Local Escapes

10 Cosy Sunshine Coast Cabins And Cottages For Your Winter Getaway

By Catherine Blake
10th Jun 2022

Whisking yourself away to the mountains and neighbouring valleys is about the closest thing you’ll find to winter on the Sunshine Coast. Those bright, crisp mornings; the crackle of a fireplace; babbling streams; and getting snuggly under the covers. Sounds blissful, right?

You don’t need to travel far to feel you’ve truly escaped, and, fortunately for us, there are plenty of incredible options right on our doorstep. They’re cosy, private, and can be found surrounded by lush forests or sitting on a lake’s shore. So, dust off your cosiest winter jumper and slippers, pack up the car and check into any one of these cosy Sunshine Coast cabins and cottages, which are perfect for your next winter escape.

Treehaus Cottage

Valdora

Hidden away off the beaten track in Valdora, this all-white, photo-ready bush cottage ticks all the boxes for a cosy winter 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 at the Treehaus Cottage 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. 

Spicers Retreats

Maleny and Montville

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. It's three bedrooms and the perfect home-away-from-home in the hinterland. Definitely on the pricier and more luxurious definition of cabin, these spots are for when you want to pull out all the stops.

an outdoor hot tub

Scandinavian Cabin

Maleny

Overlooking the Conondale Ranges and Mary River Catchment, this Scandinavian Cabin is an idyllic winter escape in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The modern design will be sure to impress the architect in you and the beautiful stretch of landscape scenery will have you captivated from the get-go. Curl up by the fire, cosy up with a movie, and truly find your inner peace with some yoga on the deck—the world’s your oyster at this haven. Stop the search, 'cause you've just found one of the Sunshine Coast's cosiest winter cabins.

Narrows Escape

Montville

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. At this luxurious cottage getaway, you can 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. Did we mention it was named as 'The Most Romantic Hotel in the World' in 2021 by Travellers Choice? Relaxation will hit an all-time high at Narrows Escape, so don’t come with a to-do list.

The Lake Shack

Weyba Downs

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s never heard of Weyba Downs. But after a stay at The Lake Shack, you’ll know exactly where it is on a map. The Lake Shack is a renovated fisherman's cottage, first built in 1947, which has been artfully renovated in a bright, soy cottage.  The interior is carefully curated with a love of nostalgia and all things Australiana. Sling open the handcrafted doors onto the poolside deck, run a soothing bath, light up the fireplace and soak away your days under the gumtrees. The Lake Shack is absolutely one of the cosiest winter stays on the Sunshine Coast.

Whistle Stop Cabin

Lake Baroon

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, a huge outdoor spa bath, a couple’s love swing, and freshly-baked scones on arrival. Could this be the ultimate cosy winter getaway? We think so.

Kin Kin Hideaway

Kin Kin

Tucked in the Noosa Hinterland you’ll find this eco cabin, a 90sqm architecturally appreciated cabin made from a shipping container, which comes complete with a king-sized loft bed and luxe finishings—things we rate both high on the 'importance' list. Sprawl on the open deck for a jaw-dropping 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. You can also book in for an onsite yoga massage, for all the zen vibes. 

The Love Shack

Diddillibah 

A winter stays list doesn’t really exist without featuring a place for the loved-up couples, aptly named The Love Shack, does it? Lucky for us, this list of best winter cabins on the Sunshine Coast is now totally legit thanks to a little cabin in Diddillibah. Handmade with love, naturally, this sub-tropical one-bedroom retreat is somewhere we’d totally like to recharge and unwind.

Seek Pavilion

Maleny

So technically it’s more of a treehouse than a cabin or a cottage, but we’re not ones for labels. And if you’re wanting to make an impression on a special someone, then this could be the place. Towering over stunning bush land, Seek Pavilion is super private, spacious, and modern. Expect your days to drift by slowly to a soundtrack of chirping birds and crackles from the fire. Hands down, one of the best winter escapes on the Sunshine Coast.

Glass on Glasshouse

Glasshouse 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.

Want more staycation inspiration? Check out our list of the best Airbnbs on the Sunshine Coast

Image credit: Treehaus, Narrows Escape, Spicers Estates, Seek Pavilion, Whistle Stop & Kin Kin Hideaway

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