Pilliga Pottery Creative Farmstay is a destination offering visitors many different experiences.
Visit our pottery workshop to browse our selection of handcrafted ceramics, experience a pottery class or just enjoy a delicious lunch at the Blue Wren Café in the beautiful surroundings of Barkala Farm.

The farm offers a choice of unique accommodation experiences for couples through to large groups. Un-powered campsites are available. Guests can feed the farm animals and relax by the pool. There are 60km of bush-walking tracks to explore walks, or take a guided bird watching tour.

Pilliga Pottery Creative Farmstay is proudly owned and operated by Maria Rickert and her family. Since 1985 the family has built, improved and maintained “Barkala” farm with the help of many Friends and backpackers.

Pilliga Pottery Creative Farmstay is 100% off grid with its own water supply and solar system. We are proud to be ECO friendly, self-sufficient and with a very small carbon foot print.

As a pet friendly farmstay we look forward to welcome you and your furry friends.

The Studio

Farmstay Accommodation

We offer you 6 types of accommodations. Choose the one that best suits what you are looking for.

Pilliga Pottery

Barkala Farm is the home of Pilliga Pottery,  creators of unique pottery featuring Australian native flora and fauna.

Blue Wren Cafe

The Blue Wren Cafe serves delicious home made foods.  The taste and the atmosphere will keep you coming back for more.

Event Location

Barkala Farm has the space, scenery and accommodation to make your event a hit.

Know more about our Farmstay


  • positive review  good food, great coffee, beautiful pottery . purchased a gift for a friend and pilliga pottery organized the postage for me, including a beautiful greeting card.

    Tracey Woodward Avatar Tracey Woodward
    October 24, 2021

    positive review  Beautiful setting, friendly people Good food Highly recommended

    Tim Blatch Avatar Tim Blatch
    October 17, 2021

    positive review  The Old Schoolhouse accomodation was very comfortable, food was amazing and the scenery was magnificent. Only issue was poor water pressure when using any taps in the accomodation.

    Jake Bogers Avatar Jake Bogers
    October 10, 2021

    positive review  the experience of just being in this place is unique.

    Praful Vijay Avatar Praful Vijay
    October 7, 2021
  • positive review  Beautiful pizza and atmosphere like always! Defintly our favourite place to go to relax! 🌿

    Jo Taylor Avatar Jo Taylor
    September 26, 2021

    positive review  scones with cream and jam the best ! highly recommended, will come again

    Tammy Mckenzie Avatar Tammy Mckenzie
    September 25, 2021

    positive review  Accommodation very comfortable and cosy. Great atmosphere for relaxation and solitude. Good for families good bush walking, pottery lessons or just play with clay, play equipment, pool clean and relaxing. Gardens are a delight of natural beauty, the wildflowers are stunning. Coffee was good as well. Joel thank you for the pottery lesson an enjoyable fun morning.

    Sharon Scott Avatar Sharon Scott
    September 24, 2021

    positive review  There are many activities to do from working with clay, actually learning how to use a potters wheel, many interesting walks, and day trips in the Pilliga. Camping is good, the Cafe is great including evening meals, and the staff are very helpful.

    Reg Hinton Avatar Reg Hinton
    August 9, 2021
  • positive review  What a great night and great food. A wonderful place to go with some mates and off the grid for the night.

    Jacqueline Orr Avatar Jacqueline Orr
    April 24, 2021

    positive review  Enjoyed our visit to the shop.

    Matthew King Avatar Matthew King
    April 23, 2021

    positive review  A friend suggested we visit and we discovered this oasis in the middle of (almost) nowhere. Beautiful food, great service and pottery. Highly recommended.

    Josée Lemoine Avatar Josée Lemoine
    April 5, 2021

    positive review  Very nice place for camping and relaxation, art everywhere in form of pottery

    Luis Estradas Avatar Luis Estradas
    April 4, 2021
  • positive review  Chilled country art. Great outdoor setting.

    Sean M Daly Avatar Sean M Daly
    March 29, 2021

    positive review  This place is a little off the beaten track but oozes uniqueness in accommodation, loads of personality and plenty of nature to spend time in. Amazing food at the cafe for both dinner and breakfast and customer service second to none. Fantastic atmosphere and would recommend to family and friends for sure 😊

    Fiona Ross-Borjeson Avatar Fiona Ross-Borjeson
    March 22, 2021

    positive review  Australian bush setting, amazing views when bush walking, unique blue wren pottery, fun pottery classes, different German menu, great pizza, and lovely hospitality ✅

    Jocelyn Palmer Avatar Jocelyn Palmer
    March 22, 2021

    positive review  Such a beautiful place , great atmosphere lovely pottery accommodation absolutely Stunning Extremely friendly staff Clean , rustic it’s definitely a MUST TO COME

    Sherryn Warton Avatar Sherryn Warton
    March 20, 2021

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