Penny-wise to plush: Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation for all budgets
Verdant hills, epic sunsets and wood fires in winter are just some of the delights on offer when you head for the hills behind the sandcastles on the beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
If it’s serious R&R you’ve been craving, this Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation guide will set you up for a comfy sleep so you can wander the markets, picnic in the sunshine and buy enough fudge to fill your carry-on.
Take a break without dipping into the smashed avo (or mortgage) account with these economical options that offer all the creature comforts and a few perks.
Simba Sunrise Bed and Breakfast
Offering the perfect nest for a hinterland getaway, at Simba Sunrise Bed and Breakfast you choose between either the Rainbow Lorikeet room with mountain views or the Black Cockatoo room looking out onto the garden. The shared lounge allows you to swap notes with other guests or if you’re feeling introverted, cosy up in your room complete with ensuite and kitchenette.
At the foothills of the hinterland in Woombye, you’re perfectly positioned for day trips up the range. And with breakfast included, you’ll be fuelled up for a loop of the big three with Montville, Maleny and Mapleton all within 40 minutes’ drive.
Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages
Set amongst gentle, rolling grassy hills and replanted native bush, Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages is the perfect place to claim sanctuary, in one of no less than five different accommodation options. Regenerated with environmentally-friendly principles since 1986, birdlife thrives on this 30-acre property. If your getaway is for two, the Bottlebrush or Heritage cottages can be had for a song.
Heritage touches are infused into the self-contained cottages with timber casement windows and VJ walls. From here you’re a short drive from the lakes, mountains and walking trails of the Noosa Biosphere.
Secrets on the Lake
Heart and soul have been poured into Secrets on the Lake, a magical treehouse retreat resplendent in artisanal labour from the carved timber and leadlight windows to the hand-made ceramics, all perched on the waters of Lake Baroon.
While honeymooners will be shacking up for a long weekend in one of the 10 treehouses, The Whistle Stop Cabin offers a cosy stay on the lake without splashing all of your cash.
Starting life in 1910 as a railway station, the cabin retains the charm of yesteryear with all the ingredients for a relaxing break, like a rainforest vista from your own private spa bath. For the more adventurous, wolf down a welcome scone on your arrival, then grab a canoe to paddle Lake Baroon.
If you’re rollin’ at the high end of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation spectrum, roll yourself up in the delicious crisp white linen these extravagant stays.
Glass on Glasshouse
Those with a modern architecture bent and a belief that windows are never big enough should book a stay with Glass on Glasshouse. Each of the three cabins lives up to the name with floor-to-ceiling glass running down two sides. Drink in the views of Mount Beerwah and Mount Coonowrin – just two of the majestic Glass House Mountains – while enjoying your sunset sip.
Soak your weary legs (if you’ve conquered the mountains) in the freestanding bath and on winter nights light the two-sided eco-smart fire. So the start of the day is as peaceful and relaxing as the end, a breakfast hamper is included.
Friends are optional at Eumundi Dairy but with space for six or eight guests in either the homestead or the dairy, no-one will draw the short straw. The original homestead has been standing on the site since the early 1900s and the wrap-around verandahs look out over manicured gardens and ponds.
Meanwhile, the dairy has been mucked out and polished up (including the concrete floors) and as a trendy barn conversion, it’ll be sure to blow up your Instagram feed. But leave your phone on the bench to make pizzas in the outdoor wood-fired oven and laze contentedly under the shade of the old fig tree.
Spicers Clovelly Estate
The French take the cake when it comes to romance, so escape to a piece of Provence in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with your one and only. Spicers Clovelly Estate offers up just 10 suites, dripping with Carrara marble opulence or you can splash out and book the entire French Cottage for you and five friends. An a la carte breakfast served either in-room or at the restaurant is enough of a reason to never leave the front gates. Oh, and did we mentioned the Hatted Long Apron restaurant?
Montville, the postcard-perfect hinterland town, is a mere five minutes away for those whose fudge supplies are running dangerously low. Otherwise sit back in the gardens and enjoy the blooms of jacarandas, magnolias and gardenias.
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