The Art Shack is innovative in its design. A contemporary, eco-friendly retreat inspired by lanterns in the landscape. Located on the banks of the Avon River, you can relax and breathe in the clean country air. This art filled and completely modern building with its tent inspired roof form, doors that slide away creating rooms that become part of the landscape, contemporary bathrooms and lower and upper private decks with an outdoor bath for the brave. A source of inspiration.
There is an abundance of native bird life on the floodplain and even the odd pelican fly by. With uninterrupted views of the hills and surrounding landscape from the upper level. There are walking tracks in front of the property allowing access through a variety of floodplain woodlands. A large picnic table is located on the upper level and offers spectacular light over the surrounding countryside especially at dawn and dusk. The booking calender sets out the yearly climate cycle in the Nyoongar's 6 seasons rather than the European 4. This produces a far more intricate and subtle overview on the shift between seasons.
The name Toodyay is translated from the Nyoongar Australian Aboriginal word, Duidgee, which means ‘place of plenty’, referring to the richness and fertility of the area. The town was known as Newcastle between 1860 and 1910, and is located on the Avon River in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 85 kilometres 53 miles north-east of Perth on Ballardong Nyoongar land. The first European settlement occurred in the area in 1836. After flooding in the 1850s, the town site was moved to its current location in the 1860s. It is connected by railway and road to Perth. During the 1860s, it was home to bushranger Moondyne Joe.
Flowing through Toodyay is the beautiful Avon River on which the world’s longest white-water race, the Avon Descent, is held each year. You can enjoy a peaceful picnic at Toodyay’s Duidgee Park where there are barbeque facilities, childrens playgrounds, public toilets and a miniature railway. Also located within the Shire are the Avon Valley National Park and numerous reserves that become a blaze of colour with magnificent displays of wildflowers during the spring months.
A fusion of memory and design come together to create this climatic, regressive, unique piece of accommodation. The Toodyay Art Shack brings together 25 years of experience in art and design, numerous design awards, unique modern architecture, a private eclectic art collection and local access to Toodyay's food, wine and its wonderful location.
In staying at the Art Shack, we would like to share this art collection of wonderful modern artistic images and sculptures from local Western Australian artists including Merrick Belyea, Jon Tarry, Paul Caporn, Nic Crompton, Michael Doherty, Ivan Bray, Pillip Berry, Dante Beela-Ruth, Clayton Bradbury, Clint Walker, Briony Paul, Chris Ha, Geoff Green-Armitage, Pippin Drysdale, Marcus Canning, Emma Langridge, Charlton Sadlo, John Cullinane, Theo Koning, George Howlett, Marian Giles, Marcia Espinosa, Gloria Regan Jackson, Susan Roux, Zhanna Kolpakova, Sharon White and Tom O'Hern Tasmanian artist. Please feel free to let us know if you would like to contact any of the artists.
The kitchen is set up for self catering and has a multi function oven, gas cook top, meter's wood fire oven, wood fire box heating and a large refrigerator. It is well appointed with cookware, appliances, crockery, glassware and kitchen utensils.
Bed linen, mattress covers, quilts, pillows, tablecloths and tea-towels are supplied.
The Toodyay town centre is only a few minutes drive away where you will find The Toodyay Bakery, which has great coffee and is the producer of Australia's Best Pastie. Close to the bakery is Christmas 360, one of Australia's best Christmas shops. Wineries in the area are well worth a visit, including Coorinja for excellent port and Alicia Estate where honey mead is made by traditional methods.
Toodyay also has a supermarket, pharmacy, butcher shop, bottle shop, newsagency, post office, barber shop, hairdresser, pub, cafes, restaurants, doctors rooms and other shops and services, all within 1km from the house. The Toodyay Golf Club is only 5 km south of the town if you feel like playing a round or the historic Toodyay oval is within walking distance of the property.
The Avon Link train runs to and from Perth and Northam daily. More information on bookings and local activities are available from the Toodyay Information Centre.
Photographs by Luke Carter Wilton
As featured in Green Magazine No 56
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Toodyay Shack is shortlisted for The Interior Excellence Awards IDEA in the Single House Category
Toodyay Shack was shortlisted for the Houses Awards National over 200m2 Category
under Paul Wakelam Architect