Pack your jacket and your best pair of trackies – it’s time for a winter escape, and our local area is packed with destinations to enjoy the ultimate getaway. From steamy spas to roaring fires, these are the top spots to embrace the chill with the family.
Binna Burra Lodge
This world-class, heritage-listed accommodation destination has been through a lot in the past few years, first being partially destroyed in the 2019 bushfires then suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic just a few months later. Finally, Binna Burra is back up and running – and better than ever, if they do say so themselves. Their bevvy of adventure activities and hinterland hikes are perfect for entertaining the whole family, and their variety of accommodation options – whether camping, glamping or Sky Lodges are more your thing – offer something for everyone. At night, warm up by one of their many communal fire pits. Just don’t forget the marshmallows!
The Hideaway Cabarita
You’ve never experienced beachside camping quite like this. Cabarita’s premier glamping destination, The Hideaway, is as fun as it is Instagrammable. They’ve got an indoor play space for smaller children, bike hire for bigger kids (and kids at heart) and barbeques for outdoor family dining. You won’t even want for a fire pit – their cosy teepee-style tents offer the plushness of a fancy hotel room, with Koala mattresses, plush blankets and pillows, air-con/heating and even WiFi. Beyond the campground, you’ll find plenty of dining options in Cabarita including the luxe Halcyon House.
The creation of fine artist Concetta Antico – who is famous in her own right for having tetrachromacy, the ability to see 100 million more colours than the average eye – Tooraloo Farmstay in the Byron hinterland offers unforgettable accommodation in historic barns and cottages. Just minutes from Byron proper, Mullumbimby, Bangalow and Brunswick, Tooraloo offers a great home base for families looking to explore the area, or simply indulge in a few days of serene farm life. On chilly winter nights, huddle up by the fire pit after a long day exploring the orchard or ancient trees.
Montville Country Cabins
Venture north to the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast for a night or two at Montville Country Cabins. Taking prime position just four kilometres outside Montville, two kilometres from the nearest winery and nearby Kondalilla National Park, this collection of self-contained cabins offers family fun both on-site and off. They have scenic barbeque facilities and a woodfire for country cooking, plus a spa bath, well-equipped kitchen and in-room massage (by appointment) on offer in your cabin. They’re child-friendly and will even deliver chocolates and a continental breakfast hamper to you. What more could you possibly want?
Cedar Glen Farmstay
A picturesque farmstay nestled in the Lost World Valley of the Scenic Rim, you won’t soon forget your time at Cedar Glen. Owned and operated by the Stephen’s family since 1882, this farm has been welcoming guests for almost 40 years, allowing visitors to interact with their bevvy of beef cattle, Arabian horses, sheep, pigs and even kangaroos. Beyond farm life, they also offer guided cave walks, boomerang throwing and twilight four-wheel drive tours. At the end of the day, heat up with a spot of freshly-cooked bush tucker around a roaring fire.