Peninsula. It is officially a favourite place to spend a long weekend! Located just out of Moonta, this beautifully appointed farm accommodation is perfect for families, in a great location and certain to continue as a regular tradition for our family.
We recently stayed in the ‘Shearer’s Quarters’, one of three delightful self-contained accommodation options available at Redwing. There is also Redwing Barn and the new glamping-style caravan ‘Little Patty’. Hosted by owners Nicola and Damien, if you’re looking for somewhere to go with a few families all together, booking all three would be perfect!
In addition to the gorgeous accommodation there’s also a fully restored 1950’s shearing shed- ‘The Shed at Redwing Farm’ – perfect for any occasion from weddings, to corporate retreats, school groups to markets, and anything in between. The Shed itself can fit 120 people seated, and up to 200 for cocktail style functions (please check capacity during covid restrictions). The picture perfect country setting outdoor area can fit many more and is a popular option from Spring through to autumn – although bet you Farmer Damien could build a sweet bonfire or series of fire pits for your winter event too – he seems crafty like that!
The highlights we loved were:
- All the friendly, gentle animals who love hand feeding.
- The awesome hay maze.
- McGee the gorgeous border collie and Maxi the golden retriever are both super friendly and great with kids.
- The superbly renovated, well appointed accommodation options – this is a farm stay but with style and comfort!
- The lovely owners Nicola and Damien who go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay. Damien had the kids following like the Pied Piper when he went out feeding the animals.
- The location – proximity to Adelaide (1hr 45min) and lots of family friendly places nearby.
- Heaps more – read on for all the info…
The farm animals are obviously a large part of the drawcard of Redwing Farm and they certainly will not disappoint. Young kids are often intimidated by the larger farm animals but the locals here are both gentle and friendly. All 3 accommodation options are located right next to the animal paddocks, so are perfect for animal watching, with sheep and cows that come right up to the fence out the front – especially if you feed them! There are two small Dexter cows, Ranga and Caesar, plus a big black and white Friesian (milk) cow called Godfrey. The kids loved seeing real milk cows just like on the milk bottles and the cows were very appreciative of some fresh fruit scraps that we gave them daily.
Just down the driveway from Redwing Barn, over the back fence of Redwing Shearer’s Quarters are where the friendly goats, sheep and pigs reside. We were lucky to be there when the awesome owners were doing the feeding rounds one morning and the kids got to see pigs, sheep, goats and others all being fed.. Close by you will also find chickens, a rooster, geese and ducks housed securely in their run. There is a great egg collection area where even the youngest of kids can view and collect the eggs. (I have a sneaky suspicion the owners make sure there are always a few eggs in there for the kids!)
The animal highlights for our family were actually the two resident dogs – Maxi the Golden retriever and McGee the Border Collie. The dogs were within the house fences when we were there, but the kids were stoked to be told that we could let them out to run around with us (as long as we keep on eye on them and put them back when we were done playing). I swear those dogs accompanied us for hours of wandering around feeding animals and collecting firewood on the farm for the combustion fire in our room. The other favourites were the donkeys who were more than happy to gently take carrots from the kids.
Redwing is a real working farm, so they have broad acreage cropping and plenty of sheep and cattle across their 4,000 odd acres (that’s over 1600 hectares if you have advanced to the metric system unlike me.) Farmer Damien makes sure to bring a few sheep in for the kids to see, in addition the friendly ‘house animals’. McGee accompanied us on a walk or two and it was great to show the kids some cereal crops. I even learnt that farm is currently growing lentils – a first seen for me, and that Yorke Peninsula produces some of the best and highest quality + highest yielding grain crops in the world. Who knew? (Actually Jacki did).
A Farm Stay in Luxury
Luxury isn’t something that comes to mind when you think about farmstays, but Redwing isn’t your basic shearer’s accommodation. The accommodation is spotless, the kitchen is stocked with all the essentials and the whole place is kitted out to make your stay an easy and comfortable experience.
We pre ordered some grazing boxes for our arrival from Grazing Yorkes and it was possibly the best decision we have ever made! Yum, check them out for brunch boxes, lunch boxes and gourmet grazing/catering.
