There’s nothing quite like camping in winter, with its winning combination of mild sunny days and crisp nights. Australia has no shortage of beautiful spots in which to spend a few restorative days among the trees and under the stars. You just might not be across them all.
We trawled Hipcamp’s many listings to find some of the best outdoor stays the nation has to offer this winter.
So Good Farm Stay – The Cabin (NSW)
Just 20 minutes inland from beautiful Pambula beach on the New South Wales South Coast is So Good Farm Stay, a 200-acre block of land backing onto national park. The on-site cabin overlooks a spring-fed dam in the paddock below. A queen-size bed fills the cosy space, and a firepit outside ensures guests are toasty no matter the weather. And then there’s the view – a bucolic vista of the surrounding countryside visible through the cabin’s windows and from the wicker chairs occupying the mini-verandah at the cabin’s entrance. Fill your days exploring the farm by foot via its many walking tracks, spotting wildlife or plan a day trip to the neighbouring organic farm.
Tent in the Forest – Kin Kin (QLD)
It’s the definition of bliss – a secluded mountainside glamping ground all to yourself in the Noosa hinterland. Tent in the Forest is a fully self-contained campsite, with everything you need for a weekend or more immersed in nature – from bed linen to hammocks to organic toiletries. A bell tent serves as a snug sleeping space, while the adjacent timber platform is the perfect perch from which to take in the sounds of birdsong and the surrounding landscape. Tent in the Forest is also eco-friendly, relying on solar power and gravity fed water. In the nearby village of Kin Kin, visit Black Ant Café for your morning caffeine fix or Friday night pizza. Also worth a look-in is the Country Life Hotel, a historic, character-filled watering hole popular among locals.
Tucked away on a tiny island midway between Breamlea and Torquay, Sommerleigh is a private retreat located on the banks of a billabong. The area is said to have once housed William Buckley, an escaped convict who lived for decades among the Wathaurong people on the Bellarine Peninsula before he was eventually pardoned. Featuring bunk beds, an outdoor bath, a barbeque and hot water, it’s a rustic spot to get back to nature – all within a stone’s throw of great restaurants and the Surf Coast’s famous beaches.
Eckert’s Old Place (SA)
Once an old workers quarters, Eckert’s Old Place has been transformed into a rustic cottage, ideal for peaceful countryside escapes. Located on a farm at Emu Downs, just a couple of hours north of Adelaide, the cottage features an open fire in a space which doubles as a kitchen/living area. The cottage itself sleeps four, but guests are welcome to join in tents or vans – along with their dogs (provided they’re on a lead).
Riverview Bungalow (TAS)
With views overlooking the majestic Derwent River and Ralphs Bay, Riverview Bungalow lives up to its name. The compact bungalow has everything you need for an out-of-town getaway. The living room features two leather armchairs, a kitchenette and a breakfast bench, while the bedroom features a comfy queen-size bed. A private deck, firepit and outdoor table allow you to make the most of the bungalow’s picturesque setting. The beach is two-minute walk away, while nearby villages feature plenty of eating options.
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