Situated just 10 minutes off the Hume Highway, Highfield Farm and Woodland is the perfect destination for a retreat into nature. This picturesque farm combines small-scale, sustainable farming with the conservation of critically endangered habitat teeming with native wildlife.
Stay at the Kestrel Nest EcoHut, an off-grid, eco-lux retreat. For the ultimate paddock-to-plate experience, try out the regional food & wine hampers and home-grown produce.
With around 14kms of well-marked trails through farmland and conservation areas, many linking to the Ellerslie Nature Reserve, you’ll have plenty of space to explore. Keep an eye out for wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and some of the incredible bird diversity that call Highfield home! For a guided experience, check out the Farming with Habitat or Bird Watching tours to learn more about this incredible land.
Louise Freckelton and David Bray are the owners of Highfield Farm and Woodland, a property situated in Mt Adrah, approximately 70km east of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The property is a small-scale farm, dedicated conservation area and eco-friendly tourist accommodation, and it is Louise and David’s intent to maintain the property for these purposes. Two-thirds of Highfield Farm and Woodland are protected with a Conservation Agreement and the property is also registered with Land for Wildlife. Their accommodation – Kestrel nest EcoHut and their two tours are certified by Ecotourism Australia.
The property covers approximately 333 hectares, with 222 hectares protected in-perpetuity through a Conservation Agreement. This area is comprised of Box Gum Grassy Woodland, Carex Sedgelands and riparian areas. The remainder of the property consists of native grasslands and is dedicated to regenerative grazing.
The property provides habitat for a wide range of wildlife including eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), euros (Macropus robustus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), squirrel (Petaurus norfolcensis) and feathertail (Acrobates pygmaeus) gliders and various antechinus species. In addition, 140 native bird species have been recorded on the property including hooded robins (Melanodryas cucullata) and critically endangered regent honeyeaters (Anthochaera phrygia).