2 December 2022: Off grid nature and wellness led tourism company, CABN, opened the doors to three brand new, off-grid cabins in South Australia’s iconic Kuitpo Forest today.
The new eco-friendly accommodation development is set within ForestrySA’s historic 3,600-hectare Kuitpo Forest, which is home to a mix of sustainably managed commercial pine forest and native forest conservation areas.
CABN CEO Michael Lamprell said the Kuitpo Forest development was a landmark project for CABN under a new partnership with ForestrySA.
“We’re incredibly excited to open this new CABN experience to travellers across Australia and around the world. Kuitpo Forest is a cherished recreational landmark in South Australia and our accommodation development will promote the destination to new audiences, both domestically and internationally,” said Michael.
“In line with our core proposition, to provide an environment for our guests to explore the physical and mental health beneﬁts nature brings, our Kuitpo Forest experience allows visitors to connect with nature, sleep in a forest, enjoy a sense of isolation, take in unrivalled landscapes, inhale fresh air, watch and listen to local wildlife, and enjoy numerous walking and biking trails.
“Kuitpo Forest is also our first project to launch outside of our traditional private land ownership partnerships and we’re privileged to be working with our new partner ForestrySA.
“It’s important for us to work with partners with the same values, and a commitment to conservation and care for our environment. This project is a leading example of carefully managed tourism development in a sensitive and natural environment, and we’re excited to be contributing to the growth of regional tourism in South Australia.
We’re also committed to working with the First Nations of Australia for all our developments, and we would like to recognise the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples as the traditional custodians of the land on which our cabins reside within Kuitpo Forest.”
ForestrySA Chief Executive Julian Speed said ForestrySA forest reserves continued to be a highly valued community asset, with more than 1 million people visiting last year alone.
“ForestrySA has been South Australia’s trusted plantation and community forestry manager for almost 150 years,“ he said.
“We’re excited to see a fresh demographic of visitors take in the beauty that is Kuitpo Forest, through this new nature-based tourism experience in the heart of our forest.”
The CABN Kuitpo Forest site offers three independent cabins, Jarrah, Nala and Bambra, with each located 70 metres apart from one another and local pine trees providing privacy screens.
Each timber cabin sleeps four people, with a luxury queen bed and an adult sized bunk bed, making them perfect for sharing with family and friends. The cabins also offer a kitchen and dining space, spacious bathroom and large-scale glass windows to create the ideal nature experience.
Setting new standards and offerings in sustainable tourism, the addition of Kuitpo Forest brings the total number of CABNs to fifteen across five sites in South Australia.
Kuitpo Forest is one of many new retreats to come, with Seppeltsfield in the Barossa, Cape St Albans on Kangaroo Island, and the Cedars at Hahndorf to be developed in the coming months.
CABN’s new Kuitpo Forest accommodation is now available for stays starting at $264. Visitors can book via the CABN website
Established in 2017, CABN has set out to redefine off-grid, self-contained accommodation. CABN is committed to regenerative travel, offering holistic and healthy nature-based escapes. CABN’s eco-friendly cabins are set on some of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes and cater to those travellers looking to explore the physical and mental health benefits nature brings. CABN’s off the grid cabins are managed with environmentally friendly and sustainable operational practices, and a ‘leave no trace’ philosophy.
ABOUT KUITPO FOREST
Established in 1898, Kuitpo Forest Reserve provides for the protection of native forests and is home to the first of a number of plantation forests in the Mount Lofty Ranges contributing a sustainable timber resource for South Australia. Today it is managed by ForestrySA and covers 3,600 hectares, of which 60% (2,100 hectares) is plantation. It is managed for sustainable commercial forestry, while providing for the conservation of native flora and fauna and recreational use by the community.
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