URALBA ECO COTTAGES

Ecotourism in Northern NSW

URALBA ECO COTTAGES

 

Northern NSW Escape

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Two distinct cottages make up the one ‘residence’ at Uralba.

One is occupied by your hosts, the other is ‘Kookaburra Cottage’ available exclusively for guests.

The cottages are separated by a breezeway, but each living space is designed to ensure the privacy of its occupants.

The Kookaburra Cottage’s laid-back atmosphere will instantly calm you. Your private verandah is the perfect place to relax and recharge. You could read a book on one of the comfy couches or swing in a hammock. Why not play a game of chess in the garden, or become creative with some artwork?

Or, some guests prefer to do nothing at all……..

Queen bed in private bedroom with inbuilt robe and luxury linen
Private bathroom with toilet, shower, organic towels and natural bathroom products
Ceiling fans in lounge and bedroom
Television (Netflix & Telstra TV)
Free Internet Wifi
Private verandah with outdoor garden room and water feature
Private BBQ Facilities
Fully stocked kitchenette eg. utensils, crockery, cutlery, tea & coffee, toaster.
Refridgerator
Ceramic water filter
Small camping oven with gas burners inside
There is NO microwave
Woodheater with fallen timber supplied from the property
Board games and art supplies
Guest fresh herb and salad green garden (organic) together with cook books for inspiration
Many additional ‘added extras’ to make your stay more comfortable

 

ACTIVITIES

Over 100 species of birds have been recorded at Uralba, ranging from kookaburras, lorrikeets, wrens and robins to the brightly coloured Wampoo Pigeon and majestic Glossy Black Red- Tailed Cockatoos. Many birds will be seen from your private verandah.

The biodiversity of the habitat provides the perfect environment for many species of Australia’s wildlife. Guests may see wallabies, goannas, many different species of frogs, and even the occasional koala. Watch colourful butterflies flitter around the gardens, and listen to the calming harmonic sounds of our frogs and cicadas. In September, there is normally a very special showing of fireflies on dark you can see from your verandah.

There are a number of different walks around the property which cater to all fitness levels. Explore the ponds and gardens close to the cottages, or walk through the food forest, bush tucker and tropical fruit orchards to take in the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. More energetic guests can take a (free) guided walk to the rainforest/creek in the gully to enjoy the serenity of the sub-tropical rainforest canopy.

QUAINT COUNTRY TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Many guests enjoy visiting local towns and villages in the area. Kyogle (an old timber town) is only 15 km, or visit the always effervescent and colourful Nimbin. Other places of interest include Lismore, Cawongla and Uki.

COOL LOCAL MARKETS AND LOCAL FESTIVITIES

Renowned for fantasic local markets, there’s a market for everyone. There are farmers’ markets, trash and treasure and art markets every weekend. Come and visit during October and attend the Kyogle Show, a traditional country show which has been running for more than 100 years. See the Kyogle Fairymount Festival in November, or the famous Nimbin Mardigrass which is held in May each year.

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

From the owners:

“Our aim at Uralba Eco Cottages is to provide guests with a uniquely beautiful, comfortable and ecologically sustainable experience.

Sustainable travel or ‘ecotourism’ is all about making simple choices in order to reduce your negative impact on the destination you are visiting. Individually, each choice makes only a small difference in the big picture, but collectively, all these little things can have a huge impact. Ecotourism and responsible travel practices strive to benefit not only the natural environment, but also the social, cultural and economic well-being the local community.

In December 2018 we achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification. 

The cottages at ‘Uralba’ have been built on ecologically sustainable principles. The buildings were designed to maximise airflow and comfort while reducing the carbon footprint. Much of the timber used in construction of the cottages for example, has been sourced directly from the property and/or recycled materials. Most of the furniture in Kookaburra Cottage has been bought second-hand, restored and upcycled.

The cottages run on SOLAR power entirely off-grid. Hot water comes from a separate solar system. There is a back-up generator and a LPG gas instantaneous hot water system if needed. Filtered rainwater is gravity-fed to the cottages. Our Worm Waste Management system provides an environmentally sustainable solution for wastewater, sewerage and organic waste. We use renewable and recyclable locally sourced products where possible, provide recycling bins and compost all food waste on site.

