Us Brisbanites thrive in the sun, surf, and sand, seeking out beachy getaways in warm climates whenever we can. Thanks to recent world events, all travel to warmer climates has been postponed, leaving us shivering in our feeble winter sun. But take it from an experienced winter lover when we say that there is one way you can always bring the warmth to you—with a warm and toasty fire.
If you fight your instincts and turn away from the coast to head inland, you’ll find a world of winter getaways that are handing out cosy vibes and wood-burning fireplaces. Here is a list of our favourite winter getaways within three hours of Brisbane.
So far our list has consisted of the quaint, the rustic, and the nature-inspired. If you’re more into elegance than earthy vibes, book your weekend away in 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 with gas fireplaces, your own kitchen and laundry, and a stunning garden area with a private fire pit to huddle around under the stars. Prepare yourself for next-level luxe vibes.
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 before settling in by the fire in a luxury cabin for the night.
Spillway Cottage is a interior envy-worthy property located next to a lake in the heart of the countryside—but only 45 minutes from the city. During your stay, you can play tennis on the court, take a walk around the neighbouring lake, swim in the pool, hop in the sauna and cook up a storm with the BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven. Let us repeat, wood-fired pizza oven. Farm animals also live on the property, so you’ll really feel at one with nature here.
The Bird House
If you have your sights on a larger place to enjoy with family and friends, The Bird House will not disappoint. It offers five bedrooms in an impressive space overlooking the mountains where you will experience the best sunset views as well as a display of hot air balloons in the mornings. Located at the top of an avocado farm and minutes away from Tamborine Mountain’s best attractions, you’ll never be short of things to eat or do.
A Country Escape
In a tranquil spot in Closeburn, you’ll find this freshly renovated and cosy country escape. This charming house has truly beautiful interiors and is packed with character featuring retro decor throughout. Creeks, hiking tracks and stretches of luscious greenery border this estate so you can picnic, hike and relax to your heart’s content. Experience the serenity of the country with the outdoor firepit where you can keep warm and roast marshmallows under the stars. It’s only 35 minutes away from Brisbane, so pretty ideal if you ask us.
Secrets on the Lake
Are you a sucker for a good view? Secrets on the Lake will draw you in with their stunning lake views from their luxury treehouses. Gaze out from the rainforest canopy and walk amongst the treetops on the magical elevated walkways that sprawl out from the uniquely carved homes up high. Each treehouse has its own fireplace, a sunken double spa with lake views, bespoke swing seats on private decks and cosy interiors that you won’t want to leave.
You can find more views, spas and fireplaces just 90 minutes from Brisbane at Toowoomba’s Ravensbourne Escape. These gorgeous escapes overlook Ravensbourne National Park which gives you no shortage of views, bushwalks, and nature experiences. The luxury homes and studios boast spacious rooms and cosy fireplaces, and the onsite restaurant The Woods serves up delicious food and wine on the daily.
Hinze Dam Getaway
If you’re looking for tranquillity away from the city, this hinterland home is one to visit. This secluded getaway spot boasts endless views of mountains, greenery and the Hinze Dam, while only being a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast. There are so many spots to enjoy some quiet time alone, whether that be curled up in a hanging chair or on the grass overlooking the spectacular view.
Fletchers Ridge Luxury Cabin
If a hilltop haven sounds like your cup of tea, Fletchers Ridge Luxury Cabin is one to visit. Modern, funky interiors, scenic mountain views, and a toasty little fireplace are all rolled into this cabin nestled in the Montville mountains. Pets are also very welcome here so for those of you wanting to bring your furry friends on vacay with you, we’ve got you covered.
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 hardwood fireplaces, private hot tubs and stunning interiors.
Pethers Rainforest Retreat
Experience uninterrupted views from every angle at the Pethers Rainforest Retreat. Each of the ten private treehouses boasts floor to ceiling, five-metre high glass windows that welcome the breathtaking tropical rainforest views into the space. Sip bubbly by the fire or indulge in a spa treatment and massage as you soak in the beauty of Tamborine Mountain.
Witches Falls Cottages
For truly magical vibes, head to Witches Falls Cottages on Tamborine Mountain. Emerging opposite Queensland’s oldest National Park you’ll find moss-covered paths leading to your own uniquely designed, fairytale cottage. Expect port and chocolates on arrival, welcoming you into the cosy cottage where the fireplace is roaring, the champagne is chilled, and there’s nothing to do except relax in the spa as you look out over the tropical landscape.
Another gem in Tamborine Mountain is the Enchanted Cottage. It’s surrounded by national parks and only a short drive from rainforest walks, a brewery, wineries, an artisan cheese factory, and many local restaurants. Plus, this cottage looks like something from a movie. The high ceilings and deluxe wooden interiors will leave you in awe and make you feel like you’re living your best life on a European winter getaway. Just take a look at the shower.
If you’re looking for historic charm and cosy vibes, look no further than the Hillview Cottages. Each cottage overlooks the sprawling landscape and is rooted in its own unique history. Spend the night in either a converted worker’s cottage, a revamped dairy, or a historic church, all of which have been decked out with double spa baths, wood fires, and luxury vibes.
31 The Rocks
For modern, self-contained villas that look over the lush Stanthorpe countryside, check out 31 The Rocks. These deluxe studio villas house the perfect cosy escape, each nestled in private surrounds with their own wood-burning fireplace. Start your day with their continental breakfast and end it with stunning sunset views.
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. Enjoy the wood-burning fireplace and cosy indoors or venture out to catch a glimpse of the native Australian wildlife that hangs around the authentic Aussie landscape.
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