There’s something special about a mid-year break in nature. Crisp air, toasted marshmallows and warm cups of tea by an open fire are just some of the joys a few days in the bush brings.
But if roughing it in a tent or swag isn’t really your style, try camping out in a cosy cabin (complete with all the must-haves like plumbing and a working stove top).
Keen to explore the great outdoors? Here are our picks for the coolest wilderness hideaways to chill out in this winter.
Seeking out the ultimate coastal retreat? Look no further. With breathtaking views of Western Port Bay, the luxury cabins at Five Acres provide an idyllic getaway for Melburnians or out-of-towners hoping to escape the city chill.
Moments from the township of Cowes in Victoria’s Phillip Island, each architecturally-designed cabin features a natural wood fireplace, a stunning sun-drenched deck and a host of carefully curated amenities.
For a truly blissful experience, take a dip in our outdoor concrete bath while sipping a generous glass of locally sourced wine. It's the perfect way to unwind and relax.
If you’re after something a little kitsch, meet ‘Maiden Seattle’. A fully-functional off-grid airline-themed tiny home featuring all the expected mod-cons – kitchen, bathroom, even a smart TV.
Located two hours south of Sydney in New South Wales's rugged Southern Highlands, this quirky lair comes with a collection of airline memorabilia to amp up the experience. But don’t worry, there’s no risk of turbulence!
Surrounded by resident sheep, alpacas and a picturesque rainforest stream, Maiden Seattle is firmly nestled amongst beautiful farmland and natural wonders (you might spot a wombat or two).
There’s also a custom-built 747 tyre gas fire pit to keep you feeling toasty.
The perfect pick for the nature lovers out there, Wondernest is perched by the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. Framed by serene bushland, this sophisticated two-level, two-bedroom cabin is a masterclass in Scandinavian design.
With its dark-stained timber exterior and airy, light-filled interior, there’s a reason this charming hideaway was a finalist in AirBnb's Best Designed Stay in Australia award in 2021.
Come for the panoramic views of Blackheath mountain village, and stay for the open fireplace and cosy window nest. Settle in and soak up the surroundings with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.
Tassie boasts some of the best cosy cabins in the country, but there’s something special about The Trig. Located 20 minutes from Launceston on the slopes of Mount Arthur, this boutique accommodation is eco-luxury at its finest.
Powered by its own hydroelectricity and solar energy, The Trig provides two unique and sustainable spaces to kick back in – a one-bedroom, self-contained studio, or a recycled shipping container with a king-size bed.
Both offer total seclusion against outstanding views of quintessentially Australian bushland and are a stone’s throw from Hollybank adventure park, premier golf destination Barnbougle Dunes and some of the state’s favourite vineyards.
If you like experiencing nature with a tall glass of organic Shiraz, you’ll fall head over heels for Old Chaff Mill Retreat. Located in McLaren Vale, South Australia’s leading wine region, this is a one-of-a-kind destination with all the perks.
A beautifully restored chaff mill, this luxe accommodation features two self-contained guest rooms, each with fully equipped kitchens and generous, begging-to-be-soaked-in baths.
Delight in the rare historical artefacts and lose yourself in the sweeping views of the organic almond grove and Shiraz Vineyard – this is the perfect South Australian getaway for couples, friends or solo travellers.
Can’t leave the house this winter? Indulge in an at-home yoga retreat instead. Read our top tips for setting up yours.
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