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5 Best Budget Stays For A Weekender In The Hinterland

By Cayleh Ferguson
20th Jul 2017

budget accommodation in the gold coast hinterland

If your friend’s European summer holiday spam is making you antsy and you want to get there asap, in the meantime we suggest that you venture into the Gold Coast hinterland to keep you sane while you save for your next overseas vacay. 

In desperate need of a short and sweet weekend that’s an easy drive, yet feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle? We’ve found the best budget accommodation in the Gold Coast hinterland for a weekend away that will guarantee you come back to reality revived and inspired…

Crystal Creek Treehouse

Upper Crystal Creek

This treehouse is everything you would expect and more from the best budget accommodation in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Surrounded by rainforest with the calming sounds of a creek nearby, an outdoor waterfall shower, private nature bath and cosy fire, it’s actually all you need for a relaxing and romantic weekender. With no TV and patchy mobile phone coverage, you will be forced to make conversation with your SO, so it’s the perfect place to reconnect over some well-deserved red. Crystal Creek Treehouse is cheapest during the week so see if you can get away on a workday…We promise it will provide all the good feels. 

Luxury Camping


While technically across the border, we couldn’t resist including this magical Airbnb in the foothills of the Border Ranges National Park. Disclaimer: this is not your standard swag or everyday tent with a yoga mat as your bed. It’s a tipi-styled canvas tent with solar powered lighting; an actual queen-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and feathered quilts for those crisper nights. There is even the option of cooking on your own fire pit with all basic cutlery provided. Plonked in the middle of a fruit tree grove, this kind of camping will provide a simple, but super comfortable stay without all the unnecessary frills. Back to nature at its finest. 

Tropical Oasis


For something that feels a little more like you have jetsetted off on holiday, this tropical oasis is a huge 111 acres of lush countryside that is less than an hour away. Your cute-as-a-button cottage is both stylish and private with your own kitchenette, bathroom and TV and lounge room. The estate also features a resort style pool and tennis court for when you feel like getting your sweat on. Keep an eye out for kangaroos and wallabies who often like to pop by for a visit, and who will remind you that you’re still in Straya. 

Oceanview Retreat

Tamborine Mountain

Fancy some breathtaking views, breathing in the crisp, fresh mountain air and sitting on your own deck watching stunning sunrises and spectacular sunsets? Then book this cosy cabin stat! During a stay at Oceanview Retreat, there are plenty of opportunities to frolic among the forest and indulge in beautiful walks and then finish the day off with a hearty pub meal at the historic St Bernards Hotel. From only $110 a night, you can stock up on award winning wines, craft beers or some fancy fudge from nearby Mount Tamborine Village. We think that sounds like the perfect weekend escape. Don’t you? 

Berti The Kombi


This one is for all the nomads who don’t like to stay in one spot. Berti the Kombi lives in Mount Tamborine, but you can drive and park her anywhere you like for the night. It is completely self-sufficient with a kitchen, fridge/freezer, TV, double bed, running water, an outdoor table and enough cutlery and utensils to cook up a mean feed. No need to worry if you have never driven a vintage car before, it has satellite navigation, safety cameras, reversing mirrors and is completely insured. Peace of mind and a peaceful weekend wherever you please. The hardest part will be when you have to drop her back off!

On the hunt for more cute cabins and cottages in and around the hinterland? We’ve tracked down another nine local beauties here

Image credit: Airbnb / Berti The Kombi

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