FAQ Page

Living off grid means consuming less energy and using alternative methods of waste disposal and water saving. 

Have a go! We encourage you to be mindful of the amount of power and water you use during your stay at CABN. 

We rely on rain water tanks, gas bottles and the sun to run our off grid CABNs, however we always ensure that batteries are fully charged and rainwater tanks are full.

Appliances that are not included at the CABN can not be used as they will damage the battery and leave you without power.

We offer 2 unique styles of off-grid nature escapes. 

CABN is a minimal off-grid experience packed with the essentials. CABNs are run on rainwater, gas bottles and the sun to power its solar battery system. Amenities include, indoor heating/cooling, ceiling fans, kettle for the gas stove top & coffee plunger. No electric kettles, toasters, microwaves or coffee machines here. Leave your hairdryer & styling tools at home too as they will damage the battery & leave you without power. 

CABN X is an elevated version of off-grid with all the luxury amenities. CABN X has very large rainwater tanks, gas bottles and a fancy generator out of sight that powers the advanced battery system. This allows modern amenities such as electric kettle, coffee machine, toaster, microwave, hair dryer, iron and reverse cycle air conditioner to run without causing a power outage. There is a full sized luxury bathroom at CABN X with indoor & outdoor bath, plus your very own private wood heated sauna.

 

Our CABNs maybe off-grid but they are actually eco-friendly tiny houses.  Each CABN is unique in its design & layout. 

All have a King or Queen Bed and some have bunks or day beds for extra guests. Linen is supplied for 2 guests so be sure to notify us if there are more than 2 people staying. Extra guests are $40 per person/per night.

All CABNs have a compact kitchen with a 2-burner gas cooktop, bar fridge, kitchen sink and drinkable filtered rainwater. 

Kitchens are equiped, with pots/pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery, stove top kettle & coffee plunger. CABNs do not have coffee machines, toasters or microwaves. The power required to run these items is not compatible with our off-grid battery system. 

There is also a variety of teas, ground coffee (for coffee plunger), sugar, milk, oil, salt/pepper and tea towels provided.

CABN Bathroom’s are indoors, with shower, basin and eco-friendly toilet. We provide bathroom linen and biodegradable soap.

If your CABN has an indoor wood heater, firelighters, matches/lighter, firewood/briquettes is provided.  

Every site has a Weber Q with BBQ utensils and a fire pit. (Fire ban is usually 1st Dec-30th April).

Firewood for the fire pit can be pre-puchased at some sites – contact hello@cabn.life to enquire. 

Each CABN is within 10-20minutes of a regional town. Depending on your provider you will generally have mobile reception & access to your own data.

We do not provide free Wifi at the CABNs.

Check in is from 3pm and check out is by 11am providing a complimentary sleep in.

Just like us, our CABNs need time to recharge and reconnect. 

Please leave by 11am & arrive no earlier than 3pm so that our service and maintenance team can replenish the off-grid CABNs.

‘Arrival Instructions’ are automated and emailed 10 days prior to your stay, please check your junk and contact hello@cabn.life if you do not receive them. 

These instructions contain the address and directions to find your CABN, as well as your personalised entry key code. 

Self check in is from 3pm. When you reach the CABN simply enter the code on the door or lock box and take a deep breath: you’ve arrived.

Check out time is 11am and we ask that you kindly leave as promptly as possible. 

Just like us our CABNs need time to recharge and reconnect. Our service and maintenance team need access to replenish the off grid CABNs for our next guests. 

  • Please wash/dry and put away all dishes
  • As you are on private property, please take all your rubbish/bottles with you
  • Leave the site and the CABN in the original condition in which you found it
  • Please don’t be tempted to park your car at the CABN to pack, you must walk your belongings back to the car
  • Lock the door when you leave and place the key back inside the lock box
  • Leave via the pre-approved road only
  • Finally, you are required to take some of the zen you found at CABN home with you until your next visit!

A $250 refundable bond is payable to cover but not limited to extra guests, excess cleaning and rubbish removal, incidentals and/or property damage and loss. 

A pre-authorisation of $250 will be held on your credit card at check in and released within 7 days of check out.

Our locations are remote. The cost of cleaning and servicing our off-grid CABNs after every stay requires a ‘remote service fee’ that we proudly spend locally by employing people from nearby regional towns. This fee is $75 and applies to all bookings.

A really good attitude for a start! Actually, scratch that. Turn up feeling exhausted and then leave with all the calm of a 100-year-old Yoda. Dependent on the weather forecast, we suggest you bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes for your adventures
  • Gumboots, raincoat and umbrella for winter weather
  • Long Sleeve shirt, sunscreen and hat for warm summer days. Slip, slop, slap-is the Australian way
  • Mosquito / bug repellant, its all part of the great outdoors
  • A portable speaker and charger for relaxing tunes
  • Enough food to last your stay. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – think easy one-pot wonders, bbq packs & picnics
  • Cheese, wine, and whiskey, but that’s just our shopping list
  • Firewood, kindling, fire starter’s, lighter, for the fire pit (within the fire season only)
  • If your CABN is dog friendly bring your dog’s favourite bed, blanket and food. As well as poop bags and a lead to keep your dog from wandering
Yes. The use of indoor wood fireplaces and outdoor fire pits is strictly prohibited during Fire Danger Season. 
 
Fire Danger Season generally runs from November through to April, although the dates can vary due to seasonal conditions in different regional locations. The exact dates are published on the CFS website. www.cfs.sa.gov.au
 
When a complete fire ban day has been declared, the use of gas BBQ’s are additionally prohibited from use. 
 
If you have any questions, contact us hello@cabn.life
 

We recommend you subscribe to alerts regarding bushfire warnings. Below are some of the ways you can stay updated and/or receive alerts:

 

If a complete fire ban day is declared during your stay, you will be contacted by CABN.

