ROAD TRIP TO KANGAROO VALLEY ::
There is something about the country air and proximity to nature that leaves us dreaming of a slow living country way of life.
Maybe it’s the limited phone reception, absence of wi-fi, waking up to the sound of birds or simplicity of making fires. But as far as getting your kids to whinge for 2.5 hours solid in the car on the way there after finding out there is no wifi or basketball courts in site, this place is the perfect find.
Set high up on the hillside of the valley on 90 acres, there is nothing but absolute peace and privacy at this secluded, architecturally designed Australian hardwood home with incredible views of pristine Eucalypt forest and nature.
Built like a deluxe wooden teepee, the heart of the house is a soaring wood pillar from which the rest of the house fans out. The 10-seater solid teak dining table made for some interesting conversations and creative masterpieces, as did the fireplace, late night screening of Jurassic Park followed by Murder in the Dark (in that order), frequent sightings of local wombats and the nail biting drive up + down a very hairy gravel access road to fetch coffees from town each morning.
Kids came away having learnt how to swear (in a variety of languages), chop wood with an axe, make a bow + arrow, prepare a fire pit complete with marshmallow twig sticks, make a fire, cook gnocci + turkish gozleme from scratch AND play serious ping pong on a full size pro table we loaned from a local family for the week (in exchange for a professional family portrait shot) then strapped to the roof of our car and drove it 5km up the very hairy gravel access road.
Photography by Virginia Venn + Jody Pachniuk