This Tiny Glass House is Perched on a Jagged Coastline Out of Sight with a Private Beach
Disappear for a night and call the remote coast of the Eyre Peninsula home.
Yambara is a Barngarla word meaning out of sight, and it couldn’t be a more fitting description. The first thing you notice when driving up to Yambara is the silence. The off-grid, tiny house is located on a remote working farm, only a 30-minute drive from Port Lincoln. Endless fields of wildflowers surround it, while a mob of emus can be seen grazing with kangaroos in the distance. Then there’s the coastline. It’s jagged, like a puzzle piece, with dramatic cliffs that look like they’ve been sliced from top to bottom. Secret beaches find shelter in coves carved by the wind and surf. The house sits on a sheltered finger of land, close enough to benefit from the views but far enough to escape the wind.
The drive to Eyre.Way Yambara is the first sign of just how rugged and raw this landscape is. The unsealed dirt road leads to a turn-off, where you will have to unlock a gate and several after that. The next bit of road winds through farmland, and several gates, which you have to open and close. After a 9km drive through the farm, roll up to the white-panelled home foregrounded by swaying golden grasses and backgrounded by deep blue waters and cliffs.
Inside, despite its obvious tiny nature, the bathroom is big enough for his and hers shower. The main bed commands the living room space, while a hidden loft keeps the second bed a secret, perfect for two adults and two children. Speaking of the beds, I found it hard to peel myself away from the linen sheets in the morning. The only thing that coaxed me out was the sun rising over the sea, best viewed from the deck or lounge.
The house runs on solar power and a battery system. There’s air conditioning for the warmer months, instant gas for hot water, and everything you could need for a comfortable stay, including the luxuries of quality linens and towels and eco-friendly Koala mattresses. The handmade Moroccan tiles in the bathroom are just a bonus.
Sandy Point Beach is your own private oasis overlooking Sleaford Bay and Port Lincoln National Park, eighty metres from the tiny abode. Fill up the provided picnic basket and park yourself on the beach. The only other person you might see would be the guests staying in Maldhi, another tiny abode on the other side of Yambara’s perch. Another track in front of the house leads to the cliffs. There is another private, inaccessible beach surrounded by rocky cliffs and a cove thriving with vegetation accessed via a track in front of the house. It almost looks like a sinkhole. Some rocks are unstable, so be cautious where you’re stepping if you want to explore the cliffs. It’s a raw landscape; there are no fences or signposts, just pure wilderness.
When it comes to exploring the nearby area, guests are flushed with choices. Port Lincoln National Park is a playground for fishing, beachcombing, swimming, walking, and 4wdriving. The sand dunes of the Sleaford-Wanna dune system are an ever-changing landscape and a must-see. Another must-see, in fact, if there is only one thing you do, make it Whalers Way. This privately owned land on the tip of the Southern Eyre Peninsula holds a wonderland of cliffs, blowholes, golden beaches, crevasses, caves, and sea lions. You will need a permit to access the land and a sturdy 4WD. If you don’t have either, I suggest booking a tour. Two great operators in the area can show you around Whalers Way—Australian Coastal Safaris and Untamed Escapes. The drive can take you to secret beaches, explore caves, or to the tip of the coastline, to view the enormous cliffs, which are as close as you can get to the Great Australian Bite from here.
At the end of the day, pour a glass of Boston Bay’s finest, settle on a deck chair, and let the melody of crashing waves be the playlist to a dusty pink sunset.