Located in the relaxed, remote and rural setting of the Curracabundi National Park, this homestead is about an hour and 15 minutes drive north of the New South Wales town of Gloucester. Please be aware that guests must book ahead in order to arrange access to the property.
Karamea Homestead is fully furnished and offers a full kitchen, open plan living and dining, four bedrooms (with a total of two queen beds and six king singles – comfortably sleeping up to 10 guests) and two bathrooms. Linen and pillows are supplied, but please note that you will need to bring your own towels.
Booking periods are from Friday to Sunday and from Monday to Thursday – there is a minimum two night stay.
Keep in mind that Karamea Homestead is in a remote location, so ensuring that your thoroughly prepared is a must. Ensure that you have brought appropriate clothing and equipment, as well as adequate food. You will also have to do without mobile phone reception for the duration of your stay.
If you’re a horse owner, feel free to being them along. Horse riding is permitted along identified routes and trails. Guests bringing your horses are required to provide temporary fencing yards – there are no stables or established yards. For more information on horse riding, contact the NPWS Office at Gloucester on (02) 6538 5300. Please note that domestic pets are not permitted.
Guests should be reminded that the cattle stations along Giro Road and lands adjacent to Karamea are private property – trespassing is not permitted. Also note that standard National Park rules apply – contact NPWS Gloucester for more information if required.
During your stay, we encourage you to visit and explore some of the surrounding towns – Gloucester, Walcha, Nowendoc, Tamworth, Niangala, Caffreys Flat, Taree, Forster, Barrington, Scone and more.
If you’re planning to stay at Karamea Homestead sometime in the near future, you might be wondering how you can fill your days. There are plenty of attractions and things to do in the surrounding area.
You cannot stay in a place like Karamea without taking the opportunity to get back to nature. Whether you explore the Curracabundi National Park where you’re staying or you head to one of the nearby natural attractions (such as Copeland Tops State Conservation Area or the Barrington Tops State Forest), there is something for you. From swimming or fishing in the Barnard River to birdwatching or walking, you can explore to your heart’s content.
If you’re more interested in the history of the region, you should head to the Gloucester Museum. It contains photographic records, memorabilia and archival material dating back to 1826 – when Gloucester and the surrounding towns were founded. The Mountain Maid gold mine tour is also worth a visit – it is one of New South Wales longest running operational gold mines. You will have the opportunity to visit some historic buildings and get up close with the machinery.
The region is home to a variety of adventure sports and activities, so if you like to get the adrenalin pumping there’s sure to be something for you! At Barrington Outdoor Adventures you can try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and abseiling – tours are available! At the Steps Mountain Bike Park, you can enjoy 3.5km of purpose built cross country trails, berms and bridges, a pump track and a skills building section (to gain confidence before hitting the trails).
One of our favourite day trips from the homestead, particularly during the summer, is to the coastal town of Forster. Relax on one of the many beaches, take a whale watching tour, taste some freshly caught oysters, or climb the stairs of the Cape Hawke lookout in the national park for some amazing views. A number of popular events are also held in the town each year, including Opera by the Lake and the Jeff Wilcox Memorial bodyboarding competition.
If you would prefer to head more inland, the country music capital of Tamworth might be right up your alley. With so many activities and attractions, you could easily spend the whole day (from dawn until dusk – and even later) exploring. Visit one of the many private galleries, stroll around the Tamworth Botanic Gardens, take the kids to the Victoria Park Precinct (home to a playground, marsupial park and more) and photograph the Big Golden Guitar.
If you’re happy to drive a little further, another inland destination that you could visit is Scone. There are plenty of things to do in this little slice of heaven – walk the Polblue Swamp Track, swim in the Washpools waterhole, catch a film at the historical Civic Theatre, explore the Towarri National Park or Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, play a few rounds at the Aberdeen or Scone Golf Clubs, or take a drive along the spectacular Barrington trail.