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Our lives are seemingly getting busier by the minute, with more forms of attention-zapping distractions than ever before. Our phones and devices have become an extension of ourselves, as we are bombarded by texts, emails and notifications from morning till night.

It can be hard to switch off, and most of us would shudder at the thought of a digital-detox.  But as we become more mindful of our social connections, and our environmental footprint, the option to trade the concrete and metal of city life for the star-filled sky and mountain air has never been more enticing.

We’ve rounded up 6 of the best off-grid getaways for your next weekend escape, giving you the ideal opportunity reconnect with the environment and the people around you.

Riparide

Riparide’s mission is simple: book an outdoor adventure and live life to the fullest. They offer unique accommodation, experiences, vehicles and outdoor equipment listed by the owners themselves. The coolest part of their offering is the ability to browse listed stories, which are visual adventure itineraries centred around a featured listing. Each story offers a unique, local’s perspective for a truely immersive weekend in the wilderness.

Cabn

CABN has two off-grid, sustainable and eco-friendly tiny homes available for rent on secluded curated sites in the Adelaide Hills and New South Wales’ Kangaroo Valley. “Discover the authenticity of nature. Interact on a meaningful level. Detox oneself from hectic reality. Slow down and kick stress to the curb.” This is what you’ll get out of an off-grid CABN experience. If you have some spare cash, you can even buy your own CABN and embrace that tiny home life.

Unyoked

Unyoked is another company offering eco-friendly and off-grid tiny home experiences near Sydney and Melbourne. Their tagline is: “minimum footprint, maximum chill”, which is evident in their minimal, yet stylish architectural approach. One of their tiny homes in the New South Wales Southern Highlands is located a 200-metre walk through rainforest and comes equipped with a fire pit, bar fridge, gas stove, hot shower and composting toilet. It doesn’t get much more off-grid than that!

Shacky

Another option for Victorian residents is to book a getaway through Shacky, an off-grid Airbnb alternative. They currently have three properties available, in the High Country, Yarra Valley and the Grampians.

Bubbletent

Otherwise, why not stay in a clear and inflatable bubbletent overlooking Capertee Valley, the world’s second biggest canyon? Sleep under the stars in one of the three bubbles located on a large working farm, between Lithgow and Mudgee in rural New South Wales. Each bubble (named after a horoscope) has unique features, such as Cancer’s floating bed and Leo’s love swing and outdoor wood-fired bathtub. They provide all the essentials, including telescopes and a cheese board. In their words, “you’ll wish for an antipasto platter during the sunset.”

Satellite Island

The final off-grid experience we must include is Satellite Island in Tasmania. This private island has never before been accessible to the public, and it remains utterly unspoilt.

Satellite Island is a secluded secret hideaway, and is exclusively yours to explore. The island can accommodate up to eight people, so gather your besties for the ultimate off-grid adventure. A stay on Satellite Island includes all of the gourmet provisions you could ask for, a pantry stocked with delicious essentials, and an endless supply of oysters.

It is hard to describe the magic of staying on your own private island. Your life back in the big smoke will never be the same.

Start small

If going fully off-grid makes you nervous, you can always start small with a little bit of self-care. Say goodbye to the grid momentarily and go for a hike this weekend to reconnect with nature, or have a digital detox with a technology-free night at home. Your mind, body and the planet will thank you.

Hayley Simpson
Hayley Simpson

Writer

Melbourne based freelance writer, barista and solo travel blogger + freelance travel writer. Former expat in Canada. I have visited 33 countries and have worked as a PA, barista, beer server, bakery assistant… you name it!

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