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 more details and to book.
Book a Massage
If you are staying with us as part of a group, our masseurs are available for a minimum of 3 bookings. Booking is required 1 month before arrival. At other times please email us directly to check availability.
You can book directly using the links below:
1 hour massage
1.5 hour massage
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Col has 3 x double and 3 x single kayaks available for $25 each per day
They are located on the beach opposite Yanada.
Yoga with Eshref
Eshref has been practicing iyengar yoga for over 30 years and teaching as a qualified instructor for 7 years.
He teaches at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre and at the St. Albans School of the Arts. he also teaches 2 children’s yoga classes at Balmain Care for Kids and 4 classes with the Educators at Balmain Care for Kids weekly.
Esh is registered with Fitness Australia to instruct yoga and Personal training. He also runs circuit training classes (regularly at St. Albans on a Saturday morning) and personal training with private clients. He is also a spin and boxing instructor.
Eshref can provide yoga classes at Yanada for all levels if arranged in advance. The charge is $20 per person, minimum 10 people.
Guided Bush Walks
- Webbs Creek walk on private land, including cave art 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 along Womerah Trail 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
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
The Macdonald valley is a birdwatchers paradise. Because we are so isolated with no extensive farming here since the 1860s (ie limited pesticide use) and thanks to our lush vegetation and ample water, there is a huge variety of birdlife living here.
Some rarer species include the Glossy Black Cockatoo, the Spotted Quail Thrush, Variegated Fairy Wren, Rock Warbler and Rose Robin. If you visit midweek for a day or two there is virtually no traffic or other noise and very few people around. There are bush walks on the property with great bird watching opportunities, the river across the road and a couple of lakes and longer walks within a 5-10 minute drive. If organised well in advance we can assist you with obtaining permission to visit the unique ecosystem of the St Albans Common and Lake. This is protected land in the trust of local commoners since 1830 and home to a huge variety of native and visiting bird species. On request, we can share a film with you called ‘The Wildlife of the McDonald Valley’ by Brendan Hollands. This was all filmed on the common.
With a group of four you can book a mid week bed and breakfast break for 1 or 2 days and add on an evening meal, guided walks or drives. We can also introduce you to other local bird enthusiasts. Contact us for more details.
Acrylic Pour Workshop
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make one of these striking abstract artworks?
Luke hosts a 6-hour workshop where you’ll be guided through the process involved in acrylic pouring. Luke will demonstrate the process, review the use of complementary and contrasting colours, he’ll explain the use of all the materials involved and the various techniques that can be applied to get the result you want.
Each pour is unique, you choose your favourite colours and the way in which you pour to create your own 50cm x50cm artwork.
You’ll create your own work on the day (which you can take home after it’s dried) and take away all the information you need go and create more.
The price is $175 per person, all materials are included, and you’ll get a yummy home-made lunch at Luke’s art studio in Webbs Creek. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required to arrange this workshop.
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.
Wine and Cheese Matching
Cooking hosted by Curt or Luke
Recycled Basket Making
Hawkesbury Wine Tour
Experience Gourmet food in a country setting with Chef, Martin Boetz.
- Heritage Cafe Wisemans Ferry