Holidaying in a unique dwelling has long been a travel trend, from treehouses to yurts to glamping. In 2019, some of the hottest holiday stays are in tiny homes: cabins with a minimalist aesthetic that are small in size, but big on character.
1. Arabella from CABN
Go off the grid in the Kangaroo Valley with Arabella, a tiny eco-friendly retreat hidden in rugged bushland. The custom-built cabin sleeps up to five, with air conditioning and full kitchen. There’s an outdoor fire pit to toast marshmallows and a freestanding bathtub enclosed in its very own glass cube to let the outside in.
Environmental warriors and twin brothers, Cam and Chris Grant, have set up six eco-friendly cabins in NSW and Victoria where nature-loving visitors can experience minimalist stays in the wilderness. NSW has three Unyoked cabins – named Miguel, Coralie and Heike – hidden in secluded locations from lush valleys to wine country.
In2thewild curates pop-up stays in tiny homes in out-of-the-way locations about two hours from Sydney. The petite, portable houses are named after the owners’ favourite book characters, and kitted out with hot shower and toilet, bedding for four people and a fire pit with outdoor seating. On booking you’ll receive the exact location, which could take you anywhere from the Shoalhaven to the Hunter.
This thoughtfully designed tiny house sleeps up to four and sits in the Oberon Shire around three hours out of Sydney. Set on 100 hectares beside pristine gum tree conservation and the river, it’s likely you’ll spot kangaroos, wombats and plenty of birdlife. The well-equipped dwelling has modern comforts such as a Koala mattress, air conditioning, soft linen and rain shower.
5. Tallarook Tiny Home
Live big in this architecturally designed tiny home for three guests, nestled in native bushland on the Clyde River on the South Coast of NSW. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the 20-hectare property with bushwalking, kayaking and wildlife spotting, or just take it easy in your cabin with its stylish fit-out, breakfast bar and comfy loft bed for afternoon siestas.
6. The Whispers
A perfect base to explore the Blue Mountains region, city dwellers will love the contemporary styling, rural setting and the laptop-friendly working nook of this tiny house near Lithgow. Guests can get active on the one-kilometre loop trail at the back of the property, ideal for mountain biking or running, and the friendly hosts are happy help set up the fire pit at night or introduce you to the resident sheep, chickens, ducks and peacock during the day.
7. 6Sixteen The Banks
A tiny home with a big personality, the styling here is spot on and there are lots of windows to let the rural views in. Located on a farm in Agnes Banks in Greater Western Sydney, 6sixteen is not far from the beautiful cafes of Windsor, Kurrajong village and Glenbrook. With a plush loft bedroom and comfy pull-out sofa bed, there’s enough room for a family of four and lovely open spaces to soak up the views of horse studs, lagoon and turf farms, with a backdrop of the Blue Mountains.
8. The Saddle Camp
The Tiny House here was named by Business Insider as one of the nine coolest tiny homes around the world. Ideal for animal lovers, it’s located in Braidwood on a horse riding farm where guests can saddle up for a trail ride or simply explore the open meadows and watch the playful ponies. The house is stylishly decked out in grey and white with lots of natural wood, plus a compact but well-equipped kitchen and comfortable loft bed. As an added bonus, there’s an on-site cafe with espresso and treats.
9. Big Tiny Jindera Park
On a sprawling 200-hectare property 10 minutes from Albury in the Riverina Murray region, this tiny home has a fresh, modern interior and an efficient set-up with microwave, bar fridge, loft bed and sleek bathroom. For animal lovers, there’s a menagerie of creatures to observe outside on the property with horses, cows and kangaroos, as well as goannas and parrots.