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17 Gorgeous Tiny Houses Around South East Queensland You Can Actually Stay In

By Victoria Patapan
29th Aug 2022

inside a tiny house, with a bed on a platform

Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of modern living can all be a bit...much. You need a getaway, somewhere laid-back, relaxed, yet totally on trend. Somewhere that's completely off-grid, but still gives you all the vibes of a luxury vacay. What you’re looking for is a tiny house.

It’s exactly what you need to escape from big city life. Everything is in one (small) space, so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy some me-time. And just to make life easy for you, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best tiny houses South East Queensland has to offer. Get that bookmarks bar ready—you’ll want to save these.

Wattlewood

Byron Bay

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Byron but want to avoid the hustle and bustle, then Wattlewood is the place for you. Situated North of Byron in the Tweed Shire, this stunning tiny home features breathtaking views of the Great Dividing Range, including the sacred Mt Wollumbin. The big windows and golden interiors will have you basking up the sun all day long, before ending the night in their outdoor bath house designed for ultimate relaxation. Book a stay here.

bottom level of a tiny house, with a kitchen and couch, and ladder to a loft

Hale Douglas

Sunshine Beach

If you’re looking for an island getaway on a budget, set your sights on Hale Douglas, an adorable little home in Noosa that has truly embraced its retro Hawaiian surf theme. Inspired by the hosts’ trip to the soulful surfer town of Hanalei Bay, this tiny house features a skylight, floor-to-ceiling louvred windows and a deck that opens onto a tropical garden. You’ll be sleeping upstairs (or should we say, upladder) in a queen-size bed that screams comfort, so you can catch some z’s before hitting the beach. Even better, the home was built using reclaimed and repurposed materials, so you can rest assured knowing your Airbnb is doing its part for the environment. Book here.

Palmer & Gunn

Gold Coast Hinterland 

So, you want to experience a sustainable, tiny house vacation, but you’re not quite ready to give up the hot tub and the air-con? No problem. Soak your stresses away at Palmer & Gunn, a hidden gem tucked away in the Gold Coast hinterland just outside Springbrook National Park. Outdoor hot tub: check. Luxurious bedding: check. A burbling creek as your only background noise: check. Soaking in the aforementioned hot-tub under the stars right next to said creek: now we’re talking, and we’re packing our bags already. Book it here.

a tiny house with a hot tub seen from the air

Hamar House 

Gold Coast Hinterland

Nestled on a large acreage property, Hamar House is the hinterland escape you desperately need right now. With breathtaking views of the Gold Coast skyline and the Wildlife Conservation Forest as your backyard, the tiny house is in complete privacy with only kangaroos for neighbours—in fact it’s so off the map, access is by golf buggy only. You’ll be treated to chocolates and a bottle of wine on arrival for you to enjoy in the steamy hot tub or by the outdoor fireplace, plus a kayak to use on one of the property’s dams. So, if you’re ready to relish the opportunity to flee the city for a weekend—or two—head here to book now. 

Tiny Home In The Mary Valley

Mary Valley

Located less than an hour inland of Noosa Heads, this tiny home has everything you need for a getaway. Surrounded by 15 acres of forest—keep your eyes peeled for koalas—it’s virtually impossible for you not to unwind and de-stress in this slice of paradise. You’ll receive a complimentary supply of breakfast essentials, including locally sourced milk and farm fresh eggs from their very own chickens to cook up in the kitchen and enjoy perched at the bench with a wide open window to the view outside. To ditch the electronics and appreciate the beauty of nature, head here now.

Romantic Eco Tiny House

Maleny

Treat your special someone to the staycay of their dreams at this romantic tiny house amongst the trees. The inside features a stunning exposed beam roof and a deck where you can enjoy a glass of wine as you look out through the trees. Whether you take a short drive to Maleny’s town centre for a classic cafe breakfast or visit Lake Baroon for an intimate peaceful picnic, there’ll be no shortage of date ideas for your stay. So, what are you waiting for? Head here to book now. 

Paradiso Property

Byron Bay

Start packing your bags because we’ve found a picture perfect property right in the heart of Byron’s town centre. This miniature beach-inspired cottage has all the little luxuries you could need, and even has a separate bedroom—rare in a tiny house, let us tell you. With the heart of Byron in walking distance, you can enjoy the iconic beaches by day and the delicious eateries by night, no Ubers necessary. Check it out and book a stay here

Little Country Stays

Somerset 

Labelled as “where the old meets the new”, the quaint town of Toogoolawah is hidden within the Somerset Region and the ideal spot for your next rural escape. This adorable tiny home is hidden away on a spacious property and will give you all the farm stay vibes—minus the sheep herding and milking of the cows, of course. Provided for you is pre-cut firewood for toasting the perfect marshmallow and a BBQ breakfast for you to enjoy the following morning. Featuring a cosy loft-style bed plus a sofa bed for extra guests, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave. To book a stay, head here.

