The Property consists of 550 acres ranging from fertile river flats, which are ideal for Haymaking or strip grazing, to undulating hill country, to a mountainous area with pockets of rainforest. The Barrington River runs approximately 1.5 kilometers along one side of the Property, this being where the Camping ground has been developed. On the other side runs Thunderbolts Way which leads from Gloucester to Nowendoc. Originally the Property was a Dairy Farm, which consisted of 5 Guernsey cows in 1937, developing into the biggest Guernsey Stud in Australia. By 1964 there were 320 head. It was called "Meadowbank Guernsey Stud." Poley continued dairying until 1974 when he held a Clearing Sale and gave up dairying. The Dairy and land were leased out to another farmer for the years leading up to 1978 when Poley, with his new wife Rosemary, developed the Camping Ground, Country Music Hoedowns, catering for and entertaining Coach Tours as well as starting a Simmental Stud. In those early days Rosemary worked tirelessly along with her young son, Michael, clearing land overgrown with Lantana and Privet to make the Camping Ground what it is today, as well as fencing, repairing creek blocks, marking calves, mustering stock on foot up until the time she was able to use her mare, "Gipsey", to do the cattle work. She also taught her to handle a sidesaddle so she could do demonstration rides for the Coach Tours and the Hoedown patrons. Rosemary's Mum, Mary Ninness, would also help out in the home as well as Maree and Gayle, Rosemary's daughters, preparing beautiful meals for family and visitors while her time and energies were occupied with all the outdoor chores. The Simmental Stud continued up until 1992 and has now become a Commercial enterprise, continuing with a core of Simmental cows crossing with Brahman Bulls to develop Simbrah Cattle, which have proved a very successful cross and are much sought after at the Saleyards.
The property is a great spot to get away. Only 3½ hours from Sydney. Great for family time with many secluded and quiet camping spots at affordable rates. Make camp nestled amongst beautiful shady river oaks, willows and bottlebrush trees along the banks of the Barrington River.
- Hot showers
- Septic toilets
- Animal park
- Barbecue areas
- Pet friendly (subject to site rules)
Address814 Thunderbolts Way
Barrington, New South Wales, 2422
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