Us Brisbanites thrive in the sun, surf, and sand, seeking out beachy getaways in warm climates, and have plenty to say as soon as temperatures drop under 20 degrees. Luckily, there is one sure-fire way to take advantage of the chill and get seriously cosy—with a warm and toasty fire.
Here is a list of our favourite cool-weather getaways with a cosy fireplace within three hours of Brisbane.
HIgh up on Tamborine, this 100 year old cottage is just the spot to laze by the fire with a bottle of something special from the local distillery and a cheese platter from Tamborine Cheese. The powder blue Woolcott Cottage looks like something out of the pages of an Anne of Green Gables novel, complete with a wicker rocking chair, sun-drenched window seat and a farmhouse-style wooden table. Pack your best straw hat and book here.
Eumundi Rangeview Cottage
We're going to warn you straight up: when you see the interiors at this place, you will want to move in forever. Luckily, it's available to book for cosy weekends away so you can taste the aesthetic life, with 100-year-old Rangeview Cottage hosting four guests in a stunning spot near the charming town of Eumundi. Aspiring chefs will love the full kitchen, while the cosy vibes come from the charming lounge and dining areas and wood-burning fireplace. We have a feeling you'll be returning—book here.
The Lake Shack
Curl up by the fire after a day of lakeside adventures with a stay in this cosy fisherman’s cottage just south of Noosa Shire. The Lake Shack is an ode to whimsical Australiana, featuring hardwood floors, an old-school cooktop and sweeping views of the surrounding wildlife. Push open the huge handcrafted doors and wander out onto the poolside deck, pull up a stool and enjoy a cuppa as you watch the setting sun set the bush aglow. Book here.
The massive wood burning fireplace is just one of the drawcards of Treetops Seaview—a huge spa set into the floor by floor to ceiling windows and a daily country breakfast hamper are the others. Perched on the edge of an escarpment, the cabin offers some pretty speccy views of the distant coastline, which are best enjoyed surrounded by bubbles in that spa, glass of wine in hand. Grab a bottle and book here.
Just ten minutes from Pottsville, Heartwood is an incredible architect-designed space surrounded by native forest. Kick back in the bathtub on the deck before firing up the stove and enjoying a glass of wine on the deck as the sun sets on your view of the Burringbar Ranges. Don't forget to pay the ducks and goats down the hill a visit if you can bear to pull yourself away from this breathtaking cabin.
Pack your boots for this cute country getaway that's particularly charming in the cooler weather. Fire up the vintage fireplace in the living room or head outdoors to enjoy the fire pit with views over the valley. It's not uncommon for this area of the Scenic Rim to get frosts during the winter, so prepare to get super snuggly and make the most of those comfy leather couches, deep bathtub, and four-poster bed.
If you’re more into elegance than earthy vibes, book your weekend away at the Scenic Rim's Herrmann House. This place is more than a cabin, it's an entire house, boasting four spacious bedrooms with private ensuites, elegant lounge rooms all gas fireplaces, your own kitchen and laundry, and a stunning garden area with a fire pit to huddle around under the stars. Prepare yourself for next-level luxe vibes.
The Island Shack
This chic island getaway comes with a fireplace and magnesium plunge pool—need we say more? With modern minimal interiors, plenty of areas to relax and unwind and that gorgeous fire place, this not-so-humble shack is the perfect spot to base yourself on a cosy Russell Island getaway.
Fall asleep to the crackle of your fire in these stunning cabins overlooking Moreton Bay. The cosy structures face east, so you can catch the sunrise from your balcony with a cuppa before exploring the gardens and greeting the alpacas, geese, ducks and chickens and heading back to your cabin to chuck another log on the stove. Bonus points for being down the road from Sirromet for all the wine tasting.
Spicers Hidden Vale
When it comes to luxurious getaways not far from home, Spicers Hidden Vale takes the cake. Tucked away on 1200 acres of gorgeous paddocks, streams, and bushland, their cottages and cabins are the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend away. Spend your days exploring the stunning surrounds and enjoying a true paddock-to-plate experience at Homage restaurant before settling in by the stone fireplace in your luxury cabin for the night.
It doesn't get much more cosy than this romantic rainforest retreat, with a wood-burning fireplace, claw-foot bathtub, and a gorgeous balcony to greet the local birdlife each day. Your booking includes breakfast provisions and firewood, so all you need to bring is a good book and a few snacks for the ultimate switch-off getaway.
The Postman's Cottage
One of the cutest hinterland towns near Brisbane, Montville makes for a perfect winter getaway, and The Postman's Cottage is a top option for mega cosy accommodation for two, within an easy walk to town. Set within a 1.5-acre estate, the cottage offers includes a charming wood-burning fireplace, clawfoot bathtub and full kitchen, and access to the grounds for strolls and bird spotting.
This completely unique handbuilt stone cabin overlooking a small dam oozes rustic vibes, and comes with a stone fireplace for the ultimate cosy getaway. Wake up to the goats and sheep coming to say hello, curl up with a book by the fire, and poke into Montville or Mapleton for provisions. With the wood panelling, lush surrounds, and magical fireplace, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're in the Scottish highlands.
Another Stanthorpe gem boasting impressive weekends away are Diamondvale Cottages. These cottages are next-level picturesque, all being heritage homes that blend seamlessly into the tranquil surrounds, especially under a light dusting of snow. Enjoy the wood-burning fireplace and cosy indoors or venture out to catch a glimpse of the native Australian wildlife that hangs around.
The Mouses House
Whether you’re booking a midweek escape for yourself, a romantic weekend away, or a group getaway with your pals, you’ll find the perfect accommodation at The Mouses House. Nestled in the rainforest alongside bubbling streams are a series of gorgeous chalets in all shapes and sizes. The surroundings are truly enchanting, located in a World Heritage Listed National Park, and the indoors are just as magical, with wood-burning fireplaces and private hot tubs.
Want to warm up even more? Check out these cabins with spa baths.
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