Tiny Farm House on The Hill

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

If you’re an animal lover then you’re in luck, as this two-bed tiny house with 180 degree views of the hinterland is home to several of your favourite furry friends. Mini cows, sheep and alpacas are all waiting for your arrival and the chance to be fed a mango leaf by guests. Horticulturists Ben and Sam are available to answer any farm related questions and ensure you enjoy their little corner of heaven. With a fully equipped kitchenette and BBQ to make use of, all that’s left to do is fill up the esky and fight over who gets to climb the ladder to the loft bed for the night. To immerse yourself in the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland, book now here. 

a bed and shelves inside a tiny house

The Bower

Maleny

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Maleny, The Bower is a beautiful rustic rainforest retreat. Nestled between the trees, the pavilion is one of three in the area, spaced out around the crystal clear pool. The trees provide plenty of privacy, so you can relax undisturbed on your own private deck, or sit outside by the fire. Despite its size, the house is roomy and modern, and acts as a sanctuary to submerge yourself in the natural world around you. Be sure to pay a visit to Maleny Dairies while you’re there, for the best darn yoghurt in town. Book in here

Blackwattle Farm

Beerwah

Do miniature pigs set you squealing? Always wanted to hug an alpaca? Then book yourself in for a farm stay at Blackwattle Farm. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Glasshouse Mountains, this tiny house is the perfect base to explore all the Sunshine Coast has to offer. The home is just five minutes from Australia Zoo, but comes with its own menagerie of animals, including miniature goats, Dexter cows, and plenty of pooches. Whilst some tiny houses take the minimalist approach, Blackwattle comes with everything you could possibly need, including a TV, washing machine, and a microwave. The hosts even provide homemade honey and jams, so you know you’re in for a treat.

interior of a tiny house

The Surf Shack

Suffolk Park

If it just isn’t a vacay without the wind in your hair and sand between your toes, you can’t go wrong with a stay at The Surf Shack. Located just south of Byron Bay, you’re guaranteed all the chilled out vibes of the surfer town, minus the crowds. The shack is just five minutes’ walk to the beach, bakery, restaurants and cafes, so there’s no need to stress about getting sand in the car. The space sleeps up to four guests, and comes with all the essentials so you can zone out and make the most of your holiday. Kick back at the shack and treat yourself to some laid back living by the sea. Book in here.

Kookaburra Cabin 

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

Created by Tiny Away, a tiny home booking company, this pint-sized house can be found on a 17-acre farm that is only an hour and a half drive from Brisbane and a stone’s throw away from the Sunshine Coast in Palmwoods. While the house may be tiny, it has everything that you could need for a weekend getaway (and you’ll definitely get a few Instagram pictures out of it). If you’re staying true to your off the grid commitment (for the weekend that is), the cabin comes complete with a stove and fridge, ready for you to put your cooking skills to the test. 

Norah

Toowoomba

Hidden on a property in the Toowoomba region lies Norah, a tiny haven named after a character brought to life by acclaimed Aussie author Mary Grant Bruce. The trip to Norah will take you through plenty of small towns with fresh and flavoursome produce, so be sure to stock up for a major feast when you arrive. This tiny house has all the comforts of home, including air-con for those sweltering Queensland summers, but if you’re heading there in the cooler months, don’t forget to bring some s’mores to toast over the firepit. The house runs on gas and solar power, so pack your portable charger, or better yet, ditch the tech for the ultimate weekend getaway.

Heidi

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Been hankering for an excuse to tell your boss you’ll be uncontactable for a while? We’ve got one word—Heidi. About two hours from Brisbane, hidden just outside the charming town of Imbil, this tiny house is so far out of town you’ll forget what a city even feels like, with nothing but koalas and incred views of the Sunshine Coast hinterland to keep you company. Ditch the phone, the tablet and the Insta, because one of the things we love the most about Heidi, apart from the super comfy queen bed, double loft bed, stylish interiors and outdoor firepit, is the ability to totally switch off as you immerse yourself in nature. Emails? What emails? 

Baya 

Scenic Rim 

Perched atop a grassy plateau not far from Boona, this tiny house offers a pretty spectacular view of the surrounding hillsides, which you can enjoy either out on the shady wooden deck or inside through the glass window that makes up one entire wall of your weekend oasis. Despite the tiny size, you’ll find every modcon you need, like a queen size loft bed with a window to the sky just above your pillows for stargazing, a bathroom with gas hot water and a (flushing) toilet, and a kitchenette with a BBQ so you won’t go hungry. And it gets better—if you don’t want to have to worry about anything during your stay, you can add BBQ platters and breakfast hampers to your booking.

Unyoked

Various

After taking New South Wales and Victoria by storm, Unyoked has come to the Sunshine State; and we couldn’t be happier. With multiple tiny cabins dotted around Brisbane, from Moogerah to Maroon, there's multiple stays to choose from—we're cabin-porn style glamping in the middle of Queensland’s bushland, with some even dog-friendly. Regain your sense of adventure and disconnect from the daily grind, as Unyoked provides everything you need to relax and unwind. But be sure book early—these cabins are in high demand, and you don’t want to miss out. 

Looking for something a bit more down-to-earth? Check out 10 of the most beautiful free camping spots in Queensland.

Image credit: Palmer & Gunn, As We Wander, Unyoked, In2theWild

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