Hernani Wilderness Hut

Hernani, nsw, australia

Hernani Wilderness Hut

Hernani, nsw, australia

This country getaway in the NSW Clarence Valley, is a truly unique experience. The hut is designed to take in the stunning 360 degree views of the Australian bush, and is surrounded by a 100 year old orchard of peaches, pears and nectarines where the old Hernani school used to be. It’s completely quiet and private and you are only left with yourself and the beautiful landscape of bush and pasture surrounding you.  The incredible night skies, breathtaking colours of the sunrises and sunsets, the sounds of the native birds and Australian wildlife such as kangaroos and wombats are plentiful. As are rabbit, foxes and local cattle. Our cleverly restored eco-hut, is well-insulated, sleeping up to nine people in a comfortable design that provides all that you need for a great country retreat. There is also plenty of room for extra campers and camper trailers. This hut has been crafted from recycled timber and fittings with off-grid solar power, slow-combustion heating and indoor-outdoor living options to take advantage of the stunning daytime vistas and sparkling night skies. Adventurers, bushwalkers and nature lovers will delight in the easy access to fishing spots, horse riding trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, lookouts and walking tracks in all directions. This country escape is situated right on the Australian National Trail allowing you access to the longest uninterrupted walking and riding trail in the southern hemisphere. The hut is a short 10 minute drive to Ebor town for basic supplies and Ice but far enough away to retreat and replenish in a unique, breathtaking setting.

Complete house

Accomodates 9 Guests

4+ Beds

1 Toilet

Complete house // Accomodates 9 guests // 4+ Beds // 1 Toilet

Standard Rate || $160 per couple per night


School holidays/Long weekend: $180

Xmas/summer holidays: $200

Extra guests: $25 per night

Cleaning fee: $70

Accommodates: 9 people in the house extra room for camping

Min Stay: 2 nights

Check in Time: After 12am

Check out time: 10am

The space

Four sleeping spaces include a small loft with a single and queen sized mattress suitable for children, and three queen size beds downstairs. Extra guests can pitch a tent nearby the open fire pit and outdoor barbecue area with its own sink. The outside bathroom with toilet and shower has glorious views over the paddocks and fruit trees. From late spring to early autumn you can help yourselves to the peaches, nectarines, pears and plums (before the birds do).

The open-style living area can be closed off with glass doors for winter comfort and includes a kitchen with a slow-combustion stove and gas cooktop. There’s no fridge (they use a lot of power!) but you can keep fresh produce icy cold in the large 125L commercial Esky – an old-fashioned ice box with plenty of storage. Ice is no longer available at the Ebor service station you will need to pick it up at either Dorrigo, Armidale or Grafton. If you forget or run out try asking at the local motel/pub at Ebor and you may get lucky!

Our hybrid slow-combustion-solar power set-up means there is minimal power for gadgetry, but a single power outlet allows you to recharge small electronic devices. Telstra’s 3G network provides mobile coverage.

We’ve supplied a stack of board games and puzzles plus cards and books, so staying here is a chance to chat fireside, play games, read and relax the old-fashioned way.

The neighbourhood // things to do;

Ebor Falls 5 mins

Horse riding in Dundurrabin 15 mins

Bushwalks & hiking in the Guy Fawkes River Nature Reserve and New England National Park 20 mins

Trout farm & fishing in New England National Park 20 mins

Variety of swimming holes within 15 mins

Weekend markets 10 min

Arrival & Things to know

Getting to Hernani Hut is part of your wildnerness adventure. It’s accessible in a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle in dry weather, provided it has good clearance. Low-set vehicles such as sports cars are not suitable. Once you have booked you will need to email Susan to receive a mud map and directions to reach the hut. It’s a fairly easy, well-marked 1km off-road drive from the main Road. Plan to arrive well before sunset, as the hut can be difficult to find in the dark.

Also be aware that in wet weather the access road can be slippery. As Hernani is a regional New South Wales wilderness experience the property does experience periods of heavy rain. In this circumstance you may need to use the longer all-weather 4WD drive only route or talk to us about rescheduling your stay. In four plus years of operating the Hut we have had 2 major weather events. Our extreme weather policy details are available upon booking request. Your safety is our first priority and we will always communicate clearly and quickly about any major weather considerations that may impact your stay.

Once you have booked your stay and paid please email me and we will send you through the hut information and directions. Note you will not be able to find the Hut through the address on Google.

