2 October 2003
returned from 11 absolutely fantastic days at Myella,
I am still excited about numerous experiences, the
atmosphere, and lifestyle and last but not least the fun
we had on this farm, 1,5hrs drive from
Rockhampton/Queensland, Down Under (Australia).
this page I would like to share these experiences with
you and maybe gain your interest to visit Myella
in Baralaba, 125km southwest of Rockhampton and consists
of 2600 acres of land (=ca. 10km2). There are
approximately 400 beef cattle and 35 horses. The farm
stay (since 1993) is run by Lyn, Peter and Olive Eather,
who do an excellent job with it. As there are not too
many guests at a time, the farm is very personal.
morning we went horse riding for at least two hours.
With over 30 horses, there is a horse to suit every
skill level. Don’t be scared of your first ride,
you’ll receive excellent instruction and guidance,
which makes it much easier than you think and you are
well looked after (not only by Lyn, René and Ray, but
also by reliable horses)! The groups are fairly small,
and mainly divided according to riding abilities. Thus
it will be an enjoyable ride at a suitable speed for
everyone. Other than most tourist horse-riding places
(that mainly go on prepared tracks in a strict line one
after the other), there is always something different to
achieve with the horses here. One of the best features
during the rides is certainly the open countryside of Myella
(even though it is a relatively small farm for the area,
it still appeared huge to me; I haven’t been going
exactly the same way for once and a ride to the other
end of the property (Wallaby Hill) took us more than an
hour). Apart from magnificent trail-rides, we completed
activities to get to know our horses and brush up our
skills in the first days, and gathered cattle, competed
in barrel-races and other little jobs (checking the
water, reporting the grass-conditions for the cattle
etc.) later on. Overall, horse-riding was definitely my
favourite activity; a big thank you to Ray, René, Lyn
for guiding and Ginger, Candy, Whisky, Isis, Samurai and
Rebal for not kicking me off (sorry Stuart, your
communication was not successful *g*).
Lunch, various activities could be participated in on Myella.
(BTW: Nothing was compulsory; but I enjoyed every single
job/activity I did). Once passed the Myella-licence,
we were allowed to use the motorbikes (I personally
preferred the quad bike) to drive around the tracks, go
to the sunset point to watch a gorgeous sky, or to
Wallaby Hill for a lookout over the property. In the
morning, you can also gather the horses from their three
different paddocks using the bikes (warning: get up
early to get some brekkie!). Additionally, we were
taught how to use a lasso, crack the whip, milk the cows
(it is much harder than it looks like!), and feed the
Joeys Luke (DOB. Dec 2001) and Leah (DOB Feb 2003), and
spend a lot of time playing with "crazy piggy"
Alexandra and dog Stubbie. The best refreshment after a
hot morning horse-riding was a swim in the pool, playing
water-volleyball or just relax. (Remember always to wear
long clothing, a hat and sufficient sun-screen as the
Australian sun is harsh and we don’t like
sunburns/–strokes, do we?).
a tiring, but enjoyable day you can look forward to
superb food and country hospitality in the outdoor
dining area. The best beef I ever had was on Myella
and even though I stayed such a long time (well, it was
way too short, but longer than most others) I never had
a dinner twice. Vegetarians, you are missing out! The
cows are happy out here, so get over it and try…you
won’t regret it. Although suspicious at first, I
quickly learned to use the campfire to make a toast, hot
water and cook a damper. Tell you what: it tastes ten
times better than electrical ovens. You don’t believe
me? – Try it yourself!
accommodation on Myella
is just as fabulous as everything else. In brand-new,
clean twin or double-rooms everybody is well
accommodated and it is both quiet and close to all other
activities. TV, video, library, phone, internet and
laundry facilities are available.
easiest way to get to the farm is either by car (see Homepage
for description) or with daily transfers from/to
Rockhampton (get there by Tilt Train, Plane or
– where else can you…
in a swag surrounded by cows?
baby-rabbit whilst moving hay stacks?
+ fall off Norman, the "calf"?
how to use a lasso and crack the whip?
chook, the parrot without feathers?
the little piggy and get chased by cows yourself?
newborn calves just after their birth?
list could be continued forever; for additional
suggestions that have definitely to be listed click
so much fun, relax and find yourself?
thing is for sure: "You will leave stiff, sore and
dirty, but happy!"
(for one of the best experiences I ever had) to: Lyn,
Peter, Olive, René, Ray, Stuart, Sandra … and
everybody I forgot.
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happy to answer questions regarding my farm stay as good
as I can. (Click