Farm­ing out the big fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion

A farm­stay week­end proves just the thing to sat­isfy all ages, writes Ali­son Cotes

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SHORT BREAKS KILCOY -

IT WAS a Big Zero birth­day for one of the clan, and we wanted to cel­e­brate in a way that the old­est to the youngest fam­ily mem­bers ( 80 to eight months) and ev­ery­one in be­tween could en­joy – even the newly en­gaged cou­ple.

That ruled out flash restau­rants or a big party in a hired hall with a band be­cause of the ne­ces­sity for nanna naps and room for un­ruly chil­dren to roam free.

In the end we de­cided to make a week­end of it and go to a farm at Kil­coy, be­cause it was only 90 min­utes’ drive from Bris­bane, had ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit all sorts and con­di­tions of peo­ple and of­fered enough space for ev­ery­one to get away from each other when they couldn’t cope with fam­ily pol­i­tics any more.

How much can you bear to hear about a big fam­ily hol­i­day? Not a lot, prob­a­bly, if your fam­ily is any­thing like mine, so let me just men­tion that we shoved most of the chil­dren in the nine-bed bunkhouse, con­ve­niently sep­a­rate from ev­ery­one else, and let them get on with it.

Three cou­ples took over the en­chant­ing lit­tle farm­house which, with its self-con­tained bath­room, kitchen and liv­ing area, pro­vided a grown-ups’ re­treat; and the cou­ple with the baby stayed in The Lodge, out of earshot.

Some of the teenagers and young adults brought tents and slept out, and one cou­ple, prac­tis­ing to be Grey No­mads, brought their own car­a­van. So ev­ery­one was wellbed­ded and happy.

We could have or­dered out­side cater­ing, but with this dis­parate lot we thought self-cater­ing would be more con­ve­nient, as in­deed it proved to be.

Next to the farm­house there’s a big roofed area known as the Feed­lot, with mass cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a gas heater and a CD player for sing-alongs and, later, some funky danc­ing, and with big wooden ta­bles and bench seat­ing,

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