Your hosts are not on site

The hut is totally private and self-contained and there is no face to face interaction with your hosts. We live one hour away in Bellingen where we run the Bellingen Vintage Farmstay, The Bellingen Farmhouse and our  biodynamic farm. We have a caretaker that sets up the hut for your stay and checks that our gas, solar and water systems have been properly switched off within 24 hours of your departure. Our caretaker lives nearby and is available in emergency situations only.

What to bring

We keep the hut clean and stocked with firewood and there are plenty of pillows, doonas, blankets and mozzie nets. The kitchen and barbecue are fully equipped and set up for your enjoyment prior to arrival.

Please bring your own linen (pillows, fitted sheets, doona covers) and towels. All beds are queen sized. The Hut supplies pillows, doonas and blankets.

ICE FOR LARGE ESKY (125L) we do not run a fridge onsite due to being an off-the grid property. There is a large commercial grade esky for use during your stay. Packed properly with ice (3-5 bags) the esky will easily keep food cold for up to week. Ice is no longer available from the local service station in Ebor. You will need to pick up ice from Dorrigo, Armidale or Grafton. Bring: sunscreen (summer) torches, food and supplies and an extra Esky if you are a large party. Equip for hiking or fishing.

Practicalities and taking care in the bush

Because of its wilderness setting and off-grid status, some resources are limited and we ask you to give these your special attention.

We have a ‘detailed guest book available online and at the Hut that contains all key information about your stay at the property

Tank water may be low during dry spells, so please minimise water use by having short showers and not leaving taps running unnecessarily – if the landscape on your way to the property is looking dry and brown it means it hasn’t rained for a while and water is scarce. We truck water in during dry periods at significant cost and ask that guests are respectful and practical about it’s consumption.

Similarly, lighting is solar-powered and works best when lights are turned on only when rooms are in use.

Departure and animal policy

We provide you with a clear set of departure instructions to be able to turn off the solar, gas and water. It is a condition of every booking that guests agree to follow a few simple steps to secure the hut and ensure our expensive solar and water systems are well looked after.

Dogs and domestic pets are not permitted. Vacuum cleaning is not possible and we cannot guarantee we can stay hair-free for those who are allergic. Besides, this is cattle country and dogs could also be tempted to round up the cows!

However, horses are most welcome at Hernani. The hut is on the national bicentennial horse trail so it’s the perfect place to take them for a ride.

Common Amenities

  • Sheets and towels not included
  • Donnas, pillows, blankets
  • Slow combustion Fireplace
  • 1920’s slow combustion stove and oven
  • Gas stove
  • Outside bonfire pit
  • Fully equipped Kitchen
  • 24-hour check-in

Additional Amenities

  • Free parking
  • power to charge batteries, laptops and phones.
  • Books, games and children’s toys

Special Features

  • Horse friendly
  • Gay friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Extra room for camping
  • Outdoor bathroom and toilet

The space

This fantastic country retreats in NSW has four sleeping spaces, including a small loft with a single and queen sized mattress suitable for children, and three queen size beds downstairs. If you want to bring extra friends, there is plenty of room outside for them to pitch a tent or a camper trailer, where there is an outdoor bonfire pit, outdoor sink and the amenities (shower and toilet) are also located outside, which means your camping friends will not disturb you at night. The outside bathroom with toilet and shower has glorious views over the paddocks and fruit trees. From late spring to early autumn you can help yourselves to the peaches, nectarines, pears and plums (before the birds do).

The hut has an open-plan living space which can be closed off with a glass door for winter comfort and includes a kitchen with a slow-combustion stove and gas cooktop. There’s no fridge (they use a lot of power!) but you can keep fresh produce icy cold in the large 125L commercial Esky – an old-fashioned ice box with plenty of storage. Ice is available at the Ebor service station or pub but they close early.

Our hybrid slow-combustion-solar power set-up means there is minimal power for gadgetry, but a single power outlet allows you to recharge small electronic devices. Please do not plug in anything larger than a mobile phone, laptop or camera battery as it will blow the system.  Telstra’s 3G network provides mobile coverage.

We’ve supplied a stack of board games and puzzles plus cards and books, so staying here is a chance to chat fireside, play games, read and relax the old-fashioned way.

Extra Guests

You may not bring extra guests over and above your booking without notifying us first and paying an additional small charge for their stay. Extra guests are an additional $25 per guest per night. If you would like to bring extra friends please make sure to let us know.