CABN reserve’s the right to reschedule your booking if there is threat of fire to a location. 

Call 000. 

Whilst we encourage you to digital detox during a CABN stay, having your mobile phone charged in case of an emergency is a good idea.

In the CABN you will find a compendium listing the nearest hospital. 

All CABNs are equipped with a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and First Aid Kit.

Each CABN has a different selection of wine available to support the local producers. 

Wine can be pre-purchased at checkout when you create your booking. 

If you’d like to add wine to your existing booking, please contact hello@cabn.life and we can arrange this for you. 

Wine is also available to purchase in the CABNs.

Designated car parks are within 50-200 metres of a CABN. Our car spaces are designed for 2 cars max. At no point should you attempt to drive your car past the designated carpark, even if a trail or track is visible. 

Once you park the car, the adventure starts on foot. CABNs with a longer walk have a cart supplied to assist with getting your belongings to the CABN. Some walks are easier than others so please contact hello@cabn.life for more information. 

You are welcome to have friends visit you during your stay, however they are not permitted to stay overnight unless they are a paying guest, and they must depart the site by 10pm. There is strictly no camping in tents, swags, campervans or caravans allowed at a CABN site.

We love dogs here at CABN. We understand that dogs don’t just provide companionship but physical and mental health benefits too. However, not all our CABNs are dog friendly, simply because of the unique bushland settings and abundance of wildlife and farm animals that may be nearby.

Dogs are welcome at CABNs Jude, Matilda, Jarrah, Nala & Bambra. They are allowed inside but please bring their own bedding and ensure they do not get on our luxurious beds.

The CABNs are not fenced, so dogs must remain on a long line lead at all times to respect the local surroundings. Please pick up up after your dog and dispose of in the bin provided.

The fee is $100 per stay to bring your dog on the CABN adventure. This fee is inclusive of extra cleaning charge to ensure our CABNS are thoroughly sanitised after every dog stay.

Life changes we get that, but cancellations can result in an empty CABN. Therefore, if you need to change your booking for whatever reason, we can change the dates for you, subject to availability, and as long as it is 30 days before your arrival.

Alternatively, we can also offer a CABN credit voucher for the exact same tariff as your booking, as long as it is 30 days before your arrival, so the earlier you let us know the better.

No refunds are given on cancelled bookings, non-arrival or unused nights.

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances including loss of deposit, cancellation of airline flights, cancellation fees, medical expenses and loss of any personal belongings during the stay.

We lease land from private landowners in Australia. Occasionally leases end, regulations change or property suitability changes and we may need to move a CABN to a new location. Therefore, when booking, we cannot guarantee a specific location. If there is a change of location, you will receive an email letting you know in advance.

Cancellations don’t happen often, but feel free to contact us at hello@cabn.life with the dates you are hoping to stay.

We regularly post last minute availability from cancellations on our social media, so be sure to follow us on our socials.  

Go ahead and subscribe to our CABN VIP newsletter. We don’t spam, we just let our VIPs know first about pre-bookings for new CABN locations and any cancellations that become available. 

There is a two night minimum stay. 

We do welcome single night bookings if there is no availability to stay the two night minimum.

Please email hello@cabn.life with the name of the CABN and the date you’d like to book if you’re after a single night stay.

Yes, you absolutely can buy a gift voucher. Your loved ones will thank you for it! You can spend as much as you like, and once you’ve paid you will receive a receipt and your gift will be emailed to them with a unique code. It’s a perfect way to reduce your carbon emissions – no packaging, no transport required. 

Just click here to buy a gift voucher.

Yes! We take bookings up to 1 year in advance. If you would like to secure a special reservation further than one year in advance please contact hello@cabn.life. 

Our CABNs are accomodating to every season. Each of our CABNs feature fans and screened-in windows so you can enjoy the summer breeze, and are also equipped with heating for cold-weather stays.

We keep the location secret until shortly before each stay so that guests can have a surprising and spontaneous experience. This way, you are able to focus on getting away and retreating to nature. Forget the stresses and FOMO of traditional vacation planning, no restaurant reviews, or researching tourist traps. 

We aim for all of our CABNs to be placed merely a one to two-hour drive from the nearest major city. Far enough to really get away, but close enough for a spontaneous escape. 

If you require the location sooner so that you can plan your escape please contact hello@cabn.life

Our CABNs are located in rural areas and subsequently are not staffed 24/7. As such, you (the guest) acknowledge that it is your responsibility for your own safety in and around our CABNs. You acknowledge that you are aware of the risks entailed in a wilderness environment. In Australia, the risks are diverse including, but not limited to: snakes, spiders, over-friendly kangaroos, wombat holes, angry livestock, and poisonous plants. Just to name a few.

General rule of thumb: If it moves, leave it along. If that’s not an option, run. Very fast. 

You must follow the supplied route and park in the designated area, with two cars maximum at the parking area. You must not attempt to drive off the supplied route, particularly the path to the CABN itself, as this is not suitable for driving. 

During wet weather, you agree to park in the wet weather zones as outlined in the pre-arrival instructions.

Failure to follow this may result in your car being bogged and towing required at your expense. You will be responsible for all losses or damages caused if you do not follow the directions.

When out for a hike, please stick to the tracks and not wander off them, you must also not approach private property features like dams without prior consent from the landowner.

 

No longer able to make your booking at CABN but don’t want to let it go to waste? Get in touch with us at hello@cabn.life with your booking information as soon as possible (preferably more than 5 days before the intended stay) and we can transfer the booking to a friend or family member. Won’t they be so lucky! 

No, unfortunately we do not manufacture our CABNs for private sale. We purely build for our Australian owned accommodation business.

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