Meet Jill Redwood, The Woman Who’s Lived Off Grid For 30 Years

Ms. Redwood enjoys a completely self-sufficient lifestyle with little need for outside assistance.


Have you ever dreamt about selling everything you own – or most of it, giving society the middle finger, and venturing ‘off the grid’ to live completely self-sufficient and in harmony with nature? You’re not alone. The prospect has become more alluring for individuals of all ages in recent years.

If the idea sounds appealing, it’s time you learn about Jill Redwood, a pioneer of sorts who has happily lived for over thirty years on the edge of the forest in East Gippsland in Victoria.

As the Daily Mail shares, Redwood, an environmental activist and writer, has been living ‘off the grid’ in a home she built herself made entirely out of reused and recycled materials. The walls of her abode are made from timber offcuts and cow dung.

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Credit: Jill Redwood

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Credit: Jill Redwood

Credit: Jill Redwood

Credit: Jill Redwood

Because Ms. Redwood loathes supermarkets, she eats only the food she’s grown and prepared herself on her 15-acre property.

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Credit: Jill Redwood

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Credit: Jill Redwood

And the activist is never lonely, as she cares for over sixty animals that keep her company.

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Credit: Jill Redwood

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Credit: Jill Redwood

Credit: Jill Redwood

Credit: Jill Redwood

Credit: Jill Redwood

Credit: Jill Redwood

Over the past 30 years, Jill has lived with no mains power, water, mobile reception or television. She also gets by on about $80 a week, with little need for outside assistance.

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Credit: Jill Redwood

Because Jill generates all of her own solar power and collects water from the local creek, she lives completely self-sufficient.

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Credit: Jill Redwood

Commented Rachael Lucas,

Commented Rachael Lucas,

“Jill Redwood has lived a remarkable life. As one of the original alternative lifestyle’ pioneers to move to Goongerah in remote East Gippsland over 30 years ago, she has devoted her life to saving the local forests and environment more generally.”  – Rachael Lucas

Commented Rachael Lucas,

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