Ultimate cosy getaways to escape the season chill

Apr 25, 2023
Are you looking for a snug escape this cold season? Source: Getty

With autumn well underway and the winter chill creeping in, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up in a warm and cosy getaway for a romantic or spontaneous autumn getaway.

Australia offers a varying range of scenery perfect for a quaint escape, from lush rainforests where the birds call to you as you sit by the indoor fireplace, to rolling hills in the countryside where you can see the dazzling night sky by the open fire (both preferably with a hot cuppa in hand). 

We’ve collected some of the best autumn getaway destinations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria for a cosy retreat. 


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Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland

If cosy is the name of the game, then look no further than Starlight Cabin!

Nestled high in the treetops of the picturesque Blackall Range tucked away in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, this cabin is the epitome of a cosy (and romantic) getaway. 

During your stay, you’ll be able to take leisurely strolls through the charming towns of Montville or Malaney or embark on a scenic hike along the lush trails of the nearby Kondalilla National Park. 

This lush, tranquil oasis features sweeping ocean and mountain views, all visible from a warm and relaxing spa bath, offering you the ultimate secluded haven to unwind.

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Location: Broadwater, Granite Belt

Lane’s End Cottage is a stunning escape that brings to life all the romantic and cosy notions of living on a farm – but without any of the work! 

This snug getaway is stationed on a 42-acre farm and provides the best of both worlds. Being about 10 minutes from Stanthorpe, you’ll be able to pop into cafes and shops as you please, but when at the cottage, you’ll really feel like you have escaped to the country. It’s also the perfect place to get away in South East Queensland if you seek a cool, wintery change in weather.

Wander the serene lane to see the farm animals grazing and the gorgeous landscape before settling in by the fire – indoor or outdoor.

New South Wales

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Location: Main Arm, Northern Rivers

Step into a world of cosy enchantment as you cross the fairy-lit bridge into a tropical oasis perfect for nature lovers.

Huddled among the treetops, this secluded cabin will make you feel like you’re in a whole new world as you overlook a serene creek (which you can sit above in a chair swing), offering a truly magical experience.

Treat yourself to a daily snuggle by the cosy wood fire while you witness the mesmerising spectacle of fireflies dancing over the creek from the verandah.

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Location: Mudgee, Central West

Indulge in the ultimate retreat of Gawthorne’s Hut, a luxurious architect-designed Eco hut exclusively with couples in mind.

Tucked away on the historic and picturesque Wilgowrah property, this off-grid sanctuary offers peace, privacy, and a sense of isolation, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Mudgee Valley.

The warm and inviting space boasts natural timbers used extensively throughout, and the large windows and doors allow for a seamless view of the natural surroundings. 

Each night, you can choose between curling up by the warm fireplace with a good book inside or stargazing with a hot cuppa by the outdoor fireplace. 


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Location: Tanjil Bren, Baw Baw ranges

Discover the true meaning of rustic at Reindeer Lodge, burrowed among the forest of Mt. Baw Baw, only 2-2.5 hours drive from Melbourne.

Enjoy the serenity of nature as you listen to the melodic birdsong, gaze at the dazzling night sky, and take leisurely walks through the enchanting forest. 

With a charming, rustic interior complete with a crackling fireplace, this welcoming cabin is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and create cherished memories. It also makes a great base close to Mt Baw Baw Ski Resort, which is only 20 minutes away. Come wintertime, you’ll love coming back to the lodge after a day of downhill and, or cross-country skiing.

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Location: Johanna, Cape Otway

Absolute serenity awaits you at The Log House.

Situated on 7 acres with a stunning Fern Gully backyard, this beautiful and spacious hideaway allows you to take a leisurely stroll to the mini orchard on the property, or venture down the gully spot reindeer before heading back home to sit by the crackling fire. 

Not to mention the sunny north-facing back deck is the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset with a glass of wine. Did we mention you’re only a five-minute drive to the beautiful Johanna beach?

And for an added bonus, this retreat is mere moments from The Great Ocean Road, the 12 Apostles, waterfalls, Maits Rest, and Otway Fly/TreeTop Adventures. 


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