Tiny House Surrounded by Snow Gums
Well my friends, I’ve found the ultimate antidote to the worn down, stressed-out folks amongst us.
Big Yard Escapes has two exquisite tiny houses nestled amongst a farmland property filled with snow gums, kangaroos and gentle birdsong.
We stayed in the larger of the two houses, aptly named “Wilderness”. With a large glass window looking out into the bushland, you almost feel like you’re actually sitting outside - just minus the creepy crawlies with a comfy, snuggly bed.
I was sick the whole weekend, but the ultimate antidote of a steaming hot cuppa tea, snuggling up with a woolly blanket and being able to be still and watch the kangaroos hop through the snow gum grove and listen to the birdlife sing their days away, fixed me right up.
This completely off-grid Tiny House uses solar power, bottled gas and river water stored in tanks. There’s even a self-composting toilet from Scandinavia - fancy!
In case the solar runs low, there’s also a generator which will kick into action to make sure you’re not caught out. The accommodation has absolutely everything you need; fully furnished for relaxation and snuggling, including a range of kitchen supplies as well.
With a little table and chairs, and a campfire pit out front, we cracked ourselves a whiskey and sipped away while watching the clear alpine skies dance above us.
As a busy Sydney couple, this was perfect for us to get out of our day-to-day. And, a big bonus was the lack of phone reception - complete disconnection!
A bonus, however, is the property’s proximity to Jindabyne (only tens minutes drive away!), where cafes, pubs, and cute little shops are everywhere.
If you go in winter, you’re no more than 45 minutes drive away from the ski fields, and if you choose summer as we did… no crowds!!...
Things We Did
- Scenic Drive
- Food & Drink
Around May to October, this track will likely be snow-covered, so make sure you only attempt the walk if you're experienced walking in the snow, or have someone with you who is.
Make sure you use the toilet before you go as there's not much tree coverage to pop a squat, and also ensure you take a couple of litres of water each as it can get quite hot in summer - even though you might still be hiking through the snow!...
Weaving through Thredbo's high alpine country, this hike can be hiked as a one-way from Dead Horse Gap to Thredbo's Kosciuszko Express chairlift, or you can walk a full loop back to Dead Horse Gap via the Thredbo River Track which hugs the glorious, bubbling river.
It takes a couple of hours to get to Thredbo chairlift, but to speed up the loop, you can always catch the chairlift down to the valley floor and hike back from there. Or you could do what we did and use that saved time to stop off for a beer at Eagles Nest who proudly tell you that they're "Australia's Highest Restaurant"....
Right at the end, you'll find a sweet little campground called "Tom Groggin campground" which is a popular but spacious place to set up your tent, with a clean little river running through it....
The owner of the property, Craig, told us that upstream there's a deep waterhole. The contours of the land and some cattle tracks will try to take you downstream too far, so veer left and go and find that waterhole that he told us about!...
There are also heaps of kangaroos much away at the lush green grass. Despite the fact that the whole country is in drought, this property managed to maintain a lush and fertile feel to it, which was pretty refreshing!...
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