Relocated Homesteads and Woolsheds

Straw Bale House in Ganmain

Experience one of Australia’s newest forms of construction – straw bale building – at Ganmain’s Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions.  Inspection of the facilities is welcome.

As seen on Chanel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens as well as Prime and WIN TV.

The tour explains the recent history of this unique, sustainable method of construction and how it is being used in modern-day architecture.

 Since 1997 Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions have built homes, wineries, community centres and school halls using straw bales.

The highlight of the tour is the straw bale home tour, where visitors are guided through the seven pavilions of John and Susan’s home, made entirely from straw bales.  Learn how the home was constructed using load bearing straw bales, earthen floors, lime and earthen renders, alternative foundations and super insulation. You will also view the Rondarval and its African display.

See the colours and delights of Susan’s permaculture garden as you walk to the straw bale making demonstration and John will show you the materials and techniques used in straw bales and the technology used in the craft.

The tour is suited for people of all ages and involves walking some short distances. It is accessible for prams.

Tours are only available to groups and can be customised to suit your group’s interests and needs.  All tours include refreshments and lunch.

Hall of Conciliation Ganmain

Building with jumbo bales.

Note there three sections to the proposed tours:

1. The Hall in Ganmain opposite Victory Park, where a pictorial display of historic homesteads and woolsheds that we have dismantled and relocated to various parts of Australia can be viewed, alongside Susan’s unique hand-made furniture both rustic, primitive and most unusual.

 Including Boree Creek Homestead, Wunnamurra Homestead from Jerilderie, the Willanthry Post Office/Store from Lake Cargelligo and many others.

2.  The Straw Bale Home of Susan and John as seen on better Homes and Gardens.  There are 7 straw bale buildings in Moore Street Ganmain.
3.  The complex in Cave Street with another 7 straw bale buildings including the Ganmain Conciliation and Learning Centre.  This round straw bale building was built using recycled    timbers from Berry Jerry Shearing Shed.  Also the BIG white jumbo straw bale building which operates as a factory manufacturing and testing Huff ‘n’ Puff’s latest idea of straw bale tilt-up panels.


Artistic Furniture Ganmain                 


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