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Central West, NSW
54 Karawina Drive, Duckmaloi
Phone: 0435 931 249
The location Oberon, about two and a half hours' drive west of Sydney, sits at an altitude of 1120 metres, making it the highest town in the Blue Mountains region. Settled along the Fish River in 1839, Oberon (known as Bullock Flat to the pioneers) is a bucolic community on the rise (it's also the birthplace of former Greens leader Bob Brown). With four truly distinct seasons, the town's natural beauty is on display all year round.
The place On 40 hectares, Duckmaloi Farm isn't short of wildlife, with roaming kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and sheep, and you may even spot a platypus in the nearby Duckmaloi River. All the farm's accommodation options are self-contained and comfortable, and in the depths of winter the well-equipped cabins and spacious main house remain as warm as toast.
The experience There is privacy and space in abundance on the farmstead. Guests keen on experiencing country life are encouraged to feed the farm animals (just try stopping the little ones). For older children craving action, the full-size tennis court will probably fit the bill. Come the evening, keep an eye open for the often gorgeous sunsets.
Don't miss Just 30 kilometres down the road from Duckmaloi Farm you'll find the beautiful Jenolan Caves - the oldest discovered open caves in the world (1300 763 311). For something closer to the farm, the eerie nearby State Forest's pine plantations provide an otherworldly setting to explore. It's an incredible experience all year round, but if you visit between late January and early May, look out for exotic wood mushrooms - coveted by high-end restaurants worldwide.
Need to know
Cost: cottages from $195 a night.
Where: 175km (2.5 hours' drive) west of Sydney.
Pets: By arrangement.
Wheelchair access: Limited.