What can we do while staying at Greens Beach?
You can spend a whole day exploring Narawntapu National Park on the coastal trail which starts at Greens Beach.
Alternatively, go for a more leisurely walk along Greens Beach, with views of the Tamar River and Low Head lighthouse. Walking all the way to Kelso takes about two hours return.
Play a round of golf at the picturesque nine-hole golf course at Greens Beach Golf Course. If you're a really keen golfer it's only a bit over an hour's drive to two of Australia's top courses at Barnbougle.
Drive fifteen minutes to Beauty Point and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at the River Cafe overlooking the Tamar River. While in Beauty Point, check out Platypus House for the opportunity to see these rarely seen creatures close up in their underwater habitat. And just a few kilometres further you can visit the Beaconsfield Mine Museum, at the site of Australia's most infamous recent mine disaster.
Explore the dozens of wineries with restaurants and cellar doors along the Tamar Valley within 30 minutes of Greens Beach, including Holm Oak Vineyards, Iron Pot Bay Vineyards, Goaty Hill Wines, Moores Hill Estate, Loira Vines, Winter Brook Vineyard, Marions Vineyard, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and Velo Winery and Cellar Door.
Drive to Low Head (about 50 minutes) to visit the Lighthouse and Pilot Station Museum, and just before dusk to view the penguins coming ashore. (best to book ahead at Low Head Penguin Tours)
At the end of a relaxing or adventurous day, sit on the veranda, enjoying absolute serenity while watching the wallabies peacefully grazing on the lawn, and gazing at the moon and stars in one of the clearest night skies you'll see anywhere in the world.
What's so special about the Solarhome?
The Solarhome is all-electric and has all the comfort, conveniences, and appliances expected of a modern home, yet is powered 100% by fully recyclable solar-charged batteries 100% of the time, throughout the year, even during a cold Tasmanian winter. It has zero emissions (direct or indirect), zero utility bills, and the power system requires zero maintenance. The Solarhome is also fire-proof and cyclone proof, with a unique solid concrete roof which would withstand a falling tree.
Will the power in the SOLARHOME drop out after a few days with no sunshine, and will we have to continually worry about turning off lights and appliances?
The off-grid power system in the Solarhome has enough storage to last almost a week of normal usage with no solar input at all (which would never happen anyway, since the solar panels are efficient enough to have a significant input on overcast days). The batteries can safely cycle down to 30% state of charge, but in practice rarely drop below 80%, so are expected to last at least twenty years. Even if something drastic was done (like leaving the oven or an iron on for several days), the system will protect the batteries by shutting off power points while leaving lights and other essential items (the fridge and water pressure pump) still functioning. In practice, the power system has proven to be robust, maintenance free, and virtually fool-proof. It was designed and installed by award-winning Tasmanian company MODE Electrical at a cost of AU$50,000.