Bed and Breakfast NSW Bed and breakfast farmstay
 
 

B&B Farm-stay Attractions

Colleen & Old Sil's Farmhouse bed and breakfast is situated on the main Sydney Melbourne railway.  Country Link runs trains twice daily to Cootamundra from Sydney and Melbourne.

If you are travelling by train, we will happily pick you up and return you to the train at the end of your stay.   If you are flying, hire cars are available from the Airports of Sydney (3 hrs. drive), Canberra (1.5 hr. drive) or Wagga Wagga (1.5 hr. drive).   If you are flying by private 'plane, you may rent a Hertz car from Young or Cootamundra.

Make a base here, many people do.....there are many places of interest for day trips.  Some of these like the Light Horse Brigade Museum, the Laughing Cow Dairy and the Aviation Museum are listed below.

Whilst here, you may like to: Relax in peace and quiet;  go for a country walk or take a scenic drive;  browse in our local Antique & Old Wares Shop at Wallendbeen, or visit our local unique Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil Enterprise at Wallendbeen and have lunch or tea in Kaye's new Tea-house.  Kaye will show you the Oil Mill which was invented by her late husband,  Micky and imported to Australia from India.  You may see the milling &/or harvest in summer.   

Combine harvester
Harvesting Canola with the Case 2388.

You may also see our son's huge Case Headers harvesting in this area between November and January. You may see new-born lambs in May or September and Crop sowing operations in May/June.  You will see an abundance of cattle and sheep grazing in the fields.  In Spring, you will see blazes of yellow Canola fields.

Young is only 25 minutes drive and the Cherry orchards are between here and Young.  Young is famous for its Cherry Festival on the 1st weekend of December.  It is booked out up to 12 months ahead......Remember that!  BUT, YOU CAN PICK CHERRIES FROM MID NOVEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER and you can store them in our cool room.

Young is also home to  Verity Prunes, Musgrave Olive Grove and many orchards of cherries and other stone fruits.  If you would like to pick your own cherries, as thousands of people do during the Cherry Festival in November and December, please remember to book early to avoid disappointment.  Don't forget the scrumptious Stone Fruit in January & February.

The Cootamundra Golf Club is the oldest in Country NSW and stages 2 tournaments a year, the annual Pro-Am and a Wattle Time tournament. Special golfing tournaments can be arranged on behalf of organisations or groups.  Participants receive a discount on accommodation here at Colleen & Old Sil's Farmhouse.  We are 20 minutes away, but you can dine, drink and not have to drive.

Our area boasts more than eight golf courses in a 100 km radius, 3 just a short drive from here.  Think about the Veterans Golf Tournament in Young each year in mid November, very close to your luxury affordable accommodation and private fine dining here at "Corang".  Some people make a base here, play golf in the mornings and relax around the pool in the afternoons.  Discount available for long stay.

Visit the Cootamundra Heritage Centre, telephone 02 69402190;  take a hike through the trail tracks of Pioneer Park and see the best view of Cootamundra, 20 minutes away, then have a picnic and move on to see Bush-Ranger, Frank Gardiner's look-out near Cootamundra.  There is a number of bushwalking trails, National Parks and Reserves in this area. For further information, contact  the Visitor Information Centre in Cootamundra on 1800 350 203 or Shannon at the Young Visitors Information Centre on:1800628233.

Take one of the historical walking trails like the town's "Two-foot walking Tour" or the Captain's Walk.  Contact the Heritage Centre on: 02 69402190. They have a marvellous Museum of Cootamundra history. Visit Sir Donald Bradman's birthplace, cricket museum and memorabilia cottage, run by volunteers and now air-conditioned in Cootamundra.

Learn about Aboriginal history in Wiradjuri Country. See my rock collection, some found here on our property.  Bimbadeen, once an Aboriginal girls training home in Cootamundra, can give you an insight into Aboriginal history.  Within 50 minutes drive, you can access the Murrumbidgee river at Jugiong....a pretty spot for a picnic and provides excellent fishing whatever your talents!  You may request a gourmet picnic Esky.

Do a Winery Run throughout the Harden - Young - Cowra region, with lunch at one of the many wineries. The wonderful Hilltops cool climate award-winning Wineries surround us and we serve family  Binbilla and Wadonga Hill wines in our dining room, among others.

 

                                   

Binbilla Wine National Winner  http://www.binbillawines.com

Temora is just 40 minutes down the Burley Griffin Way where you can see David Lowy's brilliant museum of vintage  'planes.  See more details below.  Temora also has a beautiful lake and a magic Heritage Farm Museum with one of the largest collections of tractors in the world.

A bit over an hour takes you to Cowra, a thriving town where there are many wineries, some with restaurants, a rose garden at the Visitors Information Centre reminiscent of  the lovely roses of Tralee.  Visit the Japanese War Memorial gardens and Cemetery at Cowra, (the only Japanese War Cemetery in Australia).  They have a good licensed restaurant. Read on for more day trips.

