Here are six little-known Australian travel gems perfect for a winter escape

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Whether you want to embrace the cold and cosy up by a fireplace in a Blue Mountain cottage or escape the chilly weather and head north to Queensland’s tropical rainforests, there are some incredible travel gems to add to your list this winter. 

From a Scandinavian-inspired little cabin in the snow covered Blue Mountains woods to a luxury eco retreat in one of Australia’s most epic national parks, there are countless places to escape to that are right on your doorstep. 

Here FEMAIL looks at six of Australia’s most spectacular spots perfect for a winter getaway and being a tourist in your own country has ever looked more appealing.

From a Scandi-inspired little cabin in the snow covered Blue Mountains woods to a luxury eco retreat in one of Australia’s most epic national parks, below FEMAIL look at six of Australia’s most spectacular travel gems perfect for a winter getaway.

1. WONDERNEST – BLACKHEATH, NSW

Tucked away in the pristine bushlands of towering eucalyptus in the Blue Mountains is the quaint black wood cabin dubbed with a chic Scandinavian-inspired interior.  

The Wondernest just outside the village town of Blackheath near the highest point of the Blue Mountains and was a finalist in AirBnb’s Best Designed Stay in Australia award last year.  

Inside, the calming textures of smooth pale timber walls and the cosy fireplace create warmth and tranquility and a deep window seat is the perfect reading nook or spot to take in the leafy forest views. 

Upstairs, there are two luxurious chalet bedrooms with skylights to let sunlight in during the day and gaze at the stars from the queen-sized bed at night.

Tucked away in the pristine bushlands of towering eucalyptus in the Blue Mountains is the quaint black wood cabin dubbed with a chic Scandinavian-inspired interior

Tucked away in the pristine bushlands of towering eucalyptus in the Blue Mountains is the quaint black wood cabin dubbed with a chic Scandinavian-inspired interior

Tucked away in the pristine bushlands of towering eucalyptus in the Blue Mountains is the quaint black wood cabin dubbed with a chic Scandinavian-inspired interior

The Wondernest just outside the village town of Blackheath near the highest point of the Blue Mountains and was a finalist in AirBnb's Best Designed Stay in Australia award last year

The Wondernest just outside the village town of Blackheath near the highest point of the Blue Mountains and was a finalist in AirBnb's Best Designed Stay in Australia award last year

The Wondernest just outside the village town of Blackheath near the highest point of the Blue Mountains and was a finalist in AirBnb’s Best Designed Stay in Australia award last year

Upstairs, there are two luxurious chalet bedrooms with skylights to let sunlight in during the day and gaze at the stars from the queen-sized bed at night

Upstairs, there are two luxurious chalet bedrooms with skylights to let sunlight in during the day and gaze at the stars from the queen-sized bed at night

Upstairs, there are two luxurious chalet bedrooms with skylights to let sunlight in during the day and gaze at the stars from the queen-sized bed at night

2. KARIJINI ECO RETREAT – KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK, WA

Keen road-trippers who love all-year round summer weather will want to put Karijini Eco Retreat on their travel bucket list

Keen road-trippers who love all-year round summer weather will want to put Karijini Eco Retreat on their travel bucket list

Keen road-trippers who love all-year round summer weather will want to put Karijini Eco Retreat on their travel bucket list

Keen road-trippers who love all-year round summer weather will want to put Karijini Eco Retreat on their travel bucket list. 

The retreat is the epitome of remote in the breath-taking Karijini National Park, an hour out of the mining town of Tom Price which is a short flight, just shy of two hours, from Perth. 

The Deluxe Eco tents give guests the perfect camping experience for those who don’t like camping with luxurious beds and an open air ensuite with a flushing toilet and running water. 

For the more experienced outback adventurers who aren’t afraid to rough it, there are unpowered campsites as well as eco tents with shared bathroom facilities. 

Visitors can enjoy the ombré sunset skies that look like a painting and rugged red dirt bushland peppered with striking white ghost gums trees from their private patios or from the high-end outback style restaurant.

The retreat is the epitome of remote in the breath-taking Karijini National Park, an hour out of the mining town of Tom Price which is a short flight, just shy of two hours, from Perth

The retreat is the epitome of remote in the breath-taking Karijini National Park, an hour out of the mining town of Tom Price which is a short flight, just shy of two hours, from Perth

The retreat is the epitome of remote in the breath-taking Karijini National Park, an hour out of the mining town of Tom Price which is a short flight, just shy of two hours, from Perth

The Deluxe Eco tents give guests the perfect camping experience for those who don't like camping with luxurious beds and an open air ensuite with a flushing toilet and running water

The Deluxe Eco tents give guests the perfect camping experience for those who don't like camping with luxurious beds and an open air ensuite with a flushing toilet and running water

The Deluxe Eco tents give guests the perfect camping experience for those who don’t like camping with luxurious beds and an open air ensuite with a flushing toilet and running water

3. CAPTAIN’S REST – STRAHAN, TAS 

Captain’s Rest was transformed into a picture of elegant luxury with white interiors, large windows and stylish wood-burning stove by a former scientist with a love of interior design.   

