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!
The Studio was once the original hand-throwing workshop at Pilliga Pottery, one of the first mudbrick structures we made. After many extensions and a full renovation, it is now a perfect base for large families or groups. The Studio is a spacious, friendly and relaxing place to stay, directly adjacent to Pilliga Pottery and all its action, but set in its own garden for privacy. With its own recreation room (featuring a ping pong table), a reading nook, a wood-burning heater, and three lovely rounded mud brick bedrooms filled with handmade beds, it has something for everyone. The Studio sleeps 15 and is self-contained, with a full kitchen, a bathroom and a second toilet. Pets are welcome.
$150 per couple per night plus $28 per 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