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Cabin Fever: 7 tiny homes you’ll want to book immediately

By May 16, 2019 May 30th, 2019 No Comments

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 seven tiny homes on our Slow Stays wish list.

Tiny House by the Sea Tasmania
Tiny House by the Sea Tasmania
Tiny House by the Sea Tasmania

Tiny House by the Sea, Tasmania

It’s easy being green in this eco tiny house in Taroona.

Set on a bush track overlooking the Derwent River, this impeccably-styled cabin is only 10 minutes from Hobart CBD. The loft-style design is made for couples with a new Koala mattress bed matched with vintage touches and beautiful textiles.

Owner and host Josephine is a graphic designer who escaped Bondi for a more simple life in Tassie and lives right next door if you need any local tips.

Tilba Lake Camp | Tiny homes
Tilba Lake Camp | Tiny homes

Bonnie, Tilba Lake Pods, NSW South Coast

Down the New South Wales South Coast, tucked between Narooma and Bermagui, two eco pods – Bonnie and Clyde – are nestled in a coastal paddock with views of the lake, ocean and mountains.

Inside you’ll find queen beds layered with soft linens, a smart self-contained kitchen, outdoor private fire pit and solar-heated swimming pool. Personalised extras like house-made granola, Tilba milk fresh from the nearby Jersey cows and freshly ground locally-roasted coffee ensure this experience stands head and shoulders above your usual cabin stay.

The best bit? Stargazing from bed through the skylight in the roof.

Cadole Avalon | Tiny homes
Cadole Avalon | Tiny homes
Cadole Avalon | Tiny homes

Cadole Avalon at The Vineyard Retreat, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Cadole is the French regional word for a small building found in a vineyard around the northern Rhone. They’re typically rustic, constructed from materials found on the farm but here – overlooking Shiraz and old vine, heritage, Grenache blocks in the middle of McLaren Vale – the cadole is reimagined as a sleek designer tiny home.

Stoked your log fire, make use of the BBQ on your private deck and pour your day’s purchases into Riedel glasses with your favourite playlist coming through the Bose speakers. Hosts Anthea and Stu Cross supply the complimentary mini bar and breakfast essentials from the surrounding region.

Don’t leave without soaking in the hot tub amongst the vines and toasting marshmallows on the fire pit in the piazza.

The Loft Mudgee | Tiny homes
The Loft Mudgee | Tiny homes

The Loft, Mudgee, NSW

Off-grid and self-sufficient, The Loft is the real tiny house deal, set amongst native bushland on a property just 12 minutes from Mudgee.

Watch the sunset from the deck with a glass of local wine then climb up to the queen bed on the mezzanine and wake to views of the valley at sunrise without having lifting your head off the pillow.

Made from predominantly recycled materials, The Loft runs off 12v electricity, includes a self-composting toilet and utilises tank water and solar power. The property owners supply Italian-brewed coffee, a range of teas and a small library of books, too.

Tallarook | Tiny homes

Tallarook Tiny Home

Immerse yourself in the nature of Shoalhaven in this tiny home designed for three guests, nestled amongst 50 acres of native bushland on the Clyde River.

After days spent bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife spotting, or just curled up with a book, you’ll enjoy the stylish fit-out of the split-level space and Weber BBQ on the desk.

Sleep under star-filled skies and tuck into farm fresh eggs, bacon, fresh bread and a selection of jams from the Clyde River Berry Farm come morning.

Unyoked Yogie | Tiny homes
Unyoked Yogie | Tiny homes

Yogie, Unyoked, near Melbourne

You won’t know the exact location of this tiny house until you book, but pop on your flanno and beanie and get set to make the drive two hours west of Melbourne to meet Yogie.

Set on 1600 acres of vineyard and untamed wilderness, this birch-filled retreat faces out to mountain and state forest vistas with enough room for two.

While the cabin is self-contained and you’ll need to BYO food and drinks, you’ll find lots of goodies supplied too: coffee from Single O, board games, yoga mats, and curated mini-library of Penguin Classics.

Hale Douglas | Tiny homes
Hale Douglas | Tiny homes
Hale Douglas | Tiny homes
Hale Douglas | Tiny homes

Hale Douglas, Sunshine Beach, Queensland

A tiny home for those amongst us 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 Danielle 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 Noosa’s restaurants, bars and boutiques.

TinyHome Adelaide Hills | Tiny homes
TinyHome Adelaide Hills | Tiny homes
TinyHome Adelaide Hills | Tiny homes

TinyHome Private Escape, Adelaide Hills

Anywhere with an outdoor bath and fire pit has us at hello but there’s something particularly special about this tiny home set on an organic farm, just a few minutes from the village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.

Three separate cubes are connected by hardwood decking with friendly cows and kangaroos popping by to say hello. Roll out the supplied yoga mats, pre-order a massage or spa treatment to take place on the deck, or just soak it all in from the tub. Amenities are well thought out with Nespresso machine and toastie maker in the kitchenette, air conditioning and electric fire, white fluffy robes and comfy bean bags.

This is a pop-up so expect the TinyHome to be on the move to a new location to be announced.

Celeste Mitchell

Celeste Mitchell

As a professional travel journalist, Celeste’s words have been published in Qantas, Escape, AFAR, Australian Traveller, and Tourism and Events Queensland’s travel blog, of which she has been editor since 2013, and more. Her consultancy, The Devil Wears Flip Flops, pairs talented writers, photographers and videographers with travel companies to produce custom publications, videos and blog posts.