Australia’s Best Mountain Getaways
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. There’s no better setting to relax and unwind.
From private village retreats to romantic alpine hideaways, we’ve handpicked the cosiest lodges, chalets and cabins spanning every corner of Australia, to inspire your next outdoor adventure.
Nestled near Jindabyne, these stone huts are as pretty as their snowy mountain surroundings. Sitting on the banks of the Moonbah River – which is famous for fly-fishing – the one-bedroom cottages feature an open fireplace and small kitchen. You won’t find any fancy tech or TVs, but you’ll be too busy skiing, swimming, stargazing and doing sweet nothing to care.
688 Big Yard Road, Jindabyne
Set at the foothills of the Mount Kosciusko, this Nordic-inspired chalet is a minimalistic millennial dream.It’s the definition of Scandi-chic, with furniture imported from Copenhagen, a fully-equipped kitchen, a balcony, and underfloor heating that feels heavenly on a winter’s night. After a day on the slopes (Thredbo is a five-minute stroll away), share stories in front of the roaring fireplace.
Bobuck Lane, Thredbo
Top tip: Heading to the Snowy Mountains? Get the lowdown with our guide to ski season.
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 is five minutes down the road.
260 Mt Hay Private Road, Berry
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.
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.
304 Bella Vista Road, Myrrhee
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.
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.
1247 Lake Augusta Road, Liawenee
For a bit of Southern (Queensland) hospitality, book this rustic farm stay. There are accommodation options to suit all budgets – and desires to bond with nature – from tents and bunkhouses to self-contained cabins. If you have kids, they’ll love learning how to feed the animals, milk cows, make butter and damper, throw boomerangs and ride horses, before cooling off in the pool.
9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale
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.
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains
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. Did we mention it’s on a vineyard?
2226 Porongurup Road, Porongurup