11 luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Hang up your thongs and bust out your Uggs. It’s winter and it’s time to get away from the beaches and into a room with a fireplace.

We’ve put together 11 of the cosiest, snuggliest and downright sexiest luxury escapes designed to beat the cold this winter.

And they’re all within a few hours’ drive of Brisbane.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland luxury escapes with fireplaces

Head north on the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast but this time veer left and head to the hinterland. This is the forest and fireplace luxury escapes haven you’re looking for.

1. Lakeside snuggle-fest: Secrets on the Lake

Secrets on the Lake | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

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Perched on the side of Lake Baroon (just outside Montville and Maleny) Secrets on the Lake takes the cute and cosy idea to the max. Each tree house has a different name and personality, but if you can, choose ‘Secrets’.

The walk along the hand-carved elevated walkway to get to your room and the fireplace that hangs from the ceiling make this place seem like a fairytale. Except it’s real and you can do it NOW.

It’s a great base to explore the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, not to mention fulfill those treehouse fantasies this list is sure to inspire.

2. See through to summer: Glass on Glasshouse

Glass on Glasshouse | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

The cabins at Glass on Glasshouse each have two walls that are completely glass (hence the name), giving you 180-degree views of Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin.

Add to that a fireplace that can be enjoyed from the living room OR the freestanding double spa bath, and you’ve got yourself one of the best luxury escapes amongst the Glass House Mountains.

Tear yourself away from the warmth of the fireplace just for a bit and we promise getting to know your neighbours (a group of spectacular volcanic peaks) will be worth it.

3. Spice up your winter: Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Spicers Tamarind Retreat | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Spice up your winter getaway with an exotic stay at Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny.

The Luxury Falls Villas are true to their name, with a king bed, fireplace, private balcony and outdoor cedar hot tub. Not to mention there’s a day spa and an award-winning restaurant serving up mouth-watering Asian cuisine on-site.

While the fireplace keeps you cosy, it’s their bathtubs that really turn up the heat, with indoor/outdoor features that put them on this top tub list.

4. Jungle love: Narrows Rainforest Retreat

Narrows Rainforest Retreat | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Montville is coming through with the goods (again) but this time it’s not lakeside, it’s smack bang in the middle of the rainforest. Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat has double spa baths, fireplaces AND they deliver fresh baked croissants to your room each morning. No wonder this property is popular with honeymooners.

If you really don’t want to get out of bed they also bring you home-cooked meals or BBQ hampers. #easypeasylemonsqueezy

But it’s not just the air of luxury and the baked goods that got this retreat on this top accommodation list, its location serves up the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk on its doorstep, perfect for those looking to balance out those croissants.

Southern Queensland Country luxury escapes with fireplaces

Get out of town and head southwest from Brisbane into the country, where the sky is HUGE and the beds are softer than a wallaby’s backside.

5. Luring you to luxury: Alure Stanthorpe

Alure Stanthorpe | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Setting up a tent in winter sounds crazy. Setting up a tent during a Stanthorpe winter? That’s insanity.

Alure Stanthorpe scoffs at your misconceptions and know exactly what it takes to make a tent warm and fuzzy. Namely, turning the luxury up to 11 and installing an eco-fireplace and reverse air conditioning. This is glamping, complete with an ensuite and hot tub.

Only got a weekend spare? Spend 24 hours exploring Stanthorpe with this guide.

6. Scenic Rim for the win: Spicers Peak Lodge

Spicers Peak Lodge | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Maryvale turns up the heat at Spicers Peak Lodge. The spa suites have massive open fireplaces and they even build the fire for you, so you don’t need to bust out (or have) any Bear Grylls survival skills.

Relax in the marble bathroom or check out the view from the veranda, this is the Scenic Rim after all. Only a two-hour drive south west of Brisbane, it makes for a romantic weekend getaway from the city.

Couples can frolic amongst the countryside, which also happens to be an endless buffet of fresh produce, serving up a side of delicious food and wine for your getaway.

7. Sleep among the clouds: Ravensbourne Escape

Soak up serenity in one of Ravensbourne Escape’s ten charming chalets, perched on the mountains by Ravensbourne National Park. With accommodations to suit couples retreats and group hangs, your winter goals are complete with a log fire as well as an onsite restaurant perfect for those who don’t plan to venture far from the outdoor hot tub. Up for activities? Check out these unique things to do in nearby Toowoomba and explore the local street art scene.

And it’s not just the views that are green at Ravensbourne Escape – the Serenity and Tranquility chalets are built eco-friendly with a zero carbon footprint design. .

Gold Coast Hinterland luxury escapes with fireplaces

There’s more to the Gold Coast than celebrities and sand. Hit up the hinterland for a winter frolic through the forest and more luxury escapes than you can shake a fire-poker at.

8. Camping, but not as you know it: Nightfall Wilderness Camp

Nightfall Wilderness Camp | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Wilderness camps aren’t just for school kids or scout troops anymore. Nightfall Wilderness Camp is the grown-up, luxury escapes version.

The safari-style tents have brushed hardwood floors, hand-carved stone basins and, of course, a fireplace to keep you warmer than an Eskimo beach party.

Nestled amongst lush rainforest next to Lamington National Park, spend your days exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland with this guide.

9. Be a little wicked: Mouses House Rainforest Retreat

Mouses House Rainforest Retreat | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat is checking boxes you never even knew you wanted to check. There are 12 chalets – each one has a unique name like ‘Dopey’, ‘Sleepy’ and ‘Doc’ – but skip the dwarfs and grab a night in the ‘Wicked Witch’. It’s got a fireplace, plus a private hot tub that overlooks a rainforest stream. We’re not in Kansas anymore.

We’re actually in Springbrook National Park, part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest. Discover the natural beauty on your doorstep with this ultimate guide.

10. Fall for the forest: Witches Falls Cottages

Witches Falls Cottages | Luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane

Tucked away beside the rainforest of Queensland’s oldest national park, Witches Falls self contained cottages make the ultimate cosy couples getaway, especially when the mercury drops.

When (or, rather, IF) you can drag yourself out of this story-book setting, Tamborine’s many wineries, cafes and boutiques are just a stone’s throw away. Up for a thrill? Chase waterfalls, explore nearby walking trails and fly through a tree-top canopy before returning to your cottage hideaway.

Do you have a warm place to hide this winter? Let us know your favourite luxury escapes in the comments below.

*This post was originally published in 2015 and updated in July 2019.