A family of New South Wales graziers who took a risk in building luxury accommodation on their property, in the middle of the crippling drought, have been rewarded with an influx of bookings.
Faraway Domes launched to the public in November last year and weekend occupancy rates are now hovering around 95 per cent.
So far, guests have come from all over Australia to stay in the luxury accommodation, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, and local areas. There has also been international interest with bookings from Canada, China, the USA and Switzerland.
“It’s been so rewarding to see how many people want to travel to outback Australia and experience what we have to offer, while enjoying first class comfort,” owner, Belinda Munsie said.
Owners, Jaime and Belinda Munsie, built Faraway Domes alongside their family last year to help to diversify their 9,000-acre mixed farming business.
The property, Willunga, is located between Inverell, Goondiwindi and Moree and has suffered under the driest conditions in 100 years.
“It’s been a tough couple of years on our property, but this personal project has provided a much-needed distraction while we wait out the drought,” Belinda said.
Faraway Domes is an east facing, self-contained geodesic dome structure and one of the first of its kind in New South Wales.
The tent-like dome features a king size four-poster bed, a four-metre high elevated deck with private outdoor bath, indoor bathroom with rain shower, and an open plan living and kitchen area.
“Guests have been getting really creative and taking some beautiful photos of the scenery and wildlife, which is right at their doorstep. It’s such a great promotion for outback Australia,” Belinda said.
The new accommodation is having a positive effect in the surrounding communities, with guests expected to spend thousands of the dollars in the local area each year.
Plans are now underway to build more dome structures at the site.