Winter is the perfect time to hunker down and recharge. No one has time to be seizing the day with an early start, or having a midday rumpus in a rooftop bar. The cold weather calls for long, pensieve walks in the woods, and snuggles under a comforter with Netflix. Time for a cheeky little stay in a cabin or cottage near Brisbane.
Combinging the camaraderie of camping with the modern comforts of indoor living and flushing toilets, cabin retreats are the ultimate way to go off the grid without leaving your comfort zone. Good thing Brisbane is just a few hours’ drive from the Scenic Rim, the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and the rainforests of Lamington National Park. All three regions are prime spots for a cosy winter getaway, with plenty of cabins and cottages dotted in and around their peaks and valleys. Here's some of our favourites.
Just ten minutes from the Maleny township, The Bower is the ultimate winter getaway. One of three lodges hidden in the Wootha Rainforest, this timber cabin is a textbook mountain retreat, kitted out with all the modcons, including a private deck, free WiFi (for Netflixing purposes only—no work emails), an antique claw foot bath, full kitchen, and a wood burning fireplace. Nice. They even stock the fridge and pantry with breakfast goodies, so you don’t need to leave the cabin until lunchtime.
Maleny, Montville and Grandchester
If you’re looking for a Sunshine Coast cabin with all the trimmings that also happens to be set in a stunning rainforest surroundings in Maleny, with an incredible onsite restaurant and day spa, then you really needn’t look beyond Spicers Tamarind. A fan of French Provincial instead? Well then, you're in luck. Sister property Spicers Clovelly in Montville has a darling little French cottage and it's luxe to say the least. Want to gaze at the stars all night and mountain bike all day? Spicers Hidden Vale in Grandchester is for you. Spicers are currently offering a special Birthversary offer, to help celebrate any occasions that went a little under-the-radar due to COVID-19. You can view their deals here.
Rainforest Creek Cabin
If you’ve always spoken about going on a digital detox but never have, 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 budget Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation.
A picturesque stone cottage with leadlight windows, timber interiors and white walls, Tamborine’s Enchanted Cottage is the kind of house in the woods that'd put Hansel and Gretel on notice. Inside, a suspended fireplace warms the open living space. Outside, the encroaching woodland blocks out the modern world, and the cottage’s garden is a beautifully landscaped mix of hedges and herb gardens. The cottage can sleep up to five guests, so it's perfect for a weekend with your coven. And it's just a short drive to the wineries and rainforest walks of Tamborine proper.
Cosy Spa Cottage
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s never heard of Weyba Downs. But after a stay at Lake Weyba Cottages, you’ll know exactly where it is on a map. Tucked on the shores of Lake Weyba, behind Peregian Beach, Cosy Spa Cottage can be found on a luscious 20-acre property. Book a stay here and wrap up in a snuggly bathrobe and slippers, perfect to take you from the double spa bath to the log-fire to the private deck overlooking the water.
Little Bird Cottage
Living up to its name, Little Bird Cottage is like an oversized bird house. Perched in a woodland clearing, the hideaway is a winter oasis kept well away from the road and completely ensconced by a national park. Guests can rest and reset with a long walk in the forest, forrage for nuts from the surrounding macadamia trees, or snuggle up by the fireplace. We may never leave...
If a friend has come back from Montville raving about a cottage getaway they experienced, chances are they’re talking about Narrows Escape. Why? Because everyone who stays there, only says great things. Curl up in the hammock and read a book, tramp through the rainforest, or feast on all the goods crammed into the specially-made gourmet hampers. Relaxation will hit an all-time high here, so don’t come with a to-do list.
Want a panoramic vista with your cabin? Look no further. Unlike low-lying cabins, the Hinterland Hideaway is way up on a mountainside and has an awesome view over the valley. Made from an old shipping container, this cabin feels like a really spacious van, or the loft apartment of a music producer in the 90s. You wouldn't know it runs on hybrid solar power. Great for going off the grid. That said, the Hideaway will also let you dip back into the mainframe with super fast wireless, so you can Netflix and chill to your heart’s content.
Kin Kin Hideaway
Tucked in the Noosa Hinterland you’ll find this eco cabin, complete with a king-size bed and super fast wifi—things we rate both high on the “importance” list. Sprawl on the open deck for an epic view of the sunrise over the valley below, or hang by the outdoor fire at night and look up to more stars than you could ever be bothered to try and count.
The Mouses House
Nothing screams romance like a setting taken straight from the page of a fairytale book. Snuggled amid an enchanted forest filled with pixies and unicorns, The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat is just 30 minutes’ drive from the coast, yet a world away from care. These magical cedar wood chalets are self-contained and fully kitted-out with a fireplace, BBQ, cosy furnishings and some with their own jacuzzi on the deck. Okay, maybe we lied about the pixies and unicorns, but they’ll probably visit you in your dreams at these Gold Coast cabins.
Glass on Glasshouse
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS
Love the idea of a cottage, but the reality of staying in a poky, timber-filled space is torture to the “designer” in you? Glass on Glasshouse is your cottage soul mate. These three super luxe pavilions with floor-to-ceiling glass windows are contemporary masterpieces set to a backdrop of the rocky Glasshouse Mountains. Freestanding double spa bath—check! Fireplace—check! Wildlife in abundance (outside, of course)—check! You’ll be left wanting absolutely zilch.
Private Eco Rainforest Cabin
If a rustic but stylish eco cabin is your jam, then you’re going to want to look at checking in to this newly renovated rainforest hideaway. Originally a hardwood timber cow milking shed built in 1932, you won’t recognise it now. Looking over a lush valley towards the ocean, a stay here will have you swapping internet and reception, for incredible views, yoga mats and housemade muesli.
Whistle Stop Cabin
Part of the renowned Secrets On The Lake property which covers about 40 acres, this heritage-listed cabin used to be a local train station before it was transported to its new location. Quaint, eclectic, and super cosy, you’ll find a log fire, couple’s love swing, and freshly-baked scones on arrival. Could this be the ultimate winter getaway? Possibly!
Hidden away off the beaten track in Valdora, this all-white, photo-ready bush cottage ticks all the boxes for a romantic getaway on the Sunshine Coast. Wedged between the coast and the hinterland, it’s central location makes it the perfect place for exploring the region…that’s if you can resist the urge to stay in and bask in the tranquillity. With one bedroom, no tv and sketchy phone reception, you’ll be spending your time soaking up your cabin buddy’s presence and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit. Kitted out with Aesop soaps, linen bedding and organic cotton towels, you’ll be relaxing in luxury.
Witches Falls Cottages
Nestled in Mount Tamborine’s lush rainforest, Witches Falls Cottages are sanctioned as “adults only” so you can count on the serenity of chirping birds and crickets, rather than screaming kids. You’ll love the daily baked bread and breakfast hamper delivery, wood fireplace, fluffy bathrobes, private courtyard garden with BBQ, and all just a short drive from the local wineries and cheese-making factory.
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