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our story

We discovered Black Périgord Truffles in Mid-2013, told our friends our plan to move on the Australia Day long weekend in January 2014 and went on a fact finding mission to the shire of Manjimup in April 2014 while visiting Lisa’s Brother and his family in Karridale. Returning to Brisbane, we sold our home in June, bought our farm in Pemberton in July, got the keys in August and moved west in October.

While settling into our 70 acre farm and planting our 3000 tree Truffle plantation in November 2015, we had to keep reminding ourselves this slice of paradise was ours.  The changes of season, karri forests that have to be seen to be believed, rugged coastlines, endless vineyards, seasonal farmers of fruit and vegetables, black angus cattle everywhere and neighbourly farmers who happily gave advice and a helping hand. These many things, along with the small tight knit community of Pemberton, made us realise “this is home”.

From the truffle patch you have a stunning view looking north over one of our dams to our neighbours property and its karri tree forest which meets our fence line.  Neither of us can remember who brought up the idea, but we thought that it was too beautiful not to share. So sometime in 2015, the seed was planted for Wandagar Luxury Eco Camp - a low impact and deconstructable accommodation resonated well with us and how we want to leave the land for future generations.

Sure, it took us a lot longer than planned and cost more than budgeted, but the finished product far exceeds our original expectations (which is mainly down to Lisa’s vision)  and the wait has certainly been worth it.

We have created a luxurious space for people to enjoy the untouched beauty of nature amongst the Southern Forests.  Our plan was to be sustainable in the choice of building materials, fit out and soft furnishings as reasonably possible. We used all local tradespersons, had the tents made in Nannup and Mic helped with the build where possible.  The bespoke kitchenette, bed and shower fixtures were designed and locally made.  We are 100% off grid for power and water and the waste from the toilet is composted / returned to the land.

But most of all, we fully understand and embrace the fact that we are the short term custodians of this land and must look after it using minimal intervention and regenerative practices.  We share our thoughts and philosophies with our guests to ensure a low impact yet luxurious nature based stay that stimulates the mind and sparks the desire to return…before you have left. 

At Wandagar we want to be your destination, not just somewhere to sleep on a journey somewhere else.

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