8 luxury escapes with fireplaces near Brisbane
Hang up your thongs and bust out your Uggs. It’s winter and it’s time to get away from the beaches and into a room with a fireplace.
We’ve put together eight of the cosiest, snuggliest and downright sexiest luxury escapes to beat the cold this winter.
And they’re all within a few hours of Brisbane.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Head north on the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast but this time veer left and head to the hinterland. This is the forest and fireplace heaven you’re looking for.
Perched on the side of Lake Baroon (just outside Montville) Secrets on the Lake takes the cute and cozy idea to the max. Each tree house has a different name and personality, but if you can, choose ‘Secrets’.
The walk along the hand-carved elevated walkway to get to your room and the fireplace that hangs from the ceiling make this place seem like a fairytale. Except it’s real and you can do it NOW.
See through to summer
The cabins at Glass on Glasshouse each have two walls that are completely glass (hence the name), giving you 180-degree views of Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin.
Add to that a fireplace that can be enjoyed from the living room OR the freestanding double spa bath, and you’ve got yourself a weekend.
Montville is coming through with the goods (again) but this time it’s not lakeside, it’s smack bang in the middle of the rainforest. Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat has double spa baths, fireplaces AND they deliver fresh baked croissants to your room each morning.
If you really don’t want to get out of bed they also bring you home-cooked meals or BBQ hampers. #easypeasylemonsqueezy
Southern Queensland Country
Get out of town and head southwest into the country, where the sky is HUGE and the beds are softer than a wallaby’s backside.
Luring you to luxury
Setting up a tent in winter sounds crazy. Setting up a tent during a Stanthorpe winter? That’s insanity.
Alure Boutique Villas scoff at your misconceptions and know exactly what it takes to make a tent warm and fuzzy. Namely, turning the luxury up to 11 and installing an eco-fireplace and reverse air conditioning. This is glamping, complete with an ensuite and hot tub.
Scenic Rim for the win
Maryvale turns up the heat at Spicers Peak Lodge. The spa suites have massive open fireplaces and they even build the fire for you, so you don’t need to bust out (or have) any Bear Grylls survival skills.
Relax in the marble bathrooms or check out the view from the veranda, this is the Scenic Rim after all.
Gold Coast Hinterland
There’s more to the Gold Coast than celebrities and sand. Hit up the hinterland for a winter frolic through the forest and more luxurious accommodation than you can shake a stick at.
Camp into the night
Wilderness camps aren’t just for school kids or scout troops anymore. Nightfall Wilderness Camp is the grown-up, luxury version.
The Safari-style tent has brushed hardwood floors, hand carved stone basins and, of course, a fireplace to keep you warmer than an Eskimo beach party.
Be a little wicked
The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat is checking boxes you never even knew you wanted to check. There are 12 chalets – each one has a unique name like ‘Dopey’, ‘Sleepy’ and ‘Doc’ – but skip the dwarfs and grab a night in the ‘Wicked Witch’. It’s got a private hot tub that overlooks a rainforest stream. We’re not in Kansas anymore.
High in the sky
Binna Burra Lodge is a glutton for amazing views. The Coomera and Numinbah Valleys have never looked so good from their Sky Lodges.
Enjoy the warmth of the gas fire while you lay back in your spa bath overlooking the mountains. That’ll take the ‘burr’ out of Binna Burra.