11 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 11 of the cosiest, snuggliest and downright sexiest luxury escapes designed to beat the cold this winter.
And they’re all within a few hours’ drive of Brisbane.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland luxury escapes with fireplaces
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 luxury escapes haven you’re looking for.
1. Lakeside snuggle-fest: Secrets on the Lake
Perched on the side of Lake Baroon (just outside Montville and Maleny) Secrets on the Lake takes the cute and cosy 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.
2. See through to summer: Glass on Glasshouse
Add to that a fireplace that can be enjoyed from the living room OR the freestanding double spa bath, and you’ve got yourself one of the best luxury escapes amongst the Glass House Mountains.
Tear yourself away from the warmth of the fireplace just for a bit and we promise getting to know your neighbours (a group of spectacular volcanic peaks) will be worth it.
3. Spice up your winter: Spicers Tamarind Retreat
The Luxury Falls Villas are true to their name, with a king bed, fireplace, private balcony and outdoor cedar hot tub. Not to mention there’s a day spa and an award-winning restaurant serving up mouth-watering Asian cuisine on-site.
While the fireplace keeps you cosy, it’s their bathtubs that really turn up the heat, with indoor/outdoor features that put them on this top tub list.
4. Jungle love: Narrows Rainforest Retreat
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. No wonder this property is popular with honeymooners.
If you really don’t want to get out of bed they also bring you home-cooked meals or BBQ hampers. #easypeasylemonsqueezy
But it’s not just the air of luxury and the baked goods that got this retreat on this top accommodation list, its location serves up the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk on its doorstep, perfect for those looking to balance out those croissants.
Southern Queensland Country luxury escapes with fireplaces
Get out of town and head southwest from Brisbane into the country, where the sky is HUGE and the beds are softer than a wallaby’s backside.
5. Luring you to luxury: Alure Stanthorpe
Setting up a tent in winter sounds crazy. Setting up a tent during a Stanthorpe winter? That’s insanity.
Alure Stanthorpe scoffs 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.
Only got a weekend spare? Spend 24 hours exploring Stanthorpe with this guide.
6. Scenic Rim for the win: Spicers Peak Lodge
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 bathroom or check out the view from the veranda, this is the Scenic Rim after all. Only a two-hour drive south west of Brisbane, it makes for a romantic weekend getaway from the city.
7. Sleep among the clouds: Ravensbourne Escape
Soak up serenity in one of Ravensbourne Escape’s ten charming chalets, perched on the mountains by Ravensbourne National Park. With accommodations to suit couples retreats and group hangs, your winter goals are complete with a log fire as well as an onsite restaurant perfect for those who don’t plan to venture far from the outdoor hot tub. Up for activities? Check out these unique things to do in nearby Toowoomba and explore the local street art scene.
And it’s not just the views that are green at Ravensbourne Escape – the Serenity and Tranquility chalets are built eco-friendly with a zero carbon footprint design. .
Gold Coast Hinterland luxury escapes with fireplaces
8. Camping, but not as you know it: Nightfall Wilderness Camp
Wilderness camps aren’t just for school kids or scout troops anymore. Nightfall Wilderness Camp is the grown-up, luxury escapes version.
The safari-style tents have brushed hardwood floors, hand-carved stone basins and, of course, a fireplace to keep you warmer than an Eskimo beach party.
9. Be a little wicked: Mouses House Rainforest Retreat
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 fireplace, plus a private hot tub that overlooks a rainforest stream. We’re not in Kansas anymore.
10. High in the sky: Binna Burra Lodge
The cosy cabins are set amongst the lush rainforest of Springbrook National Park, which you can explore with the help of this locals guide. The lodge is also a great base for tackling the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, one of the 10 great walks in Queensland and a bucket list Gold Coast trail.
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.
10. Fall for the forest: Witches Falls Cottages
When (or, rather, IF) you can drag yourself out of this story-book setting, Tamborine’s many wineries, cafes and boutiques are just a stone’s throw away. Up for a thrill? Chase waterfalls, explore nearby walking trails and fly through a tree-top canopy before returning to your cottage hideaway.
Do you have a warm place to hide this winter? Let us know your favourite luxury escapes in the comments below.
*This post was originally published in 2015 and updated in July 2019.