Corynnia Station is a working farm set amongst the vast saltbush plains between Griffith and Hay in western NSW.
Guests are welcome to arrive at the station via either the private airstrip or along the dusty roads that lead through the white gates and into the homestead. Whichever way you get here, once you have arrived at Corynnia you will feel like you have entered an alternate reality. This world is totally foreign to the asphalt and concrete that dominate most people’s everyday lives, but is one deeply familiar to the Australian consciousness.
Expansive pepper trees encircle the homestead and beckon you past classic corrugated iron sheds and into a world of green lawns, inspiring statues, and overflowing gardens. A curious sheep dog or two is bound to greet you as you come near to the immaculate white house where Julie and Bruce Armstrong have lived for 33 years. It is easy to see why most guests refer to this station stay accommodation as an oasis, but it wasn’t always that way.
“You should have seen it when we first moved in,” says Julie, the driving force behind the beautiful homestead and its gardens, “there was absolutely nothing here except for a rundown house, dry dirt, and rusty cars.”
It took years of backbreaking work but Julie and her husband Bruce, who looks after the day-to-day running of the Station’s agricultural activities, have turned Corynnia into an immaculate experience that offers guests a glimpse of real-life on the land in high style.
COSY COTTAGES FULL OF CHARACTER
Corynnia Station has two cottages that sit beside the homestead amongst the lush green gardens. They are the station’s old service buildings and have been tastefully refurbished to maintain their genuine outback personality whilst allowing guests all the privacy and comfort they need. Freshly painted walls and polished wooden floors are minimally but richly adorned with antique furniture, quality linen, and fresh-cut flowers.
The one bedroom Pink Palace caters for a single or couple with a queen bed, freshly renovated bathroom, and private sitting room. Next door, the Barracks has two bedrooms, one double and one twin, and caters for four guests.
These cottages have shared access to a barbecue on the verandah, a fire pit, and the adjacent Cookhouse - a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, where you will often find fresh eggs from the farm or fruit from the homestead’s orchard. A breakfast hamper is included in the price of the cottages.
ROOM FOR A CROWD
Sitting in the peaceful no-man’s land between the homestead’s green gardens and the outback’s golden plain, the fully self-contained Maxies Retreat offers guests the best of both worlds. Constructed from corrugated iron, an Aussie classic, it blends in seamlessly with the farmland surroundings, whilst its insulated walls and roof help it to stay cool in the heat.
It is a purpose-built facility designed to cater for a crowd. One queen bedroom and five twins allow it to sleep twelve guests, two big bathrooms keep everyone clean without too much of a wait, and the open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge area is not only massive but has a spectacular view over the landscape. This view can also be enjoyed from the tables and chairs on Maxies’ verandah.
Every guest at Corynnia Station has access to the exquisite gardens, amongst which they will find the sparkling pool and clay tennis court which they are welcome to use (tennis equipment can be provided).
Because all of the station’s accommodation options have ample kitchen facilities Corynnia offers a dinner hamper instead of a complete cooked meal, which also allows for more flexibility with meal times. The hamper contains pre-prepared veggies, garden salad (often home-grown), local bread, and a choice of local prime cut beef, lamb loin chops, or Atlantic salmon, which guests cook to their liking.
Julie says that the most common complaint guests voice after visiting Corynnia is that they only stayed for a single night, depriving themselves of the opportunity to make the most of the many activities available on the farm. A second night, or even a week, will ensure you get plenty of time to experience the magic of Corynnia at it’s most vital: the sunrise, sunset, and starry outback sky will stay in your mind long after you cross the cattle grid and close the station’s gates behind you.
Corynnia Station is located at 1823 Carrathool Rd, Carrathool, NSW. Book now to stay at Corynnia Station.