Go Off The Grid And Into These Tiny Houses In Australia’s Wilderness
Your winter escape, sorted.
It’s taken us a little while, but the tiny house movement is finally making its mark Down Under, and it’s affecting the way we travel in our own backyard in the best way.
Inspired by the concept of being set free, Unyoked is a home-grown start-up founded by twin brothers Chris and Cam Grant and developed in partnership with designer Alice Nivison and eco-consultant Rochie Northcott.
Named Miguel and Heike after intrepid travellers and laidback members of the Unyoked community, the first two tiny properties are located in the picturesque NSW Southern Highlands – less than two hours’ drive from Sydney — and are the perfect getaway for people seeking a short escape from the city without all the forward-planning, manual labour and burnt food that comes with camping.
To reach Miguel, visitors face dirt roads and a 200m walk through the rainforest, while Heike is suitable for the slightly less intrepid. While we know Miguel is situated on a 300-acre property and Heike borders a national park, their actual locations are kept secret until a few days before guests are due to arrive.
Fortunately, fresh bedding, towels, a hot shower and even toilet paper are supplied, so the hard work is done, while a solar-powered bar fridge, composting toilet, fire pit are all part of the deal.
Most importantly, there’s no Wi-Fi.
If you’re keen to get in on – or check out of – the action, you best exercise some patience. Miguel is fully booked until November 30, with most weekends already claimed until July 2018. Likewise, Heike is unavailable until November 2. There are a few nights still available at both sites in the run up to Christmas, so why not take advantage of that mandatory company shut-down and allocate some time to disconnect ahead of the festive season?
Thanks to the popularity of Unyoked’s debut properties, more sites are already in the works, with Melbourne the next major centre to be treated to the tiny digs. Bookings cost $190 per night, with minimum two-night bookings required on Fridays and Saturdays. Late check-outs are standard so guests can make the most of the quiet surrounds.
(All images: Unyoked)