Is this the closest you can get to nature in pure luxury?
Updated: Mar 2, 2019
A jewel in the rough and rugged countryside of northern New South Wales, Faraway Domes is a once-in-a-lifetime, authentically Australian experience. A fifteen-minute drive from Warialda and an hour from the Moree Airport, the luxury geodesic dome has been built on ‘Wilunga’, a 9,000 acre working sheep and cattle property owned by third- generation graziers Belinda and Jamie Munsie.The experience begins from the moment you turn onto the farm. A winding road leads to the top of a ridge, your only traffic companion an occasional sleepy kangaroo.
The first of its kind in New South Wales, the tent-like dome features a king size bed, four-meter high elevated deck with a private outdoor bath, an open plan living area and country kitchen. The Dome itself is enveloped entirely by Australian bushland.
The spectacular east-facing dome has been meticulously designed from top to tail in bespoke woodwork and soft furnishings that reflect the rustic nature of the place. Reverse cycle air-conditioning, awnings and carefully positioned sky lights have been designed to allow visitors control over the outside elements.
The Munsie family are a handy bunch; there are custom-built entry tables, sideboards and coffee tables made from recycled wood, and lamp stands built from repurposed Sunshine machinery parts, each piece a respectful nod to the property’s past. In 2018, as the drought worsened, the project proved a good distraction for the family, and provided hope for the future through diversification.
“The dry conditions have taken a toll on the district, but this project has brought our family together at one of the toughest times in our history on the property,” Belinda says.
Faraway Domes has been designed as a true escape into nature; think waking up with nothing but the sound of birds, yoga on the deck and star gazing as you fall asleep. The property itself provides plenty of bushwalks to explore, and wildlife to spot, with artesian spas, cotton tours, waterfalls and nature parks just a short drive away.
Significant efforts having been made to minimise the Dome’s impact on the pristine surrounding environment, this included the construction of an eco-friendly waste-water system and an off-grid power supply.“We have such a beautiful region, and we’re really excited to showcase this to visitors interested in escaping to the country and connecting with nature,” says Belinda Munsie. The idea itself, to attract tourists to the relative isolation of nature, came to Belinda on a train ride through Canada, as her fellow tourists crammed themselves like sardines against the train’s windows.
They were mesmerised by the natural landscape and wild animals, busily photographing anything they could set their cameras on. From that moment, Belinda began to wonder how she could utilise the natural beauty of the place she called home, bringing much needed tourism to the region. “The district has so much to offer, we are confident a visit to Faraway Domes will leave an indelible mark on anyone who stays”. As Geodesic domes gather a cult following amongst luxury travellers and campers alike, the Munsie family hope to lure guests from all over Australia and the world, to sample their own unique slice of Australian nature.
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