Coastal organic farm stay
We left Sydney on Friday morning, after having a sleep-in and hastily packing the car for an adventure. With a Bank Holiday on Monday, we’d decided to sneak an extra day off on Friday for a 4-day weekend. Yew!
Heading up the coast, we stopped in at a sleepy little town, Buladelah, to pick up supplies (mostly just chocolate biscuits and beer).
After stopping over at Ferny Creek Campground in Wallingat National Park, for a sneaky night of stargazing and a brisk morning coffee by the river, we made our way up to Pacific Palms for our Riparide stay.
For the beachgoer, this area is heaven. Even in the winter, the beaches are inviting and approachable. And the best part about visiting in winter? You’ll have the beaches all to yourselves!
Within minutes from the accommodation, you can access surfer hotspots like Elizabeth, Blueys and Boomerang Beaches to have a surf or just get your toes wet. If you head just a little way south, you’ll reach the magical Cellito Beach, and further south a stretch of paradise that holds some of Australia’s best surfing spots; Lighthouse Beach, Treachery Beach and Seal Rocks.
Whether you’re a surfer or not, the area is perfect for getting your beach on.
And with Booti Booti National Park so close by, there’s no shortage of bushwalks nearby. We also walked to Shelly Beach, which we found out AFTERWARDS is a nudist beach!
And I haven’t even described the Rammed Earth Studio yet!
The Rammed Earth Studio sits on 8 acres of bushland, surrounded by organic veggie gardens, a chicken coop, and an outdoor bathhouse. The studio is attached to the main house, where owners Megan and Justin live with their kids. The family is quiet and discreet, though, so you’ll still feel pleasantly isolated when staying in the studio.
Both the main house and the studio were architecturally designed by Megan and Justin, using a ‘rammed earth’ building method, utilising materials like soil and wood from the property to construct the buildings.
The entire property has been built around the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share - the ‘Permaculture Principles’.
Megan offers an Edible Garden tour, in which she explains what’s involved in running a small permaculture farm, where she grows a huge range of organic veggies to feed her family. You’ll also get to check out the chicken coop and learn the sustainable building methods they used to build their little empire.
The cosy studio itself is rustic and atmospheric. A wood fire kept us toasty warm on the cold, winter nights, and we could put our feet up and relax, washing away our busy, Sydney lives.
And the best part? We had a private bathhouse surrounded by beautiful, green foliage. Is there anything better?!...
Things We Did
It's best to check with National Parks or Wikicamps whether the roads are accessible by 2WD after particular weather, but when we drove from Buladelah, down Ferny Creek Rd toward Ferny Creek Campground, it was very bumpy and ONLY a 4WD would have made it.
Ferny Creek Campground is a good spot, except it was quite busy when we got there. Luckily, our car has quite high clearance, so we snuck off down a little dirt bike trail to get some solitude (highly recommended)....
It's the perfect adventure if you've only got an hour or so free!...
Head a little bit further south and you can check out Seal Rocks and its beaches - also there's a great lighthouse walk... we saw whales!!...
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