Welcome to “Yara Balba Stables”

‘Yara Balba’ in First Nation Darkinyung language, means Gum Tree Hill.

Stables’ represents a home for horses, a stable of artists, a place or studio of ideas, or a place to rest & stay.

Not surprisingly, ‘Yara Balba Stables’ offers horse riding instruction, Equestrian Training opportunities & events, art classes, the facilitation of art projects & farm accommodation options.

Our 56 acre (22Ha)  farm at Mandalong, is an easy 90 minute easy drive from Sydney CBD and 5 minutes from the township of Morisset on the Western side of lovely Lake Macquarie.

Our Stable has a small family of riding horses, a 60m x 20m covered and all- weather riding arena, a 70m x 50m large all weather arena suitable for Show-jumping, dressage comps / protocol days, working equitation obstacle course, mounted games and more.

We have several sheltered horse yards within the learning area, an adjoining tack-shed and 4 open horse yards in our fenced holding paddock for visiting horses.

We have a 500m grass track for fitness training and open riding – and a cross country training course (30cm- 80cm) under development in the sloping treed hills ‘up the back’ over 16 acres.

We also have a separate purpose built art studio, fully equipped workshop, old traditional farmhouse, newly constructed 3 bedroom fully accessible farmstay, small stables studio cabin and more.

We run regular art classes weekly and accept bookings for our on- farm accommodation via Air B&B or VRBO online booking platforms.

We run special programs including Art Exhibitions and Workshops, Open Studios, Equestrian Training Days and Events – you can even book our venue to hold your own events here!

Everyone loves coming to visit Yara Balba Stables, so why not check out what we do here and browse through the range of headings on this website!

We hope to meet YOU here soon!

Email yarabalbastables@gmail.com   for more info…


We are Covid Safe!

We are Covid Safe!

Yara Balba Stables has registered as a Covid Safe Business and has a Covid 19 Safety Plan which incorporates all of our activities: Riding School, Art Classes, Farmstay Accommodation. So when you visit us here at Yara Balba Stables, you can have peace of mind that...

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Riding Instruction

We run regular riding lessons at our Accredited Equestrian Centre 1.5hours drive North from Sydney, in Mandalong, 5 minutes off the M1 Motorway at the Morisset Interchange.

  • After School riding lessons run weekly
  • specialist clinics and riding activities held on some weekends.
  • catering to all levels, beginners, returning riders and intermediate
  • All weather covered arena to cater or riding groups
  • Grassed Show-jump arena, 500m fitness track, XC Course on the way…

Art Classes

We hold studio art classes for:

  • Adults, Young People and Groups
  • Classes run every Thursday and cater to a variety of skills and abilities
  • No skills required- bring your own projects along
  • We cover foundation drawing skills, basic colour theory, painting with acrylics, oils, screen printing, mosaics, block printing, ceramics, working with ink and other materials/ or on self directed projects and activities.

Recent Events on our Blog

Community Art Projects

We have worked on many community art projects, facilitating numerous creative initiatives, for a range of people and organisations across the Central Coast, Hunter and Newcastle Region in New South Wales. Many of our projects can be seen on location or via our on- line gallery, which include painted murals, sculptures, ceramics, mosaics, place making artworks, photographs, short DVDs and more. For more information about a project or concept you’re considering, call us anytime- we’re always happy to chat about new ideas!