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A Boat in the Grampians; Nature Lovers Eco-Retreat

Boat hosted by Suzan
10 guests4 bedrooms4 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the boat to yourself.
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Now for something completely different - one foot in civilisation and one foot in the wild! Are you up for adventure? ' A Boat in the Grampians,' is a swashbuckling yacht, nestled under the the open farm hay shed. All the romance of an ocean voyage, minus the sea-sickness and storms - KIDS ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! (for safety 6yrs +) Kangaroos visit daily. We invite those with a deep passion for nature to come and stay for an unforgettable experience! PLEASE read everything below - before booking!

The space
THE BOAT
We sailed the lovely yacht 'Shannon,' from Fiji to Australia, through the tail of cyclone Solo and a force ten storm between New Caledonia and Coffs Harbour. Now YOU can have the pleasure of staying on the quaint old boat but without fear of drowning! However...the main rule remains the same on land as it did on water, 'Don't Fall Off the Boat!'
There's a great airy space next to the boat for rainy day play, a beautiful kitchen and a lounge area with fire. This space is closed in on 3 sides and open to the east where the boat forms a partial windbreak, although there can still be some wind inside the kitchen/lounge area. The awesome conservatory, however, is a very protected four walled room - THE place to enjoy a coffee on a cool day.

THE LAND
Sandstone cliffs, forest and grassy paddocks surround the hay-shed and boat.
Our farming property called, 'Inanna,' is a wonderful place for nature immersion, bird and wildlife spotting. How many baby kangaroos and wedge tail eagles can you spot? Watch the colours change throughout the day on the sandstone escarpment and treat yourself to a well earned digital detox. There is no wi-fi and very limited mobile coverage at 'Inanna.' It's really all about the nature and peacefulness.
Snuggle up beside the fire with a book and a complementary bottle of wine, swing in the hammock with your favorite music, enjoy a board game, a jigsaw puzzle, or a 4 km walk around the boundary of Inanna.
On a hot day you can enjoy 'Signore Wallaby's Grotto,' which is a spacious shady green bower, with a large enamel cold water bath and ample room to lie on a picnic rug and read or sleep!

To make your stay even more enjoyable we offer a number of engaging activities and products for you to purchase:

- Bush Tucker and Edible Weeds Walk and Talk
- An Introduction to Animal Tracking
- Collaborative Art for the Whole Family
- Camp Oven Cuisine
- Breakfast hamper
- Lunch Hamper
- Amazing Fireside Stories with World Adventurer, Jon Muir
- Organic seasonal garden produce
- Firewood and kindling ( one wheelbarrow load )
- Books by us: 'Alone across Australia,' for adults
'Seraphine, Terror of the Desert,' for kids
- DVDs by us: 'Alone Across Australia,' PG
'Suzy and the Simple Man,' PG

If you are interested, please inquire at time of booking. We can often provide organic produce from our garden (when seasonally available) at a very reasonable price.

Inanna is a great base from which to explore numerous magnificent walks in the Grampians National Park, local wineries and the affordable Bunyip Hotel, which prides itself on paddock to plate cuisine.

Children need to be 6 years and older to stay at 'Inanna,' as they need to have the physical dexterity to walk safely on the boat deck, negotiate the ramp up to the boat and the steps down into the boat.

VERY SPECIAL, ECO-FRIENDLY FEATURES OF 'A BOAT IN THE GRAMPIANS' - Please familiarise yourself with these as not everyone has the capacity to live this simply.
- Two burner gas stove top and the fire for cooking during fire safe weather.
- Small fridge which holds about 10 litres.
- Passive water cooled box which is 5-18 degrees cooler than the ambient air temperature. It's a good place to store vegetables. Capacity -16 litres.
- The toilet is a waterless composting toilet where you cover your deposit with the leaf litter provided. There is sometimes a faint odour associated with the toilet.
-The shower is a camp solar heated bag or a canvas shower bag that you can fill with hot water. The shower area is a lovely, private, tropical oasis.
- The boat cabin has fly screens on all openings for an insect free sleeping experience. In the kitchen and bathroom area however you may encounter some insects - are you O.K with this? Generally there are very few night time insects.
- Electrics - 12 volt solar system. The boat has five cabin lights, three bunk lights and a fan in the private double bed. The kitchen area is lit by a portable lantern. There is a charging station for mobile phones in the boat. There is no 240 volt mains power so you won't be able to charge other electrical devices. Computers will need to run off their own battery power.
- If it's suitable weather to light a fire you can purchase a wheel-barrow load of fire wood. The wood comes from the fallen trees on the land here and is a renewable resource.
Wherever possible, we try and reduce our carbon outputs and encourage our guests to do the same . We plant a native tree for every booking at Inanna, in an attempt to sequester the carbon released by the use of the Airbnb.

We trust that you will enjoy your eco-friendly experience with us and return home feeling deeply rested, nurtured and inspired.

Guest access
You will have the entire accomodation to yourself. This includes the boat and the hay-shed, with the undercover kitchen and lounge with fire pit, as well as the conservatory. The conservatory and the boat are respectively the warmest and the coolest parts of the accomodation. The kitchen and lounge can be a little breezy but the fire pit on cool days is well protected from the wind. You will also have the lovely eco friendly shower and toilet area to yourself. As well as these grand spaces you can roam over 50 acres of our land, 'Inanna.' The other 100 acres are not open to public access due to an ongoing feral pest control program, ( rabbits, foxes and cats.) There is also a peaceful 4km walk around the perimeter of the land which is part of the Grampians National Park.

Other things to note
Please note: Children 6 years and up are very welcome, as well as non mobile infants. 'The Boat in the Grampians,' is a wonderful experience for families with older children. For family groups we can accomodate up to ten people. It's also a lovely hideaway for private romantic holidays. We ask that all groups sign a waiver form.
On arrival we like to give our guests an orientation and safety briefing.
FOR YOUR FIRE SAFETY:
During summer months we sometimes experience dangerously windy and hot potential fire weather. If you have already booked and your holiday with us falls on a day that has a, 'Severe', 'Extreme' or 'Code Red,' Fire Danger Rating, we strongly recommend that you cancel your booking with us. We are surrounded by forest and evacuation may not be possible if a fire is threatening the property. We will refund you the full amount minus any applicable AIRBNB service fees. You can find the fire ratings on the Country Fire Authority Victorian Government website.
Now for something completely different - one foot in civilisation and one foot in the wild! Are you up for adventure? ' A Boat in the Grampians,' is a swashbuckling yacht, nestled under the the open farm hay shed. All the romance of an ocean voyage, minus the sea-sickness and storms - KIDS ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! (for safety 6yrs +) Kangaroos visit daily. We invite those with a deep passion for nature to come and stay fo… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 floor mattress
Bedroom 4
2 floor mattresses

Amenities

Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Kitchen
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Free parking on premises
Hangers
Private entrance
Indoor fireplace

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Cavendish, Victoria, Australia

The Grampians National Park is also a great place to visit waterfalls, cave paintings, high summit day walks with magnificent views, great cafes with delicious local food in Cavendish, Dunkeld, and Halls Gap.

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Joined in February 2016
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On your arrival we will familiarise you with the unique features of the boat and hay shed, then you have the place all to yourself. We are at the main house, 100 meters away. If you need anything or have any further questions, come up to the main gate and ring the bell. We will meet you at the gate.
On your arrival we will familiarise you with the unique features of the boat and hay shed, then you have the place all to yourself. We are at the main house, 100 meters away. If y…
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Check-in: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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