Welcome to the Winter Stay-cay Wonderland at barranca Jervis Bay, a perfect mid-week or winter weekend escape, just a few hours’ drive from Sydney and Canberra. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife, this property features three architecturally designed residences that can be booked together or separately, making it ideal for couples, families, and groups of friends.

Marlu House has an expansive floor plan and design, generous high ceilings, and large rooms making it a family holiday destination, while The Hideaway is a perfect adults-only architecturally designed ‘tiny studio’ with its own kitchen and bathroom, surrounded by stunning bushland.

Each residence features everything you need for the ultimate getaway with stunning views of the surrounding bushland. Guests can also enjoy outdoor chefs’ BBQs, sun lounges, outdoor showers, and our new grand fire pit. It’s the ultimate winter stay.

Here are are more way to explore and experience Jervis Bay while you stay with us…

EXPLORE

A Nature Lover’s Paradise – Step into the enchanting realm of Booderee National Park, where nature unfolds its vibrant tapestry of beauty. This park is a haven for both hikers and beachgoers, offering a multitude of picturesque walking trails and breathtaking shores. Let the trails guide you to the mesmerizing Cave Beach and immerse yourself in its pristine allure. As you traverse this natural wonderland, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of kangaroos, wallabies, and echidnas, creating delightful opportunities for birdwatching and photography. Booderee National Park beckons you to explore its wonders and embrace the harmony of nature.

A Romantic Escape – Indulge in a romantic afternoon escapade as you embark on a horse riding adventure with Bella Cavallo through the idyllic National Park of the NSW Coast. Immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings as you traverse scenic trails on horseback, savoring the serenity of nature. As the gentle rhythm of hooves carries you forward, allow yourself to be captivated by the enchanting atmosphere. Conclude your ride with a delightful picnic, replenishing your energies amidst the splendor of the park.

Elevated Delights – Experience a picnic like no other with Outdoor Raw as they transport you to the breathtaking Shoalhaven region. Delight in a unique twist as you enjoy delectable local produce while suspended from the awe-inspiring Shoalhaven cliffs. This extraordinary experience offers not only culinary delights but also incredible views that will leave you breathless. For an added touch of exclusivity, opt for their premium package, granting you access to the most secluded locations. With premium local produce, picturesque photo opportunities, and the perfect ambiance to set the stage, this could be the ideal moment for a proposal.

A Taste of Local Excellence – Immerse yourself in the world of fine wines with cellar door visits that showcase the region’s exceptional offerings. Allow your taste buds to embark on a delightful journey at Silos Estate Cellar Door, nestled amidst the lush countryside near Berry. Venture to Coolangatta Estate, Two Figs Winery, and Cambewarra Estate Winery, each with its own unique charm. Sample exquisite local varietals and savor the artistry of winemaking in these idyllic settings. Let the flavors of Jervis Bay dance upon your palate, leaving an indelible impression.

A Cultural Exploration – Delve into the rich Aboriginal heritage at Booderee National Park, a land cherished by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. Engage in guided tours and immerse yourself in the captivating stories of their culture and history. Discover the ancient wisdom and traditions that have shaped this sacred land through informative interpretive displays. Gain a deeper understanding of the profound connection between the Aboriginal people and the natural wonders that surround them.

Paradise on Earth – Embark on a journey to Hyams Beach, a coastal gem renowned for its exquisite white sand and crystalline waters. Surrender yourself to the serenity of this idyllic paradise as you relax upon the sun-kissed shores. For the adventurous souls, delve into the underwater wonders through thrilling snorkeling or diving excursions. Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life that thrives beneath the surface, creating unforgettable moments of awe and wonder. Hyams Beach awaits, ready to envelop you in its timeless charm.

