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Sithuri tiny house at Mudgee

Sithuri Tiny House - A Windeyer Outback Experience

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A weekend in Windeyer in a Tiny Home

Story by Ellie Parker

If you’d have told me that I would’ve been without reception for 48 hours, I would’ve laughed and said never. Little did I know that our Tiny Away adventure would mean no wifi, seeing more Australian wildlife in two days than I’ve seen in 26 years and re-learning how to appreciate the little things.

We chose the ‘Dream Alpaca’ Farm in Windeyer to stay at from the options available at Tiny Away. It was the perfect location – around a 3/4 hour drive from Sydney, 45 minutes from wine country in Mudgee and far enough to feel like a real adventure.

On Friday night after work, we packed the car and headed for what would be a life changing weekend away. If you’re heading toward Mudgee, I’d highly recommend taking the path through Bells Line of Road. The Blue Mountains are beautiful, and the drive is very scenic (and fun!).

We arrived at the Dream Alpaca Farm at around 10pm at night, and were greeted by the lovely Fernando, farmer and owner, and his faithful farm dog, Carlos. We’d been running behind schedule, and I’d worryingly sent Fernando a message letting him know that we were running late. His message back simply said, “Don’t worry about the time. You get here, when you get here.” That was our first indicator that this was going to be a very special, unusual weekend.

Read more on Elle’s Tiny Away Review: A weekend in Windeyer in a Tiny Home here.

Accommodation Places we visited

Sithuri Tiny House - A Windeyer Outback Experience

Windeyer, NSW 2850

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Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

Things We Did

Farm tour

Windeyer NSW 2850, Australia

That morning Fernando offered to give us a farm tour, and OH MY LORD it was the best three hours of my life. First, we headed over to the alpacas to hand feed them and learn more about them. Alpaca fur is not only much warmer than sheep wool, but...

That morning Fernando offered to give us a farm tour, and OH MY LORD it was the best three hours of my life. First, we headed over to the alpacas to hand feed them and learn more about them. Alpaca fur is not only much warmer than sheep wool, but easier to work with and alpacas are easier to care for. My favourite was Nicola, who was the eldest and the queen bee of them all. She was sassy as anything, and when she’d eat from your tub she’d look you dead in the eyes, making the weirdest sounds you’ve ever heard.

A ride on the farm ‘limousine’

Windeyer NSW 2850, Australia

Next up was a ride on the farm ‘limousine’, AKA the farm ute. This bad boy had an enormous tray up the back, so Joe, Carlos and I stood on the tray, and held on for dear life. If you love 4WDing, it’s like that but on steroids. We explored...

Next up was a ride on the farm ‘limousine’, AKA the farm ute. This bad boy had an enormous tray up the back, so Joe, Carlos and I stood on the tray, and held on for dear life. If you love 4WDing, it’s like that but on steroids. We explored the entire property (400 acres!) across various tracks (and loads of off-roading), and met so many characters along the way.

Fernando was an incredible host, stopping regularly and educating us about the area. The farm actually is on top of an old gold mine, where people found gigantic nuggets! These days, people still come to Fernando’s farm to try their luck but instead of panning, they bring high-tech metal detectors. During these three hours, we learnt so much about farming, the passion it takes and also the devastation it can have.

Visiting local Mudgee region

179 Tinja Ln, Mudgee NSW 2850, Australia

The rest of the weekend was spent exploring the local Mudgee region (Walter Wines and Lowe Wines are a must visit), and checking out the rest of the property. We headed to the Gold + Fleece for dinner, which was definitely the most authentic, local Aussie pub I’ve ever visited....

The rest of the weekend was spent exploring the local Mudgee region (Walter Wines and Lowe Wines are a must visit), and checking out the rest of the property. We headed to the Gold + Fleece for dinner, which was definitely the most authentic, local Aussie pub I’ve ever visited. Here’s a funny story for you – Joe has been in Australia for less than a year, but had the most Australian experience of his life at this pub.

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