Natasha Weir has a busy life working as a registered nurse and raising three kids in Sydney. Living together in an inner-city apartment solidified for Weir the importance of getting her family into nature. She wanted to create opportunities for her family to “stop staring at the TV and start staring at the stars, and instead of ordering Uber Eats, to cook over a campfire”.
This passion project soon germinated into a fully-fledged business model, In2thewild. Weir loved the tiny house movement that was gathering momentum in the United States, and so together with four other business partners has built up a fleet of 17 tiny houses dotted around regional New South Wales and Victoria. Now the team's about to launch its first in Queensland.
“We’re excited to bring our off-grid, sustainable tiny houses to Queensland," Nic Chin, CEO of In2thewild Tiny Holidays, said in a press release. "Our focus is on providing a relaxed luxury experience for our guests – a space where they can really switch off and reconnect with themselves, and their loved ones."
The tiny house, named Norah, sits in the Toowoomba region (just a 2.5-hour drive northwest of Brisbane) looking out to mountains and rolling green paddocks. It's named after the young titular character in Mary Grant Bruce’s children's book Little Bush Maid. Almost all the In2thewild houses are named after the team's favourite book characters, including George from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; Phoebe from The Catcher in the Rye; and Max from Where the Wild Things Are. Each house has a copy of the book its name is related to.
Norah, which opened on June 1 after Covid-19-related travel restrictions delayed the initial March 27 launch, has a queen bed cornered by two large windows that look out to the stunning natural scenery. There is also a double bed in the loft, a full bathroom with toilet, hot shower and basin, a heater, air conditioning and a fully-equipped kitchen. Outside you’ll find a campfire and a barbeque.
Norah is now ready for guests.
This story was updated on June 3, 2020.