Barkala Farm/Pilliga Pottery is The Jewel of the Pilliga, nestled in a beautiful valley between the vast forests of the Pilliga and the foothills of the Warrumbungle Range, in northwestern NSW.
This is a truly special place you will never forget. Established by a German family 30 years ago, staying in this secluded valley is like stepping into another world, with its fabulous European-inspired eco-architecture, the energetic and wonderfully creative atmosphere of Pilliga Pottery, and gorgeous natural surrounds of farmland, bushland, craggy ridges and living forest. The organic shapes and colours of the amazing buildings arise from extensive native gardens teeming with birds, with little vistas, hideaways, and unexpected highlights wherever you look.
We have five guesthouses on site, each one hand-built using local materials, an eye for beauty and a desire to create a home away from home. Our hope is that everyone who stays with us will leave invigorated and inspired, brimming with ideas and with full hearts.
Each house is pet-friendly and most are self-contained and self-catering, but we are more than happy to provide home-cooked meals for you, from traditional German fare to delicious wood-fired pizza, just ask us Groups are welcome.
Our guests are welcome to enjoy the large swimming pool as much as they want
SELF CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION:
The Old Schoolhouse
Experience the enchanting atmosphere of this octagonal "fairy tale castle", handcrafted from local timbers. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views from the large, Swiss-style balcony, and take a shower in a hand-sculpted masterpiece Originally built as a creative place for our kids to do their correspondence lessons, The Old Schoolhouse has been fully renovated with artistic touches everywhere to suit its unique charm. It sleeps 6 people and is self-contained, with a kitchenette, a shower and toilet, and a BBQ downstairs for guests to use. We have recently installed air-conditioning for your comfort. Pets are welcome.
$150 per couple per night plus $28 for each extra person per night.
Things To Do On-site
Bird watching and guided bird tours - we have 8 threatened species near the homestead
Farm activities - feeding the animals, farm tours, join us for cow milking, visit our pet goats and lambs, chooks and guinea pig colony.
Bush walking - an easy stroll or something more strenuous over the ridges We have 6 different signed walks ranging from half an hour to 5 hours.
Enjoy the swimming pool
Stargazing - marvel at the famous clear skies of the Coonabarabran region.
Pony and horse leading.
4-wheel driving - either on our property or through the vast wilds of the Pilliga.
Camping or caravans welcome - we offer unpowered sites where you are welcome to stay.
Photography - rock formations, twisted trees, tiny wildflowers, beautiful wildlife, there are hidden wonders of nature everywhere around here, not to mention the fascinating buildings
Visit Pilliga Pottery Free demonstrations, fresh coffee and scones, wood-fired pizza, pottery classes, activities for kids, and your eyes won't believe the variety and colour in our gallery shop. Many people spend hours enjoying the wonderfully creative and relaxed atmosphere.
Barkala Farm is poised between the sprawling forests of the Pilliga and the mountains of the Warrumbungles. No shortage of natural beauty here.
We are an easy drive away from:
the rural town of Coonabarabran, our local centre, with shops, cafes, eateries, supermarkets etc.
The Crystal Kingdom
Warrumbungles National Park
Siding Spring Observatory
The Sandstone Caves
The Sculptures in the Scrub
And you can day-trip to:
Mt Kaputar National Park
Coolah Tops National Park
Baradine and the old logging villages of the Pilliga, including the township of Pilliga with its relaxing hot springs
Moree Hot Springs
For our self contained accommodation, please have a look at our Barkala Farm/Pilliga Pottery Self contained Cottage listing