The 11 Best Tiny Houses In Queensland

Go off-grid this weekend.

Tiny houses are an amazing way to holiday sustainably, and get you totally off the grid so that you can properly wind down. While we’re unable to go overseas right now, tiny houses give you that experience of anonymity and going back to basics, a place where you can let your inner-creative out and spend time with yourself and your mind.

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4 guests, $299 per night
Distance from Brisbane: 2 hours by car
“Sunrise, sunrise…” the famous words of songbird Norah Jones will be fulfilled during your stay in tiny house Norah. Located two hours drive from Brisbane, with a magical view of the sunrise, sunset, and the stars. Tiny house Norah lends itself to relaxation. Named after Norah in Mary Grant Bruce’s Billabong series, an escape to this tiny house is a place where you can “ride all day and never see anyone you didn’t want to see”. Bliss, right? The tiny house can sleep four, with a queen bed by the window and a double bed in the loft. For those who crave adventure, a one hour hike puts you at a stunning lookout, perfect for drinks and a picnic. Alternatively, you can light a campfire outside and sit at the picnic table or in the hammock.
How to book: Via In2thewild



3 guests, $223 per weekday, $253 weekend with a minimum of 2 night’s stay.
Distance from Brisbane: 1.5 hour’s drive from Brisbane
Remy lives 1.5 hours south-west of Brisbane, surrounded by dirt tracks, a large valley, and the feeling of being far away from city chaos. The exact location of all Unyoked cabins are kept on the DL, with guests being sent coordinates a few days before their stay. No one can come chasing you for work deadlines. Remy is dog-friendly, completely solar-powered, and comes with a beautiful fire pit, perfect for playing music around. Booking soon is a must—these cabins are in high demand and judging from the photos, you don’t want to miss out.
How to book: Via Unyoked

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3 guests, $299 per night
Distance from Brisbane: 2 hours by car
Set at the top of a gentle hill, Charlie faces out towards the north, with panoramic views of a majestic valley and the Blackall Ranges. The view from the queen bed is majestic, with a window spanning the entire wall area, framing a scene of the plainlands, paddocks, and fields planted with sorghum. You’ll snuggle in and never want to leave, trust us. 

Named after Charlie, from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the tiny house sleeps up to three, including a queen bed and a single loft. Fitted out with all the essentials, including luxury Leif amenities in the bathroom & kitchen, all you need to bring is food & drinks. Outside, there’s a campfire, hammock, and picnic table. There is limited mobile signal on the property, providing the perfect excuse to switch off your devices and detox.
How to book: Via In2thewild

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Hale Douglas

Sunshine Beach
2 guests, $137.14 per night
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 48 minutes by car
Hale Douglas brings the Hawaiian surf cabin vibe to the tiny house. The hosts, Danielle and Matt, were inspired by their wedding location; Hanalei Bay Hawaii. With exposed beams, a skylight that opens, floor-to-ceiling louvered windows, and an outside deck within a tropical garden, Hale Douglas is made of reclaimed and repurposed materials and a whole lotta love. This tiny house is located on a shared block in the rear private corner of the property, with the lovely hosts and their two gorgeous dogs living in the main dwelling.
How to book: Via airbnb

The Bower

Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 29 minutes by car
The Bower Rainforest Retreat includes three tiny houses; The Couple’s Cabin, The Writer’s Hut, and The Glamper’s Shack. Located in the rainforest at Wootha, The Bower is 10 minutes from Maleny and right in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; the perfect getaway location.
How to book: Via website

Courtesy of The Bower

The Couple’s Cabin

2 guests, $310 for a minimum stay of 2 nights
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 29 minutes by car
The Couple’s Cabin is the largest of the cabins at The Bower, with a queen bed, a couple’s en suite, and an open fire. Modeled off a Swiss-style chalet, the decor transports you to your own fairytale, perfect in any weather. You can enjoy the abundant bird-life from your private deck, soak in the antique clawfoot bath and lose yourself in the celestial atmosphere. It’s the kind of place where curling up with a pile of books and a warm drink makes you feel as though you may never need anything else again. Although in the name, it really is the perfect place for a couple to relax, rewind and enjoy the essence of just being together.
How to book: Via website

Courtesy of The Bower

The Glamper’s Shack

2 guests, $230 for a 2 night stay minimum
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 29 minutes by car
The Glamper’s Shack is a rustic rainforest retreat; a tiny house only ten minutes drive from Maleny. The Glamper’s Shack is the original and one of the best tiny houses on wheels in Australia, a true hideaway, where you can totally immerse yourself in nature. This tiny house comes with actual *free* WIFI, beautiful linen, a bush pool, and an outdoor fireplace. The architecture of this tiny house is absolutely breathtaking, most notably the floor to ceiling windows, that make you feel as though you’re outside, even when you’re in bed.
How to book: Via website

Courtesy of The Bower

The Writer’s Hut

2 guests, $200 for a 2 night stay minimum
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 29 minutes by car
Fellow writers, this one’s for you. This tiny house was designed specifically to inspire, nurture the writer’s mind, and facilitate creativity. The cure to any writer’s block, this tiny house is a quiet haven and small sanctuary, where you can escape to the corners of your mind with no daily distractions that come with the hustle of everyday life. The Writer’s Hut is at its best in Winter, warmed by a wood-burning firebox and designed with aesthetic care to be warm and comforting.
How to book: Via website

