A Land of Sweeping Plains
A few hours on, the clouds had parted, and we’d arrived in Gundagai, kicking off our soggy sneakers and boiling the kettle to settle in. Once we’d stepped out onto the deck, there was a shared feeling of awe.
Envisage a spectacular 7,000 acres of golden hillside paddocks stretched across the Murrumbidgee River flats and dotted with woolly sheep and silvery gum trees. You’re standing on a wooden deck at a vantage point, with a hot coffee in hand and the radiant sun on the horizon. Fortunate for us all, this dreamscape exists at Kimo Estate, a working sheep and cattle farm with a long and interesting history. There are three huts amongst other sheds and dwellings built on the estate, Sweeney’s is the highest of the three and the most premium offering.
Sweeney’s Hut has been designed to allow you to disconnect with the modern world and immerse yourself into nature and a simpler way of life without having to pitch a tent - as two seasons campers, we knew that we were in for a treat at this luxury cabin. Being off-grid, powered by solar and fit with rain tanks, the hut is entirely self-sufficient and takes advantage of the natural elements.
A definite drawcard and deserving of separate praise was the outdoor hot tub, which, unlike others, is powered by a wood fire to heat the bath. A bottle of red, a soulful mixtape and a sky coloured in soft pastels set the mood for the evening as we polished off a cheese platter with fresh figs. Hours flew by as we got lost deep in conversation and nature appreciation - but as night fell, we found ourselves cosy in the tub, wrapped in candlelight and blanketed by a starry night sky. A light spray of rain tapping our shoulders only heightened the experience making it all the more cinematic.
Come morning, we welcomed the golden light streams at dawn and allowed the sun to seep through space and wake us naturally. With floor to ceiling windows and no blinds, the hut is imbued with natural light - you don’t need to worry about privacy when the closest dwelling is miles away! It's not uncommon to awake and feel like you're in a lucid dream with a curtain of fog settled into the valley beneath you.
While it’s easy enough to spend days on end being at leisure at the hut, we couldn’t help but explore its surroundings during the day. Being part of the Riverina region, there’s a multitude of activities to experience from any direction, year-round. A highlight for us was a scenic drive through the winding roads to Blowering Reservoir, where we did a long lakeside walk, constantly curious from every perspective....
Things We Did
- Scenic Drive
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