The Best Treehouse-style Accommodation in Australia
There’s something special about treehouses. For many of us, they were a childhood fantasy (or if you were lucky, a reality), a place we could go to escape our parents and play in peace. For others, the thought of sleeping high in the sky, surrounded by nature, is nothing short of divine. To help take your holiday to another level – literally – there are treehouse-style accommodations popping up across Australia. Some are rustic and others are decked out with creative comforts, but they all tick the novelty box.
For your very own home among the gum trees, book a stay at these scenic spots.
It may just be an hour’s drive from Melbourne, but Arcadia’s Treehouse Cottage feels like a world away. The cabin sits among the treetops of the Dandenong Ranges, and it’s as quaint as it is chic, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a kitchenette, crackling fireplace, TV, BBQ and even a secret loft upstairs. There’s no real need to leave, unless it’s to visit the on-site spa.
188-190 Falls Road, Olinda, VIC (entry via Monash Ave)
On the fringes of the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge is home to a string of treehouses – and they’re luxe. Each pad is fitted out with king beds, marble bathrooms, and a balcony that looks out over the lush rainforest. After spending the day hiking, swimming, or snorkelling in the Mossman River, treat yourself to a massage at the Healing Waters Spa.
Finlayvale Road, Mossman, QLD
Top tip: Need another option in the Port Douglas area? The Wanderers Retreat has a handful of beautiful treehouses.
This Sunshine Coast stunner backs onto the Kondalilla Falls National Park, famous for its cascading waterfall. The resort’s treehouses are in hot demand. They’re all equipped with kitchenettes, TVs, air conditioning, baths and decks that lap up the lush surroundings. To take your stay up a notch, ask for a rose petal bubble bath or in-room spa treatment.
61 Kondalilla Falls Road, Flaxton, QLD
Closer to home, Billabong Retreat is one of Sydney’s best wellness, meditation and pre-natal retreats [link to blog]. It focuses on helping guests to feel grounded through nature walks, yoga, and workshops, and its five treehouses fit the theme. There are twin and double rooms on offer, and they’re simply decorated but boast beautiful views over the water.
41 McClymonts Road, Maraylya
Set amongst beautiful bushland moments from Tallows Beach, these treetop houses come with seriously cool perks; sparkly wine on arrival, spacious split-level self-contained accommodation, and several houses even come complete with a heated spa on the deck. You can also take advantage of the resort facilities – tennis courts, barbeques, swimming pools, and games room.
44 Scott Street, Byron Bay, NSW
In tropical North Queensland, this eco-resort couldn’t match its setting more. Nestled in the rainforest, there are six beautiful, private treehouses, all of which seamlessly blend into their surroundings. The two- or three-bedroom treehouses are decked out with creature comforts, so you can spend your day sitting on the balcony in a robe, with a glass of wine while wallabies hop below.
247 Hogan Road, Tarzali, QLD
To live out your Jungle Book fantasies, book this lodge in the heart of the Daintree. It features 15 eco-chic treehouses (known as ‘banyans’), as well as a restaurant that juts out over the rainforest lagoon and – the clincher – its very own waterfall. And while it feels like you’ve escaped civilisation, Port Douglas isn’t too far away for a day trip.
3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree
Perched above 600 acres of wilderness in the Blue Mountains, this treehouse is as legit as it gets: think tree branches framing the walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and breathtaking views. It’s perfect for a couple’s getaway: only two people are allowed up there at a time, and the spa, balcony and fireplace are the epitome of rainforest romance.
Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, NSW
Tucked away in the Cairns Highlands, the Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is a haven for nature lovers and city slickers who want to switch off. There are nine treehouses in total, each of which is named after one of the 160-plus bird species that flit around the rainforest. For peace and privacy, the cabins are spaced at least 100 metres apart.
324 Land Road, Malanda, QLD