EXPERIENCE

Ride the Waves of Jervis Bay – Jervis Bay is a surfer’s paradise, offering an array of breathtaking beaches with waves to suit all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner eager to catch your first wave, Jervis Bay has got you covered. Don’t miss the exhilarating surf spots at Caves Beach, Green Patch, and Bherwerre Beach. If you’re new to surfing or forgot your board, fret not! There are fantastic surf schools and rental shops available to help you get started or keep the stoke alive.

Glide on Tranquil Waters – Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Jervis Bay as you embark on a stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking adventure. The calm and crystal-clear waters of the bay provide the perfect playground for these water activities. Numerous local providers offer equipment rentals, allowing you to explore the hidden gems nestled within the many bays and beaches of Jervis Bay. Let the gentle rhythm of your paddle lead you to moments of serenity and awe-inspiring sights.

A Magical Encounter with Marine Majesty – Prepare to be captivated by the sheer wonder of Jervis Bay’s resident dolphin population. Embark on a dolphin-sightseeing cruise and witness the grace and intelligence of these playful creatures up close. As you cruise through the sparkling waters, keep your eyes peeled for unforgettable encounters with these majestic beings. Jervis Bay offers a unique opportunity to create cherished memories in the company of some of nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures.

Reel in Unforgettable Experiences – Cast your line and let the tranquility of Jervis Bay’s fishing scene envelop you. Known as a premier fishing destination, Jervis Bay boasts a diverse array of fish species, including the prized kingfish, snapper, and flathead. Winter, in particular, presents an excellent time to indulge in this beloved pastime. With fewer fellow anglers and cooler waters enticing more fish, you’ll have a greater chance of landing the catch of a lifetime. Let Jervis Bay’s pristine beauty and abundant marine life make your fishing expedition an unforgettable experience.

Dive into a World of Vibrant Wonder – Prepare to be mesmerised as you descend into Jervis Bay’s crystal-clear waters, renowned for their astonishing clarity. Embark on a scuba diving or snorkeling adventure and witness firsthand the vibrant marine life that thrives beneath the surface. Colorful fish, mysterious octopuses, and even playful seals are just a glimpse of the incredible encounters that await. Local dive shops offer guided tours and equipment rentals, ensuring a safe and immersive experience in this underwater wonderland.

Discover Your Own Slice of Paradise – Unveil the true essence of Jervis Bay through the art of beach hopping. With over 10 pristine beaches to explore, each with its own unique charm, Jervis Bay beckons you to embark on a journey of discovery. Sink your toes into the powdery sands of Hyams Beach, famous for its record-breaking white sand, or seek solace in the secluded coves of Murrays Beach. Pack a delightful picnic and let the day unfold as you explore the breathtaking bays and beaches that adorn this coastal paradise.

Witness Majestic Giants of the Sea – Winter heralds an awe-inspiring spectacle in Jervis Bay as humpback whales embark on their migratory journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Australia. Join a whale watching tour and be enchanted by the majestic presence of these gentle giants. While delighting in their graceful maneuvers, you may also catch sight of playful dolphins and charming seals, adding even more magic to your experience. Allow yourself to be swept away by the sheer magnificence of nature’s grand spectacle.

EAT & DRINK

A Shucker’s Paradise – Venture down a charming dirt track in Greenwell Point and discover the hidden gem of Jim Wild’s Oysters. This delightful oyster farm, accompanied by a rustic shack, is the brainchild of none other than Jim Wild himself. With numerous accolades, including the prestigious title of fastest oyster shucker in the world, Jim’s passion for his craft is evident in every shell. This family-run business also boasts the remarkable talents of Jim’s daughter, Sally, who has clinched the title of Australia’s fastest female oyster shucker for three consecutive years. Set aside time to savor an unforgettable lunch here, indulging in freshly shucked oysters by the dozen. Bring along your favourite beer or a bottle of crisp Riesling to complement the flavours. If time is of the essence, opt for unopened oysters to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Take advantage of our concierge service and have a dozen oysters waiting for you in the fridge, accompanied by a chilled bottle of bubbly. Just inquire about this personalised touch to enhance your experience.

