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Slip Into 14 Of The Best Outdoor Baths In Australia

By November 4, 2021January 13th, 2022No Comments

Being immersed in the warm waters of an outdoor bathtub, surrounded by nature, is the epitome of slowing down. With nothing to do but sip on a glass of local vino, devour a novel or simply soak in the landscape, bathing in the great outdoors is a guaranteed way to help you drift towards a slower tempo.

If “bathing in nature” is a box you want ticked on your next getaway, then get ready to sink into a state of relaxation with 14 of the best outdoor baths in Australia. But be warned, filling the tub at home will never be the same again.

Bellingen Farm House

Bellingen Farmhouse

Bellingen, NSW

Bellingen Farmhouse is the gatekeeper to one of the most charming outdoor bathtubs in New South Wales, nestled in a corner nook on an old verandah. After a day spent roaming the organic orchard or exploring the quaint boutiques and cafés in town, this rural escape is where you want to return to for an afternoon of total relaxation. Run the bath and bask in the serenity of watching the sun set over undulating country hills, while fully immersed in sustainably-collected rainwater.

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Mayan Farm

Kin Kin, QLD

Looking over a lush 100 acres of private, rolling farmland, a soak at Mayan Farm is a must when working your way through the best outdoor baths in Australia. A short drive from Noosa, this Kin Kin property showcases sustainable luxury at its finest and a dip in the freestanding bathtub, cocooned by recycled timber walls, is the ultimate way to wake up in the morning. Slide in with a hot cup of coffee and keep warm while the mist slowly lifts from the valley below – magic, doesn’t even begin to describe this experience.

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Kestrel Nest EcoHut

Mount Adrah, NSW

Kestrel Nest EcoHut outdoor bath

The Australian bush stay just got a little bit fancy, thanks to Kestrel Nest EcoHut and its stunning outdoor bathtub. Sitting atop a deck that overlooks a rocky mountain stream, this is a remote bathing experience, so strip down to your birthday suit and hop straight in. By day, this is the perfect perch to spot endangered birds flying by and at night, keep your eyes peeled for the local wombat strolling up for a visit.

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Rosalita's Rest

Rosalita’s Rest

Billinudgel, NSW

Bathe under a smattering of stars and fairy lights at this romantic Slow Stay, just outside Brunswick Heads. A magic hideaway for two, the Wildheart Dreamer cabin at Rosalita’s Rest was made for unwinding and reconnecting – with yourself, your partner and nature. Set on a permaculture property, the clawfoot bathtub is perfect for soaking your green thumbs after time spend planting a tree with the owners or harvesting the organic produce growing for your own farm-to-plate experience.

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Petit Eco Cabin

Yallingup, WA

If pairing wine with one of the most beautiful outdoor baths in Australia is your idea of heaven, then a stay at the handcrafted Petit Eco Cabin is one to add to the bucket list. This sustainably-built timber pavilion is tucked away on Windows Estate, a certified organic winery in the Margaret River region, so a short stroll to the cellar door is essential to embrace the purest of paddock-to-pour experiences. After you’ve found your favourite drop, grab a bottle and make a beeline straight to the outdoor 1940s vintage bathtub. Sitting on a timber platform underneath towering trees and overlooking the lake, we doubt any future bathing experience will ever come close to comparing.

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Petit Eco Cabin outdoor bath

Bootmakers Cottage

Birregurra, VIC

Bootmaker’s Cottage : Birregurra

It’s likely you’ll be holidaying with family or friends at the historic three-bedroom Bootmakers Cottage in the foothills of the Otways Range, so you might have to pencil in your outdoor bath amongst the group fun. Coax everyone inside with a film on the movie projector and take yourself to the courtyard for a luxurious soak in the iron bathtub and a little bit of “me time”.

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Atelier34 outdoor bath

Atelier34

Black Mountain, QLD

Solo escapes are a thing of luxury in themselves but add an outdoor copper bathtub to the mix, and well, this could just be the most stunning retreat for solo women in Queensland. Complete with a perfectly small kitchen and lounge area with a wood fire, plus paints, books and writing tools to help guest find their “quiet”, if you need to take some time out to just breathe, Atelier 34 holds the space to make it happen.

