If you’re a camping family and looking for somewhere completely unique for your next trip, keep reading!
We are lucky enough to know the owners of Aranyani Bison Farm, which is about 1 hour drive south from Byron Bay in NSW and after a long time trying to find the time to get there, we finally made it!
Aranyani is a working American Bison ranch in Myrtle Creek where you can sleep in one of their four Native American style tipis or set up your own camping or caravan set up in their designated camping area. We went for the tipi…because well how often would you EVER get to sleep in a tent this cool! The tipis are really spacious and comfy, 7m in diameter and can sleep up to 12 adults in double beds or single stretcher beds……my idea of camping!
We spent the night around the campfire where the kids had a ball toasting marshmallows, playing spotto with the torches and gazing up at the stars. My God the stars!!!! It’s not until you get out to a spot like Aranyani until you realise how incredible a sky FULL of stars is. We even saw some shooting stars!
The highlight of the farm is of course the bison. They are HUGE! Bison are the fastest growing land mammal and can grow to over a tonne! Dusty is one of the big boys at Aranyani weighing in at over 600kgs. There are only around 500 bison currently in Australia, a lot of those in zoos, so to be able to see so many of them in one spot is amazing. The owners Damen and Shannon Wells are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and if you want to know more about these fascinating animals they’ll know the answer!
Bison aren’t the only animals you’ll get to meet though, there are parrots, shetland ponies, ducks, peacocks, cows, horses and my personal fave, Oprah the chook, who’s favourite spot is the couch (of course) The land is flat and spacious with loads of room for kids to run around and have a ball, and the way it’s set out you can always see them.
If you get the chance to take a tour on Damens Argo 8 wheeler taking you from land to mud and back again. LOADS of fun!
The park also has a 9 hole putt putt course, swimming pool with slide, hot showers and toilets in the amenities block and a camp kitchen area with a big bbq and a fridge. There is also a little kiosk stocking the essentials + choccies, lollies, coffee etc.
Aranyani Bison Farm is open every day of the week and you can book online on their website at www.aranyanibison.com
To get there from Adelaide you can fly direct into the Gold Coast and drive 2 hours south where you can call into some of the beautiful towns along the way like Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads or Bangalow. Or you can also fly from Adelaide to Ballina/Byron Bay with a stop in Sydney with Virgin Australian and Jetstar where you’ll only need around one hour to get to Aranyani.