A Flavoursome Journey – Immerse yourself in the world of native and local ingredients at the on-site restaurant of Bangalay Luxury Villas in Shoalhaven Heads. Michelle Bishop, the owner of Bangalay, is deeply passionate about the South Coast and its natural environment, local produce, and rich history. This passion is beautifully reflected in the vision and concept behind Bangalay, brought to life through sustainable bespoke architecture, chic interior design, and inventive culinary creations. Sample the freshest produce, showcasing the vibrant flavors of the Shoalhaven region, as the farm-to-table philosophy takes centre stage. Allow your taste buds to embark on a sensational journey, guided by the expertise and dedication of the culinary team. At Bangalay, every dish tells a story, inviting you to savour the essence of the land.

Where Locals Unwind – Join the locals for a memorable Friday night gathering at The Huskisson, a laid-back pub overlooking the shimmering waters. As the late afternoon sun paints the sky with hues of gold, this relaxed and vibrant venue becomes the perfect setting for a refreshing drink. Take advantage of the enticing weekly specials, including happy hour from 3 pm to 5 pm, tempting $12 Aperol Spritz, and mouthwatering meal deals. On Friday nights, DJs curate a playlist of chilled sunset tunes, creating a blissful ambiance. Find a spot on the deck, order a margarita, and relish your front-row seat to witness a breathtaking sunset unfold before your eyes.

A Treetop Haven – Elevate your dining experience to new heights at the Gunyah treetop dining room in Paperbark Camp. Prepare to be enchanted as you dine amidst the canopies, with a gentle breeze rustling through the leaves, creating a soothing symphony. The tables adorned with flickering candles add a touch of romance, casting a warm glow upon the surroundings. Indulge in delectable dishes expertly prepared with a focus on regional ingredients, accompanied by carefully selected wines that showcase the best flavours of the area. The attentive and friendly staff adds to the ambiance, ensuring that dining in the Gunyah becomes a cherished highlight of your journey.

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barranca Kangaroo Valley update

We have received quite a few enquiries about when our gates will reopen barranca Kangaroo Valley. Unfortunately, we don’t have an update yet, but we are hoping that the road and infrastructure work will be completed soon. We understand how much you miss the animals, and we miss you too! We appreciate your patience and support during this time, and we promise to share updates as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, stay tuned to your inbox and follow us on Instagram.

Thank you for your continued support, and we can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

 

 

There’s so much to do when you stay at barranca Jervis Bay, here are some of our favourites…

1. Swimming and snorkelling in the clear waters of the bay: Jervis Bay is known for its clear waters and vibrant marine life. The bay is home to a wide variety of fish and other sea creatures, including dolphins, seals, and whales (in season). The area also offers a number of snorkelling and diving sites, including the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse and the HMAS Adelaide shipwreck.

2. Surfing and kitesurfing at the nearby beaches: The beaches of Jervis Bay, such as Callala Beach, Hyams Beach and Greenfields Beach, are popular spots for surfing and kitesurfing. These beaches offer a variety of waves and conditions suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers. The beaches are also great for other water activities such as swimming, fishing, and beachcombing.

3. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in the bay: Jervis Bay is an ideal spot for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The bay offers a calm and scenic setting that’s perfect for exploring the area’s coastline. There are a number of rental businesses that supply kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards as well as guided tours.

4. Bushwalking and hiking in Booderee National Park: Booderee National Park offers a variety of bushwalking and hiking trails that showcase the park’s beautiful coastal and bushland environments. You can enjoy some of the park’s stunning natural features, such as the Cave Beach, Botanic Gardens, and the caves of Booderee National Park. It is also a great way to spot some of the native Australian animals and plants.

5. Visiting the Jervis Bay Marine Park: Jervis Bay Marine Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. The park is home to a wide range of marine life, including dolphins, seals, and whales (in season). The park also offers a number of walking tracks, lookouts, and picnic areas where visitors can explore the park’s diverse ecosystems and enjoy the beautiful coastal views.

