See yesterday’s post for more on Callicoma Hill’s eco-efforts.
PO Box 261
Singleton, NSW, Australia
Phone: +61 (0)2 6571 1208
E-mail: info AT calli.com.au
Callicoma Hill has several self-catering options. Remember to bring your own linens and food. You can get to Callicoma by car (directions) or to nearby Singleton (30 miles from Callicoma) by train or bus. If you need to arrange transportation from Singleton to the site, let Martin and Jan Fallding, Callicoma’s owners, know.
Eco-Cabin: Sleeps up to ten people. Three bedrooms, one bathroom, full kitchen with a wood stove, and a lounge area. Bring your own linens (or pay $11 per person for provided linens.) Midweek: $44 per person, per night. Weekends: $88 per person, per night. $600 for seven to 10 people. (That’s $60 to $86 per person, per night.)
Bunkhouse: The main bunkhouse has six single bunks, a double bed, and a double mattress. A sleeping loft has mattresses for four adults or six kids. There’s a shared bathroom with a hot shower. $22 per person, per night. Rent the entire bunkhouse for up to 15 people for $400 for two days. (That’s $13 per person, per night.)
Super budget camping sites: Bring your own tent and cooking gear. $6 per person, per night!
Free: Martin says if you can prove you traveled to Callicoma Hill “using zero carbon emissions,” your stay is on him. That means actually using transportation that is powered by renewable resources, not offsetting. Take the eco-challenge!
“Watching kangaroos and native wildlife and seeing sparkling stars at night.” Those are Martin’s favorite ways to spend time at Callicoma Hill. He says guests will also enjoy the clean air and the bright Milky Way stars. In addition to the guided hikes Martin’s company, Natural Adventures Australia, offers, Callicoma Hill sponsors several annual events, including a yearly mountain bike ride. This year’s ride will be 30 km through Mt. Royal National Park on August 31. Callicoma Hill will also give eco-tours on October 26 to teach people about their environmental features; plan your trip to get in on the educational action.
Mountain bikers and eco-tourers, while you’re plotting your carbon-free route to Callicoma, Martin suggests reading Sharyn Munro’s The Woman on the Mountain.“[It] tells of experiences in trying to live a simpler life,” Martin says. Munro is a blogger and fellow Hunter Valley resident who also is living on solar-power and eco-smarts. Martin also suggests Owner Builder Magazine which recently covered Callicoma Hill and its environmental design. Get inspired and start planning how to get to Callicoma carbon-free. If you figure it out, let me know – I’ll come with you!