Sarah Andrews was sailing alone off the coast of Mexico in 2008, when a storm rolled in and took her boat home with her, leaving her stranded until she stumbled upon a run-down cottage in Strahan, four hours drive from Launceston, and fell in love with it.

The one-bedroom, one bathroom cottage is much more than the sum of its parts, thanks to Sarah’s attention to detail.

The bathroom basin, for instance, is made of an antique desk, while there is also an old-fashioned clawfoot bath and private jetty.

Some of the highlights of the property include a beautiful daybed beside the window where you can sit and watch the water.

Captain’s Rest also boasts a series of antique oil paintings on the walls which were inspired by Sarah’s mother, as well as a palette of white deep greens, blues, and greys.

Captain's Rest was transformed into a picture of elegant luxury with white interiors, large windows and stylish wood-burning stove by a former scientist with a love of interior design

Captain's Rest was transformed into a picture of elegant luxury with white interiors, large windows and stylish wood-burning stove by a former scientist with a love of interior design

Captain’s Rest was transformed into a picture of elegant luxury with white interiors, large windows and stylish wood-burning stove by a former scientist with a love of interior design

Sarah Andrews was sailing off the coast of Mexico in 2008, when a storm rolled in and took her boat home with her, leaving her stranded until she stumbled upon a run-down cottage in Strahan, four hours drive from Launceston, and fell in love with it

Sarah Andrews was sailing off the coast of Mexico in 2008, when a storm rolled in and took her boat home with her, leaving her stranded until she stumbled upon a run-down cottage in Strahan, four hours drive from Launceston, and fell in love with it

The one-bedroom, one bathroom cottage is much more than the sum of its parts, thanks to Sarah's attention to detail

The one-bedroom, one bathroom cottage is much more than the sum of its parts, thanks to Sarah's attention to detail

Sarah Andrews was sailing off the coast of Mexico in 2008, when a storm rolled in and took her boat home with her, leaving her stranded until she stumbled upon a run-down cottage in Strahan, four hours drive from Launceston, and fell in love with it

Captain's Rest boasts a series of antique oil paintings on the walls which were inspired by Sarah's mother, as well as a palette of white deep greens, blues, and greys

Captain's Rest boasts a series of antique oil paintings on the walls which were inspired by Sarah's mother, as well as a palette of white deep greens, blues, and greys

Captain’s Rest boasts a series of antique oil paintings on the walls which were inspired by Sarah’s mother, as well as a palette of white deep greens, blues, and greys

4. LITTLE RED BARN – NOOSA, QLD

The ‘Little Red Barn‘ has become one of the most ‘wish-listed’ holiday properties in Australia in AirBnb and it’s not hard to see why. 

Perched on a raised timber platform, on a secluded plot in semi­rural Doonan, a 15-minute drive from Noosa, the ‘Little Red Barn’ makes for a quaint summer getaway with all the trimmings. 

Guests can take a dip in the sparkling circular concrete swimming pool or have a refreshing bath in the outdoor freestanding tub. 

The magnificent barn has been lovingly renovated and features an open-plan family room with a lounge, dining space and kitchen, sky-high vaulted wooden ceilings, picturesque views of the countryside and three luxurious bedrooms. 

The ' Little Red Barn ' has become one of the most 'wish-listed' holiday properties in Australia in AirBnb and it's not hard to see why

The ' Little Red Barn ' has become one of the most 'wish-listed' holiday properties in Australia in AirBnb and it's not hard to see why

The ‘ Little Red Barn ‘ has become one of the most ‘wish-listed’ holiday properties in Australia in AirBnb and it’s not hard to see why

Perched on a raised timber platform, on a secluded plot in semi­rural Doonan, a 15-minute drive from Noosa, the 'Little Red Barn' makes for a quaint summer getaway with all the trimmings

Perched on a raised timber platform, on a secluded plot in semi­rural Doonan, a 15-minute drive from Noosa, the 'Little Red Barn' makes for a quaint summer getaway with all the trimmings

Perched on a raised timber platform, on a secluded plot in semi­rural Doonan, a 15-minute drive from Noosa, the ‘Little Red Barn’ makes for a quaint summer getaway with all the trimmings 

The magnificent barn has been lovingly renovated and features an open-plan family room with a lounge, dining space and kitchen, sky-high vaulted wooden ceilings, picturesque views of the countryside and three luxurious bedrooms

The magnificent barn has been lovingly renovated and features an open-plan family room with a lounge, dining space and kitchen, sky-high vaulted wooden ceilings, picturesque views of the countryside and three luxurious bedrooms

The magnificent barn has been lovingly renovated and features an open-plan family room with a lounge, dining space and kitchen, sky-high vaulted wooden ceilings, picturesque views of the countryside and three luxurious bedrooms

Guests can take a dip in the sparkling circular concrete swimming pool or have a refreshing bath in the outdoor freestanding tub

Guests can take a dip in the sparkling circular concrete swimming pool or have a refreshing bath in the outdoor freestanding tub

Guests can take a dip in the sparkling circular concrete swimming pool or have a refreshing bath in the outdoor freestanding tub

5. DAWESLEY COTTAGE – DAWESLEY, SA

A stone cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale with a romantic four-poster bed adorned with fairylights, and a huge brick fireplace all set in the idyllic countryside. 

