You see, what Goongerah lacks in coffee, it makes up for with its 60,000 year old forest, sparkling Brodribb River and long weekends at the Tin Chalet. Tucked beneath the mighty Snowy River National Park (about five hours drive from Melbourne), the Tin Chalet is an organic oasis run by conservationist, and major eco-inspiration, Jill Redwood. If you can imagine a self-sustaining, Aussie utopia – then you’re pretty close.
For the first 48 hours, we didn’t step foot off the farm. We played cards on the cosy front porch with Bonnie (the Clydesdale horse) for company; drank whisky and cooked steak on the open fire outside; napped by the river, eating fresh prawns bought straight off the boat in Lakes Entrance; and picked (and ate) mulberries until our tongues turned red.
On our third day, we explored Errinundra National Park – just a 20 minute drive from the Tin Chalet – and hiked the ancient old growth forest, where the trees tower above you like skyscrapers. If you’re looking for a good dose of perspective, you’ll find it here.
You’ll also find it talking to Jill, who is a generous and super knowledgeable host. The way she describes the change of season, her love for the land, her complete independence – had us imagining our own utopia, maybe with a mulberry tree or two in the backyard. And definitely no wifi....
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