How to stay home and still go wandering like a gypsy
GLAMPERS seeking a luxurious get-away experience with a difference have a novel treat in store with the completion of Julatten Joinery’s handcrafted, bespoke, full-sized Romanystyle gypsy wagon.
Inspired by the antiquity and history of Europe, the gypsy wagon, which offers a romantic mixture of old and new, has been a labour of love for local craftsman Glenn Cambage.
A wood worker by trade Glenn, together with his wife Wendy, have lovingly built Sweetwater Lodge over the last 10 years, making the most of its idyllic location in the Port Douglas hinterland.
“Glenn has always appreciated old things such as vintage caravans and cars, so when we saw a trailer on the side of the road for sale we jumped at it – he then simply followed the plan in his head when it came to building it.”
Built from new and recycled timbers, the wagon features a curved roof, exposed timber rafters, timber floorboards and antique leadlight windows, which Glenn has had stored in his “garage for years”.
Although it sits on wheels, the gypsy wagon has a permanent home in a private spot about 100m from the creek.
Inside it has a queen bed, ensuite toilet with hand basin, kitchenette and sitting area, a traditional stable door and porch seats by the steps.
“The wagon, like the two luxury eco-lodges, has been fitted out with a real Australian feel. It is just lovely and every time I walk in there it brings a smile to my face,” Wendy said.
Craftsman and owner Glenn Cambage of Julatten