We’ve got cabin fever

Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel with the very welcome easing of travel restrictions. Hooray! What better way to break free from cabin fever than to head straight to…well, uh, a cabin. We’ve pulled together a smattering of cosy cabins and cottages from all over Aus and we promise, there’s no ‘dark and dingy’ lodgings in sight. Think: light filled rooms, nooks to curl up with a book and a cuppa, and the chance to breath in fresh air OUTSIDE. Best of all, these stays each have a stunning insta profile to give you healthy dose of wanderlust before your bags are even packed.

Lastly, a friendly note to please be kind and patient when making enquiries, and of course be sure to check and abide by the restrictions in your area.

Written by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor. Cover image: @_hideout_ by Guy Williment

@capecabin, Phillip Island, Victoria

Cape Cabin, whimsically described by its Melbournian owners as “a tale of dreamy lazy days of salty hair and sandy toes and pockets full of shells… a family holiday where both connection and solitude are a possibility”. Family holiday nostalgia is real here with opportunities for windswept adventures at the beach or a chance to chill out in front of the wood heater. This thoughtfully curated accommodation is an absolute gem for families with a plethora of toys, puzzles, books and even a billy cart. Too cute!

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Images: Hilary Walker Photography

@_hideout_, Southern Highlands, NSW

Good things come in small packages, and this tiny cabin in the heart of the Southern Highlands certainly packs a punch. The space oozes warmth thanks to the timber features throughout, including a suspended deck with picturesque views over the dam. Not only does the cabin come with a fire pit (perfect for chilly winter evenings) it also comes with gorgeous neigh-bours (as in the kind that literally say “neigh!”).

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Images: Guy Williment

@thecabinlorne, Lorne, Victoria

Surrounded by fern gullies and Aussie bush, you can either immerse yourself in the wilderness or simply gaze at it. Despite being fairly newly built, The Cabin Lorne is comforting and homely with its mix of woods, leather and soft textures. The town itself is well worth a visit, with wood fired pizza, a burger joint, a bakery, and of course an espresso bar (because…coffee).

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@upland.farm, Denmark, WA

We’re super excited to let you in on the secret that is Upland Farm, which only opened bookings this Feb. Perched on a working cattle farm, the stunning architect-designed house boasts amazing views over the paddocks..so you can settle on the deck and watch the cows grazing in the distance. Denmark itself is one of WA’s treasures with towering trees, wineries, local cheeses and a jaw-dropping coastline (google: Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool) and once you visit, you’ll already be planning a trip back

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Middle & bottom images: Holii Carmody

@ode_totheorchard Lenswood, SA

With Adelaide’s finest wineries on its doorstep, you probably don’t need any convincing to visit Ode to the Orchard. The cottage (circa 1890) is an absolute dream location for a wintery escape, complete with vintage wood-fired aga, outdoor claw-foot tub, and electric blankets for when its time to hit the hay. Nearby (besides the wineries), the German town of Hahndorf is just 15 minutes away and ‘Lost in a Forest In Uraidla’ (20 min drive) famed for its setting in an old church and also its pizzas!

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@omaroo_daylesford, Glenlyon, Victoria

This idyllic rustic escape is just 90 minutes from Melbourne (10 mins from Daylesford) and while bookings aren’t open again yet, we hope they will be soon! Omaroo is derived from the Aboriginal saying “beautiful view” and that’s exactly what you’ll be greeted by. Although the house is new, the interiors have been thoughtfully styled with vintage finds and industrial elements making it a perfect place for a weekend getaway and a chance to unwind.

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Images: Marnie Hawson

@hideawaylitchfield, NT

2.5 hours from Darwin but just 7km from the cascades of Wangi Falls is Hideaway Litchfield, where you can choose from a single storey or double storey cabin. Rugged beauty is the theme, with bushland and native wildlife the backdrop for the converted shipping container cabins. The  balmy weather and opportunity to use a barbecue once more is a wonderful contrast for those of us who are starting to feel the chill from the cold weather.

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@chersoncottage, Scone, NSW

Cherson Cottage feels like home, a lovely one at that. Despite a drought stricken 2019 and now a forced closure they’re soldiering on. The attention to detail throughout the cottage is obvious – there’s a place to put your boots, a wood fire to warm your hands, a chair to curl up in on the verandah, and luxe linen bedding throughout. With views of the surrounding rolling hills, it’s a beautiful location to take in a crisp winter morning.

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Images: Hannah Puechmarin

@treehaus_au, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The light and bright boho-inspired interior at Tree Haus, nestled between bush and farmland, is a breath of fresh air. There is no TV, so re-connecting with a loved one is on the agenda here as is sitting on the deck with kangaroos and cows as your evening entertainment. It might seem like you’re worlds away but the best cafes and restaurants on the coast are just a short drive away.

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Images: Mindi Cooke

@captainsrest, Strahan, Tasmania

If being on the water is your ideal getaway, then you’ll consider Captains Rest the absolute Rolls-Royce. It’s the ideal place to take a breath and ditch your phone. The setting: enfolded by nature with a raw but mesmerising interior (think: timber windows, linen in moody greys, nik naks with a story and water views from your bed). You can skip a stone directly from the doorstep of this captivating cabin and you’re not going to want to leave.

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@mysisterandthesea, Marin Bay, SA

Although its sporting an Australian coastal vibe, this quirky 1950’s weatherboard cottage was in fact transported from Sweden! Despite its European roots, it’s a great spot for a stereotypical Aussie getaway by the beach with the Innes National Park to explore, shipwrecks to snorkel, and French linen sheets for cool winter nights. The owners (sisters who love their holidays at the cottage by the sea) have expertly captured the coastal vibe with a nod to the sea throughout their thoughtful styling.

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Images: Marnie Hawson





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