Between the enormous granite boulders of Tooborac, you’ll find Tiny Pip, our newest Victoria outpost. So clear your calendar for 48-hours, and take a 90-minute drive directly north of Melbourne for the ultimate off-grid experience. While there is always the option to hide away in the tiny house and do nothing, we’ve put together a brief guide to the local area in case you want to step out – we’ve factored in lots of time to relax too.
Tiny Pip is perfect for wine enthusiasts, professional picnickers and adventurers.
Drive time from Melbourne: 90 minutes.
It takes its name from Pip from Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations.
Sometimes the journey can be just as refreshing as the destination. So ahead of your 3 pm check-in, make time to take the scenic route through Macedon Regional Park and breathe a little deeper as you zig-zag through the trees. Then, step out of your car at Camel’s Hump, the highest peak in the range, and take in the spectacular views of Hanging Rock and the surrounding countryside. Your immersion into nature starts here.
Picking up some essentials on the way? Here are the nearest supermarkets to Tiny Pip:
Lancefield Providore: 23km – Best for local produce
IGA Lancefield: 23km
Coles Kilmore: 37km
As you draw closer to Tiny Pip, your signal may drop out (a blessing in disguise), and you’ll be able to focus your attention on the incredible surroundings. Pull up metres from the house and check yourselves in by taking the keys out of the lockbox. When you step inside to your humble abode you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen, fresh pure linen sheets from Carlotta and Gee, and an air-con/heating unit so you can set the ideal temperature.
Once you’re settled, ease your way into the fray and take a bottle of wine out onto the deck. A drink here will give you a giddy feeling of smug satisfaction, sitting in nature without a care in the world. Then, when you’re ready for dinner grab the beautiful bohemian Wandering Folk rug from the cupboard, wrap up some delicious eats, and take a short hike up the hill. Here you’ll find the perfect place to set up and watch the sunset.
Rise and shine
Wake up to the sound of birdsong and brew yourself a hot tea or coffee – on us! Take the morning slowly but when you’re ready pull on your comfiest walking gear and choose from one of the nearby adventures.
Pink Cliffs – A majestic geological reserve was a mining site for gold in the late 19th century. Wander through dusty pink mini gorges of fine clay on the edge of Heathcote.
Heathcote Graytown National Park – Stretch your legs on a bushwalk through this beautiful park. Mt Ida and Viewing Rock provide views of Heathcote and surrounding areas.
Refuel in Heathcote at Fodder for a slice of cake and great coffee, The Bank for a pizza by the fireplace or Heathcote Harvest for a light grazing platter. Heathcote Harvest is also conveniently located at the end of the same long dirt road that houses a few popular wineries.
Discerning wine connoisseurs will recognise the Heathcote region for its award-winning bottles and charming small, family-run wineries. Renowned for its focus on red, the town produces a fantastic full-bodied and spicy shiraz as the grape thrives in Heathcote’s mineral-rich soils.
Spend an afternoon perusing cellar doors, learning about their history and supporting the local community by stocking up on wine – it’s for a good cause! Try the “Heathcote Women-In-Wine” Cellar Door Trail. A collaboration of four family-owned and operated wineries including Sanguine Estate Wine, Munari Wines, Vinea Marson, Silver Spoon Estate and Farmer & The Scientist.
Retreat to Tiny Pip
Retire back to your silent sanctuary for an evening of campfire cooking and stargazing. Chef Jason Roberts is a master over the campfire, and he shared his gluten-free vegetable paella recipe with us. We recommend trying our damper on a stick recipe for dessert or squish together some sticky sweet smores.
One last lazy lie-in
Enjoy your last alarm free morning, soak up the tranquillity and laze in the hammock for a while – check-out isn’t until 11 am. When you’re ready to say goodbye, pack up, say your goodbyes to Pip and then head down to Tooborac brewery for one of their famous hearty pies before heading back to the city.