When South Australian couple Tim and Amanda Hogg launched their first tiny home in 2021, they wanted to share a slice of remote Eyre Peninsula life with travellers who were keen to switch off their devices, slow down and enjoy the view.
“The success and love for Yambara just blew us away,” said Amanda Hogg. “We’ve had guests from all over Australia who want to just be completely immersed in nature.”
Yambara, their first property, sits on farmland about half an hour’s drive from Port Lincoln and 100 metres from its own private beach. Its name means “away, out of sight” in Barngarla, the local Aboriginal language, and in July the couple are launching a second accommodation called Maldhi, meaning “night sky”.
Where Yambara has a light neutral colour scheme, Maldhi looks slightly darker and moodier. It’s the same size – eight-by-three-metres – and it comfortably sleeps four people in a king-sized bed and a double bed on the mezzanine level and the lounge also converts into a double bed. There’s a twin shower in a spacious bathroom and when you’re ready to face the elements there’s an outdoor fire pit where you can gaze up at the night sky.
In keeping with company’s eco ethos, the off-grid hut is solar powered, its rainwater is captured in Port Lincoln, and its grey water is removed sustainably. “It’s a special feeling knowing the sun is powering your accommodation,” says Amanda. “And we hope it inspires guests to live more sustainably when their holiday ends … Our architect designed the tiny abode to make the most of nature’s warming and cooling characteristics, and we used environmentally sustainable materials throughout the construction process.”
The couple live in Port Lincoln, about half an hour from the Eyre Way properties. Showing off the natural beauty of the area is part of the thrill for the Hoggs. Their new accommodation overlooks the coastal cliffs of Sleaford Bay, close to white sandhills separating Port Lincoln National Park from the rugged Southern Ocean. There are clifftop coastal walks nearby and the place is surrounded by native vegetation and wildlife.
“It’s a truly magical and private location … Not only are kangaroos often spotted hopping across the landscape, in winter southern right whales – who call the shallow waters home – are just a stone’s throw away, enjoying the pristine and relatively calm waters of Sleaford Bay.”
Rates start at $450 per night at Maldhi, with a minimum two-night stay. Book here.