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The explosion of sleek little homes in rustic off-the-grid locations is a timely opportunity to escape the wild scenes of the past two years. With limited phone reception, no wi-fi and an abundance of stunning natural vistas in the bush or wine country, they are the perfect respite from the daily grind. Add to that amenities like scenic outdoor baths, saunas with enviable views, cozy indoor fireplaces — even your own private beach — and you’ve got a recipe for serenity (and great Instagram content). Here are five new cabins in regional SA for when you need to take a break.

Yambara, Eyre Peninsula

Yambara on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia is the first offering from start-up Eyre Way. “It’s a magical place, surrounded by national parks and pristine coastline. The views are absolutely world class,” said co-founder Amanda Hogg. Large format. “The wildlife is also amazing, with sea eagles and ospreys descending and kangaroos leaping.” And during whale season, there are humpback whales galore, she says.

Hogg started Eyre Way with partner Tim. ‘Yambara’ means ‘far’ or ‘out of sight’ in Banggarla, the local Aboriginal language, and the property is set in secluded farmland, around 30 minutes’ drive from Port Lincoln and 100 meters from its own private beach . The couple created the eight-by-three meter dwelling in collaboration with local designer and builder Duncan Moore. Its spectacular position is optimized with large windows offering views in all directions – of Sleaford Bay, Whalers Way and Lincoln National Park – as well as a spacious terrace. There is a fireplace overlooking the private beach and an outdoor shower.

It is also spacious inside. Yambara can accommodate up to four people: there is a king-size bed on the lower floor and a double bed on the mezzanine. Each is dressed in 100% linen by Bed Threads and I Love Linen. Other luxury touches include a double shower, a gold-splattered designer kitchen, a breakfast bar, and handmade Moroccan tiles by Victorian company Tiles of Ezra. The house is also 100% solar powered and self-sufficient.

Cabin X, McLaren Vale

Off-grid vacation company Cabn has introduced a supercharged version of its tiny home fleet: Cabn X. Last winter, two premium cabins – William and Giles – were unveiled in McLaren Vale (a 40-minute drive from the CBD of Adelaide) on the property. from the organic and biodynamic winery Gemtree. Slightly more luxurious and a bit more spacious than the original Cabn homes, William and Giles, which sit side by side, stand 11 feet tall with floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking towering gums and sprawling rows of vines towards Port Willunga. It’s a slice of calm – deliberately free of wi-fi – with no sound but the cacophony of birdsong from the resident owls, magpies and honeyeaters that inhabit the nearby gum trees.

Giles is outfitted in light wood while William has darker textures, but both cabins have the same amenities: a king-size bed, bathroom with tub and sauna, lounge with log fire, and kitchen. Outside there is a sunken deck tub, fire pit and BBQ. A bottle of Gemtree wine is provided, as well as local produce, including milk and butter from Paris Creek Farms and bacon from the McLaren Flat Butcher.

As with the smaller Cabn houses, these cabins are fully self-contained, solar-powered and with a shared water tank between the two. When you book, a portion of the fee goes to Cabn’s conservation fund and the company will plant a native tree on your behalf.

Lost Retreats, Mount Jagged

Actress Teresa Palmer may be based in the US now, but she was born and raised in South Australia, so she’s very familiar with its lush landscapes and unspoiled natural wonders. That’s what motivated her to team up with longtime friends Steve Brooks and sustainable architecture specialist Damien Chwalisz to create an intimate and sustainable off-grid accommodation. The team launched Lost Retreats with a first cabin at scenic Mount Jagged, an hour’s drive south of Adelaide. It is also close to the idyllic beaches of the Fleurieu peninsula.

The house is set in 160 acres of vineyards and olive groves and has been designed to help you relax and unwind from the everyday. This means no wi-fi, but the cabin is surrounded by bush and walking paths to keep you busy, and there are books, board games and a selection of vinyl records if you want to relax indoors. The cabin is spacious (at least compared to most tiny homes in the country) and is decorated in sustainable reclaimed wood, which contrasts nicely with the jet black features of the kitchen.

Solar panels power the site and an indoor fireplace keeps the whole living room toasty warm. Outdoors, a clawfoot tub can be used any day of the year. The seclusion of the site means your peace will not be disturbed as you take in the scenic views and sounds of nature from the warmth of the tub. Luxury linens (for the queen bed), handmade soaps, glassware and ceramics come from local boutiques and artisans on the Fleurieu peninsula. Lost Retreats has also partnered with local producers to provide food, wine and coffee to guests upon request.

In2thewild, Barossa Valley

In2thewild has created a business building tiny, off-the-grid, stylishly appointed homes in beautiful parts of Australia. Its first South Australian outpost, in prime wine region, is no different. The cabin, Rosie, is an hour’s drive from Adelaide, on the edge of the Barossa Valley with views of Mount Crawford Forest. With vineyards dotted all around, there’s plenty to do – although guests might as well just make themselves comfortable in the house and enjoy total solitude.

The house can sleep up to four adults, with a queen bed in a glassed-in nook with views of the landscape and a double bed in the loft. And it’s covered in warm-toned French linens from Sydney-based Carlotta & Gee. There is also a complete bathroom with toilet, hot shower and sink, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. Outside there is a campfire, barbecue, picnic table and hammock, and guests can lay out a Wandering Folk rug for picnics or stargazing.

Esca, Inman Valley

South Australia’s latest arrival, Esca, is a new upscale accommodation option offering a more spacious and luxurious alternative. Its first location, in the Inman Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula, opens in April and bookings have just opened. Upon arrival, there will be two nearly identical suites spaced 100 meters apart on a sprawling 80-hectare property. Each has an alfresco dining area and outdoor stone terrace (plus sunken bath and fire pit) overlooking rolling hills and countryside to the Southern Ocean.

And while some tiny cabins are cramped to fit their amenities, these suites are big and spacious, with plenty of room for the king-size bed, custom Jam Factory furniture, wood-burning fireplace, smart TV, kitchen, dining room and living room. There’s even a large stone bath – positioned by the double-glazed bay windows with views of Le Fleurieu – and a separate shower.

Buildings run on off-grid electricity, water and sewer. Because they are built offsite and transported to the property, there is less environmental impact and waste, according to the founders of Esca. “These aren’t modules in paddocks – you can’t just pull them off an assembly line,” says CEO Steve Kernaghan. “This is high quality design and architecture in a place you would never expect to find it.”

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