Pilliga & Warrumbungle Art Tour


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 our destination in the late afternoon.  Our accommodation is Barkala Farm – home of Pilliga Pottery – on the edge of the Pilliga Forest near Coonabarabran, an area famous for star gazing by night.  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.  



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.



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



MON 17th MAY
Depart Central Station 9.18am and arrive Mt. Victoria 11.36am.
Transfer by coach with our driver (Bernie) to Barkala Farm and arrive late afternoon (4 hours approx)
Lunch – The Tin Shed, Lithgow
Accom/dinner – Barkala Farm, home of Pilliga Pottery


TUE 18th MAY
Leisurely breakfast basket and morning class in the Pilliga Pottery studio.
Afternoon visit to Crystal Kingdom and to explore Coonabarabran followed by dinner in town.
Return to Barkala Farm.

WED 19th MAY
Depart after breakfast by coach to the Warrumbungles with picnic lunch.  Bring your art equipment!
We’ll visit Mt. Kaputar National Park if time permits. Both destinations are approx 1.5 hour drive from Barkala Farm.  www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/itineraries/itinerary-pilliga-warrumbungles
Return to Barkala Farm for dinner.


THU 20th MAY
Leisurely breakfast and then a private guided walking tour of the surrounding area. Visit Pilliga Sculpture Walk with picnic lunch and afternoon of en plein air opportunities.

Return to Barkala Farm for dinner


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



  • 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
  • 4 nights (single sup) accom at Barkala Farm Homestay on the edge of Pilliga Forest
  • Pottery class in Pilliga Studio


  • 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)



$1,790.00 single  (waitlist)

50% deposit is required when registering for this tour.  

Max group size:  10



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