Misty mornings, fire pits, s’mores, and outdoor foot claw tubs—that’s the kind of winter getaway we can subscribe to.
Cabin life is the certified good life and boy does New South Wales have a ripper round-up of cosy hideaways, lakeside lodges, and tiny stays in fruit orchards that you’re going to want to hibernate in, stat. Get ready to pack your bags with Ugg boots, pyjama onesies, flannos, and a beanie because we’re officially in the season of snuggling up next to woodfire heaters.
Tiny Three Ten
This minimalist off-grid cabin is less than a three-hour drive from Sydney, situated in the rural land surrounding Dungog on a secluded ten-acre property. Bliss. It's powered by solar energy, battery and gas, boasts large windows that take in the natural scenery, and comes decked out with considered design finishes. Oh, and it's got a cast-iron firepit and a dreamy outdoor bath on the deck. It's also just a short stroll from the river, so get ready for chilly swimming hole dips and a spot of fishing if you're into that sort of thing. Book here.
This is heaven on earth. Welcome. Located on 17 acres of lush subtropical rainforest in the Byron Bay Hinterland, this three-story treehouse gives off major cabin vibes. The all-wood structure, the open-to-the-elements kitchen and massive outdoor stone bath will make you feel like you've done a Byron trip right. While up on the top floor, the bedroom comes complete with a plush queen bed, luxe linens and a balcony with uninterrupted views over verdant canopy out to the ocean. On the property, there's a yoga studio, abundant veggie gardens, and another Airbnb that you can book if you're going with a group. Oh, and it's just a cruisy seven-minute drive to Byron town. No biggie. Book here.
Nulla Nulla Blacksmith's Forest Creek Wood Cabin
Curl up in a big comfy chair by a pot-belly fire in this North-facing wood cabin that exudes rustic charm. Located deep in a forest and with zero mobile reception, this low-key Airbnb is perfect for getting back to nature (and switching off the electronics). Decked out with a queen bed, dreamy bath, private hot tub, and stunning vistas of Nulla Nulla Creek, you'll easily slip into vacay mode without a care in the world. And you can bring your doggo along, too. Book here.
This architectural marvel is one of the most unique cabins in NSW—in fact, it was named the Best Unique Stay at the 2021 Airbnb Host Awards. If you're into slick design, pared-back modern comforts, and scenic countryside, then this is the place for you. The eco-cabin sleeps just two people and comes with a luxurious stone tub, comfy bed, kitchenette, a breakfast bar, and, of course, a toasty flicker for the cooler months. There's also a massive firepit outside, so gather the kindling and cosy up by the fire while looking at the stars. Book here.
Ah, the serenity. This cosy cabin is perched right by a dam and we can't think of a better way to escape the city hustle than with a cup of tea and a good read while sitting out on the deck. While it is on an idyllic farm, this hideout is anything but provincial. It's decked out with designer finishes, luxe ben linens, Egyptian cotton towels, and a plush queen-sized bed. You can also opt to go on a horse ride around the farm if you want to soak up that fresh country air. At night, get the fire pit roaring and gaze up at the stars. Book here.
Caernarvon Studio Cabin
Just a ten-minute drive from Orange, this log cabin just might be the cutest one on the list. The pint-sized stay is based at the foothills of Mount Canobolas and comes with a cosy queen bed, a kitchenette, simple bathroom, and a big ol' barbecue on the deck. In short, if you're planning a cosy romantic escape to Orange, book here. The best part? It's plonked within the orchard, so "scenic" doesn't even cut it. And you get access to the tennis court, too. Book here.
In stark contrast to the quaint-as-can-be cabin above is Wondernest. This super-slick, black A-frame stay is boujee as hell for a cabin. But heck, we'll take it. Perched above the bushland surrounding Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, this Scandi-inspired cabin boasts two levels, two chalet-style bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, spacious bathroom, and an elevated deck. Every room has been designed to show off the rugged bushland surrounds, so get comfy on the leather couch and stare out to the tree—you might even spot a black cockatoo! Book here.
Kumbogie is an eco-friendly cabin on a working sheep farm out near Tamworth. It runs off solar and battery power and is the ultimate retreat for when you want to switch off. You and your partner in crime will be surrounded by bushland (and the odd sheep) and you'll be almost a kilometre away from anyone else. Bliss. As for staying toasty, there is a cosy indoor fireplace and an outdoor firepit mere metres from the cabin. BYO marshmallows. Book here.
Allambi Treehouse Cabin
With a name like Allambi, which means "stay a while", you just know you're in for maxo relaxo vibes at this farm stay. Think rolling pastures, grazing cows, roaming chickens, and endless valley views—yep, bucolic bliss. The cabin doesn't have all the bells and whistles, which is precisely the point. There's a queen bed, a sofa bed and a couch, a hanging chair, and a hammock for lounging around. Head outside and you'll find a permanently heated wooden hot tub at a balmy 38 degrees, plus a huge amphitheatre overlooking the valley which is perfect for a few sunset vinos. Book here.
Nashdale Lane Glamping Cabins
You can sleep among the vines at one of Nashdale Lane's luxe glamping cabins—yep, they fit the brief, folks. The renowned Orange winery has two spacious tent-cabin hybrids to pick from—both with spectacular vineyard views, queen beds, kitchenettes, outdoor patios, barbecues and, of course, indoor fireplaces. You're right by the cellar door, meaning you can easily fit in a snooze after a few too many vino samples. Plus, it's just a cruisy ten-minute drive into Orange if you're keen to explore. Book here.
Blue Mountains Treehouse
How does taking a spa bath perched up in the air with panoramic views of the Blue Mountains sound? If the answer isn’t unequivocally positive, this list might not be for you. High up in the trees overlooking Wollemi National Park and Bowen’s Creek Gorge, this off-the-grid, sky-high cabin gives you the ultimate chance to get amongst nature and feel completely detached from the world. Stargaze, go for bushwalks, mountain bike and kick back with a glass of wine in your very own adult treehouse. Book here.
Located at the highest point of Kanimbla Valley, Hilltop Cabin offers sweeping views of the Blue Mountains. Of course, this means it gets pretty chilly in winter, but never fear—because this scenic stay for two has one cracking open fireplace to keep you toasty. There's also a standalone tub that overlooks the escapement and a king bed for those frosty mornings. This luxe wilderness retreat also has a plunge pool with epic views for those warmer days. Book here.
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