The Clog Barn is one of Coffs Harbour’s longest running tourist attractions. It is a family run business that has been operating for over 37 years. Tom Hartsuyker, his wife Rita and his two son’s John & Luke started The Clog Barn with a caravan park in 1984. The main attraction building was built by Tom and his sons in 1985 and they later extended the building to include Big Oma’s Coffee House in 1992 – all which is still running today! Tom also began work on the models in the miniature village at this time and is still working on them to this day!
Tom grew up in Amsterdam and migrated to Australia at 19 years of age. He ran his own building company in Muswellbrook NSW before relocating to Coffs Harbour in the early 80’s. Tom’s love of working with his hands spilled over into his creation of his breathtaking miniature Dutch village. You will find him pottering around the place 7 days a week – and is always up for a chat!
Owner John Hartsuyker grew up in Muswellbrook NSW before relocating with his family in the early 80’s to Coffs Harbour. He has seven wonderful children with his wife Sally. When he isn’t making a pair of clogs or chatting to all of our wonderful visitors you will find him working around The Clog Barn – there is always something to be done! In his spare time, you will find him at home working in his garden or on his Hotrod.
Alison Brooks is our office manager. She is one of John’s daughters and Granddaughter of Tom. You will find her around the place during the week. She keeps the place running smoothly and keeps everyone up to date with all the goings on at The Clog Barn via Facebook and Instagram. In her spare time you will find her spending time with her husband Andrew, daughter Lyla and their three fur babies.