Unwind by the Elm Trees

After a two-hour drive from Melbourne, we loved nothing more than lighting up a fire and having a delicious dinner in the toasty Elm Tree Hut.

Set in the middle of 160 acres, this cabin, made of four tiny units, is totally off-grid – running on solar panels, gas and rainwater. Needless to say, we felt entirely disconnected and enjoyed some slow family time.

We woke up with the sheep bleating, ready to explore the charming town of Mansfield – its farmers market, op-shops, wineries and breweries. Despite the forecast, we were determined to brave the mist and take advantage of the location to get our first snow fix of the season.

We enjoyed coming back to the hut after our explorations to wander around the beautiful property. We let our three-month-old try her first swing, roasted marshmallows by the campfire while gazing at the stars, and leafed through small living books by the fire with a glass of mulled wine.

It was difficult to close the gate behind us, but we can’t wait to go back in Summer with our hiking boots and explore the numerous hikes recommended by the thoughtful Catherine.

Things We Did

  • Event
  • Food & Drink
  • Snow
  • Walk
  • Gear
Mansfield Farmers Market
We loved getting to know the local farmers and buy some fresh local treats to eat at the cabin. This market is held year-round on the 4th Saturday of the month....
Ros Ritchie Wines
Tasting a broad variety of wines by the fireplace or having a glass of white in the lovely backyard. Their delicious reserve Gewurztraminer reminded me of my years studying in Alsace....
Mount Buller Summit Hike
We couldn't see the famous vistas but loved getting lost in the fog and having a first feel of the snow for the season. Definitely a place to come back to in the Summer to tackle some epic overnight hikes....
Wandering around the Farm
160 acres of farm you can explore – have a go at the swing, admire the reflections over the lake or befriends the sheep, alpacas, or kangaroos...
Social Bandit Brewery
Meet the locals by spending a night having some craft beers and pizzas....
Vintage Traders Emporium
A shed full of vintage treasures. A paradise for op-shopping lovers like ourselves....

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