See Ben Hall and his gang's Bush-Ranger haunts in the Weddin Mountains near Grenfell and Forbes, where his grave is and learn of the colourful bush-ranger history. Visit Bush Ranger Gilbert's grave at Binalong which has many other interests, such as glass-blowing and have lunch at an old Cobb & Co. Pub at Binalong. A day trip to Canberra, our National Capital has many attractions and is very beautiful, especially in autumn.

A 2 hour drive will take you to the beautiful mountain area of Talbingo, so cool in summer, on the edge of Kosciuszko National Park.  Beautiful Lake Eucumbene is nearby.

A One and a half hour drive will get you to Wagga Wagga's Charles Sturt University's commercial winery and cheese factory.  Wagga Wagga is the largest regional town in NSW.  It's a 2 hour drive to Griffith in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.  About 1 hours drive will take you to the Henry Lawson town of Grenfell.  The Henry Lawson Festival is on the June long weekend. The Larrambinda Riding School is between here and Grenfell. Or, you might prefer to sit and.......  Watch the Blue Wrens  & Willie Wagtails flit around you;

.Native wildlife at farmstay B&B 
               


The gazebo - a private spot

Drink Champagne on your private deck or in the Gazebo and watch the magic Sunset;  we will provide any food and drinks you may like to enjoy; Feel completely surrounded by the Star filled Sky, so close you can almost touch them; Just sit on the deck or in the gazebo, rest .and enjoy the lovely rural Farming Views or try this:

Spectacular  night photography by Claude, one of our guests
Night sky from the B&B farmstay

Central NSW farmstay night sky

Get lost in your Daydreams;

Read and/or purchase the book that I have written on early Australian history and geography.  It is a biographical story of the opening up of early Australia through the eyes of my grandparents, who pioneered the Overland Telegraph Line in the 1880s.  The last few of the 3rd edition are still available at a low in- house price. Cuddle up in the cosy Gallery with someone special with a drink & nibble home made Chocolates and biscuits.

Indulge your senses with local food and wine.  The Riverina is the largest producer of wine in NSW and fresh produce is plentiful......we grow our own!  Enjoy a very Special Dinner which we will prepare for you; be it a BBQ by the pool, a Champagne Supper in the Gazebo, or a Formal Dinner with the family silver and crystal, in our Louis XV dining room (up to 8) with a free pre-dinner drink......whatever you choose!  Just ask and I will plan a Menu with you immediately. When you finish, you need only walk a few steps to your own private 'domain' and enjoy a free 'Toddy' before you retire.

Brew your own cuppa from our 24 hour Snack corner with an unusual range of teas and coffee and browse through our incredible range of magazines and listen to the stereo. Take brochures aplenty from here;  enjoy a port or sherry before you hop into bed; enjoy our Library with many historical and geographic books and biographies.  Admire my paintings in the gallery, available for sale.

Farmstay property
The view from the deck

Springtime is particularly lovely with cereal crops, all around us.  Autumn is pretty with red leaves all around and lots of farming going on. Winter is popular for cosy weekend getaways. .

 

Aviation museum

The vintage Aircraft museum stages a flying demonstration twice a month now with 1 big one each year, (date to be announced).  Be sure to book in here early. There is not enough accommodation in Temora. You will find the dates by clicking on the hotlink here for their website.  This museum has two flying Spitfires; the only flying Gloster F.8 Meteor war-'plane in the world; a wooden propeller Ryan which was used to train troops during W.W.11 and a Boomerang built in Australia and restored over the past 27 years by one Australian man and now the fully restored Sabre.  Often the Roulettes or Hornets fly in.

The Aviation Museum      Ozi Pilots

Antique motorcycles
Check out our 4 generation farm heritage here at a "Corang".  Here you see 2 of our bikes:  a 1930 AJS and a 1951 AJS. A 1930 HarleyDavison and side-car is still to be restored.

Nearby attractions:

Chalkers Crossing    Grove Estate Winery.

 

Bed & Breakfast swimming pool
Frolic in our sparkling pool and dine alfresco. 

Ffantastic places to lunch are at the Golden Glance Nursery in the glass house Antz Pantz cafe overlooking the wonderful nursery with a roaring open fire, Cafe de Jour and Zouch Cafe in the restored Masonic Hall for dinner.   Young also has an important history as one of the first towns to be settled west of the Great Dividing Range. The Museum is open most days.   Learn all about Young's colourful Gold Rush days of the 19th century and enjoy the beautiful Chinese gardens at Chinaman's Dam.

Native Australian wildlife - the kangaroo
See our Kangaroos in the Wild.

There is a restored homestead, (supposedly haunted), at Junee. It is full of antiques and displays many old restored carriages.  Junee, a 1 hour drive from here,  a Licorice/Chocolate factory and the interesting Round House with railway history.

 

© Colleen & Old Sil's Farmhouse Accommodation Wallendbeen NSW Australia
Farmstay bed and breakfast between Young, Cootamundra and Temora