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16 Of The Coolest Tiny Houses In Australia

By Jessica Best – Jess is the Deputy Editor at Urban List Sydney

small rustic looking house in the bush with a spa outside

The saying ‘good things come in small packages’ certainly rings true when it comes to tiny houses. Chic, sustainable and nestled in some of Australia’s most stunning locations, this is the travel trend you need to get amongst. 

With so many beauties on offer, we’ve rounded up the very best tiny homes in Australia for you to book your next vacay at. 

The Best Tiny Houses In Queensland

Palmer & Gunn | Austenville 

So, you want to experience a sustainable, tiny house vacation, but you’re not quite ready to give up the hot tub and the air-con? No problem. Soak your stresses away at Palmer & Gunn, a hidden gem tucked away in the Gold Coast hinterland just outside Springbrook National Park. Outdoor hot tub: check. Luxurious bedding: check. A bubbling creek as your only background noise: check. Soaking in the aforementioned hot-tub under the stars right next to said creek: now that’s a no brainer. Book your trip here

Hale Douglas | Noosa

If you’re looking for an island getaway on a budget, set your sights on Hale Douglas, an adorable little home in Noosa that has truly embraced its retro Hawaiian surf theme. Inspired by the hosts’ trip to the soulful surfer town of Hanalei Bay, this tiny house features a skylight, floor-to-ceiling louvred windows and a deck that opens onto a tropical garden. You’ll be sleeping upstairs (or should we say, upladder) in a queen-size bed that screams comfort, so you can catch some z’s before hitting the beach. Even better, the home was built using reclaimed and repurposed materials, so you can rest assured knowing your Airbnb is doing its part for the environment. Book here.

Kookaburra Cabin | Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

This pint-sized house is nestled on a 17-acre farm just an hour and a half drive from Brisbane. While the house may be tiny, it has everything that you could need for a weekend getaway (and you’ll definitely get a few Instagram pictures out of it). The cabin comes complete with a stove and fridge, ready for you to put your cooking skills to the test. And for the animal-lovers out there, you can collect fresh eggs for breakfast, feed sheep and a mini horse—who all reside on the property. Book in your next vacay here

Little Country Stays | Somerset 

Labelled as “where the old meets the new”, the quaint town of Toogoolawah is about an hour and a half out of Brisbane and the ideal spot for your next rural escape. This adorable tiny home is hidden away on a spacious property and will give you all the farm stay vibes—minus the sheep herding and milking of the cows, of course. Provided for you is pre-cut firewood for toasting the perfect marshmallow and a BBQ breakfast for you to enjoy the following morning. Featuring a cosy loft-style bed plus a sofa bed for extra guests, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave. To book a stay, head here.

The Best Tiny Houses In South Australia

The Cube | Murray River

For peak holiday vibes, bliss out at The Cube a floating eco pod docked on South Australia’s famous riverway. With space for two, there’s a queen bed, full ensuite with shower, plus a kitchenette and lounge area that goes out onto the deck adorned with fairy lights and a BBQ. The good folks who run The Cube will also stock your fridge with brekky for two (think: bacon, eggs, avocados and bread), plus a two-man kayak should you want to explore your stunning backyard. Book your stay at this incredible spot here.

Two hanging chairs on a deck on the river.

Jude Cabn | Adelaide Hills

This minimalistic, eco cabin is seriously special. Less than 25 minutes drive from Adelaide CBD, this retreat will feel like a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Made from locally sourced timbre, the entire fitout was designed to bring the outdoors in, the minimalist interiors will help you to destress and relax. They also strongly encourage unplugging—there's a lock box on site if you’re really struggling to detach from your device. Honestly, you’ll be too busy reconnecting with nature for your phone. Think bushwalking, waterfall dips and bird watching. Book your next holiday here

The Best Tiny Houses In Tasmania 

Bruny Island Hideaway | Bruny Island

You know your getaway’s going to be a winner when it’s in Tassie. The southern state is a tranquil haven of nature, and that includes Bruny Island, which is a short drive and ferry ride from Hobart. Hideaway is situated in bushland far away from civilisation and has floor to ceiling glass rewarding you with stunning views of nature. But what you really need to know is that this place has an outdoor bath—perfect for use in the evenings while you gaze up at the Aurora. Book your stay here

The pale wooden interior of Bruny Island Hideaway

The Pod | Lewisham

Located in the sweet seaside town of Lewisham (a 35 minute drive north east of Hobart), at just 40-sqm The Pod is small but perfectly formed with a handcrafted suspended fireplace (that looks like a piece of art) and a bespoke Huon pine outdoor tub made with timber sourced from the depths of Lake Pieman. Floor to ceiling glass shows off stunning views of Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean as well as Mount Wellington/Kunanyi out to the west. Book your stay here. 

