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Maria Rickert

Host Profile

My Property

Property Name

Barkala Farmstay, Pilliga Pottery & Blue Wren Cafe

Business Type

Hobby Farm

Farming methods


Short Property Description

The Rickert family welcomes you to the middle of the bush! We are a very sociable and informal community consisting of Maria, her three adult children and two grand-children, including Pottery Studio, Café and Farmstay permanent staff and volunteers.

We run a small farming business with horses, goats, sheep and chickens. If you have green fingers, there is a large organic green house that is in constant need of weeding, watering and harvesting. This is the home to the famous Pilliga Pottery, a large and flourishing creative enterprise, not to mention the Blue Wren Cafe that is open seven days. Our buildings are unique and made from mud-brick, straw bale, rammed earth and local timbers.


Work is required in gardening (weeding and watering), helping in the café and also the pottery studio. Leisure activities include volleyball, swimming, bush walking, bird watching, pottery, sculpture, artwork, playing musical instruments and milking the cow.

If you do not own a vehicle, we will collect you from the bus stop in Coonabarabran. 

No smoking inside. Pet friendly.

Full Property Description

We are an organic farm, a provider of unique eco-friendly accommodation and host to many different wildlife species. We carry out our daily work and activities in the most sustainable ways possible while continuing to improve our relationship with the land. We are excited to share our dreams and passions with you, and hope that by offering a unique farm stay, we too can inspire people to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
We believe in working with the environment and having a healthy reciprocal relationship with the land on which we live and work. We strive to continuously develop sustainable buildings, power supplies, waste management solutions and fun, interactive activities for our guests.

Skills WWOOFers can learn here

Organic practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Mulching, Animal care, Using & caring for tools, Handyman, Bread making

Courses and Events

We offer regular pottery classes and weekend workshops.

My Details


Maria Rickert



The Stay

Can Accommodate

2 WWOOFers

Preferred length of Stay

Whatever suits


Separate Building

Other options

No Smoking Inside, No Children

Meal Procedures

Eat together

Languages spoken

German and English

Diets we cater for

All diets catered for

Why I became a WWOOF Host

Our aim is to share our passion in preserving and nurturing the Pilliga Forest, the wildlife and surrounding towns. There is much to learn from our family run business and we appreciate whatever help we can get from our volunteers.



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