The Best Cabins to Rent in Australia

Nature lovers will enjoy the Airlie Beach Eco Cabins
Nature lovers will enjoy the Airlie Beach Eco Cabins | Courtesy of Airlie Beach Eco Cabins / Expedia
Alexis James

With its warm climate, expansive terrain, and fascinating flora and fauna, Australia is a country that demands to be explored in the open air. But if you’re after something a little more sophisticated than a walkabout in the bush with nothing more than a traditional swag, then a country cabin is your next best bet. So whether it’s wild swimming, midnight stargazing, or wildlife spotting that you’re after, say G’day to some of the best cabins in Australia – each and every one of them bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Airlie Beach Eco Cabins, for island hopping

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Airlie Beach Eco Cabins
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Nature lovers Kym and Simon run the show in this beautiful sub-tropical spot in the heart of the Whitsundays region. Guests here are a ten-minute drive to Airlie Beach, placing you on the doorstep of the 74 pristine islands known as the Whitsundays, home to hawksbill turtles, Proserpine rock wallabies, and humpback whales. There’s also plenty of native wildlife surrounding the cabins themselves, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot neighbours including wallabies, bandicoots, and kookaburras from the comfort of your raised balcony.

2. Stargazers, for watching the night sky

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Stargazers
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These six cottages are dotted along the banks of the Donnelly River, in the south-west region of Western Australia. Stargazers is surrounded by some 1,500 hass-avocado trees – producing much-lower-fat produce than the traditional avocado. That means the Southern Forests’ renowned fresh bounty is available and plentiful at this family-friendly stay. Go hiking and pedalling along cycling trails, hit the beaches, and – as the name hints – marvel at the fabulous nighttime cosmos show. Kids love the robust wooden bunks, the swinging balcony chair, and avocado-themed pillows with dad-joke puns. “Let’s avo-cuddle” anyone?

3. Woodbridge Hill Hideaway, for a Tasmanian retreat

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Woodbridge Hill Hideaway
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Solace-seeking swimmers, rejoice. As a guest here you can book the indoor heated pool entirely for yourself. As you drift, you’ve floor-to-ceiling windows to gaze through, out over the stunning D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Tasman Peninsula – idyllic inspiration for your morning dip. If you’d prefer the view without the exercise, opt for the hammock on the cabin deck. Cabins here are made of Tasmanian timber and adorned with local artwork, while all ingredients for a hearty cooked breakfast are provided for you to knock up in the fully stocked kitchen. It’s another country – and so relaxing.

4. Anchors Port Campbell, for a romantic stopover

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Anchors Port Campbell
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There are dozens of secret trails and lookouts to explore at this 30-acre (12 ha) plot in the coastal town of Port Campbell, Victoria. Perfect for a romantic stopover on a Great Ocean Road trip, each of the three villas here come with horizon-scanning views of the Southern Ocean. The 12 Apostles – landmark limestone rocks that jut out from the sea – are practically on your doorstep, and you can have your close-up by air, sea, or road – just ask the managers Tanya and Michael, who’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

5. Milkwood Lodge, for wild surroundings

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Milkwood Lodge
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A rocky waterfall replenishes the outdoor saltwater pool at this Cooktown resort in Queensland, adding to the tranquil ambience among rainforest surroundings. You’ll enjoy views of Mount Cook and the Endeavour River from the veranda staying at these split-level cottages – they’re the business (kitchenette, barbecue, picnic area). You’ll want to bone up on the fascinating, if contentious, history of the region – and the James Cook Museum is a five-minute drive away. What’s more, if you’re arriving or leaving by air, you can book an airport shuttle free of charge.

6. Cradle Mountain Highlanders, for a hiking retreat

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Cradle Mountain Highlanders
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All 16 cabins here are hand-built from Tasmanian timber, yet each come with their own distinct character and charm. The cosy Bushman’s hut takes its inspiration from a traditional mountain lodge, and a savvy use of space finds room for a rustic double bed and single top bunk, a homely sofa, and a gas heater and stove. For something twice the size, the 50 sq m (538 sq ft) Mountain View Spa cabin comes with a log fire, queen-size bed, and a bathroom with heated floor tiles and – a godsend after a day’s hiking – its own spa tub.

7. Bushland Cottages, for a wildlife sanctuary getaway

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Bushland Cottages
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The town of Margaret River, south of Perth, is renowned for its wine, and a local cabernet sauvignon makes a fine companion to a barbecue on the covered verandas of these eight rammed-earth cottages. You’re only ten minutes from the centre of town, but you’re in the midst of nature, in a designated wildlife sanctuary. It’s a perfect spot for keen twitchers, with the marvellously named splendid fairywren among the birds joining the full-throated morning choir. This is a place to hole up in good and proper – so stock up the fridge with goodies from the nearby farmer’s market, held every Saturday morning, and relax.

8. Treetops Montville, for a secluded escape

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Treetops Montville
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You’ll get champagne and chocolates on arrival at these romantic freestanding cabins under the lush green canopy of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Rainforest. You’re about an hour’s drive north of Brisbane here, and such is the seclusion that you’ll get no phone reception or wifi signal. Frightening prospect? More like a rare opportunity for complete disconnecting – especially with the soothing surroundings of Kondalilla Falls is a short walk away, and a cool rainforest-water pool all yours to idle in.

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