Paradise Country Farm Stay is both a Queensland Theme Park, a Wildlife Park and a farm stay on the Gold Coast Australia.
It seems odd to stay at a Gold Coast farmstay secluded amongst the Village Roadshow collection of theme parks, but that is exactly what happens at Paradise Country Farm Stay.
Even stranger is the feeling that you’re camping out in the Aussie Bush.
On our first Paradise Country Farmstay Gold Coast a week ago, we hesitantly towed our van past Warner Bros. Movie World, down Roadshow Way beside Top Golf Gold Coast, into Production Drive bypassing Village Roadshow, the Australian Outback Spectacular and Wet and Wild and following signs toward Paradise Country.
We were mighty relieved when we came to the Reception Building for Paradise Country Farm Stay. Although there had been signs, it just seemed quite bizarre. Coming to a dead-end when towing a van without room to turn around is a nightmare of mine!
But that didn’t happen and having already booked over the phone, we paid the friendly receptionist and came away with all the information needed to proceed to the Farm Stay and begin having fun. In fact all the staff we interacted with at Paradise Country were super friendly and helpful.
Of course you can visit this Gold Coast theme park while staying at other resorts, but Paradise Country farm stay is an excellent choice. You can take your own tent, caravan, camping trailer, or stay in Glamping tents. It’s great when travelling Australia on a budget because it’s a real money saver.
Read more about things to do in Australia in our Australian Travel Blog.
But first of all lets discuss what you can see and do at Paradise Country Theme Park.
What You Will Find in This Post
Paradise Country Theme Park – Australian Wildlife Park
To start with it is an Australian Wildlife Park where you can see Dingoes, Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombat, Emus and Native Birds. I have never seen so many koalas in one place, or kangaroos and wallabies so relaxed and approachable. The wombat was on sabbatical during our stay, sleeping his days away beneath a hessian bag in his ample enclosure, but the dingoes were out and about happily stalking their large interesting bushland enclosure. I must say they are the finest looking dingoes I’ve seen.
You can feel good about the wild animals here. Their enclosures are roomy, natural and clean.
Kangaroos and Wallabies
- Interactive walk through enclosures where you can see and walk amongst kangaroos and wallabies.
- Twice Daily 10.30 am and 1.30 pm Mystery animal encounters led by a wildlife keeper.
- Wildlife Walkthrough to see Kangaroos, Wallabies and Koalas.
Free Bonus: When staying at the Farm Stay you can go with a wildlife keepers to feed kangaroos and wallabies in their enclosure between 5pm and 6pm after day visitors have left.
Koalas sit in cut off tree forks, surrounded by freshly cut branches of leaves. I suggest visiting these nocturnal marsupials first thing in the morning while they are still awake. You will see them interacting with each other, moving around, scratching themselves, making noises and being cute.
Extra Cost: You can take breakfast with the koalas every Saturday and Sunday, although at $70 per Adult and $50 per child it’s quite expensive.
We saw two boy Dingoes in their own large enclosure. You can see them at any time and even have a photo session with them by arrangement.
Photos with Wildlife
Yes you can pay extra to meet wildlife animals and have your photo taken with them. This is possible with Koalas, Dingoes, Snakes or Cockatoos and is arranged at the Wildlife Photo Centre.
Currently Tiger Cub sisters Melah and Maliah are at Paradise Country. If you’re lucky like us, their viewing windows in the Animal Nursery will be open and you can peek for free. Limited exhibition 29th June to 7th October 2019.
These are the first animals appearing as part of the Save A Mate global conservation program.
Extra Cost: $165 for a half-hour tiger cub experience in a group of six people with individual photo. 50% donated to Global Tiger Conservation. Wednesday Thursday Saturday Sunday.
Paradise Country – Australian Farm Animals
Families with kids will love the Paradise Country farm animal experience. The animals can be seen during the day in the Farmyard Play Paddock and Farmyard Nursery. Animals can be patted but not picked up.
There are horses, ponies, working dogs, pigs and ducks (I didn’t see the last two but I didn’t get everywhere).
Extra Cost: $5 pony rides for the kids.
Free Bonus for Farm Stay Guests: Paradise Country Farm Stay guests can take a free feeding and milking tour before the gates open. View two cows being milked up close (by machine), collect eggs from the hen house, feed sheep, goat and alpacas.
Paradise Country Theme Park – Shows
Stock Horse and Billy Tea.
A demonstration of Australian Stock Horse skills as compared to a 4 wheeler. Scripted commentary by the stock horse rider in a funny yet informative way.
Eat Damper after a short demonstration of making billy tea, whilst sitting around the campfire.
The old Swinging the Billy Tea three times trick.
Man and Working Dog conspire to round up some sheep and put them through their paces. Also includes a boomerang throwing demonstration (unfortunately not indigenous), a comical cow milking demo and whip cracking demo.
