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Ben rests before getting into it.
Ben rests before getting into it.
Now it's the horses turn to rest.
Your accommodation at Avoca.

Avoca on Darling

Thursday, October 18, 2001
Experience everything the country has to offer, from mustering to toasting marshmallows on an open fire.

Daniel Cudmore purchased the western half of Tapio Station in 1868 and named it Avoca after his hometown in Ireland. He built a pine log homestead in 1871 and, seven years later, added a stone extension. They still stand today.

Ian and Barbara Law purchased the 40-hectare Avoca homestead, outbuildings and virgin land, and Ian's cousin, Robert Lochhead purchased 12,500 hectares of adjoining land — including part of Avoca — at the same time.

The homeliness attracted them to the property, and together they run Avoca on Darling Hospitality. It is primarily a sheep station, fronting the Darling River, and is very popular with people in need of a real break from city living.

There are activities if you want to burn some energy — there's a tennis court (balls and racquets are provided), and you can safely swim in the river. If you want to fish, lines and bait are available.

Guests love to experience mustering at Avoca. Transported in four-wheel drive vehicles and provided with a picnic lunch, you can watch the hands on their bikes and the working dogs rounding up the sheep. The dogs sometimes ride on the bikes, wearing little leather boots because the burrs can harm their paws.

Apart from the usual pigs and fowl on the farm, you will also see echidnas, goannas and kangaroos that are so tame, they can be hand-fed off the verandah.

The homestead is 60 squares and has four levels of accommodation.


The heritage-listed building has two double rooms that share a bathroom.
The cottage has two bedrooms — one queen, one single — so is ideal for a family. It has a sitting room with an open fire and an outside toilet.
Jackeroo quarters are made up of three bedrooms. One has four single beds and the other two have two single beds each.

Linen and all meals are provided, and Barbara does all the cooking. She serves up hearty meals such as roasts, barbecues from the camp oven or a fish you might have caught yourself. Meals are very casual and relaxed, but if you fancy a more formal sliver-service setting, Barbara can arrange that for you.

Location

Wentworth in south-west NSW.

Cost

Avoca on Darling Hospitality accommodation starts from $35 per person, per night, including meals.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Avoca on Darling Hospitality
Avoca Station Wentworth 2648
Ph: (03) 5027 3020 Fax: (03) 5027 3434
E-mail: lawsavoca@bigpond.com
www.users.bigpond.com/lawsavoca

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