We associate the countryside log cabin with a connectedness to nature; privacy, a crackling fire, good food and wine. And now that it’s getting warmer the opportunity for a road trip with mates looms: grand-scale feasting, adventures, and late-nights.
Australia has no shortage of log cabins for larger groups (six or more). Here are some of our favourites to inspire your next weekend jaunt.
Bracken Lodge Log Cabin, VIC
You and seven mates can retreat to the Grampians in this three-bedroom lodge complete with a private, nine-hole bush golf course. The Bracken Lodge Log Cabin is on the edge of the Grampians National Park for easy access to bush walks with spectacular mountain views and an abundance of wildlife to gawk at.
Tewksbury Lodge, VIC
This is a traditional Canadian-style log cabin that will live up to all preconceived log-cabin expectations you may have. (“Canadian-style” refers to the logs used in the construction. They have their individual, natural shape, rather than being shorn of features by machinery). Located in Porepunkah in regional Victoria, Tewksbury Lodge features a spa, secluded gardens, river frontage and an outdoor deck with a rocking chair, perfect for nursing a glass and gazing out at nature.
The Log Cabin, NSW
The artfully named “The Log Cabin” is a spacious, four-bedroom lodging for a group of up to 12 people. Located south of Sydney in picturesque Erowal Bay, The Log Cabin offers a homey, lived-in charm. There are barbeque facilities and a luscious green lawn right on the water’s edge.
Billabong Spa Cabin, NSW
Atop mountains overlooking the Hunter Valley, this log cabin caters for up to six adults. The wide verandah with barbeque facilities and reclining chairs helps one bask in the glorious Australian landscape, while the outdoor spa may well turn into your party’s HQ once night falls.
Molloy Island Cosy Log Cottage, WA
Arrive by barge to this log cabin on Western Australia’s Molloy Island. With just two bedrooms and a daybed, this accommodation is a little on the cosy side and better suited to smaller groups. It is situated between Margaret River and Augusta, and local outdoor activities in the area include bush walks; fishing for black bream and whiting; and visiting wineries.
If luxury is more your style the Colebrook log cabin on the Eyre Peninsula will grab your attention. Built over three levels with four bedrooms, highlights of the mansion-esque building include an indoor sauna, outdoor hot tub and a vast deck overlooking the main lake. Colebrook sleeps up to 10 people.
Rice’s Log Cabins, QLD
Situated a three-hour drive inland from Brisbane, Rice’s Log Cabins are five self-contained dwellings set on two acres of landscaped grounds. Groups of six or more can book a couple of the cabins and venture out to the nearby rainforests in the Bunya Mountains National Park. The mountains sit at 3500 feet above sea level, and during extended rainy periods it’s common to see heavy fogs and mists in the area. Perfect for hunkering down with supplies, friends and not much to do but while away the hours.
This article is presented in partnership with St Huberts’ new range of Victorian wines, The Stag.