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Matthew McConaughey Has Launched a New Off-Grid Unyoked Cabin in NSW for Charity

The Oscar-winning actor helped design the cabin — and has filled it with all his favourite books, music and bourbon.
By Samantha Teague
November 21, 2019
By Samantha Teague
November 21, 2019

Alright, alright, alright. NSW has a new tiny cabin — but this one is a little different. Aussie startup Unyoked, which currently has 12 tiny cabins around NSW and Victoria, has teamed up with the one-and-only Matthew McConaughey to launch the new extra-special off-grid getaway.

As part of his role as Wild Turkey's creative director, the Dazed and Confused, Dallas Buyers Club and The Beach Bum actor helped design the cabin, which is popping up on the NSW Central Coast from December. It's launched as part of Wild Turkey's With Thanks campaign — a global initiative supporting people and organisations committed to preserving wildlife.

Inside the The Reserve by Wild Turkey X Unyoked cabin. Getty Images for Wild Turkey.

Previously, the campaign has helped firefighters battling blazes across California. Now, it's doing its bit in Australia, with both proceeds from stays at the new cabin and $1 from every bottle of Wild Turkey Longbranch sold in November and December going to the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, which is helping with the recovery and rehabilitation of native flora and fauna caused by the ongoing NSW bushfires.

While this is a great excuse to book a getaway on its own, there's an added bonus for McConaughey fans inside the cabin, too. The actor himself won't be there, but he has filled it with his favourite music, vintage literature and booze (no prizes for guessing what that is). As well as a bar stocked with Wild Turkey Longbranch — McConaughey's own blend, which he says it best drunk with "a couple of rocks at sundown and neat at 8.30pm" — you'll find Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World, Origins: African Wisdom for Everyday by Olivier Follmi and a collection of essays by 19th century American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Getty Images for Wild Turkey.

You'll be able to listen to McConaughey's favourites tunes on tapes, too, including Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds of Country Music and Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. If American country and folk music isn't your schtick, make sure you download some alternative playlists before you head off — there won't be any wifi at this off-grid cabin.

As well as the above, the solar-powered cabin is equipped with basically everything else you'll need for your off-grid adventure — bedding, towels, plates, a gas stove and even toilet paper is provided. Plus, you can add on extra luxuries like negronis, s'mores kits and pancake mix at the time of booking.

Reservations for the one-of-a-kind cabin have just opened. A night in it will set you back $293 on a weeknight and $353 on a weekend (when you'll have to stay for at least two nights). Most of December is already booked up but there are plenty of free nights in January and beyond — for now. We're sure they'll get snapped up fast.

The Reserve by Wild Turkey X Unyoked cabin will pop up on NSW's Central Coast in early December. You can book here.

Images: Getty Images for Wild Turkey at the launch of the cabin at Bennelong Lawn. 

Updated: November 28, 2019.

Published on November 21, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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