8 Of Australia’s Most Incredible Eco Cabins You Need To Stay In
There’s no better time than now to take advantage of the epic selection of eco-cabins around Australia. From cosy tiny homes hidden within forests to full off-grid lodges which come with big views of mountainous ranges, there’s really an eco getaway made for everyone. But the best thing about these eco-cabins are their commitment to reducing their carbon emissions, so you can travel in a way that leaves nothing more than your footprint.
New South Wales
This eco cabin is a certified tiny home in the southern highlands. Sitting on a farm just outside of Robertson, Just Plane Cosy goes fully off-grid and to make things even better, sticks to an “airline” theme to really nut out those getaway times. Along with all the plane memorabilia, you’ll also be able to explore a nearby stream and even get to know the resident sheep, alpacas and wombats.
In Byron Bay’s Hinterland, you’ll find the charming Airbnb cabin called the Loggers Cabin. If sitting on a wicker porch chair in the early morning and listening to bird calls, cooking up a feast on the vintage wooden stove or even soaking your troubles away in the claw-foot with an epic view of trees, sounds like your type of thing, you’re going to be very much at home here. On the eco side of things, you’ll find that this nature escape is entirely powered by solar power and there’s even a small garden nearby so you can grab some in-season fruit and veg. Don’t forget to rally around the outdoor fire pit when you go stargazing at night.
This one of a kind retreat in the Blue Mountains is made up of a series of eco-friendly cabins which all hold carbon neutral status. Unlike other eco-cabins, these dwellings are ultra-luxurious and sit on conservation grounds, sitting on just one per cent of a 2800 hectare nature reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Heritage cabins here will give you floor to wall windows so you can take in the misty beauty of Wolgan Valley and you’ll also have direct access to take a dip in your very own seven metre-long pool.
Way up in Port Douglas is the famous Thala Beach Lodge. Located on a private headland, Thala is the ultimate place to spend your next eco-friendly getaway in Queensland purely down to the fact it has the highest accreditation of eco-certification through sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity too (so you’ll have full peace of mind while staying here). The rental cabins known as “Coral Sea Bungalow” will give you an incredible vantage point to view the Coral Sea and immerse yourself in the surrounding wildlife. While you’re here, we suggest taking some time to sit in on regular talks at Thala Beach Lodge with the Kuku Yalangi people and also go on one of the guided tours of the reserve so you can soak up all environmental knowledge on your trip away.
Freycinet Lodge has won many awards for its eco-cabins which overlook the glowing waters of Great Oyster Bay and the rugged mountain ranges of the Hazards. The Premier Spa Cabin here is what it’s all about—there’s a gigantic spa bath inside a granite bathroom, private balconies so you can take in the serene views at ease, access to Richardson’s Beach and a separate double spa bath in case you really need to knock off from the city life.
Powered by its own hydroelectricity and solar energy, The Trig is an eco bush cabin and you’ll have a full-360 rustic experience from the outside bath, organic linen, vinyl selection and vintage furniture. The Trig’s mantra is “recycle and repurpose with creativity and style” which means you’ll find a whole lot of character in the design of this eco-cabin in Tasmania. If you’re here to get in touch with nature a smidge more, The Dam circuit will take you about 30 minutes to complete and The Forest Walk will take you to about 45 minutes through melaleuca, dogwood, rainforest, man fern and eucalypt forest too.
If heading truly off-grid is top on the priority list, draw your attention to the secluded rental cabins known as Hideaway Cabins. These nature lodges are (aptly) hidden inside the Northern Territory’s natural aquatic mecca—Litchfield National Park. In this eco-friendly Airbnb (created from shipping containers), it’s all about really taking in the rugged beauty of the bush with the only contact you’ll likely have with the outside world a breakfast hamper packed with bacon, eggs, milk and yoghurt left by your hosts.
By far one of the most beautiful eco-cabins available to rent in Australia, Alkira Eco Cabin is straight out of a fairytale. It sits on a 40-acre property inside Dandenong Ranges in Emerald and takes only about an hours drive from the Melbourne CBD. This cosy eco cabin is hidden around mountain ash trees and rolling hills plus all the fern-lined creeks and native bushland that is very much worth your while to explore. On top of this, there’s also roaming horses, cows, calves and alpacas to pet. If you’re keen to head out, we suggest slapping on your walking shoes and hitting the U-Pick Berry Picking trail, checking out Dragons Nest and sinking some scones at Kallista Tea Rooms.