Dawesley Cottage is in the small rural township of the same name in the Adelaide Hills, only 40 minutes south east of the South Australian capital’s city centre. 

The historical home used to be the office to an old copper smelter and has been restored and renovated to create an enchanting couple’s retreat. 

A stylish polished terrazzo flooring is warmed by the fireplace as well as period details like the brass tapware and antique classic gramophone and the exposed wooden ceiling beams add to the rustic charm. 

A stone cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale with a romantic four-poster bed adorned with fairylights, and a huge brick fireplace all set in the idyllic countryside

A stone cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale with a romantic four-poster bed adorned with fairylights, and a huge brick fireplace all set in the idyllic countryside

A stone cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale with a romantic four-poster bed adorned with fairylights, and a huge brick fireplace all set in the idyllic countryside

The historical home used to be the office to an old copper smelter and has been restored and renovated to create an enchanting couple's retreat

The historical home used to be the office to an old copper smelter and has been restored and renovated to create an enchanting couple's retreat

A stylish polished terrazzo flooring is warmed by the fireplace as well as period details like the brass tapware and antique classic gramophone and the exposed wooden ceiling beams add to the rustic charm

A stylish polished terrazzo flooring is warmed by the fireplace as well as period details like the brass tapware and antique classic gramophone and the exposed wooden ceiling beams add to the rustic charm

A stylish polished terrazzo flooring is warmed by the fireplace as well as period details like the brass tapware and antique classic gramophone and the exposed wooden ceiling beams add to the rustic charm

Dawesley Cottage is in the small rural township of the same name in the Adelaide Hills, only 40 minutes south east of the South Australian capital's city centre

Dawesley Cottage is in the small rural township of the same name in the Adelaide Hills, only 40 minutes south east of the South Australian capital's city centre

Dawesley Cottage is in the small rural township of the same name in the Adelaide Hills, only 40 minutes south east of the South Australian capital’s city centre

Poll

Which stay would you escape to this winter?

  • The Wondernest, Blackheath 1 votes
  • Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini 0 votes
  • Captain’s Rest, Strahan 0 votes
  • The Little Red Barn, Noosa 0 votes
  • Dawesley Cottage, Adelaide Hills 0 votes
  • Silky Oaks Lodge, Port Douglas 1 votes

6. SILKY OAKS LODGE – PORT DOUGLAS, QLD

The renowned Silky Oaks Lodge sits on the Mossman River near Port Douglas in Queensland’s world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.

Newly reopened, the luxury lodge this month made Conde Nast Traveler’s 2022 hot list of best new hotel openings in the world.

There are 40 private treehouses surrounded by lush greenery for guests to relax under the stunning canopy of the world’s old living rainforest. 

Some of the incredible rooms have outdoor fireplaces for cooler nights and others have their own luxurious alfresco bathtub for guests to bathe feeling like they’re suspended among the trees.

There is also the ultra-luxe Daintree Pavilion which is the ultimate tranquil hideaway with two king bedrooms and its own infinity pool and spa.

Guests who really want to pamper themselves can head to the Healing Waters Spa for a range of treatments to unwind and recharge in the midst of nature. 

Mossman Gorge is a short distance from the lodge and has been a hot spot for domestic and international travellers alike for its incredible crystal clear waters, trickling waterfalls and rushing rapids. 

Newly reopened, the renowned Silky Oaks Lodge this month made Conde Nast Traveler's 2022 hot list of best new hotel openings in the world

Newly reopened, the renowned Silky Oaks Lodge this month made Conde Nast Traveler's 2022 hot list of best new hotel openings in the world

Some of the incredible rooms have outdoor fireplaces for cooler nights and others have their own luxurious alfresco bathtub for guests to bathe feeling like they're suspended among the trees

Some of the incredible rooms have outdoor fireplaces for cooler nights and others have their own luxurious alfresco bathtub for guests to bathe feeling like they're suspended among the trees

Newly reopened, the renowned Silky Oaks Lodge this month made Conde Nast Traveler’s 2022 hot list of best new hotel openings in the world

The luxury lodge sits on the Mossman River near Port Douglas in Queensland's world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest

The luxury lodge sits on the Mossman River near Port Douglas in Queensland's world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest

The luxury lodge sits on the Mossman River near Port Douglas in Queensland’s world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest

There is also the ultra-luxe Daintree Pavilion which is the ultimate tranquil hideaway with two king bedrooms and its own infinity pool and spa

There is also the ultra-luxe Daintree Pavilion which is the ultimate tranquil hideaway with two king bedrooms and its own infinity pool and spa

There is also the ultra-luxe Daintree Pavilion which is the ultimate tranquil hideaway with two king bedrooms and its own infinity pool and spa

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