History of Yarrabin and Current Team
The idea of Australia's first guest property, or 'dude ranch,' came from Annie's father, Gavin Christie. The original property was purchased by Gavin's father, William, in 1956 with the intention of grazing sheep for wool. Many city friends would travel to the property to assist with the work and to escape from the city. With this an idea was born. Gavin travelled to America in 1961 to work on 'dude ranches' for a year. He gained considerable knowledge and experience from this - many of the ideas from the dude ranches were incorporated into Yarrabin by Gavin and combined with a uniquely Australian character and atmosphere.
In April 1963, Yarrabin Guest Property opened its doors to the public. ('Yarrabin' is aboriginal for ghost gums - the property at that time had over 500 hectares of untouched gum tree forests.) Gavin, assisted by his parents, renovated the three bedroom homestead and began to market farm holidays. He married Sue in February 1964 and together they made Yarrabin what it is today - a country oasis where city people, families and overseas guests can relax and enjoy the Australian country life and hospitality.
Annie grew up at Yarrabin, spending many enjoyable years with the thousands of guests. Today the third generation of the first guests are returning.
As Australia's first guest property and still with the original family, Yarrabin has a sound history of providing quality and enjoyable country holidays at good value. A personal touch for all guests is assured in this family run business.
Annie is running the place with great support of her daughter Jessica. Jessica has finished her last year of equestrian studies at the University of Wagga Wagga, is a great horse rider herself and loves to teach you, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider. At present she works here t holidays and most weekends. Annie’s 3 boys all have their own specialty: Harry (the eldest son, 20 years) does a lot of fixing jobs around the place and is a fantastic polo player. Jack, only 15 years, but already following in the footsteps of his older brother. He loves riding his motorbike to get the horses in and makes sure the fires are going for the bush BBQ’s. The youngest boy Will (11 years), likes to join his brothers and is always around during kids camps. And of course there’s Gavin and Sue (Annie’s parents and founders of Yarrabin), still helping out whenever needed and can tell you great stories about the old days!
Besides the family, there are numerous great staff working. Kyla is currently living at Yarrabin and helps tkae charge of the horses alongside Jess. She spent many weekends up here helping out when she was younger and enjoys sharing some fond childhood memories! She thrives in providing great rides and assisting people improve their riding. She is assisted by several girls from Bathurst (both local and down for university), Amy, Mhairi, Renata, and Ebony, - all enthusiast and competent horsewomen!
You’ll usually meet here one or two backpackers working and living with us for a couple of months. Last year we were lucky enough to welcome Michael and Aileen (Ireland), Celine (France), March (Holland) and Becky (UK). At present we have Roxy from the Uk with us, and Julia from Germany.