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Escape From The City Noise With This Yurt Retreat In Victoria’s High Country

By Ben Tyers
9th Jun 2020

The outside of the traditional Mongolian style yurt at Yarranungara Yurt Retreat outside Wangaratta, Victoria.

It's been a rough year for regional Victoria with many parts affected by the bushfires early in 2020, followed by the pandemic which stopped usual visitors to these regions in their tracks.

Now that regional Victoria is open again and able to be explored, we're looking for the best ways to help you do that. And Yarranungara Yurt Retreat is on another level.

Traditionally a yurt (or ger in Mongolia) is a portable, round dwelling covered with skins or felt that was used by nomadic groups in central Asia. 

From the 1970s, yurts became popular in North America with companies creating yurt derivatives from high tech materials, and placing them in locations close to ski fields or campgrounds as an option for accommodation.

The Yarranungara Yurt Retreat is situated in Victoria's high country, about three and a half hours from Melbourne, and 20-minutes from the regional centre of Wangaratta.

The retreat is home to one yurt, so when you stay at Yarranungara Yurt Retreat you'll know you have the place all to yourself. The property itself comprises of 100-acres of natural redgum forest as well as access to waterways such as the King River which winds its way through Victoria's famous Prosecco-producing region, the King Valley.

A few things that the yurt at Yarranungara includes:

  • 95-litre bar fridge with a vegetable crisper and small freezer section
  • Full enclosed ensuite with a hot shower
  • 10-litre glass drinking water dispenser with filtered rainwater
  • USB phone/device charger (byo USB cable to suit your device/phone)
  • Portable and over-bed fans during summer and Eco-Air coolers
  • Gas heater during winter 
  • Luxury Koala mattress on ecofriendly, bespoke, hand-crafted queen bed base of red gum enclosed recycled packing crates with red box bedhead
  • Sateen linen
  • Australian wool doona and pillows with alternative bamboo pillows
  • Extra blankets for winter
  • And plenty more

For keen bird watchers, your hosts can provide you with a comprehensive list of the region's birds along with binoculars and an identification book.

Book a night or more at the Yarranungara Yurt Retreat here.

Keen to explore nearby Bright? Here's our guide to the region.

Image credit: Yarranungara Yurt Retreat

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