Tents and tiny houses have their charm, hotels and big houses are luxurious treats, but somewhere in between is the perfect mix of comfort and adventure in rural, beautifully furnished cabins in the bush. Some come with deep soaking tubs, others have hammocks slung in gum trees or a pantry stocked with local wines. But all of them help you press pause and tap into your wild side, all while snapping incredible photos of the sights at your doorstep. Here are six cabins in the Victoria area when you need to press the escape button for a little while.
Liptrap Loft, South Gippsland
At this one-of-a-kind cabin in South Gippsland, you’ll have access to private Japanese bathhouses. Run by hosts Fleur and Lisa, who have fallen in love with the rustic charm of the hand-built property, the cabin has creature comforts without too many comforts. There is no television, for example, but there is a hammock to gaze at the stars. Wi-fi is a bit spotty, but there’s a stacked bookcase and lawn games to keep you entertained. Although the cabin can accommodate six people, it is best suited for four people. And it’s on five acres of farmland, so you’ll feel pretty secluded no matter how many people you bring with you. When you’re ready to explore beyond the perimeter, grab an ATV or take the 30-minute drive to visit Wilsons Promontory National Park‘s deserted beaches and stunning hiking trails. Starting at $320 per night. Minimum stay of three nights.
Ross Farm, Meeniyan
Interior designer Andrea Moore has transformed an old dairy farm into three separate accommodations, each with warm wooden furnishings and Japanese and Scandinavian style influences. Ross Farm’s smaller property sleeps two, but no matter where you stay, you’ll have views over the beautiful Tarwin Valley, with your own wooden bath and outdoor shower to wash away your cares. There is a substantial kitchen (including farm-fresh eggs) and a cozy nook for reading and relaxing. If you need a bit more space, there’s the two-bedroom barn and the three-bed dairy dwelling on site, each with its own fire pit and barbecue. In the summer, the nearby village of Meeniyan bustles with concerts and food stalls, and those looking to stretch their limbs can follow the Great Southern Rail Trail to Fish Creek to cycle under the towering gum trees. Starting at $290 per night. Minimum stay of two nights.
Oikos at Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs
Designed by Melbourne architects Robert Nichol & Sons, Oikos (pronounced eekos) looks like something straight out of a sculpture park. The exterior is made of sharp angles and weather-resistant steel. Inside, it’s an open-plan masterpiece of stacked stone walls, dark wood and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding countryside and starry skies at night. The star attraction, however, is the enormous freestanding tub in the moody bathroom – the perfect place to forget about city life. When you tire of the sprawling views from the 18-acre property, you’re just minutes from the nearby spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. Starting at $446 per night. Minimum stay of two nights.
Kangaroo Ridge Retreat, Yarra Valley
When your ideal weekend itinerary is to sip wine in a bathrobe (and do very little), Kangaroo Ridge Retreat’s luxury cabins have plenty of interior comforts to keep you company, like a wood-burning stove and a spacious spa tub for two. Cabins overlook wine country and mountains near Healesville, and each cabin has a “licensed pantry” as well as breakfast included in the price. It’s far from boring, and when you feel like breaking free, there are 100-meter tall trees on the Tanglefoot Loop walking track to measure yourself against. From $400 per night. Minimum stay of two nights.
Sky Pods, Cape Otway
You camped, glamped, and dozed in a tiny house, but slept in an off-grid solar pod overlooking the ocean? In an 80-hectare wildlife refuge near the Great Ocean Road, there are a few self-contained pods that can accommodate up to two people. Each has floor-to-ceiling windows and a 100-inch projection screen with Bluetooth speakers, so you can watch movies at night and wake up to the sunrise without leaving your bed. The pods are air-conditioned for hot and cold conditions, there is a kitchen with fridge, kettle and stove, plus a few camp chairs for lounging. As this is a managed wildlife property, you are welcome to plant a native tree during your stay to offset your carbon footprint – but any activity beyond reading, dining and stargazing is completely optional. Starting at $375 per night.
Yoko Cabin, Mornington Peninsula
The little things make a big difference when you’re staying away from home – like a French press or Aesop soaps in the bathroom – but at the Yoko cabin, in addition to fancy coffee and soap, there’s also a record player and a selection of LPs. Rye’s Twin Cabin was created with Japanese and Nordic design elements in mind, making it warm and uncluttered, bathed in sunlight but also airy. You’re close to wineries and breweries, so when you’re done exploring, bring a bottle back to the cabin and fire up the BBQ and woodstove for a romantic evening. Fancy a spa bath? The peninsula’s popular hot springs are less than 10 minutes’ drive away. Starting at $617 per night. Minimum stay of two nights.
Additional reporting by Matt Shea.
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To find out more, see our guide to accommodation options in the Victoria area.