The substantial gardens supply fresh fruit, nuts, bushtucker, vegetables, herbs and spices on a seasonal basis. The general design principles of the gardens are based on permaculture, and the entire property is organic (chemical free).

The property was a bare paddock used for cattle grazing when purchased in 1992, with heavily logged forest and sub-tropical rainforest areas in the gullies. More than1000 trees have been planted to create the lush and biodiverse environment which exists today. We have been involved in a reforestation project regenerating the rainforest, extending the habitat for the wildlife at ‘Uralba’, while also contributing to wildlife corridors in land surrounding (the World Heritage listed) Border Ranges. An extensive amount of native flowering trees and plants, bush food trees and grasses have been planted to feed and house native wildlife and native birds. “

What we love…

Uralba Eco Cottages promises peace and relaxation in an ecologically sustainable natural environment. The property is run by a couple who are passionate in their care for the environment. They have spent the last 25 years not just minimising their impact on the environment, but actively improving it. Wake up to the sound of bird song and delight in the fact that you are nestled in 38 acres of sub tropical rainforest.


Tell me more

Uralba Eco Cottages are located on one of Kyogle’s beautiful scenic drives. Just 15km from Kyogle, known as the gateway to the rainforest in picturesque Northern NSW, the serenity of the area allows guests to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the sounds of nature.


Get the Facts

Where is it? Near Kyogle, NSW

What? Eco Cottage

Style of Accommodation? Lovingly built cottage

Who?  Suits couples and singles.

Accessible? Yes

How much? Per night cost is $120, but will be less depending on length of stay.

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Uralba Eco Cottages is located in the foothills of the McPherson Range, overlooking the stunning Border Ranges National Park. Other World Heritage areas nearby include Mt Warning (Wollumbim) and Nightcap Range National Parks. You can take a walk, take a picnic, see beautiful views and sites of cultural and historical significance, visit a waterfall, or take a swim at Hanging Rock falls only 20 mins away.

Guests are invited to stay in the fully self-contained Kookaburra Cottage at Uralba which was completed in 2018. Enjoy a very comfortable and cosy stay, entirely off-grid, set in lush sub-tropical gardens.

This newly constructed modern and comfortable country-style cottage features a large open plan living area with dining, lounge and kitchenette. With a separate carpark and easy access ramp (suitable for wheelchairs), the large wrap-around verandah overlooks lovely gardens. The verandah has its own vertical garden room, a calming water feature, and there is a fruit forest screening the cottage from the road.

The cottage is self-catering (guests are welcome to forage through the gardens collecting herbs and spices for cooking), or take advantage of the many cafes, restaurants and other food options at Kyogle and Cawongla less then 20 mins away.

Uralba Eco Cottages provide a great base to explore the many vibrant and interesting sights of the region. Visit World Heritage listed National Parks, check out quaint local villages, take a swim in a cool natural swimming pool nearby, or visit one of the North Coast’s colourful markets.

Uralba Eco Cottages have Advanced Ecotourism Certification and have achieved Land for Wildlife status. This is ecotourism at its finest! (Open the Environment toggle to read more about their fabulous environmental initiatives.)

Hosts: Julie de Rooy

Address: Homeleigh Road, Upper Horseshoe Creek, NSW 2474

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Uralba Eco Cottages

OPEN FOR MORE FEATURES

Two distinct cottages make up the one ‘residence’ at Uralba.

One is occupied by your hosts, the other is’Kookaburra Cottage’ available exclusively for guests.

The cottages are separated by a breezeway, but each living space is designed to ensure the privacy of its occupants.

The Kookaburra Cottage’s laid-back atmosphere will instantly calm you. Your private verandah is the perfect place to relax and recharge. You could read a book on one of the comfy couches or swing in a hammock. Why not play a game of chess in the garden, or become creative with some artwork?

Or, some guests prefer to do nothing at all……..