Master Shearer Demonstration
It’s into the shearing shed for this one. The show is on three times a day with facts on wool production and a sheep shearing demonstration.
Shauns Aussie Adventure
OK, so we didn’t go to this one. I’ll leave it to those of you with kids.
Shaun the Sheep, Bitzer, Kirra and Konal have arrived from England and are on stage in the Shearing Shed twice a day.
Shauns Scraps and Taps is an interactive water play area near the Farmyard Play Paddock.
Shauns Adventure Camp for activities is behind the restaurant near the dingo enclosure.
Shauns Scenic Tractor ride is an easy and fun way of getting around the complex.
This adventure playground has a life sized pink plastic pig on a sun lounge out the front. You’ll find it near the Shearing Shed.
Paradise Country – Farmhouse Restaurant
There’s nothing romantic or secluded about the restaurant. In true farm style it is built like a barn with solid timber tables.
Open for Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 9 am. Buffet or Menu.
Open for Buffet Lunch or Burgers.
Open for Dinner Friday and Saturday nights from 5.30 am.
Paradise Country Farm Stay – Camping Facilities
- There are dedicated immaculate showers and toilets with ramp for wheelchairs. Hot water is plentiful.
- Powered or Unpowered Sites.
- Laundry – Washing machine ($4 per load) and dryer.
- Glamping tents
- Well maintained sites.
- Door directly into the theme park from the Farm Stay Camp
- Farm Stay is situated behind Theme Park away from the general public
Best Theme Park Gold Coast for Families with Small Children, Elderly Parents or the Crowd Shy
The thought of visiting a Gold Coast theme park puts shivers up the spine of many people.
Parents with small children, or elderly parents in tow, or others (like my husband), who get the heebie jeebies when surrounded by pushing crowds of people, might decide to stay away from theme parks.
Paradise Country Theme Park is the perfect solution. It is a laid-back Aussie Experience.
The fact that Paradise Country shows are repeated several times each day, that you can sit at the restaurant with a good view over the theme park and relax with a cool drink or an Espresso, or you can just spread a blanket on the grassy hill and chill, makes this a great Gold Coast Theme Park option.
Walkways are spacious, the restaurant isn’t overly crowded, staff are pleasant, shows tend to be short and comical and the animals are well cared for.
Paradise Country is more relaxed than any other Gold Coast Theme Park.
Paradise Country Gold Coast Opening Hours
Open every day except Anzac Day and Christmas Day. 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
If you are staying elsewhere on the Gold Coast and Do Not want to camp or stay at the Paradise Country Farm Stay.
Buy your Tickets here
The Stockyards at Paradise Country as viewed from the On-Site Restaurant.
If you do want to stay at the Paradise Country Farm Stay and Visit the Paradise Country Theme Park or any Theme Parks in the Village Roadshow Family.
Book By Phoning 133386
- The cheapest way is to Ring Paradise Country and book over the phone.
- If you are a RACQ Member ask for a discount.
This was the cheapest Caravan Park accommodation we could find on a Friday and Saturday night on the Gold Coast.
PLUS IT GIVES YOU ENTRY TO THE PARADISE COUNTRY THEME PARK ALL DAY EVERY DAY OF YOUR STAY FOR NO EXTRA.
This is one of the best Gold Coast accommodation deals and specials.
You can also choose to visit other theme parks while staying at the Paradise Country Farm Stay and get them at a reduced rate –
BECAUSE YOU ARE A FARM STAY GUEST –
This must be arranged at the time of booking.
I’m fairly sure you can get an over the phone RACQ discount for these also.
Book on the Paradise Country Farm Stay Website
Booking On Line is possible and you will receive a discount on the “at the gate” price, but when I looked there was no way of claiming an RACQ discount on line.
The cheaper option is to ring as stated above.
Paradise Country Gold Coast Map
Other Things to do on the Gold Coast.
Visit Sanctuary Cove and see all the mega yachts – Sanctuary Cove is very close to Paradise Country.
Go Whale Watching with Spirit of Gold Coast – Read our Review Here.
I took my kids to Paradise Country many years ago but had no idea you could actually camp here. What a great thing to do. I’m a real animal lover so would enjoy this experience immensely. I think I might have to talk Tom into taking the van up here!
It was a great find. I hope they keep the caravan park going. We were talking to a family staying there in their van. They had two little girls and it was their third stay there. So great for families with young kids who love to camp. It sure makes it easy when you can just retire to your van whenever you need to.
I didn’t know this existed and I live on the Goldie. Great write up Jan.
You know me Annette – I love finding a great deal.
You sound like a big kid in a lolly shop here Jan!
I had no idea this place existing. A great idea for families especially.
Thanks for all the info.
That’s my usual state Sandy :-
It is a bit of a find actually.