There’s nothing quite as restorative as a weekend in nature, breathing fresh air and switching off your phone. Get away with a loved one or friends to one of these cabins in the stunning wilderness of NSW and spend the days bushwalking, bird-watching, star-gazing and sleeping in. It’s just what the doctor ordered.
Tom’s Cabin, North Coast
1388 Point Lookout Rd, Ebor, New South Wales – Australia | Phone. +61 1300 072 757 | https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/toms-cabin
Tom’s Cabin is ideal for bushwalking enthusiasts who want to be fully immersed in nature. Situated in the heart of New England National Park on the North Coast, it’s perfect for a weekend of exploring the park. It has no electricity or power outlets so come prepared with food and torches and you’ll be in for a magical escape that’s truly remote. Take a picnic down to the creek nearby to watch the many local birds, and maybe a wallaby or two. Tea Tree walking track is nearby and takes you past ancient beech forests with weeping papillaria moss on the way. Spend the night in front of the indoor fire, playing cards by candlelight.
Love Studio, Bilpin
Berambing, New South Wales – Australia | Phone. +61 409 393 425 | http://www.wollemicabins.com.au/Love-Studio.aspx
There are many things that are special about this timber and corrugated iron studio but the most enchanting part is the outdoor spa bath overlooking the Wollemi National Park. There’s beautiful bushwalking opportunities in Wollemi, an ideal activity in Winter. Made from recycled materials and furniture, the bohemian décor is full of character. A fireplace and self-contained kitchen means you’ve got everything you need in this remote accommodation. You can also add on an in-cabin massage, twilight glow worm tour or gourmet catering to your booking.
The Artist Studio, Polkolbin
Hunter Valley, New South Wales – Australia | https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/18780109
Originally built as an artist’s studio, this sweet cottage is located on a working cattle farm in Polkolbin with views across the Hunter Valley. The structure is made from recycled materials and the interiors are modern and stylish. It’s a great base to visit the wineries of the area – pick up a couple of bottles and local produce for a delicious night in. During the day you can walk through the property and see how a farm works or visit the cheese factory nearby; it’s perfect for a romantic weekend.
Nulla Nulla Blacksmith’s Retreat, Macleay River Valley
1595 Nulla Nulla Creek Rd, Bellbrook, New South Wales – Australia | Phone. +61 499 313 744 | http://nullafarm.com.au/
This red-cedar horseman’s cottage is a luxurious retreat in the Macleay River Valley near Kempsey. Located on a chemical-free farm, it overlooks casuarina forests and the pristine Nulla Nulla creek. You can choose to add a hamper of organic vegetables picked that morning or have your stay catered with a menu designed by the farm’s chef. Log heaters and electric blankets keep it cosy or you could take a bath with the oils and salts provided. Explore your surroundings or get a private yoga lesson or massage. The cabin’s furnishings are minimalist and sleek, with fiddle leaf fig plants and a comfortable outdoor seating area.
Loughmore Cottage, Kangaroo Valley
164 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales – Australia | Phone. +61 2 4464 3909 | https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/14174034?
This cottage is an original Irish settler’s slab hut, built around 1900, and is located in the heart of the village of Kangaroo Valley on the South Coast. There’s canoeing and horse riding available nearby and plenty of local cafés and cosy pubs to try. The cabin is beautifully rustic, with a gorgeous stone fireplace, elegant bed with surrounding curtains and eclectic furnishings. Reserve an afternoon to browse through the collection of art and design books or watch one of the classic movies on offer.
The Rabbit’s Hut, Coolac
Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales – Australia | https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/3364413
Find this quaint cottage on a working cattle station bordered by the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina region. The perfect mix of country charm and modern comfort, it has an open fireplace and an additional heater if it gets particularly cold. Jugiong is nearby and has plenty of fantastic places to eat – the Sir George is a historic pub with an artisan bakery and excellent food. Wake up to the sounds of cows mooing and walk up the hill at sunrise to admire the view across the farm.
Bush Cabin, Capertee Valley
Capertree Valley, New South Wales – Australia | https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/449488
Located in the Capertee Valley, two-and-a-half hours from Sydney, this property lies next to the Gardens of Stone National Park and has incredible views of bushland. There’s a local pub that makes great pizzas if you don’t feel like cooking and an outdoor shower on the deck – light the indoor fire first so you can warm up in front of it afterwards. Personal touches give this cabin lots of character –music, magazines and a dart board will keep you entertained.
Tallarook Tiny Home, Mogood
2000B The River Rd, Mogood, New South Wales – Australia | Phone. +61 421 840 233 | https://www.tallarooktinyhome.com/
There’s nothing like a couple of days in an off-the-grid tiny house to reconnect with your partner. This cute cabin is architecturally designed and located on a 50-acre property surrounded by bushland on the Clyde River in the Shoalhaven region. Polished hardwood floors, heating, and contemporary furnishings make it a comfortable stay. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and the owners drop off farm eggs, bread, jam and bacon in the mornings. You can even book a masseuse to come to the cabin and work their magic. Go for a night wander to see wombats, wallabies and possums busy in the foliage.
1950’s Sydney Train Carriage and Tiny Shepherd’s Hut, Lower Hunter Valley
Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales – Australia | https://www.riparide.com/listings/745-1950-s-rustic-train-carriage-tiny-shepherd-s-hut-glamping-at-alpaca-farm-laguna
For a unique experience, stay in an old train carriage or tiny hut. You can find these accommodation options on a secluded off-the-grid farm surrounded by bushland in the Lower Hunter Valley. Everything in the train carriage is recycled and has been lovingly collected by the owners; it has a double bed, bathroom and small kitchenette. The Shepherd’s Hut acts as a second bedroom and uses the facilities of the train carriage – meaning it’s a perfect option for two couples. The stay is more akin to glamping with no fireplace but it has a heater and heavy doonas. A wood-fired pizza oven and an outdoor bath means you can still enjoy the crisp air outdoors – take a blanket to the deck and watch the alpacas munch on grass.
Worrowing Wilderness Hut, Jervis Bay
81 The Wool Rd, Worrowing Heights, New South Wales – Australia | Phone. +61 484 001 501 | https://www.riparide.com/listings/736-worrowing-wilderness-hut
Exploring stunning Jervis Bay on the South Coast in Winter means you can have it almost all to yourself. This modern hut with glass doors faces onto the Jervis Bay National Park and is surrounded by gum, iron and paperbark trees and diverse bird species. Located on a 250-acre property, you can explore the entire estate, go for bushwalks in the park, or look for whales and dolphins from the beach. The hut is beautifully appointed with a bathtub, heating, a full kitchen, handmade furniture and art from artists who have stayed at the property – a design lover’s dream.
Text and photos courtesy of Destination NSW, John Spencer and Tom Wilson