After the last two years, we could all use a little bit of ‘me time’, so it’s unsurprising that solo holidays are having a bit of a moment.
Imagine escaping lockdowns, WFH deadlines, and all the pressures of everyday life, on your own. You’re tucked away on a stunning property, inside a sustainable cabin or cottage, complete with the little luxuries that make life that much better.
If you’ve already pulled out the calendar to make space for your one-person escape, then read on for a list of the best Slow Stays for solo travellers in Australia.
Black Mountain, QLD
Put on your favourite tunes and wind your way from the coast to the hinterland, until you arrive at Atelier 34 – a stunning bush cabin in the tranquil Noosa Hinterland. Created as a retreat for solo women to find their quiet, a stay here feels like coming up for air. Towering trees sway softly outside every window, a striking copper outdoor bath sits under festoon lights and beckons to be filled, and the luxuriously cosy furnishings will have you dreaming of moving in permanently. If you’re looking for somewhere special to fill up your cup, this has got to be one of the best Slow Stays for solo travellers.
The Potting Shed, Acres of Roses
Chasing a hit of inspiration? Need to work through that writer’s block? Looking for a spot to pull out the watercolours? The Potting Shed is a captivating, garden-themed studio where the imagination is encouraged to unfurl and grow wild. Part of the Acre of Roses property in Trentham, Victoria, this self-contained gem is situated on a micro-flower farm and overlooks a verdant kitchen potager garden – which you’ll be tasting in your complimentary continental breakfast. Until then, throw open the French doors, pour a coffee and sit back in the wing-backed chairs; there’s nowhere else you need to be, but here.
Petit Eco Cabin
Margaret River, WA
Picture this: You, a crackling fire, and a glass of certified organic wine. Sounds like heaven, right? Except it’s even better than that, because you walked to the on-site cellar door to select said bottle of wine – yep, you’re staying on a winery – before returning to the comfort of your secluded and luxurious timber cabin. Remember to pack a good book for slow nights and your favourite pair of boots for exploring in the day. And, for max relaxation vibes, don’t leave without hunting down the stunning vintage outdoor bath, complete with hot running water, down by the lake – she’s a beauty!
If bringing a state of calm back into your busy life is paramount when looking for accommodation for solo travellers, we’ve found the perfect place. Flanked by 100-year-old gums, roaming wildlife and the kind of fresh country air you’ll want to bottle up and take home, Wildernest Tiny is a pair of sustainable tiny homes on the edge of Wingello Forest in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. Designed with all the creature comforts in mind, when you’re not taking in the serenity of the surrounding bushland, there’s a fully-equipped kitchen to cook up your favourite meal, a picture-perfect window seat to curl up on and a cloud-like bed, draped in French linen, waiting in the loft.
Salute the sun on the deck overlooking the pond, harvest herbs and organic produce to make dinner, plant your very own tree or just cosy up on the couch with a tea in hand – the soul-filling possibilities are endless at the Wildheart Dreamer cabin at Rosalita’s Rest. Sitting on a permaculture farm, just outside of Billinudgel in the Northern Rivers region, this magical retreat has been created with as much love as it has recycled materials, making it feel like a home away from home as soon as you arrive. Take your time, it’s all about slow living here, and detour through Billinudgel village on your way home for a cold beverage at the pub.
Feature Image: Acre of Rose – The Potting Shed, Photography by Marnie Hawson