If peace and quiet is high on your list of priorities, a holiday in the mountains is the ultimate getaway. Grounding and good for the soul, these scenic spots provide endless adventure. Walk amongst wildlife, breathe in the crisp countryside air and spend your days connecting with nature. Or spend your time indoors soaking up luxury with spa-treatments, high teas and time spent by the open fire. No matter how you choose to spend your holiday, there’s no better setting to relax and unwind than with a getaway to the mountains.
From private village retreats to romantic alpine hideaways, we’ve handpicked the cosiest lodges, chalets and cabins spanning every corner of Australia from the Blue Mountains to rugged Tasmanian peaks. Check out our edit of the best Mountain getaways in Australia to inspire your next outdoor adventure.
Best Mountain Getaways in Western Australia
Not that you need another reason to visit the Margaret River region, but here’s one anyway: the Porongurup Ranges. The ancient granite mountains are as picturesque as they get, and the best base to explore them is from Thorn’s Mountain Retreats. Our pick is the Pioneer Cottage, an original settler’s cottage that sleeps five people. The owners Peter and Michael Thorn are known to be consummate hosts. And did we mention it’s on a vineyard?
From $429 for two nights
2226 Porongurup Road, Porongurup
Best Mountain Getaways in Queensland
The Sunshine Coast’s Glasshouse Mountains caught Captain Cook’s eye when he sailed past in 1770, and they’re just as impressive today. For your next couple’s getaway, stay close by in one of these three cottages. Designed as romantic retreats, they’re kitted out with king-size beds, a double spa bath, an eco fire, and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimum kangaroos and kookaburras spotting.
From $350 per night
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains
Best Mountain Getaways in Victoria
Drive three hours from Melbourne and you’ll reach the alpine region of Mount Buffalo. For something different, stay at The Kiln Houses. Spread out across a working farm and winery, they ooze country cool, and are a sleek take on the tobacco kiln houses that once dominated the area. Explore the hiking trails, wineries and ski resorts nearby, then come back to admire the mountain ranges and starry skies from the spa.
From $700 for two nights
Cavedons Lane, Porepunkah
Taste-test your way through King Valley, a famous food and wine region. Mt Bellevue Lodge sits on its very own vineyard (which produces grapes for Redbank Wines), and has views stretching from the mountains to the snowfields. The lodge itself is full of character. Surrounded by lush lawns, the red cedar cottage has three bedrooms, a fireplace, bath and deck for alfresco dining.
From $560 for two nights
304 Bella Vista Road, Myrrhee
Best Mountain Getaways in New South Wales
The go-to slopeside getaway, this beautiful boutique is shaking things up on Thredbo’s accommodation scene. Minimalistic and with Scandinavian-influences, this hideaway is the ultimate in stylish getaway. The two individual Airbnbs, Cedar Cabin and Oak Apartment, are beautifully-appointed retreats with rustic reclaimed woods, Italian stone-clad bathrooms - complete with Aesop toiletries - and a soft white colour palette that mimics the snowy setting. With some of the best views in Thredbo, choose from the spacious Cedar Cabin nestled on the banks of Thredbo River or the stunningly intimate and romantic Oak Apartment, set amongst Australian silver gums on the foothills of Mount Kosciuszko. Keep the good times going with our guide to ski season.
Cedar: summer from $240, off-peak winter from $350, peak winter from $700 / Oak: summer from $210, off-peak winter from $350, peak winter from $500
Thredbo, New South Wales
Planning an escape to the South Coast? Perched high above the rolling green pastures of Mt Hay, this retreat is private, picturesque and peaceful. There are just five suites, and outside, the 360-acre property is dotted with fruit trees, gardens, a giant chess set and a heated pool and spa. If you can you peel yourself away, Berry Village, the South Coast's foodie oasis, is just a five minute trip down the road.
From $360 per night
260 Mt Hay Private Road, Berry
No list of the Blue Mountains' accommodation is complete without a mention of this luxurious stay. Set on 7,000 acres of a wildlife reserve, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a secluded and truly breathtaking resort. Take your pick from one of the 40 suites, each with a private pool, stone fireplace, four-poster bed, spa bathroom and terrace. When you’re not blissing out in your villa, explore the property with guided nature walks and horse rides, or indulge in a spa treatment before a next-level dining experience.
From $3000 per night
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley
One of the most gorgeous spots in the Blue Mountains with stellar views over the Jamison Valley, Lilianfels is the perfect mountain getaway. The country house resort is cosy yet grand, with a Victorian-era lounge (which serves high tea), library, day spa, billiards room, indoor swimming pool and warming fireplaces. One of our favourite spots for a family getaway, the high end spot also welcomes children with kid's menus, in-room babysitting and a teddy bear mascot which will make their littlest guests feel right at home. Oh, and did we mention they also have a hatted-restaurant, Darley's, whose degustation may just be the highlight of your trip.
From $320 per night
Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
Just an hour and a half west of Sydney, on the edge of the lush and pristine Jamison Valley and her majestic mountains, you’ll find Fairmont Resort & Spa. Perfect for romantic getaways, babymoons and family vacations, this resort truly offers something for everyone. With a spa offering treatments from facials to full body massages, and enough kids activities to keep your little one’s thoroughly entertained, you'll never want to leave! The rooms are luxurious, the food is exquisite but it’s the views over the Valley that are truly show-stopping.
From $329 per night
1 Sublime Point Road, Leura
Best Mountain Getaways in Tasmania
Tassie is a wilderness wonderland, and this lodge gives you front row seats. It’s on the fringe of the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, which is spectacular, with ancient rainforests, glacial lakes and Aboriginal sites and the dramatic Cradle Mountain. Tackle the summit or melt into a massage, then retreat to your eco-chic cabin.
From $500 per night
4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
It’s just 90 minutes from Launceston, but Thousand Lakes Lodge feels a world away. Once a training post for Antarctic expeditions, Lonely Planet listed the luxury lodge as the third best place to stay in the world in 2018 – and that’s saying something! Hike, fish, bike and wildlife watch, and then curl up in the library with a glass of Tasmanian wine.
From $415 a night
1247 Lake Augusta Road, Liawenee
At the southern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, you'll find Lake St Clair a pristine, freshwater lake that's the deepest in Australia. At the end of a 250-metre pier that juts out over the water, utterly alone in the wilderness you'll find Pumphouse Point. The 18-room adults-only hotel is the definition of industrial-chic: it's imposing on the outside, yet cosy and luxurious inside, with floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up the incredible lake and mountain views.
From $590 per night
1 Lake St Clair Road, Lake St Clair
On the north-west coast of Tasmania, Ship Inn Stanley is a sophisticated stay served with a side of whimsy. Sitting at the base of The Nut Reserve, overlooking a dramatic coastline and looking like something straight out of a Wes Anderson film, Ship Inn is one of Stanley's most iconic buildings that has been given a lavish makeover. Each suite tells the story of a local character or place, using historical artefacts, original artwork, bespoke furnishings resulting in a vintage meets modern vibe. Head here to check out our full guide to the perfect Tasmanian getaway.
From $250 per night
16 Alexander Terrace, Stanley
Has our edit of the best Australian mountain getaways inspired your wanderlust? Keen to keep planning more great vacations? Check out our guide to the Blue Mountainsfor more good times at high altitudes, our guide toAustralia's best winery accommodationfor when you need to uncork and unwind or even our edit ofAustralia's coolest retro motelsfor when you're looking for something a little bit different!