Pilliga & Warrumbungle Art Tour

OVERVIEW

Please join me for a city escape to the wide open spaces of the Pilliga Forest and Warrumbungles.

We depart Sydney by train through the Blue Mountains to Mt. Victoria and then by private coach/driver to the Dubbo Shearing Shed Motor Inn, our destination for one night.    We’ll visit the Japanese Gardens for grand afternoon tea followed by dinner.  Depart after breakfast, by coach to Barkala Farm – home of Pilliga Pottery – on the edge of the Pilliga Forest near Coonabarabran, an area famous for star gazing.  Relax in the serenity and take time to walk in nature with wonderful vistas for creating art en plein air.  We’ll traverse the Pilliga Sculpture trail, visit Coonabarabran, explore the Warrumbungles by coach and take a class at Pilliga Pottery Studio.  

 

ABOUT

Pilliga Scrub & Sculpture Walk
The Pilliga Forest, frequently known as Pilliga Scrub, constitutes over 5,000 km² of semi-arid woodland in temperate north-central New South Wales. It is the largest such continuous remnant in the state.

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/sculptures-in-the-scrubwalking-track 

 

Barkala Farm (aka Pilliga Pottery)
is an organic farm and provider of unique eco-friendly accommodation and host to many different wildlife species. Activities are conducted in the most sustainable ways possible.   This unique farmstead will inspire those who visit to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.  Barkala strives for sustainable buildings, power supplies, waste management solutions as well as fun, interactive activities for guests. 

Visit Barkala Farmstay website here. 

 

Pilliga Pottery Studio is part of Barkala farm on the edge of Pilliga forest. All pottery is handmade on site by skilled artisan potters. Designs are original and each piece is unique. The studio began 30 years ago when German immigrants Richard and Maria Rickert began in a mud brick shed. It is now managed by Maria and her eldest son Johannes. We will take a class in the studio and after firing, your piece(s) will be posted to you.

 

Our driver, Bernie Baker, with 10 seater coach, has driven coaches around Australia for 15 years and knows the areas we will be exploring and passing through. Bernie will choose the best roads to travel if weather is a factor.


The Warrumbungles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrumbungles Mt.

 

Mt.Kaputar National Park
www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/mount-kaputar-national-park

 

ITINERARY

MON 17th MAY
Depart Central Station 9.18am and arrive Mt. Victoria 11.36am.
Transfer by coach with our driver (Bernie) and arrive Dubbo in time for a grand afternoon tea in the Japanese Gardens.  Group welcome dinner.
Lunch – The Tin Shed, Lithgow
Accom – Shearing Shed Motor Inn, Dubbo.  

 

TUE 18th MAY
Depart Dubbo after breakfast for a day tour around the Warrumbungle National Park with picnic lunch.  Arrive Pilliga Pottery late afternoon with dinner provided in our studio accommodation.


WED 19th MAY
Our fridge will be stocked with fresh fruit, yoghurt, muesli, bread, butter, jam, cheese, bacon, eggs, plunger coffee and tea for breakfast today.  

Morning visit to the Pilliga forest and sculptures to walk, explore and create art with picnic lunch.

Afternoon visit to Barradine and the mineral museum and then to Coonabarabran for dinner.
 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/itineraries/itinerary-pilliga-warrumbungles
Return to Barkala Farm.

 

THU 20th MAY
Leisurely breakfast, lunch and dinner at Pilliga Pottery Blue Wren Cafe.  A morning pottery workshop in the studio.  An afternoon private guided walk around the surrounding area and time for creating art.

 

FRI 21st MAY
Depart Barkala Farm after breakfast by coach to Mt. Victoria for the Sydney bound train.  Picnic lunch en route.

TOUR INFO

INCLUDED

  • Private coach transfer from Mt. Victoria to Barkala Farm on the edge of the Pilliga Forest / return
  • All travel by coach 
  • All meals (4 breakfast /5 lunch/ 4 dinner)
  • Private walking tour with guide
  • 1 night (single sup) accom at Shearing Shed Motor Inn, Dubbo
  • 3 nights (single sup) accom at Barkala Farm Homestay on the edge of Pilliga Forest
  • Pottery class in Pilliga Studio
  • Visit Coonabarabran and Krystal Kingdom with local dinner
  • Pilliga Sculpture Walk and creating art en plein air
  • Day tour by private coach through the Warrumbungle Mountain Range

NOT INCLUDED

  • train travel ($2.50 seniors) Central – Mt Vic
  • train travel ($2.50 seniors) Mt. Vic – Central
  • Alcohol
  • art materials (en plein air sessions are optional)

 

PRICE

$1,790.00 single  (2 places remain)

Max group size:  10

 

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