3253 Beaconsfield Road O'Connell 2795 NSW Australia   Phone: +61 2 6337 5712
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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 bachelor degree 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.  Annie’s 3 boys all have their own specialty: Harry (the eldest son, 22 years) does a lot of fixing jobs around the place and is a fantastic polocrosse player. Jack, only 17 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 (13 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. Several girls come out from Bathurst to work (both local and down for university) all with different equestrian backgrounds. They are all enthusiastic and competent horsewoman that thrive in providing great rides and assisting people improve their riding!

  

 

 

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 and BB (France), March (Holland), Julia (Germany), Pascale (Canada) and Becky, Roxy, Amanda and Mel (UK).  So far this year, we've have Sandra from Germany, Emily from England, and Lyss from Canada.