We are putting together a number of local experience add-ons to enhance your visit. Some experiences take place at Yanada so you don’t need to leave. Others take you on various tours of  our historic  ‘Forgotton Valley’ and  ‘Secret River’.

Most experiences are for a total of only 4 people as we go by car, not bus, so we can chat more easily and go to more places. Most experiences are for half a day; mornings in winter and summer, afternoons in spring and autumn. Some experiences will include meals and drinks, either at Yanada or at the historic Settlers Arms inn

This page is a work in progress so further details of our experiences will be added soon along with direct booking options. In the meantime please contact us directly for full details and to book.

Guided Bush Walks

  • Secret Webbs Creek walk on private land, including cave paintings and lookout over Webbs Valley, followed by tea and home made cake at the owners house.
    3 hr round trip. Min 4 people. $60 per person

  • 6km round trip walk to Darkijung totem carvings near Webbs Creek with views over the MacDonald and Webbs valleys
    2.5 hr round trip. Min 4 people. $30 per person
  • Jacks Track walk to lookout over Upper Macdonald
    2 hr round trip. Min 4 people. $30 per person
  • St Albans Common ‘steps’ walk

Walks Hosted by Lewis or Luke

Driving Tours

1. Wolombi Road visit – driving tour following the course of Mogo Creek towards the Hunter Valley 

 

 

2. ‘The Branch” – driving tour following the course of The MacDonald River 

Special Experience – The Common Muster

St Albans Common or Wallambine Common is a 2500 acre common run by a trust and managed by herdspeople. It has been in continual use since 1824 when Governor Brisbane set aside 2,000 acres of land in the Macdonald Valley, north of the village of St Albans, for the use of local land owners who were allowed grazing rights on this land in compensation for the smallness of their blocks. This land has always been cleared as was previously managed by the Darkijung people as part of the Bulga area between St Albans and Wollombi. Some original trustees were descended from Darkijung people and decedents of many of the original trustees still live in the valley.
Mogo Creek runs through the common and forms a beautiful lake. The main Wollombi Road passes through the common but only Commonors are allowed to stop and walk on the common. As such it can only be visited with a guide.
Every 3 months there is a muster to count and check stock on the common. This is still undertaken on horseback as it has been since 1828. Small groups will be allowed to attend and experience this muster

Cooking Classes

Cooking hosted by Curt or Luke

Wine and Cheese Matching

Recycled Basket Making

Acrylic Painting Class