LITTLE DRUMMERS: Amalie, 6, Jie, 7, Zali, 4 and Sophie, 5 have a go at the drumming workshop at the Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park last week with the bison in the background.
LITTLE DRUMMERS: Amalie, 6, Jie, 7, Zali, 4 and Sophie, 5 have a go at the drumming workshop at the Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park last week with the bison in the background. Samantha Elley

Tourist park now open

ARANYANI Bison Adventure Tourist Park is officially opened to the public and promises to be a different camping experience.

Damen and Shannon Wells bought their 1180 acres five years ago and often spent holidays and weekends camping there with family and friends.

"Once we'd put the pool in we thought this is too good to keep it to ourselves," Mr Wells said.

In Hinduism, Aranyani is a goddess of the forests and the animals that dwell within them.

It's appropriate according to Mr Wells as his aim is to provide that protection to a number of endangered species in the area.

The Wells' had already established their American bison ranch and offer tepees for accommodation and there is also campsites for tents, caravans and RVs.

"We decided on rearing bison as they are much better for you than beef," Mr Wells said.

"They are higher in protein and lower in carbs and calories."

The park's recent opening day saw locals come to inspect the facilities, enjoy the drumming from Rhythm Connect and watch the Lismore Spinners and Weavers challenge themselves for the first time with bison wool.

"It is variable short fibre and a challenge to use," weaver Dayle Morrison said. "It could probably be used for rugs or felt."

There are plenty of activities for campers with putt putt golf and canoeing available.

"There are lots of walking tracks and fishing holes with sandy beaches," Mr Wells said.

Those interested in photography can book a photo 'safari' with photographer Jimmy Malecki.

For further information contact 6661 7866.



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