6. Fishing in the bay: Jervis Bay is a popular spot for fishing, the bay is known for its variety of fish species, including bream, tailor, and jewfish. You can choose to fish from the shore or rent a boat to fish in the deeper waters. There are a number of boat hire companies that you can rent boats from and take a fishing trip to the bay.

7. Go on a beach picnic. Jervis Bay has a number of picnic spots with beautiful coastal views, such as the beachfront at Hyams Beach, Greenfields Beach and the Botanic Garden in Booderee National Park.

8. Exploring the local villages of Huskisson and Vincentia: Huskisson and Vincentia are charming villages located on the shores of Jervis Bay. Both villages offer a range of dining and shopping options, as well as access to the area’s rich cultural and historical heritage. Visitors can explore the local museums and art galleries, or take a stroll along the village’s historic streets and appreciate the local architecture.

9. Take a scenic flight over the coast and the bay: Taking a scenic flight over Jervis Bay is an excellent way to experience the area’s natural beauty. There are a number of companies that offer scenic flights over the bay, these flights usually take around 30 minutes and allows you to see the beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and diverse wildlife.

10. Visit the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum: If you’re interested in the area’s history, culture and maritime heritage, you can visit the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in Huskisson. The museum showcases the history of Jervis Bay, including its Indigenous history, early exploration, and maritime and coastal activities. The museum offers exhibits, films, and interactive displays and also a beautiful garden to explore.

11. Go for a dolphin or whale watching tour: Jervis Bay is known for its abundant marine life, including dolphins and whales (in season). There are a number of companies that offer dolphin and whale watching tours, which can be a great way to see these magnificent creatures up close and in their natural habitat.

12. Of course, you can do nothing at all, and just soak up the seclusion and serenity at Marlu House or The Hideaway.

It’s with heavy hearts that we inform you of the following…

Due to the emergency closure of Bunkers Hill Road, and in the best interest of our guests and colleagues, barranca Kangaroo Valley is temporarily pausing guest stays until such time the road is repaired making it safe. Indications from Shoalhaven City Council are that this may take the best part of 6 months, however, we advise our valued guests to please check back soon for further information. Please check back here, follow our instagram and join our mailing list for the latest updates.

Please also note barranca Jervis Bay is taking bookings for Marlu House and The Hideaway – click here for more details about our newest property.

We thank you for your patience and support during this time,

The barranca Team

We’re thrilled to be included in Urban List’s ‘9 Beautiful Beach Houses To Book This Summer’. Here’s what they had to say…

 

“From the same team behind Barranca farm stay in Kangaroo Valley, this beach house on the South Coast is a magical spot to base yourself for a summer getaway. Perfect for big groups and families, there are five bedrooms divided into two self-contained areas. The property sits on 20 acres of beautiful bushland—and you’ll be treated to a vista of peaceful towering gums, visiting birdlife, and the occasional wallaby or two. The home has been kitted out with MCM House furniture, Beefeater BBQ, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a day at the beach. Speaking of, you’re a quick drive or bike ride away from the famous white sands of Jervis Bay.”

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barranca Jervis bay is set on 20 acres of pristine secluded native Australian bushland. The sister accommodation to Kangaroo Valley comprises six king bedrooms split over three architecturally designed residences…

The main house ‘Marlu’ consists of 3 bedrooms, with the option to include an adjoining 2-bedroom annex, which has a separate kitchen, dining and lounge room. And The Hideaway, is a king bedroom studio plus bathroom with a full kitchen with a 12sqm timber deck.

Backing onto National Park provides absolute seclusion from neighbours while being a short walk to the bright white sands and crystal blue waters of Jervis Bay.