The neighbourhood // things to do;

Ebor Falls 5 mins

Horse riding in Dundurrabin 15 mins

Bushwalks & hiking in the Guy Fawkes River Nature Reserve and New England National Park 20 mins

Trout farm & fishing in New England National Park 20 mins

Variety of swimming holes within 15 mins

Weekend markets 10 min

Arrival & Things to know

Getting to Hernani Hut is part of your wildnerness adventure. It’s accessible in a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle in dry weather, provided it has good clearance. Low-set vehicles such as sports cars are not suitable. Once you have booked you will need to email Susan to receive a mud map and directions to reach the hut. You will not be able to find the hut from Google maps. It’s a fairly easy, well-marked 1km off-road drive from the main Road. Plan to arrive well before sunset, as the hut can be difficult to find in the dark.

Also be aware that in wet weather the access road can be slippery. As Hernani is a regional New South Wales wilderness experience the property does experience periods of heavy rain. In this circumstance you may need to use the longer all-weather 4WD drive only route or talk to us about rescheduling your stay. Our extreme weather policy details are available upon booking request. Your safety is our first priority and we will always communicate clearly and quickly about any major weather considerations that may impact your stay.

Once you have booked your stay and paid please email me and we will send you through the hut information and directions.

Your hosts are NOT on site

The hut is totally private and self-contained and there is no face to face interaction with us. We live one hour away in Bellingen where we run the 3 busy farm stays; The Bellingen Vintage Farmstay, The Bellingen Farmhouse and the Bellingen Farm Shed as well as our biodynamic working farm. We have a caretaker that sets up the hut for your stay and checks that our gas, solar and water systems have been properly switched off within 24 hours of your departure. Our caretaker lives nearby and is available in emergency situations only.

What to bring

We keep the hut clean and stocked with firewood and there are plenty of pillows, doonas, blankets and mozzie nets. The kitchen and barbecue are fully equipped and set up for your enjoyment prior to arrival.

Please bring your own linen (pillows cases, fitted & flat sheets to put over own bedding) and please bring your own towels. All beds are queen sized. We also have one single bed. The Hut supplies pillows, doonas and blankets.

ICE FOR LARGE ESKY (125L) we do not run a fridge onsite due to being an off-the grid property. There is a large commercial grade esky for use during your stay. Packed properly with ice (3-5 bags) the esky will easily keep food cold for up to week. Ice is available from Ebor service station and the pub. . However, if you’re travelling through Dorrigo or Grafton its quickest to grab your ice from the service station on your way through. You will need to bring your own torches, food and supplies and an extra Esky if you are a large party, candles if you want to use those while you stay and any equip for hiking or fishing.

Practicalities and taking care in the bush

Because of its wilderness setting and off-grid status, some resources are limited and we ask you to give these your special attention.

We have a detailed guest book available at the Hut that contains all key information about your stay at the property. Please read through this carefully to ensure a safe and smooth stay.

Tank water may be low during dry spells, so please minimise water use by having short showers and not leaving taps running unnecessarily – if the landscape on your way to the property is looking dry and brown it means it hasn’t rained for a while and water is scarce. We truck water in during dry periods at significant cost and ask that guests are respectful and practical about it’s consumption.

Similarly, lighting is solar-powered and works best when lights are turned on only when rooms are in use.

Departure and animal policy

We provide you with a clear set of departure instructions to be able to turn off the solar, gas and water. It is a condition of every booking that guests agree to follow a few simple steps to secure the hut and ensure our expensive solar and water systems are well looked after.

Dogs and domestic pets are not permitted. Vacuum cleaning is not possible and we cannot guarantee we can stay hair-free for those who are allergic. Besides, this is cattle country and dogs could also be tempted to round up the cows!

However, horses are most welcome at Hernani. The hut is situated right on the National Trail, the longest uninterrupted hiking and riding trail in southern hemisphere. If you plan to bring your horses to ride the trail, we suggest you get the National Trail book with all the necessary trail information.

Common Amenities

  • Sheets and towels not included
  • Donnas, pillows, blankets
  • Slow combustion Fireplace
  • 1920’s slow combustion stove/oven
  • Gas stove
  • Outside bonfire pit
  • Fully equipped Kitchen
  • 24-hour check-in

Additional Amenities

  • Free parking
  • power to charge batteries, laptops and phones.
  • Books, games and children’s toys

Special Features

  • Horse friendly
  • Gay friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Extra room for camping
  • Outdoor bathroom and toilet
  • Child friendly

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