Just A List Of Five Cosy Lil Cabins In NSW To Hunker Down In This Winter
With the lifting of the NSW non-essential travel ban days away, the time to plan that weekend – or hey, for those unfortunately out of a job, mid-week – getaway you’ve been craving is now.
The date of the easing up of restrictions, June 1, marks the start of winter – a time when there’s not much else to do in the evenings than cosy up indoors. And fortunately, NSW has no shortage of Airbnbs allowing for just that.
From a treehouse with slanted glass windows overlooking a national park to a cabin tucked into the widest enclosed canyon in the world, we’ve rounded the best among them here.
Studio @ Little House of Red
Where else to go in winter but the Hunter Valley? This apartment – well, private room in a property called The Little House of Red – can be found smack bang in the Broke Fordwich subregion of the area, a short drive from the wine hub of Pokolbin, but still seemingly remote.
After checking in, explore the cellar doors or book into an award-winning eatery for lunch or dinner. Or if you’re keen to just chill out, choose from one of the many provided DVDs or soak up some winter rays at the saltwater pool.
Bush Cabin, Greater Blue Mountains
Nothing screams winter cosiness like a cabin in the Blue Mountains. This two-bed self-contained cabin can be found in Capertee Valley, the widest enclosed canyon in the world, making for some pretty spectacular views.
Spend your time here fishing or, if you’re feeling brave, swimming in the nearby dam. Or lace up your hiking boots and hit the area’s many hiking trails.
The cabin features hammocks and yoga mats, a canoe and, best of all, an indoor fireplace. Rent it for two couples or a family or group of friends, or book it out for just you and another.
Congo Camphouse, Meringo
Snug eclectic is probably the best way to describe this three-bedder property in Meringo, roughly 4.5 hours south of Sydney, just past Batemans Bay.
The furniture here is mostly wood and mismatched, and oriental carpets and tapestries scatter the floors and line the walls. Yet, somehow, it all works and gives the place a homey feel.
Important to note: the camp house is somewhat of a DIY affair. You’ll need to bring your own bed linen, towels and tea towels, and take your garbage when you leave. Also good to keep in mind is that, if you’re coming from Sydney, it’s a long drive down, so booking more than one night to make it worthwhile is a good idea.
Mountain View Cabin, Barrington Tops
One of only three properties on 100 acres of forest, this two-bed mountain view cabin guarantees total privacy. Picnic along the flowing Williams River, 2km away; stroll to the pristine ‘Die Happy’ creek; or simply relax in the spa bath.
After a home-cooked stove or BBQ dinner, curl up in front of the fire pit. In the morning, wake to the sounds of surrounding Barrington Top National Park. The cabin is a 3.5-hour drive north of Sydney with potential pitstops at Central Coast or Newcastle along the way.
The fact it’s award-winning should give you some idea of how special The TreeHouse is. Tucked into the trees with a slanted glass wall overlooking Royal National Park, it’ll have you feeling like you’re standing on air.
Kayak, fish, bushwalk or mountain bike while here. Or, just take in the view in the minimalist space. Less than an hour's drive from Sydney, the property makes for an easy one-night getaway. Teas and chocolates are provided.
And, if you're feeling like visiting with a group, they've got a larger treehouse option too.
Main Image Credit: Congo Camp House in the forest, Airbnb
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