Tiny houses have become a popular choice for travellers who want to explore the environment but keep their footprint small. As the trend picks up momentum more tiny houses are popping up on properties from the country to the coast and they pack plenty of character into their small frames. Here are 10 of the best to try…
1. CABN, Kangaroo Valley, NSW and Adelaide Hills, SA
These tiny eco-friendly retreats are hidden in rugged bushland, sleep up to five (depending on your cosy quotient), have air conditioning and kitchenette for cooking or food packages can be added. There’s an outdoor fire pit to toast marshmallows and indoor heating at each but at ‘Arabella’ in Kangaroo Valley there’s a freestanding bathtub enclosed in its own glass cube to let the outside in.
2. In2thewild, NSW
Chances are you’ll never have the same experience as anyone else staying in one of the In2thewild tiny homes because these pop-ups are placed in temporary out-of-the-way locations about two hours from Sydney which remain secret until after booking. 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. Your adventure could take you anywhere from Lake Macquarie to Shoalhaven.
3. Unyoked, NSW and VIC
Environmental warriors and twin brothers Cam and Chris Grant have set up six eco-friendly cabins, three in New South Wales (Southern Highlands and Lower Hunter) and three in Victoria (the wine-growing region of the Pyrenees Mountains and the Kyneton region west of Melbourne) where nature-loving explorers can experience minimalist stays in the wilderness. That means solar power, composting toilets and, in some cases, no mobile reception. Cabins sleep two people. Channel your inner Bear Grylls.
4. Hale Douglas, Sunshine Beach, QLD
The owners built this tiny cabin inspired by their wedding travels in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii and its mood is boho surf. It sits in a secluded corner of the property away from the main house which is occupied by the owners and their friendly dog. Hale Douglas has been built of mostly reclaimed and repurposed building materials, has floor to ceiling louvred windows, a skylight that can be opened, kitchenette and bathroom with ladder access to the loft bed. It’s close to the beach and restaurants. Find it on airbnb.
5. Kindled, Oberon, NSW
The tiny house sleeps up to four and sits on 100 hectares of land beside pristine gum tree conservation and the river in the Oberon Shire, about three hours west of Sydney. Look out for kangaroos, wombats and plenty of birdlife. The well-equipped dwelling has modern comforts including luxury bedding, air conditioning, soft linens and rain shower.
6. Tallarook Tiny Home, South Coast, NSW
This is the mini-me of an architecturally-designed home – polished wood floors, breakfast bar with river views, electric oven, full size refrigerator, ceiling fans and a deck, nestled in native bushland on the Clyde River on the South Coast of New South Wales. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the 20-hectare property with hikes, wildlife spotting, swimming or kayaking in the river (kayaks are provided) or get the yoga mat out on the deck, read a book or fire up the (Weber) barbie. Surf beaches are nearby.
7. Nook Divine, Berrima, NSW
Tucked in the historic town of Berrima in the Southern Highlands, Nook Divine is a quaint cottage with large deck, just a short walk to restaurants, museums, shopping, historic Berrima court house and more. Rich in history, Nook Divine shares a pretty landscaped property with the former Finlayson Memorial Presbyterian church circa 1867, now a private residence. Inside there’s a queen-sized bed, full kitchen, and plenty of thoughtful essentials such as fresh flowers, milk, leaf tea and luxury hand soap.
8. The Loft, Mudgee, NSW
Perched on the edge of the Cudgegong Valley on a rural property just 12 minutes from Mudgee, The Loft is a rustic eco home for two with a chic Nordic-style interior. Italian-brewed coffee is provided as well as a range of teas and a small library of books, magazines and games replaces WiFi and TV.
9. 6Sixteen The Banks, Western Sydney, NSW
Not far from the cafés of Windsor, Kurrajong village and Glenbrook, 6Sixteen sits on a farm in Agnes Banks in Greater Western Sydney. With a plush loft bedroom and comfy pull-out sofa bed there’s enough room for a family of four and open spaces to soak up the views of horse studs, lagoon, turf farms and the backdrop of the Blue Mountains. Adventurers will find ziplining and treetop adventures at Grose River Park, whitewater rafting and Blue Mountains hiking all in the vicinity.
10. The Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW
Just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Byron Bay and a short stroll to Suffolk Park beach, this tiny home sits at the back of the owner’s house, but there’s a private gate entry down the side and quiet garden to enjoy. Inside there’s a full kitchen and loft bed, and the owner is happy to help with advice on beaches, restaurants and more. Find it on airbnb.