Snuggle up inside a cabin or cottage near Brisbane this weekend
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that sparks fly when you escape the city and rent a cottage for the weekend.
In the words of romance icon Bridget Jones, “a mini-break means true love”, and there’s plenty of other movies to support her theory … Pretty Woman, Love Actually and Roman Holiday to name a few. Lucky for you, lover, we have plenty of cottages and cabins to rent just near Brisbane.
What are you waiting for? Zip up your cupid suit, BYO loved one and let these cabins and cottages near Brisbane do the rest.
For the beer lover… Granite Belt Brewery Retreat
Hop to i… or should that read hopps to it. There’s a cottage getaway in Queensland with its own onsite brewery – Granite Belt Brewery Retreat.
There are 19 cedar cabins on the 30-acres of bushland, built in log hut style (read: packed with more timber than a sauna in Finland).
You’ll find the retreat in Queensland’s capital of cold, Stanthorpe, where the winter lows dance between 1 and 0 degrees.
Before you rule it out as positively Antarctic, the cooler temps make it absolutely legitimate to light a fire all year round.
The real sell here is not a log cabin or fireplace though, it’s the fact your sundowners are made easy. You can just toddle down to the main homestead for a tasting paddle of owner Geoff’s craft beer. With six beers and a cider available, you could well spend a long lazy afternoon at the Granite Belt Brewery.
As if that’s not enough, a local produce breakfast basket comes with every stay and if you stay Saturday night, you can say hello to Sunday morning with a hot breakfast buffet.
For modern romance… Severn-dipity
We’ve been taught to resist the seven deadly sins, but just outside Girraween National Park, Severn-dipity encourages people to embrace seven new ones: Discovery, Tranquillity, Rejuvenation, Relaxation, Freedom, Serenity, Peace. You’ll find each one of these tempters at Severn-dipity, served up in spades.
Their Severn-dipity cottage has two bedrooms, making it ideal for two couples travelling together wanting to break up the monotony of whose house is it to visit this weekend.
If you needed any extra reminding, the in-house sauna will confirm you’re not in your normal routine any more.
The beauty of this part of the world is that you can dial up the activity at Girraween National Park or just as easily blow it off by visiting these James Halliday-approved wineries.
Either way, you’ll find this cabin more romantic than a Jason Mraz song.
For a star-studded sky… Cave Rock Cottages
You don’t need to go to the North Pole to find Christmas. You’ll find Christmas Creek nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, backing onto the bounty found within Lamington National Park.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, check into Cave Rock Cottages, whose three cottages are the dictionary definition of ‘a room with a view’. And if you’re here for romance, book their spa cottage which has been designed for couples and couples only.
Everything from the double eight-jet spa bath in the bedroom, mood lighting and panelled wood walls was designed by Casanova’s interior design equivalent. A word of warning though – this is not a cabin for the newly acquainted. You’ll want to be quite familiar with each other to feel at ease with the proximity of the bedroom and bathroom in this cosy cabin.
There’s a wood combustion heater inside, but really, with stargazing this good, you’ll want to go outside and snuggle around the open fireplace.
For a cottage with a wild side… Cedar Glen Farmstay
Tourism businesses are often a family affair, but perhaps none more so than Cedar Glen Farmstay, which has been in the Stephen family since 1882.
You’ll find it on 1050 acres of land, with paddock after paddock of beef cattle, Arabian horses, milking cows, sheep, pigs, kangaroos and poultry.
There are four cottages to choose from, each steeped in history dating back as long as the Stephen family have held this property (read: really bloody old). Our pick for couples looking to lose themselves in the Lost World Valley is the Stinson Cottage.
You’ll be snuggling up inside a historic workers cottage, complete with wood fireplace, wrought iron bed and full kitchen.
But it’s not about what’s inside that counts here – it’s all about your balcony which has mountain views and the opportunity to pat horses that look like they’ve stepped out of Spanish Riding School and into the Scenic Rim.
For accommodation as smooth and comforting as the wine you’ll knock back… Diamondvale Cottages
Nestled amongst the granite bushland that makes this area so famous, Diamondvale Cottages are truly a diamond in the Granite Belt rough.
Set on 30 acres, each and every one of their four cottages guarantees privacy, so there’s no chance of hearing what the neighbours get up to during your Stanthorpe stay.
Quart Pot Creek runs through the property and the cottages are scattered on either side of it to ensure privacy is positively maintained.
If you’re travelling as a couple, their Camelia Cottage and Forget Me Not Cottage have your name written all over it. Both only have one bedroom – although differ vastly in space. The Camelia Cottage is set inside a century-old repurposed Railway Siding, with a little loft for board games and a queen bed tucked away on the ground floor.
With a fully equipped kitchenette, you can be as hands-on or off with the daily routine as you’d like on this vacay.
We’d choose hands off because cooked breakfasts can be delivered to your cottage or you can step out for a short drive or walk (1.8km, 20 mins) to one of Stanthorpe cafes or restaurants.
For a cabin that’s glorious… Turkeys Nest
It’s not just tourism hyperbole or false advertising – Mt Glorious is just as its name suggests, glorious.
That’s why you need to set your GPS 40 minutes north-west of Brisbane and check into Turkeys Nest Rainforest Cottages to test the description for yourself.
Turkeys Nest is perched on the edge of the forest and both of their private cottages have been built to feel like you’re living amongst the foliage.
Height will be your advantage here when it comes to vistas – you’ll be 620m above sea level, giving you prime position to spot the variety of native birds who come to feed. Pssst: Your room comes with complimentary bird seed in case you need to coax them to visit.
Inside your private oasis, you’ll find a queen bed, claw foot bath with views over the rainforest and cosy fireplace which comes with a stocked pile of wood.
We’d recommend timing your visit for winter to really test the fireplace. But honestly, you don’t need a seasonal excuse to bunker down with a glass of wine, good book, games and complimentary port and chocolates here.
For a bushland to drink bubbles… Mt Cotton Retreat
Mt Cotton Retreat may have named their two cabins “Pavillions by the Lake” but in reality, they’re defined by so much more than just a lakeside location.
At 30 minutes from Brisbane and 10 minutes from Sirromet winery, they’re some of the closest bedrooms to Sirromet’s Day on the Green concerts and wine tasting events (that is unless you’re staying in Sirromet’s glamping tents, Sanctuary).
As far as cabins go – this one’s for nature lovers. You can enjoy sitting on a fully screened deck without being carried away by pesky bugs and insects, which will make dining alfresco completely achievable here.
There’s no need for anyone to play chef. Port, chocolates and cookies are included in the tariff or you can save the indulgence for the full cooked breakfast.
There’s complimentary WIFI… but who needs it when you’re on the Boom-Ber-Pee Private Nature Refuge which has over 80 species of birds on its grounds. Talk about the real twitter.