Located at Myola, a hidden coastal gem on the northern shores of Jervis Bay, it is the epitome of a secluded holiday retreat with all that you need. You will uncover your own piece of paradise within incredibly unique surroundings, once an established native wildflower nursery. barranca Jervis Bay showcases its past and future landscape with amazing colours and smells. Connect with enormous old man banksias, proteas, and other rare Australian wildflowers as you absorb nature in all its glory.

Immersed in natural bushland, you’ll greet kangaroos at your doorstep and wake up to the musical choir of all sorts of birdlife.

THE PROPERTY key features:
5 minute walk to Callala Beach
Huskisson ferry seasonal service is right at your doorstep
Surrounded by national park with private entrance

Marlu House

Marlu House is designed to cater for a large number, it easily sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 Bedrooms divided into two self-contained areas. Furnished throughout with designer MCM House furniture, it’s the perfect luxury family holiday destination.

Features:
Two private self-contained spaces
Cook’s kitchen with large oven and 6 burner stove top, open plan for entertaining
Fridge with ice maker
Outdoor chefs’ BBQ with outdoor dining area
Outdoor sun lounges
Master bedroom with open plan bathroom and large soaking bath
Bathrobes and slippers
Leif products body wash, moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner
Beach towels
Double indoor showers
Outdoor shower
Kids loft bedroom
Outdoor fire pit
Indoor fires in main residence and annex
Smart TVs, WIFI and Bose wireless speaker
Ducted and reverse cycled air con throughout

The Hideaway

Located 100m away from Marlu house is an architecturally designed ‘tiny studio’ with its own kitchen and bathroom, surrounded by stunning bushland. It has everything you need for the perfect romantic getaway.

Features:
King bed
Full kitchen facilities
Bathroom
Smart / Apple TV
Air conditioning
Wifi
Leif products
Bathrobes and slippers
12sq metre deck

We are so humbled and excited to announce that we have won the ‘Most Picturesque Luxury Accommodation – Kangaroo Valley’ in the 2022 LUXLife Resorts & Retreats Awards…

LUXlife Magazine is a premium lifestyle publication that was founded in 2015 and focuses on a range of topics within the luxury lifestyle industry. They only publish only the most cutting-edge products, services, attractions and events that will appeal to our audience. Some of the world’s most internationally renowned brands, individuals, high-end developments and products are highlighted in the magazine so that their esteemed readers will find everything they need to truly live a luxury lifestyle.

You can see why we’re so humbled to have won this very prestigious award!!!

ABOUT THE AWARDS: LUXlife wanted to celebrate the destinations that kept us sane nationally during the pandemic, and that we can now visit internationally.

The winners are selected purely on merit by our experienced in-house research team, and the awards work by considering merit and quality, ensuring that the many resorts and retreats that form a vital part of this industry receive the appreciation they deserve. To move successfully from nominee to winner, there must be evidence of extensive expertise and skills, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.

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It’s officially the last month of winter and there are still so many ‘cool’ weather experiences to do before Spring. Here are 10 experiences we recommend you do when you visit us in Kangaroo Valley to take in the last of winter…

1. Hang out with the Shires

All our Shire horses love a little attention. The Cedars [now barranca} is Australia’s oldest Shire horse stud, established 40 years ago in Kangaroo Valley, and has been dedicated to breeding Shires ever since. The docile and calming nature of the Shire breed is very well-suited for human interaction which is why they love pats from our guests.

2. Go Wine Tasting

Yarrawa Estate is run by a lovely couple, Sue and Mark Foster, who bestow delicious wine and cheese upon you while cracking fresh macadamia nuts and breaking up fights between their boisterous dogs.

Enjoy a selection of their wines in the spectacular beauty of Yarrawa Estate $10pp for a wine tasting & $15 (small)/$20 (large) for a cheese platter featuring a selection of Sue’s homemade delicacies.

Or if you want to just ‘chill’ at barranca, we have a selection of Artemis Wines, and we can highly recommend the Pinot and Shiraz.

