Local Escapes

5 Best Budget Stays For A Weekender In The Hinterland

By Claire Plush
9th Jun 2018

interior of a cosy looking cabin

We’ve got an idea for you. 

Instead of battling the Bruce and sitting in the car for hours, all in hope of slowing down, escaping your daily routine and exploring somewhere fresh… Why not book a weekender closer to home? 

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a short drive away but feels like a different world. Old-school pubs, lush rainforests, misty valleys and cute-as-a-button cabins, it’s got everything you could want for the perfect winter weekend getaway. 

And yeah, yeah—we know you’re saving up big for that OS holiday later in the year, which is exactly why we’ve rounded up some of the best budget accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.   

Rainforest Creek Cabin


Always talking about going on a digital detox but never actually following through? Well, this is your chance. A weekend in Maleny at this tiny creekside cabin will force you to totally switch off, thanks to no internet and no TV. Surrounded by rainforest, this rustic retreat has an outdoor shower—don’t worry, it has hot water and is totally private—and an outdoor toilet. Only a short drive from town, we suggest stopping on your way through and arming yourself with fresh bread, cheese from Maleny Food Co., wine and a pack of cards for the ultimate relax-cation. For under 100 bucks, you can’t beat this Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation. 

The Bower


We contemplated not sharing this with you, because we’d like to book it every other weekend for the rest of winter. But, you know what they say—sharing is caring. Tucked away in Wootha, near Maleny, The Bower is what you’d dream of if someone said ‘romantic hinterland accommodation on the Sunshine Coast’. Loads of timber, comfy couches, fireplace, antique claw foot bath…need we go on? 

Rustic Hinterland Retreat

Diamond Valley

You haven’t seen rustic until you stay in this Diamond Valley shack. This cabin has a deck we just want to lounge on, a stone fireplace we want to snuggle up in front of and a lush, secluded location that’ll make it impossible NOT to slow the f down. The best bit? If you forget stuff for dinner, the owners have a veggie garden overflowing with an abundance of fresh produce that you can purchase at wholesale prices. Sounds good to us. 



If getting back to nature is on your winter bucket list, stop the search! Kaalba is a self-contained studio nestled pretty much on Obi Obi Creek in Maleny. With views of the rainforest, more birds than your birdsong app will recognise and platypus sightings almost guaranteed if you wake up early enough, this cute-as-a-button cabin even comes complete with organic soaps from locally-made, nationally-acclaimed beauty brand Mukti Botanicals. It’s this attention to detail that’s putting Kaalba in our list of the best cheap accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. 

Hidden Valley Cabin


Another cabin nestled in the hills of Maleny, Hidden Valley has been transformed from a once-working milking shed to a fully self-contained studio. Sitting pretty on a 10-acre farm, if you can deal with friendly neighbours like wallabies dropping by unannounced, then you’ll be fine here. A night at this budget hinterland accommodation will cost you under $150—which, let’s be honest, is probably a whole lot cheaper than a night bar-hopping down Ocean Street with your mates.  

Image credit: Airbnb | The Bower

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