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Things to do
For our overnighting farmstay guests we offer farm activites first thing in the morning, and again in the late afternoon. The rest of the day you're free to explore the local area and enjoy time on the farm as a family. Here's some of the things you might like to get up to...
- Amble along near tall, amazing looking Alpacas.
- Be nice to a bantam;they're the fluffy chooks you'll see lazing around the farm
- Be ready to try your hand at boomerang throwing
- Bring your bike with you, there's great places to ride!
- Build up an appetite, there's a BBQ here
- Collect fresh eggs to make yummy omelettes and frittatas, or just fry, boil or scramble them for your breakfast.
- Converse with the Chickens. We let them free range during the day and then you can help us walk them back to the henhouse at night
- Climb a tree
- Cuddle up around the campfire
- Explore the bottom paddocks with your parents
- Feel the warmth from your indoor fire place and be mesmerised by the flames and embers
- Giggle with our gorgeous Goats. They love pats and food and are pretty cheeky!
- Just be a kid, and get nice and dirty
- Hang out with your family and play chasings across the fields
- Help us dig in the garden and plant vegies or trees
- Kick a ball as far as you can
- Kites await you, ready to soar high in the sky
- Mmmmm….roast marshmallows over the campfire
- Mmmmm…you can't roast marshmallows without a decent stick so go on a stick hunt in the afternoon to find the perfect one for you
- Play a board game inside if it's wet or cold outside
- Play cricket with a cricket set, there's one here
- Pet our lovely Shetland Ponies and let us take you for a hand led pony ride. They love being brushed and pampered!
- Read a book while sitting on your balcony or swinging your legs in the Mulberry Tree.
- Swing high on the tyre swing hidden in the trees in the bottom paddock
- Relax for an afternoon nap or lie out in the paddock to watch the clouds drift overhead
- Run and run and run
- Skip past the sheep and give Rammie (the big daddy sheep) a pat on the head until his tail wags
- Stargaze and satellite watch and see the Milky Way in all its glory
- Swim in the pool, it's solar heated
- Take some time out for a game of Totem Tennis
- Travel with us around the farm on a trailer ride
- Watch a video or TV if you feel the need!
The lovely little town of Nabiac is just 2 minutes away and has a 24 hour service station, two general stores (approx 7am-5pm 7 days), a bakery, two butchers, hardware store, chemist, ATM, pub, bottle-shop, hairdressers, doctors and other regional services like farm supplies etc. There's a great park, a showground, tennis courts and a skateboard ramp, plus two cafes...and don't miss all the great recycled clothing ( Vintage Magnolia at Nabiac is amazing!) and antique bric a brac and craft shops! If you're bringing your boat, there's also a small boat ramp.
Nabiac Nook - Crafty Ladies Cottage: Located in the main street of Nabiac you'll see a wide range of arts & crafts made by lots of wonderful locals. Open 7 days, 10am-3pm.
Horse Riding Lessons - we can book you and the kids in for horseriding lessons just 10 minutes up the road if you like. Or if you already have horse riding expertise, there are some great trail rides you can go on just 15 minutes away. Must be booked in advance, so let us know if you're interested!
Open seven nights a week from 6.00pm, the Nabiac Hotel has a great bistro that is very kids friendly. With everything from Ceaser salad through to oysters or bangers and mash, there is something to please everybody. Kids menu is sure to please as every meal includes a soft drink/juice and ice cream! The restaurant gets very busy so you will need to book your table in advance. ph: 6554 1210
Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, this cafe is housed in a beautiful building just as you enter Nabiac. Enjoy a coffee or some local produce!
Nabiac's National Motorcycle Museum of Australia
Over 300 motorcycles on display dating from the early 1900's to current.
33 Clarkson St, Nabiac Ph: 6554 1333
Open every day except Xmas. 9am to 4.30pm
Adults $11, Under 14 $3.30 Under 18 $6.60
Family (2 + 2) $27.50
Villa d'Esta Winery
10km further along Wallanbah Rd you'll discover our local vineyard Villa d'Esta. Run by a family in the Hungarian tradition, it's a small vineyard that produces some fantastic preservative-free wines, after dinner drinks, jams, pickles and home-made treats. It's definitely well worth a visit and is open 9am-5pm, seven days. Say hi to Zoli, Maria and Attila for us! And a tip...if you like reds...try the Chambourcin! Ph: 6550 2236
Wallambah Vale Wines - just a little past Villa d'Esta! ph: 6559 1784
Travel south along the freeway for 10 minutes and just past Coolongolook watch out for the signs leading to Great Lakes Winery at Wootton... follow those signs and discover this popular family friendly winery nestled in the Great Lakes hinterland. Great Lakes Winery is a boutique family run winery offering delicious wines in a tranquil rural environment. This working property also produces Angus beef cattle through the application of sustainable farming practices protecting our waterways and preserving the environment. You are welcome to sample the wines in the cellar door then settle down in the “back paddock” with a tasty cheese plate – while the kids enjoy the freedom of the wonderful environment. Cellar door is open 7 days from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and bookings for groups and meals can be made on 49977255 or visit our website www.greatlakeswines.com.au
At the Farmers Markets you can pick up fresh local produce, handmade soaps, gourmet cheeses and a variety of other goods. Stock up your pantry and gift cupboard with one quick shop!
Nabiac Showground: Last Saturday of every month 8am-midday, don't miss it!
You can check when other Farmer's Markets are on in the area by visiting this calendar of events
Dining, shopping, regional stockyard sales, rodeos, art & craft galleries and the Manning River await your visit! Find out more at the Greater Taree City Council
Krambach Golf Club : For "Rural golf at its finest" visit this unique course. As it is part of a working farm, there are fences round each green to protect them from the resident cattle. Play 9 holes, 18 holes, or all day for only $15 per adult, $2 children under 16. Payment is via an honesty box on the front of the club-house. Visit the website or call 02 6559 1288 for more information
Mondrook / Tinonee
Visit Artisan's Retreat to see some fine art and craft.
So, basically, we're a little bit country and a little bit coastal. There's a huge array of things to do in the area, or you can just kick back on your verandah and enjoy the simple life!
1 hour north west of Taree, these falls are the highest in NSW!
Not to be missed, this is a great 40 minute drive through some awesome countryside. Just head out our driveway and turn left and follow the signs to Gloucester. You'll travel via the Buckett's Way and see some stunning views, before arriving in Gloucester to explore this gorgeous town complete with all its mosaics, and great cafes like Roadies.
Partial to dolphins? You just have to visit the Tuncurry Rock Pool where you might just see the resident harbour dolphins on the outside of the fishing net. It's just great to see them right there, and there's a nice park for the kids here too. Tuncurry is also home to a twin cinema where you can catch the latest releases.
Spend your nights with us and your days taking cookery courses at the acclaimed “Bent on Food Cookery School” in Wingham. They even have school holiday programs for kids. It's just a 30 minute drive and you can do courses ranging from cheese-making to Thai cookery, vegetarian cooking to classes for the kids, and there are celebrity guest chefs aplenty.