Oddly, there are no Barramundi at ‘Old Bara’ – just an abundance of peace, quiet and privacy set in the wooded rural landscape of a working cattle farm.
Your hosts, Sally and Richard Nagel, offer you true country style tranquillity on their 1100acre property located so very close to the Mudgee wine country. Their hospitality extends to your pet dog too – provided your pooch is the friendly type.
I asked Sally about her preferred local wineries and her advice was: “Visit De Beaurepaire Wines in Rylstone for a taste of France in Australia. Robert Stein and Yeates wineries in Mudgee are also favourites.
There are around forty or so earmarked camping sites at Old Bara, each with its own special charm. There are creek sites, secluded sites and sites for large groups. They all take in the tranquillity of the Australian Bush – which is so very good for the soul.
The Long Drop toilet blocks have been voted the best in Australia but other amenities are few so bring your own water, portable fridge and power to make your stay as comfortable as you wish. There are no showers available at Old Bara but there is creek water on tap at the loo blocks. There are three scattered across the campgrounds – one of which has access for an all-terrain wheelchair.
CAMPING ETIQUETE – Never dispose of the contents of your chemical toilet into a long drop or septic system. The chemicals will kill the good bacterium that is responsible for breaking down the waste. A Toilet Dump Site is available at Mudgee Showground in Madeira Street.
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Old Bara activities include an abundance of wildlife to view, bird calls to identify and yabbies to catch. There are walking tracks to hike and cycling tracks to explore. Go for a swim in the creek or bring your kayak. Enjoy a picnic and bottle of wine at the picnic table on top of a hill overlooking the stunning hills of Mudgee. Hire Binoculars to see the stars and moon clearer than you’ve ever seen before – away from city light pollution.
For sure, you will frequently see kangaroos and other wildlife particularly at dusk and dawn. Australia is blessed with an abundant nocturnal wildlife so take a night walk and investigate what goes bump in the night.
The thing about Old Bara is the piece and seclusion in complete assurance of security. It is never crowded at Old Bara, even on the busiest weekends. Sally and Richard see to it that there is abundant space between camp sites so the only campers around you are the friends you bring along. They pride themselves on giving campers ‘acres’ rather than ‘metres’ of space.
Personally, I love a camp fire (restrictions permitting) along with the stories and Jumbo marshmallow toasting that goes with it. Bring some wood or collect from around the farm and have a great camp fire in the fire pits provided – something which is becoming rare when camping these days.
The township of Mudgee is just a 25 minute easy drive away and is a great day trip. Take in this beautiful town abundant with historic buildings, markets, galleries, boutique eateries, terrific pubs and so much more. The Mudgee wineries are so close and boast some of the best wines in Australia.
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