Ben tackles outback's most luxurious homestead!
Burrawang West Station in Ootha, five hours west of Sydney, is a five-star rural retreat offering ultimate luxury and relaxation.
Its 4000ha of rich pastureland overlooking the Lachlan River has a full range of resort activities and offers excellent food, wine, service and hospitality.
Burrawong Station was settled by Thomas Kite in 1836. He was one of the first squatters to settle in the area. By 1866, it covered 227,000ha and in 1884 ran around 273,000 head of sheep. The record clip that year was 5000 bales.
Portions of the station were progressively sold early last century when the state government required large rural areas to be sub-divided. The village of Ootha and Burrawang West Station date from that time.
Burrawang still operates as a working farm and produces up to 30,000 tonnes of beef annually. It is a place where city dwellers and overseas visitors can get their first real taste of Australian outback life. Most are overwhelmed by the vastness and openness of the landscape and its ever-changing mood.
Accommodation is in 12 individual colonial-style cottages known as the Barn, Woolshed, Jackaroo Cottage and Jillaroo Cottage. Each has television, VCR, microwave, air-conditioning, fireplace, spacious living and dining areas and feature modern artworks, fine colonial antiques and contemporary furniture.
Bathrooms are modern, with classic claw-foot baths, and French doors open to a deep verandah, the perfect spot for enjoying the outlook. With so few rooms, privacy and serenity are assured.
There is an outdoor barbecue area, two floodlit all-weather tennis courts, plus driving and archery ranges. The resort provides all racquets, clubs, bows and arrows. A boatshed with floating pontoon is on the Yarrabandai billabong. There you will find a canoe and small dinghy and fishing equipment. Guests may use the four-wheel motor cycles, enjoy the walking track around the billabong and stargaze through the telescope in the observation tower.