Nearly 60 feet off the ground, on the border of Australia’s Wollemi National Park and the Blue Mountains, sits the one of the world’s coolest treehouses. Inspired by traditional treehouse construction in South America that states the higher the treehouse, the higher the status, builder Lionel Bucket made sure his rustic, whimsical structure would sit way up in the canopy, high enough to provide sweeping views of the surrounding rainforest and Bowen’s Creek Gorge.

Travelers have access to the canyons, swimming holes, and undisturbed forest of the surrounding parks, and in their downtime they can curl up next to a wood-burning fire and enjoy the ample opportunity to view wildlife, which Bucket claims is comparable to what you might see in a Planet Earth-style documentary. The retreat doesn’t go for cheap (on AirBnb, travelers can rent it for $768 a night), and the cabins are just an hour and a half drive from Sydney.

Bucket, a master carpenter, builds wild, eco-friendly getaways for couples and solo travelers in a 600-acre swath of World Heritage bushland in the Blue Mountains. The land has been in his family for over 50 years, and Bucket has decades of experience building sustainable dwellings. The plumbing, electricity, and building materials are all friendly to the stunning eucalyptus forest surrounding you (and the planet at large). The treehouse is just one of his creations, and all of his projects–including a cave dwelling and multiple cabins–bear his signature rough-hewn, nature-inspired touch.


Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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