Does your family need a little fresh country air and some time interacting with farm animals? How about a Central West farmstay at Barcoos, just a 10-minute drive from Bathurst.
At Barcoos Farmstay you can interact with all sorts of farm animals, from the friendly sheepdogs to Georgia the pig, the dozens of interesting varieties of chickens, horses, cows, ducks, a donkey and two alpacas. There are daily pony rides and also rides in the sulky, pulled by a sweet little Shetland pony called Coco.
Hunter the little white Shetland pony is very patient indeed with all who ride him. Even the farm dogs enjoy a pony ride. Patting Prudence the gigantic Clydesdale horse is another favourite activity. Kids also love collecting the freshly laid eggs from the chicken coops.
Animal feeding takes place twice daily and it is carefully supervised. Kids need to be taught how to carefully approach some of the animals, especially Erica and Aqualigia the alpacas who can be quite skittish. But they are soon literally eating out of the kids hands.
There are several accommodation options at Barcoos Farmstay, with two two-bedroom cottages and the five bedroom farmhouse which can sleep 10 people. There are also caravan and camping sites, both powered and unpowered.
Families can also visit Barcoos Farmstay for farm tours, without staying the night. This is a great idea for a day out at the weekend or during school holidays.
Barcoos Farmstay does get booked up quickly, so it is always best to plan ahead.
Barcoos? Yes, it is a funny name. The farmstay is actually named after Farmer’s Elaine’s first ever Clydesdale horse, a gentle giant named Barcoo.
Address: 1080 Trunkey Road, Perthville (via Bathurst) NSW 2795
Phone: 0429 337 439
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