Welcome this winter with a well-deserved retreat to soothe your mind, body, and soul.
Snuggle up with a blanket, get cosy by the fire and wrap your hands around a warm cuppa – that’s what winter is all about. Let’s take a look at a few of the cosiest winter retreats in Australia.
Enchanting getaways in New South Wales
Looking for the perfect winter wonderland experience? The Snowy Mountains offer a peaceful space for you to have some much-needed downtime. Kallarroo Cottage is located around 50 minutes outside of Cooma. The cottage overlooks a river and scenic snow gums (talk about a place to take a deep breath!) Enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the horizon, paddle down the river below, explore the farm to meet and feed some cows and horses, enjoy an outdoor bonfire under the stars, or stay inside to snuggle up by the fire with a good book. This Farm stay is pet and kid-friendly and includes 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, BBQ, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Read more about the Kallarroo Cottage and book your great escape.
Nestled in the heart of Thredbo Valley, just a quick drive from Jindabyne lies Crafters Cabin, a completely off-grid modern cabin set amongst 13 acres of pristine alpine bush and total seclusion, carefully crafted to bring you closer to nature. A definite drawcard, and deserving of separate praise, is the wood-fired outdoor bath. It is perfectly set up for the ultimate Snowy Mountains romantic escape, where you can snuggle up together by the fire place on cold winter nights or enjoy the stunning star filled sky next to the outdoor fire pit.
Cosy retreats in Victoria
Located in Mount Toolebewong in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, The Simple Life Cabin has a name that says it all. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway of pure relaxation from the moment you walk through this door. The cabin’s elegant darkness is illuminated by warm and welcoming lighting. Features include one bed, one bath, and an indoor fireplace. Fish, hike, explore with the ducks, unplug, and fully immerse yourself in the nature that engulfs this space.
Not all winter retreats in Australia accommodate families, this one, however, offers the perfect space for all ages to adventure. The Parkvale Bush Cabin in Gippsland allows you to disconnect from the world for a while and unwind. Of course, you aren’t that far from society, the town center of Granite Rock is a short drive away, but the private property makes you feel far removed. Escape from fast pace living and explore nearby caves or go koala spotting. Bring your furry family member along to this pet-friendly cabin featuring 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bathroom, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Book your serene stay and check out the features and amenities of The Parkvale Bush Cabin here.
Winter retreats in Western Australia
You can’t get much cozier than this Historic Cottage in Central Albany, which takes you on a journey back in time. The convenient location positions you on a sweet street just a short stroll from town. Walk to the waterfront, head out for the night, hike to the Anzac Centre, or stay in to enjoy a bubble bath and cook in the quaint kitchen. There is also a front garden and back patio for you to pick fresh fruit, collect eggs, or read a book under a fig tree.
If you’re a brick-lover like me, this cottage will steal your heart. It’s also called Lavender Lane – how adorable! This is a two-storey cottage located on a farming property near William Bay National Park. The main bedroom is located upstairs along with a private balcony. The second bedroom has 2 singles and one bathroom downstairs along with the living area and kitchen. Guests have access to the game room where you can play a game of table tennis or pool. If you are more of a watcher than a player like me, kick back and watch a football game in front of the large open fire. You can also enjoy your own private walking path through Mazzoletti beach or have a go at tennis on your own tennis court. The unique property situates you 15 minutes away from the town center and only a few minutes away from some of Denmark’s most renowned attractions.
Escape to Tasmania
The Coldwater Cabin, located on The Great Lake, is the perfect place to enjoy the waterfront during the winter season. This cabin connects you to the Tasmanian wilderness in a unique, immersive, and cosy fashion. The hosts took incredible consideration in designing the cabin’s details to suit the natural landscape. Cook a nice meal and cuddle up with some blankets on the deck to enjoy the lake, or if you prefer to stay toasty inside, every room also looks out onto the lake. Be sure to stop by the wineries and fresh food suppliers on your drive up to the cabin. Get ready to unplug and tune into yourself and to nature for the duration of your stay.
Welcome to The Trig Studio, a 2018 finalist for the Tasmanian Tourism People’s choice award. This one-bedroom studio is located on the slopes of Mt Arthur and overlooks the mountains, sea, and the village of Lilydale. The space offers organic breakfasts, art and music supplies, a library, a record player with a selection of classics, and an outdoor tub to soak under the stars. This space is sure to soothe and rejuvenate your soul. The unique architecture and furniture were created and designed in Tasmania from recycled objects! All linens and toiletries are organic, and the studio is powered by its own hydroelectricity and solar energy. Check out more about this incredible studio and the area and native wildlife surrounding it here.
Winter escapes in the Northern Territory
Traveling with a larger group? The 5 bed, 2 bath Sturt Desert Pea House is just the place. This breathtaking property is located on the outskirts of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. There is a large lawn featuring a native garden, a BBQ grill, swing chairs, and a saltwater swimming pool! The older style furniture inside brings you into the past in a comfortable and inviting way. Its name comes from the Sturt’s Desert Pea, the native flower of the Northern Territory, which can be spotted out of the many large windows. If you’re looking to have a family gathering, a reunion, a wedding party, a business event, or just want to travel with all of your best friends, this house is the perfect treasure.
Step into this house and surround yourself with beautiful artwork from Central Australia in this Wild Yam Artstay. This 3-bedroom home has an open kitchen, dining room, and lounge room as well as an outdoor area to barbeque. The artwork and culture of this space are sure to inspire you, each room even showcases the work of central desert artists! You have access to enjoy this whole house and will also be within walking distance of the town center.
Cosy winter escapes in Queensland
Check out this rainforest studio with a dedicated treatment room located on Tamborine Mountain in Queensland. This apartment is situated in a day spa surrounded by waterfalls, wineries, walking trails, distilleries, restaurants, and breathtaking views. Your studio is private and has one bedroom, one bath, and features a king-sized bed, sofa bed, massage shower (yes, you read that right), coffee machine, deck, guitar, and spa treatments. Give your mind, body, soul, self, or relationship a little tender love and care this winter.
Tuck yourself away in the forest of Wootha, Queensland at this couple’s cabin. With a wood-burning fireplace going, birds serenading you on your deck, and a clawfoot bath beckoning you in, this space blends luxury and rainforest beautifully. The wood detailing and the greenery exploding around the cabin are illuminated by the sun’s rays in the morning, and warm lighting both indoors and outdoors in the evening. With one bedroom and one bathroom, this cabin is truly perfect for a couple, or you and your sister or best friend who need a little getaway. Read more about Maleny: “The Bower” – couple’s cabin here.
Charming retreats in the ACT
This quaint rural getaway is located in Pialligo. Inside find a kitchenette, one bedroom made up of one queen bed and one single, and one bath. Outside find a beautiful garden, a herb and vegetable patch (which you are welcome to pick from), and an orchard for the perfect stroll. Colorful gardens, walls, tea sets, shades, doors, bedding, and more engulf this space. This cheerful and unique apartment is a place for you to explore the heart of Pialligo and let your creativity run wild.
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