Faraway Domes in Warialda wins NSW Tourism Award

Out in the scrub of Warialda an unusual white dome is the only sign of life.

It's Faraway Domes, a glamping experience started by the Munsie farming family once they'd sold all their stock in the drought.

The foray into customer service paid off, it's just earned them a gold NSW Tourism Award for New Tourism Business.

"It was a big risk, but in January this year we had fully de-stocked our cattle and there was no income from the farming operation," Kate Munsie said.


"We saw a niche in the market to invite city people to come and experience the bush, and give back to struggling communities."

The dome has been such a success that the family has lodged a development application for a second.

The new dome would be big enough to accommodate families and a few kilometres from the original on the 10,000-acre property, Ms Munsie said.

"It's a family-run business and everyone has been able to bring their skills to it," she said.

"All our feedback has been really positive and we're very proud of it because it's been a lot of hard work.

"The elevated deck that looks over the valley with the outdoor bathtub has been a hit so we'll keep that for the second dome."

A plunge pool is in the works for the existing dome, and the second could see style inspiration from Ms Munsie's recent trip to South America.

"It's top secret at the moment but we're drawing inspiration from everywhere," she said.

The win earns Faraway Domes an automatic entry into the Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra in 2020.

Among the region's winners was the Nundle Woolen Mill with silver for Cultural Tourism.