A trip to country New Zealand and the dream of owning her own her own horse as a child, has taken former Syndey resident Julie McLeod to Mudgee where she now runs a commercial merino sheep property with over 300 merino sheep and Ba Mack Farmstay.
Ba Mack Farmstay is an interactive farmstay, that provides guests with a truly hands on experience to farm life.
Julie decided to make the big move to the country 20 years ago.
Mudgee was an easy choice for Julie as her mother had grown up there and had fond memories.
“Many would not believe that I actually grew up in Sydney in a normal (at that time) house block,” she said.
“I experienced a few horse riding camps in my early teens on a country farm in NSW and I absolutely loved it. I really loved every aspect of it, from horse riding to baking afternoon tea and all those wonderful times in between. When I had to leave, I cried so much because I didn't want to go home.
“My dream of Ba Mack Farmstay started from this very humble beginning, a little girl just wanting to love animals and country life and now that little girl would like to share her wonderful country memories with you and to help you make your own.”
Ba Mack Farmstay has many animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, sheep, cows, birds, horses, an alpaca and even Wilbur the pig, that guests are able to interact with.
Julie is also a qualified wool classer.
It is Julie and her daughter Kate’s mission to give families a truly unique and friendly experience of working and interacting with animals, without any fear.
“When guests stay with us - they experience a very special time with us. We take a maximum of only two families at a time, so there is lots of one on one time with us,” Julie said.
“Today my dream and my entire business is based on sharing my love of country life and animals with others, from the very nervous to the very experienced animal lover - from the very moment that you arrive.
“I can promise that I will give every family a wonderful life-time memory of country living and you are going to love it.”
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“My daughter Kate and I will spend as much time with you as required and as you would like,” Julie said.
The day usually begins around 8am with a continental breakfast of freshly-baked bread and fresh farmyard eggs.
Then from 9am until lunchtime guests can help to feed the many animals, which includes poddy lambs, cows, chickens, ducks and geese.
Not only do guests get the opportunity to help feed the animals, they can also go on a led horse ride and come back to the homestead kitchen to enjoy an afternoon tea of scones, cupcakes and cookies, which they are welcome to help Julie make from scratch using her own recipes.
If you would like to find out more information, just head to http://bamackfarmstay.com.au