Coastal Organic Farm Stay

Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to live on a thriving organic small-scale farm? The Rammed Earth Studio, nestled amongst a harmonious mixture of tropical foliage and magnificent, swaying eucalypts, will give you a peek into what it might be like to grow all your own produce, without using harmful chemicals or farming techniques that can negatively affect the land.

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?!
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Things We Did

  • Beach
  • Kayak
  • Farm
  • Camping
  • Hike
Blueys Beach
Honestly, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to impressive beaches in the area. But if you need a pointer, Blueys Beach is a winner. Also check out Elizabeth Boomerang, Shelly (nudist!), Cellito and Sandbar Beaches.

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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Transparent Kayak Hire in Forster
Great Lakes Boat Hire have these magical 'crystal clear' kayaks, with transparent bottoms so that you can see through the bottom. We didn't see a lot of life down there, but we did have a relaxing paddle around the island, an oyster farm and a few little beaches at low tide.

It's the perfect adventure if you've only got an hour or so free!
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Organic permaculture farm tour
The host of the Rammed Earth Studio is Megan, a qualified permaculture teacher and someone who has been living a sustainable, organic lifestyle for years. We decided to do the 'Edible Gardens Tour' to get an understanding of the permaculture system, and what it would be like to run a small-scale "urban" farm, while working and raising kids. Needless to say, we were impressed! Megan takes you through her whole setup, from veggies to chickens, to woodfired pizza ovens, to building techniques for the house itself. You'll even get to nibble on some of the fresh produce at the end of the tour. Highly recommended....
Ferny Creek Campsite in Wallingat National Park
Wallingat NP and Bachel State Forest are an awesome little adventure playground. We passed by there on our way from Sydney to Pacific Palms and boy was it a great little scenic detour.

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).
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Uphill legwarmer to a lookout
This is an easy jaunt up to a lookout with fantastic views. Lemme tell you, the effort to reward ratio is in your favour. I did it in my Birks and it was a great legwarmer after a few hours sitting in the car from Sydney....

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