At Remingtons fireplace
Because when life serves up winter, start packing your bags—it’s time to cosy up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland next to a roaring fireplace.
The Hinterland is known for its breathtaking natural beauty - think rolling hills, lush rainforests, and stunning waterfalls - making it the perfect place to get in touch with nature and relax during the cooler months of the year.
And what better way to end (or start) your day than by a log fire, so prepare to get toasty, because we’ve rounded up the best cosy cabins with fireplaces to curl up by this winter.
Secrets On The Lake
Secrets on the Lake
This garden oasis is really one of the Hinterland’s best-kept secrets. Nestled on the fringe of the Kondalilla National Park, you’ll not only find wood-burning fireplaces at Secrets On The Lake but panoramic lake views and the most charming jetty worthy of dangling your feet over while you cast a line.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with 11 luxury cabins which span everything from couples’ treehouses (equipped with hefty double baths so you can overlook the treetops) and even penthouse cabins for anyone sporting a slightly bigger crew. It’s true what they say, winter is a whole lot toastier here.
Misty View Cottages
Misty View Cottages Montville
Whether it’s an anniversary, a birthday or perhaps to spoil your significant other just because—this adults-only getaway is the kind of place you won’t want to leave. There are several free-standing self-contained cottages here for you to choose from and if it’s not the complimentary gourmet chocolates, the plush bathrobes or the smorgasbord of breakfast delights delivered to your door daily that sends this stunning accommodation over the line, let it be the mesmerising and crackling log fireplaces ready to warm your toes as you knock back steaming mugs of hot chocolate. For something extra special, book Misty View Cottages’ Lalique Cottage which oozes seclusion and romance thanks to its generously heated plunge pool stealing prime real estate amongst the tree canopy.
The Ridge At Maleny
The Ridge at Maleny. credit: The Ridge at Maleny
It goes without saying that when the mercury drops things in Maleny start heating up – think cheese eating, wine drinking and views that are food for the soul. So, when it comes to soaking up moments of winter solitude like this, The Ridge At Maleny is truly the keeper of all. Perched high on the ridge of pristine hinterland, each villa will easily rival your screen time with enchanting outlooks over rolling valleys from every room. Winter mornings in Maleny are a feast for the senses so expect to wake up to a gentle fog that blankets the landscape in a dreamy, golden glow and treat yourself to a caffeinated mug of goodness while you crank the embers—the perfect recipe for warmth!
Spicers Tamarind Retreat
Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Maleny, Spicers Retreat Tamarind is a bona fide winter haven guaranteed to melt your stresses away. The renowned rainforest sanctuary knows a thing or two about soothing ‘winter-itis’, wrapping guests in luxury linens and flaunting aromatic baths complete with bottles of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries—bubbles on bubbles, what’s not to love?
Alongside thawing out your limbs near the fireplace, it’s also worth your time to hit up the retreat’s ever-famous and chef hatted restaurant The Tamarind—another antidote to surviving the chillier months. Load up on the tasty flavours of regional Thailand with all sorts of delicious arrangements of chilli, garlic, ginger and lemongrass, and send yourself into a glorious food coma over the likes of wagyu beef tataki, butter pork mandu and sour orange fish curry.
These log cabins make winter hibernation in the Hinterland a piece of cake. At Remingtons is a homely and rustic stay for anyone who appreciates a touch of scenic eye candy. Each lodge sports an open deck which unfolds itself onto an unreal backdrop of sprawling wilderness and even oceanic scenes of the Pacific. The inferno situation is always well prepped for visitors—upon your arrival you’ll find everything you need to spark your furnace of fun so you can worry about more important things (like who’s on s’mores duty).
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat
Winter is the perfect time of the year for total rainforest immersion and Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat allows you to do just that. Totally ensconced within beautiful surroundings, the retreat features six private pavilions, all of which are crafted using natural materials such as timber, stone and glass, while also built to maximise every possible glimpse of the surrounding subtropical rainforest. Take in the grandeur of towering Bunya pines, winding Strangler figs and the radiating fan-shaped foliage of the Bangalow palm as you explore the grounds and don’t forget to keep an ear out for the hypnotic calls of the Eastern Whipbird.
Sixty6 Acres, Diddillibah
Nothing whistles a winter getaway quite like the charm of a country farm stay. While cannonballing into and kayaking around the resident lake should be activities stowed away for the warmer months, when the frosty season hits at Sixty6 Acres it’s all about the simple pleasures. Burrow into a fictional escape alongside the soft crackling and popping of a log fire, slip into a sudsy state of total tranquillity - courtesy of your own freestanding bath - and witness the last rays of the day flicker to nightfall with your feet kicked up on the porch and a crisp gin and tonic in hand. Elsewhere on the property, you’ll have the liberty of interacting with a bunch of furry animals as well as fetching farm eggs from the ‘chicken caravan’—you’ll have an absolute field day.
Starry Nights Luxury Camping
Starry Nights Luxury Camping
Take some serious respite from the whaling sirens and crowded sidewalks of the city at Starry Night Luxury Camping, an ode to all things wild and free. Here, the stars shine bright and your days will undoubtedly be filled with hitting snooze on that alarm, long and lazy breakfasts and losing all sense of time as you try to conquer the latest New York Times crossword puzzle. Tents are set on the hillside and are made from old, recycled barn floorboards and a slew of winter amenities bound to keep you warmer than a tin roof roasting in the outback sun. Indulge in a steaming hot shower or bath, cocoon yourself in a plush bathrobe and then settle down on the woollen rug in front of a roaring wood fire (and make sure to properly wine down with a glass of red!)
Now, when it comes to stocking the motherload of all fireplaces, Lovestone Cottages reigns supreme. Both its Rosewood and Quandong cottages house a free-standing Euro-style wood fire which slowly releases heat into your room. When you’re not warming your mitts in front of its gentle blaze, whip on your cosiest knit and take a wander through the property’s historic garden filled with orchards, pieces of machinery and a brass sundial. Hot tip, keep an eye out for the grounds’ 300-year-old White Fig Tree, it’s truly a magical sight.
Whispering Valley Cottage
Whispering Valley Cottage
While you could definitely spend a fair few hours of your day warming your soul in front of the epic log fire, the award-winning Whispering Valley Cottage beams an all-star line-up of brilliant on-site activities you’ll want to brag about back home. Try your hand at feeding the local cows and donkeys or get your hands dirty and pick your own seasonal produce such as lemons, avocados, and macadamia nuts. For the fern-atics out there, you can slap on your hiking boots and luck out at any of the bushwalks adjoining the state forest.
Of course, once you’ve ticked these off your bucket-list—you’ll really want to take a beat basking in front of the fireplace… who are we to judge?