The weather during our August stay was a bit chilly overnight but the quarters was stocked with everything we needed to building a fire that soon created a beautiful, cozy atmosphere. There is also an efficient split cycle heater/cooler if needed, and ceiling fans. The bathroom looks brand new and boasts a huge spa that could easily fit three kids to wash off the ‘farm life’ at the end of a busy day! With facilities like a private BBQ for each house, a huge outdoor fire pit and feed at the ready for the animals, there really is nothing the hosts haven’t included to make sure you love your stay here.
The ‘Redwing Barn’ accommodation onsite – another gorgeous two bedroom renovated building has its own lounge, kitchen/dining, bathroom with spa bath, laundry and enclosed yard (with brilliant BBQ area) as well. Both options provide wonderful family accommodation options with queen bed in one room and 2 singles (or 1 King) in the other + the option of a rollaway if needed.
Little Patty – Caravaning in style!
In September 2019 the owners finished renovating a gorgeous caravan, which now provides a superb ‘glamping’ option. With a king-size bed and a double bed, it can fit a young family and sits right between the cows and the onsite games shelter so you can wake up to the best of Redwing right outside your caravan door!! The double bed converts to a table for 4 when not in bed mode and Little Patty comes complete with fridge, kettle, cooking options, A/C and even a tv tucked inside her humble frame – a real beauty of accommodation option. Little Patty is a gorgeous and novel weekend accommodation, and perfect for families with young kids who could easily bunk together on the double bed. Open Little Patty’s front door and you’ll literally be steps away from a good morning from Godfrey and watching the lambs jumping around in their paddock. A great value, super fun stay on it’s own, Little Patty is situated between The Barn and the Shearer’s Quarters so it’s also brilliant if you are visiting with a few families as you can all retreat to your own beds at night.
Kindy, School, OSCH & Community Group Visits
Redwing welcome group visits for a casual tour of the friendly animals, the chance to check out some BIG machinery and the annual crop (dependent on time of year). The atmosphere is relaxed, allowing children to move around in groups with their teachers and parents .Perfect for kids aged 2 to 12 years, with a minimum of 20 participants (smaller numbers can be arranged, please check at time of booking).
Other local highlights
- The local beaches in the Moonta area are perfect for young families with shallow waters. I remember endless days at the beach and rock hopping in my youth and it’s wonderful to see those beaches just as perfect for my kids now.
- Moonta, about 20min drive from Redwing Farm, is a lovely town to visit. With a pleasant Main Street, all the basics, plus a few of our faves listed below.
- We loved our pre ordered grazing boxes from Grazing Yorkes – treat your self.
- Nicola gave us a hot tip about the great coffee at Taste The Yorke – across Moonta’s main street from the cute shop The Miners Couch – both are definitely worth the visit and we love Nook & Nourish also in Moonta.
- Coffee Barn and Gelateria Moonta – a great, character filled eatery with top picks: breakfast crepes and (surprise!) gelato! Sadly closed on our most recent visit between July-September but outside those times don’t miss it.
- Capellas was among the recommended dining spots with kids and it didn’t disappoint. Quick service, tasty pasta and well made pizza in Moonta’s Main Street, and having enjoyed this one on anther visit, we agree!
- Splash Town is a fun filled FREE water park at Moonta Beach open for the summer period.
- Wallaroo has a huge, brand new, enclosed swimming enclosure down on the foreshore. The floating swimming area includes pontoons, wave reduction features and Cafe Mia that overlooks the whole area. Stage two of the development will include water slides that drop into the enclosure! Apparently.
- Moonta Mines is a great afternoon out for the family – especially those fond of trains or history. In addition to the Mines Museum there is an informative small train ride that takes visitors on a 50min journey showing the area and history – and the little Moonta Old Lolly Shop on site!
If you’ve been looking for somewhere to take the family to a place nearby that the kids will love and learn from, then be sure to book a few nights here at Redwing Farm. There’s plenty to do for a family for a few nights, and would work perfectly to get a couple of families together to enjoy a visit too. We will certainly be back and would love to book with another 2 families so that we can share the fun with others. You wont be disappointed, but book early because they are popular!
For more information and to book head to: www.redwingfarm.com.au