Feeding our insatiable desire to downsize and simplify, there’s never been such a choice of incredible tiny homes to retreat to in Australia.
From seaside cabins to architecturally designed vineyard retreats, here are 10 of the best tiny homes in Australia to add to your Slow Stays wish list.
WILDERNEST TINY (T1 AND T2)
Among the dirt roads and thick bushland, between the country villages that dot the Southern Highlands, sit the Wildernest Tiny pair (T1 and T2). Despite their stunning location on a 150-acre working cattle farm, nestled against the clutches of the Wingello State Forest, it is likely you’ll only have eyes for these sustainable tiny homes. Simple yet luxurious, everything here has a purpose. Spend your days sipping on a freshly ground coffee beside the remnants of last night’s firepit, strolling through the bushland to see wombats and wallabies, or bathing outdoors in Swedish wood-fire tub. When night takes over, nothing beats climbing up to the lofted bed and falling asleep to the stars sparkling through the skylight overhead.
Named after the original owner of the Mount Majura Vineyard on which this humble abode sits, Dinny is easily one of the best tiny homes in Australia. Peeking out from beyond the Riesling vines, this timber house on wheels contains an ensuite, compact kitchen and one of the most captivating picture windows we’ve ever seen. Filling the space between its walls with furniture and curios from local and regional small businesses, Dinny is just a short drive from Canberra and is perfect for weekend travellers. Don’t leave without taking a five-minute wander to the winery’s cellar door.
Outside of Perth, WA
Nestled in two secret locations outside of Perth — one on a working vineyard and the other amongst bushland teeming with birdsong — is where you’ll find the blissful Hidden Cabins. While you won’t have the exact details of where you’re going until a few days before the trip, you can rest easy knowing that these Western Australia tiny homes are kitted out with cute kitchens, king beds, wood burner, air-con and a selection of boardgames to fight off any boredom.
THE RETREAT HOUSE (WIKLOE RETREATS)
Mount Marsden, NSW
Swap the emails and mindless Instagram scrolls for curated playlists, offline yoga classes and guided meditations (all provided) when you stay at The Retreat House in NSW’s Capertee Valley. Of course, that’s if you’re able to unstick your eyes from the view of Mount Marsden and the Australian bushland that surrounds this sustainability-built tiny home. A culmination of mismatched but equally stylish details, this is a place where relaxation is the only bullet point on your to-do list. Thankfully, the cosy indoor daybeds that rub up against mammoth windows, the bed dressed in French flax linen and the very cool in-built deck hammock, make switching off inevitable.
Shake off the shackles of the city life and head for the mountainous bushland of the Dandenong Ranges where you’ll find an off-grid hideaway made for intimate weekends and slowing down the pace. Larnook, meaning ‘habitat’ or ‘his/her nest or camp’ in the Boon Wurrung language of the Kulin nation, is one of the best tiny homes in Australia spanning across two luxurious shipping containers. Revel in the tranquil setting and fresh air, where views reach all the way to Port Phillip Bay, or cocoon inside with a good book by the gas log fireplace — it’s all part of the Larnook experience.
Mount Jagged, SA
It’s all in the details at the thoughtfully crafted Mount Jagged lakeside retreat on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Built by sustainable craftsmen using recycled materials where possible, this gorgeous alpine-like cabin invites you to “get lost” in the moment. Serene vineyard and lake vistas, an outdoor clawfoot bath and a succinct but enviable record collection are just some of the ways guests will be ushered into the present. And if you find yourself sipping on a locally-made drop of wine, take a minute to appreciate the hand-blown glassware you’re drinking from — it’s the little things, after all.
Sunshine Beach, QLD
A tiny home for those who aren’t really looking for Bear Grylls-levels of adventure, just an adorable weekend escape with all the trimmings, you’ll find Hale Douglas in a suburban Sunshine Beach backyard. With hints of a retro Hawaiian boho surf theme, the loft space has been carefully designed and built with mostly recycled materials by hosts Dannielle and Matt. We love the sliding ladder, private deck and porthole-style bathroom mirror. While you may not be out in the wilds, you are conveniently close to some of the best restaurants in Noosa.
NAIVASHA TINY HOUSE
Reedy Marsh, TAS
Tiny packs a big punch at Naivasha Tiny House in the heart of peaceful forest near Reedy Marsh, Tasmania. Antique lovers will feel right at home in the eclectic secondhand-filled space, which was sustainably renovated with reclaimed materials – a feat when you think about the precise engineering and design needed for tiny homes. Naivasha is also a unicorn on another front, boasting both an indoor claw foot bath and an outdoor hot tub for soaking, whatever the weather!
Embrace everything the simple life has to offer without walking away from the finer things with a stay at Soul Wood. Only minutes from Shoalhaven’s Bawley Point on the NSW South Coast, there’s something magical about pulling into the property that’s home to the tiny cabin under swaying gum trees. An outdoor bath, fire pit and a meditative loft spot with views out over the treetops all lead gently to one conclusion: Soul Wood is for slowing down.