Gold Coast cabins and cabins for a winter getaway

Getting away from it all to the nearby mountains and valleys is pretty much the closest thing to winter on the Gold Coast. These clear and cool mornings; the crackle of a fireplace; babbling streams; and snuggle up under the covers. Sounds happy, doesn’t it?

You don’t have to travel far to feel you’ve truly escaped and luckily for us there are plenty of fabulous options right on our doorstep. So dust off your most comfy winter sweater and slippers, put the car away and settle into one of these button-cute Gold Coast cabins and cottages, perfect for your winter getaway.

Gingerbread house


Nestled in the hills a short distance from Tamborine Mountain you will find this dream Gingerbread house. The charming cottage has beautiful interiors that will make you feel luxurious and comfortable at the same time. A veranda surrounds the house where you can barbecue, eat, sit and read all to the relaxing hum of native birds. Enjoy the ocean view while savoring your breakfast and warm yourself by the fireplace on the cooler nights. You may be so comfortable that you won’t want to leave.

Private Eco Rainforest Cabin


If a rustic but stylish eco-friendly cabin is your jam, then you’re going to want to check in at this newly remodeled rainforest hideaway. Originally a hardwood cow milking barn built in 1932, you won’t recognize it now. Overlooking a lush valley towards the ocean, a stay here will allow you to exchange internet and reception, for incredible views, yoga mats and homemade muesli.

The cottage

BYRON BAY Hinterland

New meets old in this beautiful, recently renovated 1890s shed. Believe us when we tell you that you will be overwhelmed by this property where the verdant landscapes stretch literally as far as the eye can see. The cottage benefits from high ceilings, natural light and antique furniture to underline the warm atmosphere of this oasis. Just a 20 minute drive from Byron Bay, this is the perfect location, close enough to the beach but far enough away for seclusion.

Tree house

GOLD COAST Hinterland

If a hilltop location nestled in the gum trees with magnificent private views tickles your fancy, this Gold Coast Treehouse is for you. The rustic multi-story treehouse is definitely a piece to remember. You will marvel at the magnificent solid stone bath, the impressive hillside swimming pool and the breathtaking views that extend throughout the house. You can also get acquainted with the wildlife as peacocks, alpacas and mini goats adorn the land, so you will truly feel at one with nature here.

Ocean View Retreat


Nestled among the trees of an avocado farm, this small retreat is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Soak up incredible sunrises each morning and the sparkling lights of Surfers Paradise at night, all over a glass of wine, of course. It’s cold in this Gold Coast cabin, so be sure to pack warm clothes and your Uggs.

The house of mice


Nothing screams romance like a setting taken straight from the page of a fairy tale book. Nestled in the middle of an enchanted forest filled with elves and unicorns, The Mouse House Rainforest Retreat is only a 30 minute drive from the coast, but far from care. These magical cedar wood cabins are self-contained and fully equipped with a fireplace, barbecue, comfortable furnishings and some with their own jacuzzi on deck. Okay, we might have lied about the pixies and unicorns, but they’ll probably visit you in your dreams at these Gold Coast cabins.

Farm with sea view


Just because you’re heading for the hills doesn’t mean you have to camp in a moldy log cabin with messy decor straight out of the 80s. We love it. Farm with sea view for its modern yet somewhat rustic mountain getaway, with vaulted ceilings, a light and bright seating area, hardwood floors, crisp white linens and the delivery of the breakfast basket in the morning. Once a large livestock farm, the grassy property is now home to a few resident alpacas as well as a few guinea fowl and sheep. Paired with dreamy 180-degree views of GC’s sparkling coastline, there’s a good chance you’ll want to settle in for good.

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Cottage with blue figs

BYRON BAY Hinterland

Another gem of the Byron Bay hinterlands is this unique rainforest getaway. Cottage with blue figs is a 70-acre luxury destination located in the World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park. Adorned with beautiful antique furniture, the house exudes luxury and class. An impressive wooden deck is where you can host wine evenings (or mornings – you’re on vacation after all) or just relax and enjoy the serenity. Not to mention that the chalet has all the essentials for the holidays – there is an indoor fireplace, a private campfire area, a barbecue and a freestanding tub.

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat


Warning: this place will take your breath away. Located in the wooded hills just across the border in northern New South Wales, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat it’s a bit, okay a lot of luxury, but well worth it. All private accommodation is architecturally designed and you can choose between creek-side spa cabins and canopy bungalows in the rainforest, or go completely blingin ‘by booking into the gorgeous luxury lodge with its own. solar heated swimming pool bordered by tropical lush.

Witches Falls Cottages


Nestled in the lush rainforest of Mount Tamborine, Witches Falls Cottages are sanctioned as “adults only” so you can rely on the serenity of the chirping birds and crickets, rather than the screaming children. You’ll love the daily delivery of bread and breakfast baskets, the wood-burning fireplace, plush bathrobes, private garden with barbecue, and all just a short drive from the local vineyards and cheese factory.

Waterfall hideout


Tucked away in the fertile and lush Tweed Valley and a 45-minute drive across the border, there is only one secluded cabin up for grabs at Waterfall hideout. This little gem is self-contained with a rainwater tank, outdoor volcanic tub, wood-burning fireplace, old-fashioned board games, and palm trees and ferns lining the private back patio. Considering it’s set on five acres of beautiful gardens, you’ll probably feel like you’re the only ones for miles, so you might be tempted to shed your clothes and totally get back to nature.

Stay at the Tommerup dairy farm


If you’re the type who can’t sit and read books, we think you’ll love the full experience on Stay at the Tommerup dairy farm. Tommerup’s only cottage exudes rustic charm or you can book the whimsical historic farmhouse which can accommodate 12 people, in case you need room for extra bodies. Best of all, guests are invited to participate in activities such as milking cows, feeding animals and collecting eggs, or picnicking by the nearby creek. Later, snuggle up under the stars and by the outdoor fireplace don’t forget the marshmallows and red wine. The 90 minute drive to the GC is well worth it.

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Enchanted Cottage


A quaint stone cottage with leaded-light windows, wooden interiors and white walls, Tamborine’s Enchanted Cottage This is the kind of house in the woods that would have alerted Hansel and Gretel. Inside, a hanging fireplace warms the open living space. Outside, the overwhelming forest blocks out the modern world and the chalet garden is a beautifully landscaped mix of hedges and herb gardens. The cottage can accommodate up to five people, so it’s perfect for a weekend getaway with your coven. And it’s only a short drive to the vineyards and walks in the Tamborine rainforest proper.

Spiddal Cottage


This small chalet will melt you, with its delicacy and its position by the lake in the meadows bordering the foothills of Mount Tamborine. Bundle up your loved ones and make yourself comfortable watching movie marathons by the stove, but not before a dreamy afternoon exploring the postcard-worthy countryside, or an evening of counting the shooting stars. Autonomous Spiddal Cottage even comes with access to a tinnie and kayaks for rowing and fishing on the glassy lake. What do they say? Good things come in small packages.

Bangalow Bails


It’s secluded, serene, and absolutely beautiful. Bangalow Bails is definitely a must see if you are looking for a place where you can really relax and immerse yourself in the tranquility away from the city. This converted dairy is nestled among the hills just outside the town of Bangalow in the Byron Bay hinterland. There is no one else for miles, so you can enjoy the scenery, read a book, do yoga, whatever you like, all without a break.

Have you booked your stay and now need an itinerary? Here are the best things to do in Tamborine Mountain.

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