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Worrowing Eco Hut Jervis Bay

Worrowing eco hut is a set amongst eucalyptus trees a five minute drive from Jervis Bay. It’s part of a collection of eco accommodation in partially cleared bush land.


I’ve been craving some time in nature for a while. I want to visit more eco accommodation near Sydney on weekends to get inspiration for my own future eco house and accommodation. I’m still not decided on the materials or location so I figured the more I visit the more I’ll get an idea of what I’d like. Bobby looked online for eco accommodation near Sydney and found Worrowing Eco Hut near Jervis Bay, which seemed like a good location for both beach and bush. We drove over from Sydney after work on Friday in about 3 hours.

Worrowing Eco Hut

It was so nice to be somewhere quiet surrounded by nature. Tame kangaroos hang out in groups all around the hut and seem super chilled out. We saw cute little birds outside while sitting in the spa bath.  The hut is surrounded by woods and we went for a walk through one afternoon and found some strange abandoned items among the trees including a creepy clown mask, a burned out car, an old washing machine, office chair and other obscure stuff!

One night in the hut we were cooking dinner and the windows got pretty steamed up, so I opened the sliding doors and a possum ran in from the deck! He’d obviously been waiting right outside the door as he’d smelled dinner cooking. He took a quick look around, saw my toe and thought it might be dinner then took a bite to see!! Luckily it wasn’t a hard bite.

Possum Worrowing

After dinner we lit a fire in the fire pit in front of the deck and sat and drank wine and listened to music with the sketchy wifi. The stars were amazing against the clear dark country sky. It was fairly chilly outside but inside the hut it stayed warm!

Worrowing Eco Hut View

I’m not sure what warrants the name ‘eco’ hut. There were no obvious eco features other than the reclaimed door. It’s certainly surrounded by nature though. The hut seemed fairly well insulated which was good given its getting chilly now. It’s odd that the eco hut has an electric heater while other huts had wood fires… Wood is renewable whereas electric generally isn’t.

Eco hut kitchen

The location is great being in the woods so close to the amazing blue waters of Jervis Bay, an ideal weekend getaway from Sydney. The website describes the hut as “Crafted from recycled and natural timbers, corrugated iron and fitted with full panel glass slide away doors, the Eco Hut blends into it’s surrounds. Listen for the Yellow Belly Gliders, Barking and rare Powerful Owls that often pay a visit from neighbouring Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park.”

Jervis Bay

Sustainable House Day Sydney

Here’s my summary of the eco houses we visited for Sustainable House Day Sydney 2016. We managed to fit in five houses dotted around Sydney, from the northern beaches to the inner west! Continue reading

Sustainable House Day Sydney Shortlist

Eco homes around Australia open their doors to the public this Sunday 11 September for Sustainable House Day. People can nosy around and check out sustainable features to get ideas for their own homes. I’ve shortlisted the homes I’m most keen to see this year.

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A Peek Inside a Bamboo House in Green Village Bali

Beautiful Houses Crafted From Bamboo in Bali

Ever since reading an article about the beautiful bamboo structures in Green Village I was dying to visit. So when I spent a month in Bali I set about seeing them for myself by booking a guided tour.

They’re built in an incredible lush jungle setting in a village just outside Ubud in Bali, overlooking a winding river with steep sloping banks.

Some of the houses are homes (imagine living there!!) and some are open for tours and rentals. I’ve never been in a house where almost everything is made of the same material – they’re quite amazing. Green Village is an exciting example of a sustainable local alternative to mainstream building methods.

Bamboo is Sustainable and Tough

As bamboo grows so fast (a few feet a year!) it’s a super sustainable and renewable building material. It has greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel, and withstands compression better than concrete!

It’s incredibly versatile and is used for fixtures and fittings from wardrobes to kitchen units in the homes. The central bamboo spiral staircase was a little creaky when walking up it, but looks so amazing!

Bamboo is trendy and expensive in Europe; ironic given its seen as a poor man’s building material in a lot of places where it grows. I like the fact the creators are taking a traditional local building method and making it aspirational, with live examples of how amazing it can be.

The Green Village was set up by Elora Hardy, daughter of Canadian jewellery designer and Green School founder John Hardy.

I first heard about the green village through an eyecatching online article with beautiful images following that familiar click-enticing formula of “Person quits job to do x amazing thing” (inherent message: “yes you working office dullards could quit your jobs and do something amazing – here’s how”). Woman Quits Job To Build Sustainable Bamboo Homes In Bali. I also watched Elora’s inspiring Ted Talk about it.

Encouraging Local Sustainable Building Practices

The creators of the project hope to change the local Indonesian perception that bamboo houses are less desirable because poor people traditionally live in bamboo homes which don’t last well if untreated. The houses at the village are treated with borax which protects them from insects so they last a lifetime.

The Green School is in the same village surrounded by lush tropical jungle and rivers. It has some super cute bamboo structures including a phone box and science lab. Not a bad environment for kids! The school is popular with eco-conscious local expats. We had a brief look around but didn’t do the full tour as we had to get back.

If you’re in Bali it’s well worth seeing both.

Arranging a tour of Green Village

It’s a 25 minute drive from Ubud – you can either drive yourself to where the tour starts in the bamboo factory (put ‘PT Bamboo Pure’ into Google Maps for directions) or they’ll arrange a driver for you. It’s a scenic drive from Ubud past rice paddies and pretty Balinese villages. We did take a couple of wrong turns on the way back though!

Things I learned from this trip:

  • We should tailor our building techniques to our surroundings, i.e. what grows and works locally
  • Bamboo is even more amazing than I previously thought!

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