10 cosy cabins perfect for a winter escape
Pack your woollen socks, scarves and beanies and make the most of the chilly weather by taking a trip to a cabin (or tee pee!) where you can huddle together and enjoy some cosy indoor activities.
A key part of the uniquely Danish way of living known as ‘hygge’ is hunkering down with family and friends to savour the simple pleasures. Winter is the ultimate time to get your hygge on, as its conducive to cosiness. Think board games and reading by an open fire, snuggling up with a huge bowl of popcorn for family movie night, and toasting marshmallows around a fire pit. Getting away from your everyday environment and endless to-do lists can be hard. So we’ve found 10 cosy cabins to help you relax and reconnect.
Blue Mountains Cabins, Blue Mountains NSW
Whether you stay in an iconic Australian timber slab cabin or perched atop the trees with the birds in a secret treehouse, all of the Blue Mountains cabins are designed to immerse you into the breathtaking beauty of the region. For a special experience to share with family and friends, you can see nature’s fairy lights with Glow Worm Tours running nightly.
Sepplets View Cabins, Barossa Valley SA
Enjoying good food and wine is easy at this cabin, situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley. These family-friendly cabins are the perfect place to stay and take advantage of all that this beautiful wine the region has to offer. Be sure to huddle around the outdoor fire-pit area for marshmallow roasting and storytelling, too.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas QLD
Drift away to a dreamy tropical forest in this private eco retreat. There’s a range of earthy bungalows to suit every budget. Some are situated amongst the eucalyptus, others above the forest canopy with views out to the Coral Sea, or you can stay tucked within the forest via jungle walk access.
Hygge house, Harrietville VIC
This cosy 4-bedroom house has everything you need for a winter getaway: room for family and friends (even your furry children as there’s a dog run and kennel under the house), a sunny deck for your morning coffee or BBQ, and a fireplace to gather around and play games. Based at the bottom of some of Victoria’s ski resorts, you can call this place home for a ski holiday during the winter.
Penderlea, Crackenback NSW
The use of natural materials in the design of The Post Office cabin or The Barn at Penderlea in the majestic Snowy Mountains make for rustic yet absolutely stunning abodes. You’ll feel the Hygge vibe from the moment you walk inside. Just a short 5-minute drive to the ski tube you can make it your base and snuggle up by the fire after day on the ski fields. Or, simply come for a cosy retreat to unwind as you sit and watch the snow flutter down and the sun set over the mountains.
Huon Bush Retreat, TAS
Nestled in the Huon Valley, these cabins have fresh rainwater, solar-powered lights, a cosy wood heater and a private outdoor bath. Relax to the surrounding sounds of wildlife, snuggle by the fire, go for a bushwalk, or spend a lazy day sampling the local food and wine of the nearby Huon Trail region.
Molloy Island Cosy Log Cottage, WA
This log cabin complete with a pot belly stove to keep you warm is situated near the Margaret River – sample local wines or simply enjoy the abundant wildlife and birdsong of the island.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge, NTIf you’re looking for a true wilderness escape, this is the perfect place to connect with the awe-inspiring landscape of Kakadu National Park. It can get extremely hot up the top end, so winter can be a more comfortable time to go. The tent-meets-cabin design of the Safari Tents have been inspired by the natural colours and materials of the surrounding environment. Or, there’s the more modern free-standing cabins called Habitats.
Eagle Escape, Rydal via Lake Lyell NSWHygge is all about being kind to yourself and sometimes we all need a little ‘me time’. If you’ve got babysitters for the weekend the Rendezvous Spa Cabin and Wilderness Spa Cabins, constructed of recycled Oregon and corrugated iron, have gas log fires and are fitted out with everything you need to reconnect and get some R ‘n’ R.
Hidden Valley Cabins, QLDEvery cabin is designed to blend seamlessly with its natural environment and built entirely from locally sourced recycled timber – giving you an instant rustic feel. And the kids will love that this area was voted number one by National Geographic as the best place to view a platypus in the wild.
Spending quality time with loved ones isn’t about luxury; it’s about getting back to the simplicities that often escape us in modern life. After all, the best things in life are free. And, remember, no matter where you are, the most important thing to take with you is those you love.