17kms north of Balranald is Paika Station. Paika (rhymes with “baker” not “biker”) is a working station producing a wheat crop, but is nowadays also a popular accommodation site, offering a large self-contained cottage, shared accommodation in the restored Workman’s Quarters, and soon a glamping option as well.
Bramanada spent four days here, using it as a base to see the environs.
If you’re a vintage tractor aficionado, Paika Station has you covered!
The Station was established in 1846, initially running cattle and selling livestock to goldfields butchers during the gold rush. By the 1860s, sheep had overtaken beef cattle as the stock.
The main house, Paika Homestead, was constructed in 1875 from locally-fired bricks. These days the house and garden is a popular venue for weddings. Our hosts Dianne and Iain were happy for us to wander in their remarkable garden.
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Is that a Triumph Herald (car) ???