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Hillview Dairy

Currumbin Valley, QLD

Packed with all the creature comforts, impeccably styled and overlooking a tranquil landscape, the off-the-grid Hillview Dairy is one of the best slow stays in Queensland. And that’s before we even get to the bathtubs. Yes, plural! Inside you’ll find a stunning bathroom, complete with a luxurious tub, transparent roof and doors opening onto the verandah. Step outside, and it’ll be the outdoor European bathtub that will steal your heart and cement your love for country life.

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Nightfall Glamping Bath

Nightfall

Lamington National Park. QLD

Glamping goes next level at Nightfall in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Limited to only eight guests at any one time, privacy is assured in your beautifully-appointed safari tent. But the very best part of the experience is when you roll up the sides and let the surrounding bush bleed into your periphery as you and your plus-one soak in vintage metal bathtubs. Home-cooked organic food, sumptuous bedding, and creekside massages are also on the menu. (Watch our Slow Stays story about Nightfall here.)

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Bubbletent Australia

Capertee Valley, NSW

Bubbletent Australia | Bathtubs worth travelling for

Picture this: A Swedish-style wood-fired bathtub, totally private, positioned next to your transparent bubble tent and overlooking the second-largest canyon in the world. As far as bathing rituals go, Bubbletent Australia is on another level. As well as these private outdoor baths, all three tents have an outdoor shower, fire pit, telescope and either hammock or swing. (Watch our Slow Stays story about Bubbletent Australia here.)

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This geodesic dome is a luxurious off-grid Australian outback oasis

Faraway Domes

Warialda, NSW

When you’ve got 3,600 hectares of farmland at your feet, you’re in prime position for a nice long soak with a view. Pour yourself a glass of wine and sink into the outdoor bathtub at Faraway Domes – your private geodesic dome in the small NSW town of Warialda (about four hours’ drive from Brisbane). Once the sun goes down, the sky is illuminated with your own private celestial show. (Watch our Slow Stays story about this outback oasis here.)

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Farmhouse on Oxley

Oxley Island, NSW

Who says you can’t travel in numbers and still spend some alone time? This beautifully decorated farmhouse is located on the mid north coast of NSW and will sleep 16 of your loved ones, with lots of room to move. Not only does the main bathroom have a gorgeous clawfoot bathtub for you to sink into, but the outside area also has a set of twin French vintage tubs fit for a couple, champagne in tow. And if it’s just the two of you, the farmhouse also caters for couples with one wing of the house conveniently sectioned off so that you can still enjoy the sanctuary of this amazing Slow Stay.

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Farmhouse on Oxley

Whale Song

Falmouth, TAS

Watch whales breach by moonlit skies while you submerge yourself in a gloriously warm bath at Whale Song on Tasmania’s east coast. The bathtub is set into the outdoor deck, steps away from the fire pit, so you can spend your nights under the stars – muscles relaxed and mind far away from the stresses of your everyday world. In fact, you’ll do a lot of gazing out at the endless ocean landscape in this lovingly restored 1980s fisherman’s shack, fit with an open fire and huge windows to drink in the view.

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Lost Retreats – Mount Jagged Retreat

Mount Jagged, NSW

Lost Retreats

Soak and sip overlooking 160 acres of vineyards and olive groves on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula at this custom built lakeside retreat. Not only can you drink organic house-made wine in the outdoor bathtub, you can also tap your twinkle toes away to an old school vinyl album and feel completely guilt free about your indulgence in the steamy waters – the property is run on solar and was built with sustainable principles in mind.

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Claire Plush

Claire Plush is a writer and photographer who has been documenting tales about food, travel, creatives and interiors, here and abroad, for over 10 years. These days, when she’s not hunting for vintage furniture or debating where to travel next with her little family, she’s attempting to make a thoughtfully-curated home out of a little yellow rundown beach shack.