Unzip the canvas in the morning at Ochre, The Camp.Earth’s first off-grid hideaway in the hinterland above Byron Bay, and you’ll be greeted by rustling eucalypts and the sun rising over the valley below. The canvas bell-tent bedroom brings it back to basics with just one queen-size bed. The space is styled with apricot-hued linens, jute rugs and raw wood furnishings.
This glamping-style, six-metre-wide tent attaches to a wooden “tiny home” containing a slick bathroom (with tasteful composting toilet) and a small kitchen, both run entirely on solar power and with rainwater on tap.
A leisurely 20-minute drive from Byron’s main street, The Camp.Earth’s real luxury is the joy of space and privacy. There’s only one tent at the Ochre site, providing a chance for people to “switch off and get a taste of a more self-sufficient way of life”, says founder David Wilkinson.
Drift off to sleep under the stars then wake up to the birds and natural light. There is no skimping on creature comforts, with luxurious sheets by Australian business I Love Linen, locally made organic toiletries and ceramic crockery. And if I remember correctly, there might just be some vino by South Australian winery Down the Rabbit Hole in the well-stocked fridge.
We spent the afternoons bushwalking in the hills or swimming at nearby Brunswick Heads. Sunsets were a chance to picnic in the paddock, rolling into evenings spent stargazing by the campfire. (OK, one night we took a break from the rustic life to head into Byron for a fancy dinner.) As one recent satisfied guest put it: “The camp is like living in a Bohemian fairytale.”
Stay tuned for The Camp.Earth’s next carbon-neutral cabin, opening at another remote hinterland location later this year.
Nina Karnikowski stayed as a guest of The Camp.Earth.
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