3. Feed our farm family

Every morning at 8 am you’re more than welcome to come and help feed barranca’s animals breakfast. Horses, donkeys, buffalos and pigs – if you’re an animal lover, it’s your chance to get up close with our farm family.

4. Enjoy the taste of the country

Local markets are a fabulous way to get delicious wholesome food direct from the farmer. The Kangaroo Valley Farmer’s Markets is on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the heart of the village and they offer varied produce, all locally grown and made, from olive oil to bread, to organic meats.

Not staying with us on a Sunday, don’t worry, the Kangaroo Valley General Store sells lots of local produce daily, and you can get jams, relishes, pickles and cordials from Caterina. There are also the Berry Country Fair Markets on the 1st Sunday, and the Berry Produce Markets on the 2nd Saturday and 4th.

5. Soak up the sunsets

With views of the escarpment from every villa, you can sit and gaze at stunning sunsets for hours. Light the fire pit, pour some wine, add a cheeseboard and you’re set for pre-dinner drinks and the perfect relaxing evening.

6. Savour breakfast in bed

We provide all our guests with fresh sourdough, butter, eggs, milk and spreads. You can also add on the deluxe breakfast hamper that includes things like the most amazing crumpets, streaky bacon, relish, mushrooms, tomato, yoghurt and fruit.  It’s only $80 per serve and is suitable for two guests.

7. Melt away stress with a massage

To help you disconnect and destress, book our spa therapists who specialise in massage, facials and beauty treatments. Each treatment is tailored to you and delivered through a tranquil sensory journey. You can also choose to have your treatment on your villa’s deck, to experience the tranquillity of barranca.

TO BOOK: Call Justine’s Mobile Massages on 0477 861 998 for treatment details.

{Massages are at additional cost and payable directly to the therapists.}

7. Walk up an appetite

Winter is a great time of year to enjoy bush walks. You can walk around the property and down to the creek with as much, or as little, effort as you want to expend.

Another great walk is the Drawing Room Rocks walk. It’s a 45 minute hike to the top of the escarpment and you will be rewarded with two stunning views of the South Coast and Kangaroo Valley. Take drinks and snacks, as the view is so magnificent that you’ll want to spend some time at the top.

8. Build a real wood fire

All our villas have inside fireplaces and outside fire pits. Watching the flickering flames are perfect to help you unwind and relax. And rest easy knowing that all the firewood is sustainable from the property’s fallen trees.

9. Wake up whenever

There’s nothing better than not having to set your alarm clock. Savour the mornings when you stay with us, and embrace not having to rush. To complement our body-supporting beds, crisp sheets and cloud-like pillows in all our villas, we now also have In Essence 360 Diffusers and Sleep Essential Oil Blends in our bedrooms to create a ‘sleep santuary’ to help your drift off into a restoring sleep. When you wake up, is up to you!

10. Uncover historical treasures

Dating back to 1870, Kangaroo Valley’s main street evokes a sense of country charm, with its tea rooms and heritage-listed pub, The Friendly Inn. Discover fascinating colonial history at the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum or follow the Kangaroo Valley Historic Village Walk where you can take in the historic Hampden Bridge with its large sandstone turrets.

Meet Helene Scarf, founder of Cedars Shire Horse Stud and co-developer of barranca’s Equine Therapy.
This year marks her 40-year-plus passion for Shire horses and 30 years of her showing this majestic breed at Sydney’s Royal Easter show.

Today Helene’s passion is what you will experience when you partake in the Equine Program, or even just see the majestic Shire horses up close at barranca. Read on to discover Helene’s story.

Helene established the The Cedars {now barranca} 40 years ago in Kangaroo Valley and has been dedicated to breeding Shires ever since. Today, completely to her credit, it’s Australia’s oldest Shire horse stud. When you stay at barranca you can experience these majestic creatures up close all thanks to Helene who was the first to bring Shires to Australia.

