11 Incredible Tiny Homes Around Australia to Book For Your Next Holiday
No longer do people only want to stay in expensive five-star hotels. While cosy cottages, unique and quirky stays, and weekend nature getaways have become all the rage recently, another trend has gained popularity: tiny homes.
Located in off-grid bushland and rainforests, what a tiny home retreat offers is a chance to log off from the stresses of everyday life, digitally detox (yes, turn off that phone and those emails), recharge, unwind and reconnect with loved ones, the land and with nature.
They’re small but mighty, and staying in one makes for an idyllic adventure getaway with your bestie or a romantic retreat with your partner.
With more and more tiny homes are popping up across Australia, we did the hard work for you and rounded up the best ones you can Airbnb right now. From sustainable cabins, architecturally-designed hideaways and teeny cottagecore homes, there really is something for everyone.
11 best tiny houses you can Airbnb around Australia
1. Arabella, Beaumont, New South Wales
This beautiful tiny home that has won multiple architectural awards, is set on a 140-acre property on the edge of the Cambewarra Range at a former dairy farm. It’s located a two-hour drive from Sydney, and 15 minutes outside the township of Kangaroo Valley. Spend the day exploring the abundant wildlife, pristine natural sounds and the valley below. By night, sit by the outdoor fire pit roasting marshmallows with your significant other over a glass of wine. Total bliss.
2. Creek-side Escape Pod, Foxground, New South Wales
This tiny house is situated creekside in a rainforest that’s known as one of the most beautiful locations the region has to offer. Go for a morning hike in the rainforest, then head to local beaches, shops, cafes and eateries. You can wash off the day in the hot outdoor shower, cook a meal on the outdoor BBQ and then relax with a good book by the fire pit.
3. Mountain Tiny House, Warburton, Victoria
Nestled between the Redwood Forest and La La Falls, this house is the complete luxury off-grid experience that’s also environmentally friendly. It’s powered completed by solar, a water tank, gas bottles and a compost toilet (which according to the host, works better than a regular toilet). Although it’s only 7.5m long, 2.5m wide and 4.2m high, it’s equipped with everything you need to have the most relaxing long weekend getaway.
4. Tiny Home, Mansfield, Victoria
Are you an adventurer? This is the tiny house for you. Perched atop rolling hills, you’ll wake up in this off-grid tiny home with panoramic views of Mt Buller and the greater Mansfield area. Designed to be part of nature, it’s made up of two separate containers - the ‘bedroom container’ and the ‘kitchen-living container’. The only downside of this retreat? The host mentions you’ll be woken by beautiful sunrises so you’ll need to make sure to pack an eye mask if you like sleeping in.
5. Bandicoot Springs, Ironbank, South Australia
It’s hard to believe this getaway is located a short 25-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. Set on the edge of a natural spring that runs into the Sturt River, this is the perfect house for nature lovers, anyone needing extra comfort from traditional camping (hello, glamping!) or anyone that just needs a break for the hustle and bustle of city life without having to travel too far.
6. Tiny Home Private Escape, Bridgewater, South Australia
Have you ever wanted to have your own private organic farm with friendly cows and passing wildlife? Well, it might time to take a trip to Bridgewater, South Australia. Located just 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD nearby the Hills’ epicurean attractions and fantastic villages, this tiny house is an exquisite romantic nature experience with quintessential Hills scenery and a unique minimalist design. The gushing reviews for this “fabled Glamping X Tiny Home experience” speak for themselves.
7. Ryan’s Rest, Pemberton, Western Australia
The list of things to do while staying at this off-grid tiny home is endless. For the adventurous, there’s canoeing to explore the dam, fishing for trout, cycling the Munda Biddi trail, taking a farm tour, birdwatching and exploring the cattle trails, to name a few. For those who are after pure relaxation, there’s stargazing from the hammock, meditating on the outdoor deck and cooking up a meal made from Southern Forest produce up for offer.
8. Palmer&Gunn, Austinville, Queensland
If you’re obsessed with cottagecore, you’ll no doubt be obsessed with this tiny home. This “wee tiny” abode is built from reclaimed materials, vintage fittings, antique doors and windows, and fitted with a carefully curated collection of antique furniture and trinkets. Oh, and there’s also a woodfired cedar hot tub to relax in, which sounds and looks phenomenal.
As for its location, Austinville Valley is one of Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets nestled below world heritage listed Springbrook National Park. The area boasts spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees and impressive views.
9. Tiny Home in the Mary Valley, Bollier, Queensland
Situated in Mary Valley and nestled on 40 acres of pasture and natural woodland, this is the place where you can go to immerse yourself in nature and forget about the stresses of everyday life. Spend your days strolling through the 15 acres of forestland (and maybe even spot a few koalas), meet a herd of horses or even try your hand at Reiki Healing, which is offered by the host.
10. The Pod, Lewisham, Tasmania
Grand Designs Australia TV labelled this home “a love letter to Tasmania”. Need we say more?
To sum it all up, this 40-square metre architecturally-designed home features a bespoke Huon pine outdoor tub made with timber sourced from the depths of Lake Pieman, a fireplace handcrafted by an artisan blacksmith and a basin lovingly made by an acclaimed ceramicist. Floor to ceiling glass allows you to sit on the custom couch in the living room and soak in the stellar views of the dunes, Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean. Cheers to pure luxury.
11. Bruny Island Hideaway, Alonnah, Tasmania
Tasmania seems to be hitting the nail on the head when it comes to finding the best-looking tiny homes. This 28-square metre architecturally-designed cabin is every minimalist’s dream. With a chic black and wood colour palette inside, it looks like something off the front cover of an interiors magazine. Aside from the impeccably beautiful home itself, it’s surrounded by 99 acres of conservation forest where an abundance of wildlife live.
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