Whisking yourself away to the mountains and neighbouring valleys is about the closest thing you’ll find to winter on the Gold Coast.
Those bright, crisp mornings; the crackle of a fireplace; babbling streams; and getting snuggly under the covers with your lover, or perhaps your besties or the fam bam. Sounds blissful, right?
You don’t need to travel far to feel you’ve truly escaped, and, fortunately for us, there are plenty of fab options right on our doorstep. So, dust off your cosiest winter jumper and slippers, pack up the car, and check into any one of these cute-as-a-button cabins and cottages for the perfect Gold Coast winter escape.
The Mouses House | Springbrook
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. Maybe. Maybe not.
Where: 2807 Springbrook Road, Springbrook
Seaview Farm Retreat | Mount Tamborine
Just ‘cause you’re headed for the hills, doesn’t mean you need to camp out in a musty wooden shack with haphazard décor straight out of the 80s. We’re loving Seaview Farm Retreat for its modern yet still little-bit-country take on a mountain escape, featuring vaulted ceilings, a light and bright sitting area, timber floors, crisp white linen, and morning breakfast basket delivery. Once a sprawling cattle farm, today the grassy property is home to three resident alpacas plus the odd guinea fowl and sheep. Paired with dreamy 180-degree views across GC’s glittering coastline, there’s a good chance you’ll want to settle in for good.
Where: 112 Golf Course Road, Mount Tamborine
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat | Tweed Valley
Warning: this place will take your breath away. Set in the forested rolling hills, just across the border in northern NSW, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a little, okay a lot luxury, but totally worth the splurge. All private accommodations are architecturally-designed, and you can choose between creek-side spa cabins and rainforest canopy bungalows, or go completely blingin’ by booking into the stunning luxury lodge with its own solar-heated plunge pool fringed by tropical lushness. Fellas, are you trying to devise a way to pop the question so there’s no way she can say anything but “yes”? Here’s your answer.
Where: 201 Booka Road, Upper Crystal Creek via Murwillumbah, NSW
Witches Falls Cottages | Mount Tamborine
Now, you may have already seen these guys on our list of the best Airbnbs on the Gold Coast, but they are some of the quaintest stone cottages we’ve seen and are certainly deserving of another shout out. 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 (parents, book the in-laws in as the weekend babysitter!). 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.
Where: Corner Main Western Road and Hartley Road, Mount Tamborine
Mount Warning Retreat | Mount Warning
Charming Mount Warning Retreat is a sweet pick if you’re on somewhat of a budget, especially if you can manage a cheeky mid-week break. Cooking facilities are shared with your neighbouring cabin-dwellers, but given you’re a stone’s throw from gorgeous Mavis’ Kitchen, you’d be silly not to head across the road for a filling brunch. After your sunrise hike up Mount Warning though, right?
Where: 73 Mount Warning Road, Mount Warning
Waterfall Hideout | Tweed Valley
Hidden away in the lushly fertile Tweed Valley and an easy 45-minute drive across the border, there’s just one secluded cabin up for grabs at Waterfall Hideout. This little gem is self-contained with a rainwater tank, hot tub, wood fireplace, old-school board games, and palms and ferns lining the private back deck. It’ll quite possibly feel like you’re the only ones for miles, so you might be tempted to shed the clothes and totally get back to nature. #wewould
Where: 368 Zara Road, Chillingham
Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Stay | Scenic Rim
If you’re the type who can’t sit still reading books or have a brood to entertain, we reckon you’re going to love the full experience on offer at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm Stay. Tommerup’s only cottage oozes rustic-chic charm or you can book the whimsical historical homestead which sleeps 12, if you need room for extra bodies. What’s best, guests are invited to join in on activities like cow milking, animal feeding, and egg collecting, or to take a picnic by the nearby creek. Later, snuggle under the stars and beside the outdoor chiminea fireplace, just don’t forget the marshmallows and red wine, lots of red wine. The 90-minute drive from the GC will be totes worth it.
Where: 2143 Kerry Road, Kerry
Spiddal Cottage | Tamborine
This wee cottage will melt your heart, with its daintiness and lakeside possie in the meadows lining the foothills of Mount Tamborine. Bundle up your loved ones and get cosy watching movie marathons by the pot-belly stove, but not before a dreamy afternoon exploring the postcard-worthy countryside surrounds, or an evening counting shooting stars. Self-contained Spiddal Cottage even comes with access to a tinnie and kayaks for rowing out and fishing on the glassy lake. What do they say? Good things come in small packages.
Where: Off Waterford-Tamborine Road, Tamborine
Campbell’s Cottage | Mount Tamborine
Comfortably sleeping six, Campbell’s Cottage is the perfect lofted A-frame cottage for rounding up your besties (or the fam bam) for that next mountain-top hideaway. We love that it’s only a five-minute drive down the road to Eagle Height’s lovely gallery walk and all manner of colourful cafés and ice cream shops (or better yet, Fortitude Brewing Co.!) to seduce you into the holiday groove.
Where: 180 Macdonnell Road, Eagle Heights
Do you know of other epic Gold Coast cabins totally worthy of a winter escape? Share your hot tips in the comments.
Photo Credit: The Mouses House