Starline is perfect for those wanting to tour the vineyards, and has the added attraction of irresistible alpacas.
Among the growing number of b&bs across Australia, it's difficult to come up with something new and appealing for guests. Starline in the Hunter Valley of NSW is perfect for those wanting to tour the vineyards, and has the added attraction of irresistible alpacas.
Starline has five stone cottages with timber walls and ceilings and are cosy in winter and air-conditioned in summer. They have a fully equipped kitchen, 68 centimetre television, video player and large verandah with built-in barbecue. They sleep up to six comfortably, and linen is supplied. One cottage has disabled access including ramps and accessible shower.
There is a saltwater pool, spa and sauna and a quality day/night tennis court all surrounded by the spectacular Brokenback Ranges and the Yengo and Wollemi national parks.
Starline is 40 hectares of mostly cleared land the alpacas are the star attractions. There is something about them that makes people want to hug them.
They aren't terribly forthcoming with strangers, and are quite shy and gentle. Like their relations the camel, they will spit if angry, but it takes a lot for them to get to that point. Once they know you, they eat from your hand and they love company. As they can fret if alone, it is rare to see a property with just a single animal. They are true herd animals.
Sarah & Stirling are the managers of Starline and of course they can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about these intriguing creatures. They have two types at the farm Suri have long, dreadlock type fleece which is quite rare and there are only around 50,000 of them in the world. The Huacaya is much woollier but their fleece is actually called fibre, not wool.
They come in a variety of colours white is the most common and black the least and there are around 20 colours in between.
Their faces vary considerably and Starline is trying to breed out the camel look and breed a gentler face. Judges however, only look at the quality of the animals' fleeces at show time their visage is of no importance.
Broke in the Hunter Valley, two-and-a-half hours from Sydney.
Starline rooms start at $110 a couple and $30 a child per night.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Starline Alpaca Farm & Resort
1100 Milbrodale Road, Broke 2330
Ph: (02) 6579 1081 Fax: (02) 6579 1495www.starlinealpacas.com.au