Shack No.2
Coolabine Farmstead
Obi Obi Valley
Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Emily Maguire used to write songs in a flat in London until one day she’d had enough of grey skies and concrete and, refusing to give up her guitar for a proper job, she got on a plane to see what life looked like from the other side of the world. She spent the next four years living on a goat farm in the Australian bush, dodging snakes and spiders in a shack built by her partner, bass player and producer Christian Dunham.
The farm is situated up a dirt track in the beautiful Obi Obi valley, SE Queensland. The valley used to be a sacred meeting place for Aboriginal tribes from all over the East Coast and beyond. The shack is built around 9 tree trunks, using recycled corrugated iron, wood and rendered potato sacks for the walls. It is surrounded by an orchard of citrus trees, lychees and macadamia nut trees.
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All the timber was recycled from cleared native forest, and milled and sanded by hand. The fireplace is made out of a 44 gallon drum. All the furniture is either hand-made or recycled. The kitchen has open shelves to minimise places for snakes to hide. Called 'Shaktu' as it's shack no.2 on the farm (shack 1 was the original building on the land). Total cost so far: £1500.
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spiral-staircase: download hi-res image
Up the bank from the shack is Emily's yurt which was built in a day and a night during a cyclone as a birthday present for her. The corrugated iron walls and roof of the yurt are over 100 years old, recycled from the local village post office. She uses it to do her Buddhist practice and to write songs.
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yurt-interior-1: download hi-res image
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Photos copyright: Anthony Paine
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