Academy Award-winner, Matthew McConaughey, is creative director of bourbon company, Wild Turkey. He has led the design of the cabin as part of the brand's "With Thanks" initiative, which aims to encourage more Australians to reconnect with the wild, while protecting and preserving it for future generations.
The luxurious, off-the-grid cabin is named The Reserve, and it has been built in collaboration with Chris and Cam Grant from travel start-up Unyoked, which carves out meaningful, reflective spaces in nature through cabins across Australia. McConaughey made a range of design decisions, including the layout, furniture and furnishings, right through to the cabin’s special feature; a hidden Wild Turkey bar.
He added a curated selection of vintage books, including “Origins of African Wisdom for Everyday” by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Collection of Essays, and “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino. The actor also ensured that he could share his love of American country and folk music by selecting a range of his favourite tapes to be enjoyed on the cabin’s vintage cassette stereo, including offerings by Bob Dylan, Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, and Sturgill Simpson.
The solar-powered, no-WiFi cabin was built using sustainable materials. It is now available for bookings and will be housed on the central coast of New South Wales from early December. A percentage of proceeds from the cabin and a contribution from every bottle of McConaughey’s Wild Turkey Longbranch sold in November and December will be donated to Unyoked’s charity partner, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
“I’ve always been in awe of Australia’s natural beauty," says Matthew McConaughey. "My hope now is that The Reserve by Wild Turkey x Unyoked cabin will inspire Australians to reconnect with nature as an antidote to the frenetic pace of life. I’m also proud that the cabin will form part of the Australian Wild Turkey With Thanks initiative that will support people and organisations who demonstrate unwavering conviction to preserving and protecting Australia’s great wilderness and wildlife.”
For further information on The Reserve by Wild Turkey x Unyoked cabin, please see here.