It’s impossible (not to say unethical) to ignore the climate crisis plaguing the world today, but we’re the first to admit that we’re probably not going to stop traveling anytime soon. Instead, we’re trying to find the most environmentally friendly ways to live our best lives.
We will try to fly and drive a little less and when we arrive we will be supporting accommodation options doing their part to reduce their impact. Luckily, there are many amazing eco-friendly accommodation options in South East Queensland so there is no need to slum it while you save the planet. From solar-powered cabins and outdoor rainwater-filled tubs to stylish designs crafted entirely from sustainable materials, here are nine stunning eco-friendly cabins and cottages near Brisbane where you can get away from the grid altogether.
Secret Hut Society
Hide away in this hand-built cabin located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast rainforest. You can watch the local kingfisher dive for fish from the hammock on the deck, make yourself comfortable by the fireplace, or cool off in the billabong while surrounded by the sounds of nature. Adorned with recycled materials and treasures from around the world, the cabin is off-grid (goodbye phone reception) and only has level access, meaning you can totally surrender to seclusion. Book your stay here.
Private Eco Rainforest Cabin
Offering breathtaking views across the valley towards the ocean, this gorgeous two-person cabin has been constructed entirely from reclaimed wood, carpentry, and expanses of glass to create an immersive rainforest experience. Basically, you will feel like you are sleeping among the treetops. The newly renovated bathroom and kitchenette adopts clean lines and is eco-friendly, while the cabin relies solely on rainwater. Book your stay here.
Noosa Treetop Eco Retreat
Sunrise Beach QLD
This private and comfortable Balinese-style room overlooks the national park, with incredible floor-to-ceiling views on both sides. Equipped with a thatched roof, the eco-retreat is not your usual Airbnb: you will sleep toasty warm under a blanket of stars with the sounds of the ocean lulling you to sleep. The separate indoor-outdoor covered bathroom has a large soaking tub for relaxing, while your own spacious terrace (adjoining to the rear of the solar-powered guest house) is the perfect place to take a bit of sunshine. sun, read a book or catch up a few zzz. Did we mention that you can book a massage on site and access the yoga studio, complete with mats and accessories? Book your stay here.
This fully sustainable eco-stay has only the bare essentials including a bed, bathroom, fridge, barbecue and hotplate for cooking, but despite the lack of wifi, you may never want to leave . Located on 20,000 acres in the North Burnett area, about seven hours north, the rustic cabin is secluded and private, and shares its space with wallabies and kangaroos. It might be basic, but the concrete outdoor pool and sunken tub in the bathroom that can be fully opened to the view will be nothing short of five stars. Book your stay here.
Perched in the middle of the Gold Coast hinterland, this luxury glamping spot is inspired by the classic African safari tent, minus the savannah view. Offering 180-degree panoramic sights of Lamington National Park, inside you’ll find a four-poster queen-size bed, a freestanding tub with mountain views, a kitchenette, and a full bathroom with a shower, making it perfect for everyone. makes it perfect for a romantic getaway surrounded by nature. Plus, it’s only a five minute drive to the famous ‘Heart Shaped Waterfall’, also known as Killarney Glen. Book your stay here.
Small farm house on the hill
This small farm stay has been designed to be a luxury stay with minimal impact on the environment. Take in the 180-degree view of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, with mini cows, sheep and alpacas to befriend before feasting on the fully equipped kitchenette and barbecue on the patio . When the stars come out, you can sip a wine by the outdoor fireplace and breathe in the country air. Book your stay here.
Palmer & Gunn Small Small
This tiny little cottage was built using reclaimed materials, vintage accessories and antique windows and doors. There is even a freestanding tub inside and a fully functional antique stove on the veranda for cooking. Although it’s totally off-grid, solar power provides enough electricity for indoor air conditioning during the warmer months, while the wood-fired cedar hot tub overlooking the bubbling creek in the summer. front is perfect for winter bathing. Book your stay here.
Apple Gum ecological cottage
A peaceful self-catering studio nestled among the trees and hills of the Upper Mary Valley, this quaint cottage near Maleny is located midway between the towns of Maleny and Kenilworth 25 acre farm where you can give the horses a treat licorice, feed the alpacas and say hello to the cows when you wake up. Between walks on the farm, prepare a feast in the kitchen and enjoy it around the campfire. The chalet uses solar electricity and filtered rainwater with a waterless composting toilet which makes it completely sustainable, but don’t worry there is still wifi. Book your stay here.
Tamborine Dreams: a luxury ecological retreat
Need more space than a small house or cabin can provide? Nestled in the beautiful Scenic Rim, this luxurious new eco-hideaway sleeps nine, so there’s room for your whole family. Nestled in Tamborine Mountain, walking trails, waterfalls, and vineyards are all easily accessible, and once you’ve had enough of the adventures you can relax in the bright interiors with impressive balconies and terraces, cook up a meal. storm in the gourmet chefs’ kitchen or just take a dip in the hot tub. Book your stay here.
If you’re looking for more luxurious, eco-friendly stays, check out these sustainable hotels and retreats in South East Queensland.
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