11 Cabins to Snuggle in This Winter

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this region does winter well.

To make the most of it, we’ve rounded up some cabins that are perfect for snuggling in on a cold winter weekend away. We’ve limited the selections to places less than two hours away, and cabins without fireplaces need not apply.

 
 

 
 

ravensbourne escape

The Tranquility Studio has a wrap-around verandah that lets you take in a 360˚ of incredible valley and forest views. Sip a coffee in the morning as you watch the mist in the valley, and cosy up to the fire in the afternoon with a glass of red. The restaurant is a short walk away, and there’s also a kitchenette for assembling a cheese platter.

The studio is energy efficient, eco-friendly and has a zero-carbon footprint. It belongs to a whole suite of getaway options in the Ravensbourne area, so there’ll be something that suits everyone.

Travel from Toowoomba: Ravensbourne is 40 minutes’ drive away.
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braeside southern downs

The Cottage at Braeside has a cosy fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and private garden. Relax in the indoor spa with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and go crazy with the beautiful Hermes products provided. Build a camp fire as the sun sets, and enjoy locally-sourced breakfast provisions in the morning.

Travel from Toowoomba: Braeside is 1.5 hours’ drive away.
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diamondvale cottages

There’s a whole range of cottages to choose from at Diamondvale, but the tiny Forget-Me-Not Cottage is full of little luxuries. The king size bed has an electric blanket, there’s a fully-equipped kitchenette, and a combustion fireplace full of ironbark. Escape the rest of the world, and snuggle in style. And if you do choose to leave, there’s a whole range of breweries and wineries to try in Stanthorpe, as well as national parks to hike and boutiques to explore.

Travel from Toowoomba: Stanthorpe is 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive away.
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bunnyconnellen

This B&B is a charmingly renovated little cottage on the Bunnyconnellen property. The pot-bellied stove will keep you warm as you while away the evening doing a puzzle or reading a new book. Wander among the olive trees, jump in the car to go fo a hike in the nearby national parks, or pull up a seat at the homestead-style bar to sample local produce and wines.

It’s a great location from which to explore, but sweet enough to never leave.

Travel from Toowoomba: Bunnyconnellen is 45 minutes’ drive away.
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hazelmont cottage

Hazelmont Cottage sits right in the Ravensbourne rainforest. Whip up some pancakes with the breakfast basket provisions as your coffee brews, and play some boardgames all day as you completely lose track of time. Enjoy afternoon tea in the landscaped grounds, or explore the national park next door with a picnic basket or local produce and wine.

Travel from Toowoomba: Ravensbourne is a 40 minute drive.
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bunya mountains

This beautiful, modern cabin sits within the Bunya Ranges, 10 hectares of private mountain forest. It’s incredibly serene, and has both an indoor fire and an outdoor firepit. That’s a good amount of fire.

There are some licensed restaurants nearby, as well as a rotating roster of weekend markets in Dandebh, Kumbia, Cooyar, Bell, Maidenwell and Nanango. The forest walks in this part of the country are astonishingly beautiful.

Travel from Toowoomba: The Bunya Mountains are an hour and a half away.
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palmtree chalet

The Palmtree Chalet is the perfect space to get some fresh mountain air on a romantic winter escape. The cosy log fire, the double spa bath, the full equipped kitchen… all contribute to this private and peaceful getaway. The series of chalets sit on 40 acres, and guests are invited to wander around the lake. There’s a tiny chance you’ll bump into another guest on your wanderings, but Palmtree is so secluded, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see anything but wildlife.

Travel from Toowoomba: Palmtree is a 40 minute drive.
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the boathouse on cloudlake

The Boathouse’s secluded cottage includes a wood fire and a large bath for two. It’s located right on a small, private lake, which is a beautiful thing to swim in during summer, and a beautiful thing to look at in winter. Wake up to water views, and cuddle around the firepit a night as the sunsets over the lake. It’s like a whole other world here.

Travel from Toowoomba: Cloudlake is a 40 minute drive.
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cooby view farm stay

Cooby View is a farm stay, which gives you the option to feed the animals, milk the cows, and ride the horses. If you’re looking to get away, but not just sit around, this is the perfect place for you. Also perfect if your romantic weekend happens to include children. Cooby View is also pet friendly for small dogs, a rarity we know can be the make-or-break of a weekend away for many pet owners.

Travel from Toowoomba: Geham is a 25 minute drive away.
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alure stanthorpe

The luxury villas at Alure are self-contained, separate and secluded, ensuring your stay is totally peaceful. Savour your ‘Tastes of the Granite Belt’ complimentary breakfast in the morning, and end the day stargazing with a glass of Granite Belt wine while soaking in your private heated outdoor spa. The kitchens are full-equipped with appliances, so you can cook to your heart’s content (if that’s your thing), or head to the villa restaurant for a special meal.

Travel from Toowoomba: Stanthorpe is 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive.
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spicers hidden vale

Spicers’ Accessible Luxury Cabin is the last word in winter cabins. With a daily a la carte breakfast, a stone fireplace, private verandah, minibar and open double shoulder room, this is pure luxury. With a market garden, orchard, mango trees, beehives, and free range farm to harvest from, the restaurant’s ingredients are either grown onsite or sourced from producers who live just down the road. You can also hire bikes to explore the local area, join researchers as they track koalas, or book into a cheese and wine pairing masterclass.

Travel from Toowoomba: Hidden Vale is an hour’s drive away.
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So what are you waiting for? Book yourself in for a winter weekend away in this beautiful region, and forget those winter blues.

 

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Phoebe Tully