About this listing
Vegan farmstay. Wake up to the sunrise and shower with the birds. The single room apartment has one of the best views in the region. An ocean and verdant green valley panorama with Byron Bay's iconic lighthouse in the distance.
We have a beautiful home near the Crystal Castle five minutes drive from Mullumbimby with breathtaking views of the ocean and Byron Bay in the distance!
Situated on 22 acres of beautiful Byron Hinterland farm land and bordering a nature reserve, we have a great, private single room self contained apartment on the ground floor of our house for one or two guests.
The apartment has a basic kitchenette, laundry, TV, queen size bed, fold out sofa lounge, wifi internet. Entrance is separate to the rest of the house which adds to the privacy. We often don't see guests after check in unless interested in a farm tour. The solar heated, rainwater shower and bath is outside in the garden so it may not suit everyone but anyone with an inner hippie will love it. It's our most popular feature and many nature lovers return just for the shower! It's like showering under a warm waterfall with fresh air and greenery all around. There is NO inside shower. The nearest beach is a legal nudist beach and our accommodation is suitable for naturists.
We live directly upstairs and have a four year old so child noise might vibrate through the ceiling occasionly. We discount the rate slightly due to the potential noise although it doesn't appear to be a major issue.
The property is a working banana farm. Although we are not certified organic we manage the farm using natural systems ie. nutrient cycling with mulch and compost and we don't use chemicals. We harvest year round and love showing off the property and farming operation and sharing ideas about landscape management and sustainability, We always have lots of bananas for guests.
Over half the property is natural bushland with lots of wildlife including koalas, wallabies, echidnas, rare birds and frogs.
The property has some beautiful bushwalks including one to the top of our hill where you will see some of the best views in the region.
We are about a 20 min drive from Byron Bay and 15 minutes from the beaches of Brunswick Heads.
Rates start at $60 per night and vary according to seasonal demand. Longer term stays are welcome and very negotiable so if you're interested in accommodation for a week or a month or more don't hesitate to contact us and ask questions or make an offer.
The apartment is a granny flat on the ground floor of our house. It's self contained and private with it's own entrance and parking directly outside. None of the space is shared with others.
Interaction with guests
Don't hesitate to contact us at any time for local advice or a farm tour.
Mullumbimby is a cool little town that leans towards an alternative culture. It has some nice arty shops and coffee shops and the town is surrounded by rainforest. There is always something different on offer like alternative workshops, festivals and markets. There are some great bush walks in the area and Minyon Falls is just down the road.
A vehicle is necessary as there is little public transport in the area.
Other things to note
Our property borders a nature reserve so there is no shortage of bugs and insects around. Sometimes spiders will find their way into the room but they are all harmless. Contact us if you discover any unwelcome guests and we will evict them.
No rules here. We're hippies.
I'm a hippie banana farmer from Mullumbimby near Byron Bay. My parents bought our special piece of paradise over thirty years ago when land was cheap. We immediately went about restoring the degraded, weed infested natural bushland which includes koala habitat and threatened ecosystems. Since 1980 we have planted over eight thousand trees grown from seed collected from local remnants and removed acres of weeds. I love rainforests can identify most species in the local area and can recognise local birds from their calls.
Recently we took over management of the degraded four hectare banana plantation and converted it to a more organic or biological system. Previously chemicals were used and soil erosion was slowly destroying the landscape. We created swales (terraces) to catch and slow water movement and planted cover crops to hold the precious topsoil in place. Our main source of fertiliser is farm grown chipped wood and compost used as a mulch. We are essentially taking carbon from the atmosphere where it is a problem and storing it in the soil where it is useful but lacking. Carbon feeds the microbial life that is essential to plant health and our farm philosophy revolves around that fact. Harmlessness is something we apply to every aspect of our project. We aim to not harm the land and respect all the life that inhabits it including microscopic life under the soil surface.
I'm married to Suzy who works as a flight attendant. We are vegan and hope guests respect and accept our philosophy. We welcome anyone into our home who is interested in nature, sustainability, peace and compassion, alternative thinking and lifestyles.. or anyone who is respectful of our beautiful property.
I love a surf or if there's no swell a swim in the ocean. The nearest beach is clothing optional and only ten minutes drive away. We usually go to the rainforest beaches south of Byron Bay if we have the opportunity. We have spare surfboards available and beach bikes. Riding a bike along the beach from Brunswick Heads to Byron Bay at low tide is fun.
We love sharing our house and amazing property with appreciative people so send us a message if you want to discover paradise or just want to say hello. If you don't have the opportunity to stay but are in the area and are curious about what a sustainable banana farm looks like I usually can spare half an hour to show it off. There's a free banana smoothie in it for anyone who is interested enough.