Here, in Helene’s words, is how it all started…

“I flew Ladbrook Edward to Australia in 1981 in a specially converted for livestock Jumbo jet. He was Australia’s first Registered Shire since the early 1900’s.

I was Helene Bowles at that time as Greg and I got married in 1982. That was the start of my passion for Shires and I still am passionate about them 41 years later.

In 1984 Greg and I imported three mares which arrived by sea. We sold one to a friend and kept two to breed with our stallion.

A year later another shipment arrived by sea and we kept two mares from that shipment. By then people were showing interest in the breed.

From 1990 to 1997 I took Ladbrook Edward to the Sydney Royal Easter ‘Show in a Breaking In Gig’ (for eight years) as there were no Shire horse classes yet due to the low numbers. First Shire Classes started in 1991 and I’ve shown Shires at the Sydney Royal for 30 years this year.

We started a Breeders Group initially but then we re-registered the Australian Shire Horse Society in 2004 as an Englishman Grahame West had the name registered in 1978.We also started an Australian Shire Horse Stud book in 2007 and now over 400 Australian Shire Horses are registered in Australia.
I have been President of the Australian Shire Horse Society since the beginning and we have a wonderful enthusiastic committee: www.shirehorsesociety.com.au. We also have in excess of 150 members.

I had no experience with horses when I started. My big new horse was simply a big pet! However I did a horse course at tech ‘Hooves and Legs’ and I’m still learning from my experiences today.

Lucky for me they are a very docile breed and I surrounded myself with horse professionals from the beginning.

I hope that the future of the Shire Horse continues to grow and prosper in the years to come and that barranca guests get to experience these beautiful, docile, gentle giants which will continue to enrich our lives.” – Helene Scarf

barranca’s Equine Program

Our Equine Program is a collaboration between barranca, The Cedars Shire Horse Stud and Flying Change Leadership.

It has been developed over the last 20 years to allow participants to appreciate the nature and behaviour of horses and watch how horses mirror human behaviour. This is the way that our guests learn to improve their communication skills and confidence.

To find out more about our Equine program, click below.

We’re so wrapped that Qantas has named us ‘A Wicked Wildlife Retreat’ and that we’re on their ‘The Best Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Australia’ list…

Listed in their “These Airbnbs Are So Cool the Kids Won’t Want to Leave” list, Qantas says:

“Skip the zoo and take the kids to Willow at Barranca* in Kangaroo Valley instead, where wombats, wallabies, and wild deer regularly wander. This luxury eight-person home sits on 800 hectares of farmland, offering outdoor adventures aplenty – there’s a freshwater creek for supervised swimming, plenty of bushwalking trails, and an outdoor fire pit for fireside storytelling.”

Stay in Willow

* Willow {pictured above and below} is our a luxury 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom villa carefully designed, like all our villas, to allow you to switch off from this busy world and get back to nature. Perfect for friends and family stays.

Book, and experience, Willow for yourself!

We’re so wrapped that Boss Hunting drove to Kangaroo Valley and stayed at barranca while road-testing the McLaren Grand Tourer. Here are few snippets from their stay before you click through to see the supercar review post…

“On paper, a McLaren GT seemed like an automotive oxymoron. How could a company associated with producing lightweight, driver-focused supercars, enter a market segment flooded with over-fed, numb, highway cruisers? Would that famous chassis be compromised to accommodate interior gimmicks? Or was the GT just a supercar with thicker seats? So, we decided a road trip from Sydney to Kangaroo Valley was necessary to sort the carbon from the caviar.”
– BOSS HUNTING

“With the smell of brakes and rubber lingering in the air as we roared down into the valley and arrived at the entrance to Barranca, we thought it would be a good time to chime in the standard lift kit, dial everything down a notch, and reflect on what a remarkable package the McLaren GT truly is.”
– BOSS HUNTING

Experience the scenic drive to Kangaroo Valley and barranca for yourself!