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Sustainable House Day - The Nillumbik Trail 2023

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What a great day! Thanks to all our wonderful hosts and volunteers!

We hope you all enjoyed your tours and let your friends and neighbours know for next year.

If you missed it this year, scroll down to view house profiles and navigate to slideshows and videos about the houses.


Sunday 19 March

Tours run at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm 2:30pm, 3:30pm

FREE but bookings essential as group sizes are limited.

All enquiries:

Note:  You can book more than one house in a single booking.

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Come travel The Nillumbik Trail with generous local hosts sharing stories of their sustainable home journeys to help you on your own path.


See what has been achieved, and learn what you can do right now to improve your home's energy efficiency, comfort and health.  Their explanations and innovations will give you inspiration and motivation.  Plus, it's a nice day out in your local 'hood.   Participating houses below...

Lots to learn at the retrofitted houses about where to start and how to prioritise... see Research Renovation, Rosie & Grant's House, HomePatch and Our Comfy Home 

Renovation - RESEARCH

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Do your research on renovating at this BAL40 rated home that added a second storey and 9.9kW of solar PV on 6 acres of steep woodland.

See full profile for Research Renovation here

Your host: Mark & Jane 

Our Comfy Home - PANTON HILL

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Romney's experience in the sustainability sector has helped transform a concrete box into a dream home.


Come see the two eastern spinebills enjoy the new garden additions.

See full profile for Our Comfy Home here

Your hosts: Romney and Ian 

Urban Earth House - HURSTBRIDGE


Designed by Nillumbik's holistic architect, Craig Byatt.


This home is 'earth ship inspired'.  Come to find out what an earth berm is and stay to admire the bespoke kitchen art splashback.

See full profile for Urban Earth House here 

Video tour for Urban Earth House here.

Sanctuary Magazine article here

Henry House - ST ANDREWS

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Heard it on the grapevine? 

Overlooking a productive garden and private vineyard is a simple house on the hill, heavily insulated with roof solar PV array and solar hot water.

See full profile for Henry House here

Your hosts: John & Sarah

Treehouse - ELTHAM

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A treehouse inside and out - climb the striking timber staircase spiraling up to the highest views across Eltham's treetops.

See full profile for Eltham Treehouse here

Your hosts: Andrew & Katherine, HayneWadley Architects

Rosie & Grant's House - HURSTBRIDGE

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This brick house has had a Goldilocks retrofit - not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter.  Learn how you too can make changes to live in a home that feels just right all year round.

See full profile for Rosie and Grant's house here

Your hosts: Rosie & Grant


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That 70's house has been progressively upgraded to achieve a 10 star energy rating.  An accredited scorecard assessor, Lucinda has walked the talk and has the solutions to going green.

See full profile for HomePatch here

Your host: Lucinda Flynn, Going Green Solutions

Strawbale House - ELTHAM

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You can huff and you can puff but you won't blow this strawbale house down, not even in a bushfire.

Owner built on a shoestring budget, featuring beautiful Australian timbers and two electric cars.

See full profile for Eltham Strawbale house here

Your hosts: Matt & Jacqui

Bundy Gully - ST ANDREWS

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A rendered cottage with mudbrick extension retrofitted for sustainability and bushfire protection.

Outdoor features a productive garden, orchard, chickens and bees.

See full profile for Bundy Gully here

Your hosts: Kate & David



You don't have to live in a wombat burrow to get rid of your bills.  Graeme and Heidi went off grid on a boat and in a motorhome.  Now back on solid ground they have the same bill-free lifestyle in beautiful Healesville. 

See full profile for The Wombat III here

Your hosts: Graeme & Heidi

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