Queen bed in private bedroom with inbuilt robe and luxury linen
Private bathroom with toilet, shower, organic towels and natural bathroom products
Ceiling fans in lounge and bedroom
Television (Netflix & Telstra TV)
Free Internet Wifi
Private verandah with outdoor garden room and water feature
Private BBQ Facilities
Fully stocked kitchenette eg. utensils, crockery, cutlery, tea & coffee, toaster.
Refridgerator
Ceramic water filter
Small camping oven with gas burners inside
There is NO microwave
Woodheater with fallen timber supplied from the property
Board games and art supplies
Guest fresh herb and salad green garden (organic) together with cook books for inspiration
Many additional ‘added extras’ to make your stay more comfortable

ACTIVITIES

Over 100 species of birds have been recorded at Uralba, ranging from kookaburras, lorrikeets, wrens and robins to the brightly coloured Wampoo Pigeon and majestic Glossy Black Red- Tailed Cockatoos. Many birds will be seen from your private verandah.

The biodiversity of the habitat provides the perfect environment for many species of Australia’s wildlife. Guests may see wallabies, goannas, many different species of frogs, and even the occasional koala. Watch colourful butterflies flitter around the gardens, and listen to the calming harmonic sounds of our frogs and cicadas. In September, there is normally a very special showing of fireflies on dark you can see from your verandah.

There are a number of different walks around the property which cater to all fitness levels. Explore the ponds and gardens close to the cottages, or walk through the food forest, bush tucker and tropical fruit orchards to take in the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. More energetic guests can take a (free) guided walk to the rainforest/creek in the gully to enjoy the serenity of the sub-tropical rainforest canopy.

QUAINT COUNTRY TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Many guests enjoy visiting local towns and villages in the area. Kyogle (an old timber town) is only 15 km, or visit the always effervescent and colourful Nimbin. Other places of interest include Lismore, Cawongla and Uki.

COOL LOCAL MARKETS AND LOCAL FESTIVITIES

Renowned for fantasic local markets, there’s a market for everyone. There are farmers’ markets, trash and treasure and art markets every weekend. Come and visit during October and attend the Kyogle Show, a traditional country show which has been running for more than 100 years. See the Kyogle Fairymount Festival in November, or the famous Nimbin Mardigrass which is held in May each year. 

ENVIRONMENT

From the owners:

“Our aim at Uralba Eco Cottages is to provide guests with a uniquely beautiful, comfortable and ecologically sustainable experience.

Sustainable travel or ‘ecotourism’ is all about making simple choices in order to reduce your negative impact on the destination you are visiting. Individually, each choice makes only a small difference in the big picture, but collectively, all these little things can have a huge impact. Ecotourism and responsible travel practices strive to benefit not only the natural environment, but also the social, cultural and economic well-being the local community.

In December 2018 we achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification. 

The cottages at ‘Uralba’ have been built on ecologically sustainable principles. The buildings were designed to maximise airflow and comfort while reducing the carbon footprint. Much of the timber used in construction of the cottages for example, has been sourced directly from the property and/or recycled materials. Most of the furniture in Kookaburra Cottage has been bought second-hand, restored and upcycled.

The cottages run on SOLAR power entirely off-grid. Hot water comes from a separate solar system. There is a back-up generator and a LPG gas instantaneous hot water system if needed. Filtered rainwater is gravity-fed to the cottages. Our Worm Waste Management system provides an environmentally sustainable solution for wastewater, sewerage and organic waste. We use renewable and recyclable locally sourced products where possible, provide recycling bins and compost all food waste on site.

The substantial gardens supply fresh fruit, nuts, bushtucker, vegetables, herbs and spices on a seasonal basis. The general design principles of the gardens are based on permaculture, and the entire property is organic (chemical free).

The property was a bare paddock used for cattle grazing when purchased in 1992, with heavily logged forest and sub-tropical rainforest areas in the gullies. More than1000 trees have been planted to create the lush and biodiverse environment which exists today. We have been involved in a reforestation project regenerating the rainforest, extending the habitat for the wildlife at ‘Uralba’, while also contributing to wildlife corridors in land surrounding (the World Heritage listed) Border Ranges. An extensive amount of native flowering trees and plants, bush food trees and grasses have been planted to feed and house native wildlife and native birds. “

 

 

 

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