• Natalie Bannister

Simmer Down

From eco-friendly, sustainable cabins to a rustic country cottage, these unique and local accommodation options are an escape from the ordinary. Slow down, retreat and reconnect.


Hidden away in its own private world at the end of a valley among the lush Byron hinterland, on the traditional land of the Bundjalung Nation, lies the tiny cabin of Ashi. And it sets the scene for a wild escape like no other.

Part of the Unyoked family of architect-designed cabins inspired by the tiny house movement, Ashi has been purposely built on private land in the rural countryside. The small but mighty sustainable stay is all a part of Unyoked’s ‘adventure-and-chill’ concept, offering cabins in the wild for travellers wanting an off-grid experience, seeking out moments in nature, away from their fast-paced lives.

Dotted with fragrant citrus trees populated by singing bluebells and sat next to a creek, the fully solar-powered Ashi is a salve for the soul. You’re provided with everything you need to go off-grid, from the towels, bedding, kitchen supplies and even toilet paper to little luxuries and comforts like a hot shower, fire pit and wood-fired bath. Bonus: you can even bring your doggo.

Visitors are sent coordinates a couple of days out from their stay, keeping the precise location of the hideout a treasured secret to discover.

Surrounded by the beauty of the bush in a large valley, Ashi welcomes you to regain your peace and stillness. The waitlist is open now. unyoked.co


Nestled away in the hinterland close to Byron Bay and Mullumbimby but far enough to unwind, disconnect and escape the crowds, The Camp.Earth by Salty Cabins offers an indulgent earth-friendly getaway for a select few guests.

Designed as an off-grid cabin and luxurious campsite experience, a stay here allows guests to switch off and get a taste of a more self-sufficient way of life and easy, simple, conscious living.

The A-Frame is a fully self-sufficient, secluded oasis perched on top of a hill with breathtaking 360-degree uninterrupted views that allow you to watch the sunrise over the ocean and the sunset behind the mountains. The consciously created dreamy bedroom space features all the creature comforts you could desire, belying its otherwise simplistic design. There’s a big comfy queen-sized bed fitted with buttery-soft organic linen bedding, while a few steps along the path to your private architecturally designed, solar-powered shack reveals a warm shower with a view, a composting toilet, kitchenette and a breakfast bar.

Camp.Earth also offers The Cabin as a larger and, again, fully self-sufficient accommodation alternative. This secluded oasis boasts uninterrupted ocean views through Yelgun Valley and features a modern yet minimalist design, with the same plush fit-out and amenities and the bonus of a fireplace for cozy winter nights.

The Camp.Earth gives back, too. As a member of 1% for The Planet, every stay sees a tree planted. And they also donate $20 to Sea Shepherd for every booking.



With a picture-perfect location on a small acreage in the quiet rural town of Crabbes Creek, this gorgeous eco-cabin will have you charmed from the moment you meander down the stone path to its entrance.

Slide across the reclaimed large sliding barn door and step inside to soak in the view out past the sugar cane fields into the rolling green hills of the Tweed coastline.

Two Winds Cabin is surrounded by farmland and was built using locally sourced reclaimed materials in a modern version of a rustic tin shed. You’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of life here in your private country retreat, yet you’re still close to beautiful beaches, with Wooyung Beach and Pottsville only a seven-minute drive away.

Not that there’s any need to really leave, with a sleek black and timber veneer modern kitchen and every kind of cooking utensil for whipping up meals, a coffee maker (complete with ample supply of locally sourced coffee!), and a selection of herbal teas to keep you happily satiated.

Just throw on the linen gowns provided, or cosy up in the queen-sized bed and enjoy the rural outlook. Your only neighbours are the cows and the birdlife, and possibly the owner’s two lovable dogs who often come to visit guests.

Outside, the patio fire pit beckons, as does the antique outdoor claw foot bath, perfectly positioned in an area where the sunrises are spectacular. Perfection!



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