Garrawilla is a historic family owned and operated cattle station located east of Coonabarabran in New South Wales.Once you drive through the gates of Garrawilla you will be reminded of one of these scenic cattle ranches out West, comprised of cowboys, ranchers – and of course black cattle dotted on the hills. You have arrived in true Australian cattle country with more over 7000 acres of just waiting for you to be explored on horseback.
Once you settle in, life here at ‘Old Garrawilla’ becomes simple. It just centers around good rides, moving cattle, learning from Australia’s great horse(wo)men, home-style cooked meals and discussions around the campfire or the fireplace where lifelong friendships are formed.
As with all of Horses & Cattle Australia experiences, this is the real deal and to get the most out of the experience as a guest, you will be supported and guided by experienced horse professionals, stockmen who specialize in campdrafting, horsemanship and ranch riding. If you are an experienced rider this will be an experience of a lifetime for you as a rider but it will also give you and your horse more exposure working out in the open range and learning to work together as a team.
For non-riders – or just in case you want to take a break from riding for a couple hours – there is plenty to do at the station and in the area. Coonabarabran is the stargazing capital of Australia and the small country town is on the edge of the iconic Warrumbungle National Park where the jagged volcanic silhouette of the Warrumbungles rises sharply from eucalypt-dotted ridges amid surrounding plains and when you climb up some of the hills on the back of your horse or in a 4WD the volcanic landscapes make for a picturesque backdrop.
Apart from riding, guests at the farm can try their hand at a range of pursuits from fossicking, bushwalking, yabby fishing to exploring the properties seemingly endless hills which provide ample opportunity for bushwalking and wildlife spotting. The way the station is set-up, it’s also easy to jump into the 4WD and join up with the rider’s group along the way. And then there is the spring-fed lake at your doorstep inviting you to go for a swim and cool off on a hot summer day. However, please be warned that you might just want to sit in the garden on the veranda with a glass of chilled wine and enjoy the serenity and beauty of this wonderful place.