HOLIDAYING in a unique dwelling has long been a travel trend, from tree houses to yurts and 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.
Arabella 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 and a freestanding bathtub enclosed in its own glass cube to let the outside in – cabn.life
Kindled: This thoughtfully designed tiny house sleeps up to four and sits in Oberon Shire about three hours out of Sydney. Set on 100 hectares beside gum trees and the river, it’s likely you’ll spot kangaroos, wombats and birds. The dwelling has comforts such as a Koala mattress, air conditioning, soft linens and rain shower – kindled.com.au
The Saddle Camp: Business Insider named this wee place one of the nine coolest tiny homes around the world. Ideal for animal lovers, it’s 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. And there’s an onsite cafe – saddlecamp.com.au
Tallarook Tiny Home: Live big in this architecturally designed home for three, nestled in native bushland on the Clyde River. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the 20-hectare property with bushwalking, kayaking and wildlife spotting, or just relax in your cabin with stylish fit out, breakfast bar and comfy loft bed for siestas – tallarooktinyhome.com
The Whispers: City folk will love the modern styling and laptop-friendly working nook in this getaway near Lithgow. You can get active on the 1km loop trail behind the property, ideal for mountain biking or running, and the hosts are happy to help set up the fire pit or introduce you to the resident sheep, chickens, ducks and peacock – tinyaway.com
Big Tiny Jindera Park: On a 200-hectare property 10 minutes from Albury, 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 quite a menagerie outside on the property with horses, cows, kangaroos, goannas and parrots – stayz.com.au
Surf Shack, Suffolk Park: Just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of Byron Bayand a short stroll from Suffolk Park Beach, this surf shack has everything you need for a cool coastal escape. It adjoins the back of the owner’s house but there’s a private gate entry down the side and a quiet garden to enjoy. Inside, the styling is chic with a full kitchen and loft bed – airbnb.com.au