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Pet Friendly

Conditions apply – Please enquire

Barkala Farm

Coonabarabran Accommodation

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Welcome to Barkala!

Barkala Farm hosts

Welcome to a farmstay with a difference! Barkala Farm is "The Jewel of the Pilliga", nestled in a beautiful valley between the forests of the Pilliga and the foothills of the Warrumbungle Range, in northwestern NSW.

As well as being a working farm, it is also home to the fabulous creative energy of Pilliga Pottery, the largest and most unique pottery in NSW. Staying here is like stepping into another world, with its fascinating European-inspired eco-architecture, gorgeous natural surrounds of farmland, bushland, craggy ridges and living forest, extensive native gardens teeming with birds, and little vistas, hideaways, and unexpected highlights wherever you look. Whether you're looking for activity or tranquillity, this is a truly special place you will never forget.


Barkala Farm and Pilliga Pottery is owned and operated by the Rickert family, who emigrated from Germany in the early 80’s looking for a pioneer lifestyle, creative challenges, and fresh air – and they found it! With hard work, vision and love they have overcome drought, bushfires, and family heartache to slowly build up an oasis of cultural beauty in what many consider to be the middle of nowhere. Maria and her sons Johannes married to Regina and Bernhard are the heart of the enterprise, with occasional help from their sister Eva. A team of local artists, craftspeople and “characters” round things out.

They also have a steady stream of backpackers from all over the world lending a hand, making this place into a mini-United Nations, where people can share a wealth of cultures and experiences.

Our Town

  • Coonabarabran is a place of many contrasts where the landscape and villages create a patchwork across the countryside, reflecting the varied lifestyles and influences. Coonabarabran, centrally located on the Newell Highway, is the main town in the region and is a perfect starting point to discover the charming townships of Coolah, Dunedoo, Baradine, Mendooran and Binnaway.



Accommodation in Barkala

We have five eco-friendly 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. And in summer, all our guests have access to a large in-ground swimming pool set in the lawn of the main homestead. All our guesthouses are designed to be self-catering, but if you would like to be pampered we are more than happy to cook for you. All meals are available by arrangement, we specialise in traditional German-style home cooking, or delicious wood-fired pizza and homemade Gelato!

The Old Schoolhouse:

Barkala FarmBarkala FarmExperience 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 and is self-contained, with a kitchenette, a shower and toilet, and a BBQ downstairs for guests to use. Small pets are welcome.

The Poet’s Cottage

Barkala FarmBarkala FarmTucked away behind our orchard, with a private drive-in access at the rear, The Poets Cottage is the ideal place for a quiet and inspiring retreat.

This cosy yet spacious mud brick cottage breathes an atmosphere of yesterday.

Sleep in with birdsong around you, spend the evening reading by your own woodfire, stargaze through a skylight above your bed!

The Poet’s Cottage sleeps 6 and is self-contained, with a full country kitchen, a roomy bathroom, a campfire area out the back, and a BBQ on the front verandah. Pets are welcome.

The Studio:

STexternalSTinternalThe 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 rec room (featuring a ping pong table and a small pool table), a reading nook, a wood-burning heater, and 3 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 and bathroom facilities. Pets are welcome.

Eagle Valley:

Text photo Eagle Valley front with eaglesText photo Eagle Valley living roomThe Eagle Valley Cottage is a lovely cottage hand-made from natural and local materials with great attention to detail. It has 3 spacious bedrooms (sleeps 13 pple), an open-plan kitchen & dining area with a lounge for relaxing, and a wood-heater (wood supplied). The kitchen is lovely and modern with a gas stove and marble bench top. It is set in a private location close to bush-walking tracks and as the name of the cottage suggests, the ridge overlooking the valley is home to eagles.

This cottage is set in a very private location, approximately 2.5 kms from the cafe, pottery studio and the rest of the accommodations. The access road is not suitable for low cars. Pets are welcome.

