Accommodation is available for visitors who are either participating in an Internship, WWOOFing or attending one of the many courses held on the farm. Unfortunately at this stage it is not possible for casual visitors to stay on the farm.
Milkwood Farm Policy for all visitors
Milkwood is both a working farm and a place of active education. For everyone's comfort and safety (including the resident wildlife) we have the following policies for all visitors:
- No pets (there are plenty of animals here already)
- No drugs
- No inappropriate behavior (you will be asked to leave the property)
- Respect for others religions and beliefs
- Respect for all life on the property
While we're still creating Milkwood's fascilities, we offer either camping in our camping area, or you can stay down the road at Bushlands Holiday Park.
Our camping area is on the banks of Campbells' Creek, and provides a variety of shady, bush-style campsites. We don't allow cars in the camping area for the safety of all campers. There is no power in the camping area, so don't forget your torch! No open fires are allowed in this area, as a precaution to both the vegetation and the safety of all campers.
- Bushlands Holiday Park option:
Bushlands is located 15 minutes down the road from Milkwood on the banks of long creek, in the metropolis of Windeyer. It offers quiet and comfortable on-site vans and powered campsites at a very reasonable cost, and is next to the 'Gold and Fleece', Windeyers historic pub which dates back to the goldrush days of the 1870s. Give them a call on 02 6373 8252 or vist their website for more details.
Meals / Chores
All meals at Milkwood are a communal affair, with both omnivore and vegetarian options. Wherever possible, we cook with seasonal, organic produce - either home-grown or sourced from the local area. Extra-special dietary needs may require you to provide your own supplementary food.
All visitors are requested to joyfully participate in the farm chores in order to keep things running smoothly and comfortably. These usually only take a few minute a day and might include such things as feeding farm animals, sweeping the floor, washing dishes, collecting food from the garden etc.
Facilities for students, WOOFers and interns are all in the vicinity of the woolshed. These include wood-fired showers in our funky rocket-powered shower block, composting toilets and a comfy common area in the woolshed to relax, read and socialise.
The woolshed is fitted with wireless internet access, which is available to students with their own computers for emailing etc - note that, due to our remote location, this is a two-way satellite internet connection and is too slow for VOIP, skype calls or large file downloads. Please restrict your internet usage to email and basic web pages. Please set your email clients not to automatically download attachments.
Our secret valley is questionably blessed with being a total mobile blackspot, with no mobile reception on any carrier including Telstra Next-G. Telephone and fax access is available at our office at Kirwin, the homestead next door, for a fee.
There are washing facilities available for students in the woolshed. Please use the sulfate-free washing powder provided.
What to bring
No matter what season you're visiting, Milkwood can deliver unexpected weather. Packing a warm outfit is advised all year round, just in case. Work wear, hardy closed shoes, long pants (even in summer) adequate sun protection (for both your head and the rest of your body) and wet-weather gear are all advised.
Other things to bring include a torch, sturdy water bottle, work gloves, pens and notebooks, sunscreen, sunglasses, any medication you need and any sweets or treats that you cannot live without, as Mudgee is about an hour away.
If you intend to camp please ensure you bring your own tent, sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. We do have some communal camping gear, but it is limited.
We do a supply run into Mudgee at least once a week, however, so if you forget anything vital we can always pick it up for you.
Things to see and do
Around the farm
- Bush walking - Visitors have access to over 1000 acres (400 hectares) of native bushland to walk through.
- Bird watching - Diamond firetails, sulphur-crested cockatoos, red-rumped parrots, crimson rosellas, eastern rosellas, kookaburras, king parrots are just a few of the bird species regularly spotted on the farm.
- Observing the wildlife - If you go for a walk early in the morning or on dusk you are likely to see plenty of kangaroos, wallaby, walleroos, wombats or maybe even a koala. During the day shingleback lizards, echidna, lace monitors and bearded dragons are regularly encountered.
- Mountain bike riding on the tracks and roads around the farm.
- Go for a swim in the creek or one of the dams.
- Read a good book, go for a picnic by the creek or just laze around in a hammock under a shady tree.
Within an easy drive
- Take a tour of a few of the more than 50 wineries in the Mudgee valley.
- Visit the gold rush era villages of Windeyer, Sofala, and Hill End.
- Visit the Glen Davis or Dunns Swamp in the Wollemi National Park.
- Visit The Drip a spectacular rock formation on the Goulburn River.
- Go for a beer or a counter meal at the Gold n' Fleece Hotel in Windeyer.
- Grab a coffee from one of the great Cafés in Mudgee or Rylstone.