The exterior of The Pod, a lake and sunset behind it.

The Best Tiny Houses In Western Australia

River's End Retreat | Kalgan

This mighty little shipping container home is proof that good things do indeed come in small (and incredibly luxe) packages. Completely self-contained and set on a working farm, this spot is perfect for couples or solo travellers looking to go off-grid and get back to nature for a bit.  Just remember to BYO marshmallows for the deckside firepit (conditions permitting). 

Ryan’s Rest Tiny House | Pemberton

Located in Pemberton (an hour and half’s drive south of Margaret River) this tranquil escape is netsetled on private farm land, surrounded by the Karri trees and Warren River frontage which is exclusively yours for swimming, canoeing or fishing. The accommodation itself has a full size queen bed down stairs and a double bed in the loft (all fitted with French linen bedding), and a full-sized bathroom and kitchen. Outside there’s a patio area with a gas barbecue and fire pit that you can watch the sunset from. Our fave part? The hammocks strung amongst the trees on the edge of the river. Book your trip here. 

A bed overlooks framed by windows, looking out at the bush

The Best Tiny Houses In New South Wales

Kimo Eco Huts | Nangus 

A solid 4.5 hour’s drive south-west from Sydney, you’ll find the charming village of Nangus and these amazing huts. The three Kimo Eco Huts are kilometres apart from each other and situated on the rolling hills of Kimo Estate, a 7000-acre working sheep farm. Each hut is completely secluded with unobstructed views of the Murrumbidgee River flats and lush hillsides within the area. Breakfast is also included. Considering the drive, it’s worth booking in several nights to make the most of pure serenity. Book a trip here

Maggie's Farmstay | Howes Valley

If you're looking for wholesome vibes, Maggie's Farmstay has them in spades. Situated on a working farm in Howes Valley, this teeny tiny house is surrounded by mountains, a small vineyard, lagoons, and grazing alpacas. For maxo relaxo times, cosy up by the outdoor fire pit, go for a bushwalk into nearby Yengo National Park, and swim in the lagoon when the weather's warm enough. Those who'd prefer to explore the area will be pleased to know that Hunter Valley wineries aren't all too far away. Or you can book a horse riding session just 16 minutes down the road. As for the facilities, the 155sqft space has a comfy queen bed, a kitchenette, aircon and heating,  and an internal bathroom with an eco-friendly compost toilet. There's no wifi or mobile reception, so can truly switch off here. Best of all, you can bring your dog along (just inform the hosts beforehand). 

Big Yard Escapes | Moonbah 

In Southern NSW, you’ll find the tiny house accommodation of Big Yard Escapes. This beauty is set on 63 acres of absolutely serene bushland. Surrounded by huge gum trees and the Mowamba River, this escape is the perfect romantic getaway. The off-grid tiny home is fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen and reverse-cycle heating and cooling. Here, it’s all about rolling out of bed or for breakfast in outdoor deck chairs, or heading straight to the log fire pit with a steaming hot cup of joe in hand. Book your next vacay here

Wattlewood | Byron Bay

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Byron but want to avoid the hustle and bustle, then Wattlewood is the place for you. Situated North of Byron in the Tweed Shire, this stunning tiny home features breathtaking views of the Great Dividing Range, including the sacred Mt Wollumbin. The big windows and golden interiors will have you basking up the sun all day long, before ending the night in their outdoor bath house designed for ultimate relaxation. Book a stay here.

The Best Tiny House In Victoria 

Larnook At Sherbrooke | Kallista

A front runner for the best tiny house in Victoria purely on aesthetic, Larnook at Sherbrooke is a chic stay that may be small in stature but is packed full of soul. Located in Kallista around 40 minutes from the CBD, Larnook is positioned amongst the rolling green valleys of the Dandenong Ranges. The off-grid stay is powered by rain and solar and features a range of comforts, inside is full of earthy furnishings and the outdoor section has an outdoor fireplace and hot shower for those balmy summer evenings. Book Larnook here

The exterior of Alkira surrounded by trees.

Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut | Emerald

Looking like something straight out of a fairytale, this dreamy hut called Alkira, is located on a sprawling 40-acre property in the Dandenong Ranges. Just an hour's drive from Melbourne, this secluded paradise will see you soaking up the natural surroundings with the hut’s outdoor kitchen and ample seating areas perfect for kicking up your feet and diving into a classic book. And while it’s tempting to spend all day in the straw-bale yurt, the property is on the doorstep of loads of must-see places like nearby Emerald Lake and the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. Book your next vacay here.

Next up, check out Australia's most romantic getaways.

Image Credit: Bruny Island Getaway, Airbnb, Emma Nevison

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