You'll find a typical outback welcome when you drop in for a visit at Kallara. Nestled on the banks of the Darling River in western New South Wales, between Bourke and Wilcannia, Kallara is a 150,000 acre working sheep station.
Owners Justin and Julie McClure are clearly busy keeping all that four-legged lot under control, but will give you a warm welcome and do everything possible to make your stay comfortable. Like other members of the Outback Beds group to which they belong, Kallara offers wholesome home-cooked fare and the accommodation set-up suits all sizes of groups.
There are up to 20 beds available, from deluxe to shearer’s quarters, and the big kitchen, dining area and verandah of Coolabah Lodge will serve well as your casual headquarters for eating, drinking and story-telling when you're not out walking the trails around the property.
We called in over the June long weekend 2013, and were delighted the McClures joined us around the campfire for drinks before dinner and chatted away to our endless questions. These conversations are to me the highlight of any outback safari and the reason I keep returning. It is always such a privilege to spend time talking to the residents, learning about their life in the bush.
If you're flying in, land at Tilpa, about 10kms away and make your way to the Tilpa pub ... just to get yourself in the mood.