What makes Uralba 'Eco'?
The cottages 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 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.