The Farmhouse:

Text photo Farmhouse front with horseText photo Farmhouse verandahThe Farmhouse is a beautiful European-style building with four rooms, each opening onto the large wooden verandah that overlooks the surrounding horse paddocks and hills. Each room (rented separately) has a TV and most of the beds/furniture in the rooms are hand-built from local timbers. Each room has central heating installed to ensure a warm comfortable room temperature in the colder Seasons.

The Farmhouse has tea/coffee making facilities and a large fridge on the verandah, but no kitchen. However, our licensed Blue Wren Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week and espresso coffees, milkshakes etc are available throughout the day.

There are two toilets and a shared bathroom situated on the open verandah, which has couches and is a lovely place to relax and take in the rural view. Pets are welcome.

The Campground:

Text photo CampfireText photo Swimming pool and campgroundIf you have your own accommodation, whether caravan, tent or something else, you are more than welcome to come and stay on our campground. You can cook for yourself or eat at the Blue Wren Café.

All the activities are open to you as well. Toilets and hot showers are provided.

When there are no fire restrictions, you can collect some wood on our property and have a nice camp fire. Please note that we do not provide access to electricity.

Things to Do

Things to do in and around Barkala Farm

CREATIVITY at the Pottery

PLAY… with clay and let your imagination run wild

LEARN… to make a cup or throw a pot from one of our experienced potters (bookings appreciated)

WATCH… our talented artists at work

FOOD at the Blue Wren Cafe

EAT… a yummy wood fired pizza

DRINK… a fluffy cappuccino

ENJOY… one of our home made specialties, available all day

TRY… the best homemade Gelato you’ll ever taste


SWIM… in our large salt water swimming pool

WALK … on one of our signposted bushwalks, grab a map at the Cafe

PLAY … beach volleyball on our sandy court

ANIMALS at the Farm

LEARN… by watching us milking our cows in the morning

HELP… Julie feeding our pet farm animals in the evening

DISCOVER… the great variety of birds on a Tour (bookings essential)

RIDE… by being lead on one of our horses (by arrangement)

WANDERING all Around

GET INSPIRED… by the many building styles around you

BE IMPRESSED… by the unique Tree of Life

GET INTERESTED… in our different native plants and gardens, teeming with all kinds of life

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Getting Here

Getting to Barkala

From Coonabarabran:

Follow the Newell Hwy out of town to the north, following the signs to Narrabri. Turn left at the big intersection about 5km from Coona – keep heading for Narrabri. Watch for signs to Pilliga Pottery about 20km up the highway. Turn left where indicated, you will now be on a well-maintained dirt road, just keep following the signs to Pilliga Pottery! Total distance from Coonabarabran about 35km, including 10km dirt road.

From Narrabri:

Take the Newell Highway south towards Coonabarabran. About 95km out of Narrabri (25km from Coonabarabran), watch for signs to Pilliga Pottery – it will be a right turn onto a well-maintained dirt road. Follow the signs to Pilliga Pottery and in about 10km you will be there!

If driving from Sydney, the shortest route to Coonabarabran is via Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Mendooran.

Driving to Coonabarabran

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Coonabarabran.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway: Distance = 692km approx

From Sydney:

Western Freeway <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 455km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 990km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Sturt Highway <> Newell Highway: Distance = 1,324km approx


Touring Routes

Touring Routes

  • Never been to the outback but really want to go? Then this touring route is the perfect way to get an insight and understanding of what makes the outback such a wonderful place to visit. The Outback Intro tour while take you to the ‘Back O Bourke’ and you will be able to do so easily and safely in a non-4x4 vehicle with your Outback Beds hosts expecting you every step of the way. After all, the Outback Beds motto is “travel in the outback with friends...


Guest Book

What others have said

"Thank you so much for such an insightful, eventful stay. The work you have done over the years is amazing. You have made an amazing farm & community here, your story is inspirational. Thank you for all the activities you did with us, we loved seeing the property on horseback and learning to pot. We will definitely recommend you to our friends!" Simon, Clarissa, Xanthe and Max Smith from Sydney


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