The Stable

Ma Ma Creek
2 guests, $70 per night
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 20 minutes by car
The Stable is 30 mins from Toowoomba, situated on 50 acres in Ma Ma Creek. This tiny house looks exactly as it sounds, inspired by an old fashioned horse stable, complete with high ceilings and a loft bedroom. It is surrounded by many beautiful coffee shops and local markets. It’s dog-friendly, horse-friendly, and even romance friendly—providing candles on request.
How to book: Via airbnb

Courtesy of Blackwattle Farm

Blackwattle Farm

4 guests, between $200 – $210 per night
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 4 minutes by car
Blackwattle Farm is the closest tiny house to Australia Zoo! It can sleep up to four people, with two lofts – one with a queen bed and the other, with two singles. Oh, and did we mention it’s on an actual farm? You will literally be surrounded by miniature pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, cows, and alpacas, which you are invited to help feed in the afternoons. They take sustainability to the next level with a huge organic garden, full of herbs and vegetables that you can help yourself to during your stay. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a farm, now’s your chance to give it a trial run.
How to book: Via Bookings247

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Kookaburra Cabin

2 guests, $199 per night
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour, 23 minutes by car
This tiny house opens onto lawns and forests that backdrop the 17-acre property, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Set in the heart of an arts and craft hub that typifies the region, the house is also close to the south-eastern gateway to the Kondalilla National Park.
How to Book: Via Tiny Away.

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Find Volcanoes, Wine Islands, and Thrills in Auckland

One minute you're on a ferry to wine island, the next you could be bungy jumping off of New Zealand's tallest tower.

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Photo: Natasha Bazika

The city of Auckland is a free spirit. It is easily the most geographically blessed city in New Zealand. Within an hour, you could be tasting wines on an island, chasing more than 50 volcanoes, or leaving footprints on a black sand beach. Keep in mind, that Auckland is the country’s most populous city but certainly doesn’t feel cramped.

Instead, the city is buzzing with trendy eateries, boutique shops, quiet streets, and expansive green parks. Around every corner, you’re never too far from something beautiful to see.

From world-class wines to kickass thrills, here’s where to find what you’re looking for in Auckland.

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Seek the thrills

If you thought Queenstown was the home of the adrenaline rush, wait until you see Auckland. In the middle of the city, you can jump off a sky tower or a bridge, zip through the jungle, and scream on a high-octane jet boat ride. The Sky Tower, which can be seen from every corner of Auckland is more than just a landmark. Take a ride to the top and sign up for a Skywalk, where you can wander around the platform, which just so happens to be 192 metres above the ground. If that doesn’t get your heart pumping, you can always jump off it. It’s New Zealand’s highest jump, and can only be described as just like being a movie stuntman, or a superhero. 

The other iconic place to jump off of is the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Unlike the Sky Jump, this one will have thrill seekers dipping their hands and head in the ocean. It’s a 40-metre Bungy, and a great experience. Although, if you’d rather still take advantage of the bridge views, book a climb, which takes you right to the top for sweeping views of the city.

Another way to take in the city is via Auckland Adventure Jet, which takes passengers for spins and tricks on the water.

Just a 35-minute boat ride from Auckland is Waiheke Island, where thrill-seekers will find Eco Zip Adventures. Across three separate lines, you will zip high above a working vineyard and lush, ancient forest canopies, soaking up incredible views back to the city and beyond.

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Sip wine on Waiheke Island

Whether you want to spend a weekend or a day, Waiheke Island is a must-visit. It’s around a 35-minute ferry ride to the island from Auckland, and once there you can hop from winery to winery. The island is quite large and the terrain is rugged, so trust the experts and book a tour with Ananda Tours. The small, family-run business is owned by Jenny who has been on the island since before the vines were planted and she’s the best person to seek out when getting the Waiheke Island experience. You can book a private tour or group tour, and they can be catered to your preferences and tastes. A few standout stops include Kennedy Point, where they produce fully certified organic Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay wines. You can also state estate-grown olive oils, which the island has plenty of. Enjoy a tasting on the deck with views of Kennedy Bay, or enjoy a picnic under the olive grove.

For the best views on the island, head to Batch Vineyard. As the highest vineyard on Waiheke, you will be treated to panoramic views of the rolling hills, blue waters, and even Auckland city. Their sparkling wine, Blanc de Blancs is a must-try.

When it comes to lunch, there are two spots to choose from. The first is Stonyridge, which is also where you can taste premium award-winning wines, including a Cabernet blend Larose—New Zealand’s cult wine. The second is Mudbrick, a romantic spot, set amongst beautiful gardens with even more spectacular views, and a bar and bistro serving up some of the best dishes on the island.

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Eat your way through the city

Auckland’s dining scene isn’t pretentious, but the food quality is good enough to rival the best restaurants in New York—but the city doesn’t like to brag. Instead, it celebrates good food in every setting, from waterside restaurants to trendy Mexican eateries in a shopping centre.

Inca, is helmed by critically acclaimed chef, Nic Watt. Inspired by Watt’s travels to Peru, diners can expect to find Nikkei cuisine, including spicy chicken karaage, hand-pressed corn tacos filled with pork cheek and spicy tuna. You wouldn’t expect to find such a good restaurant in a shopping centre, but there it is.

Another great trendy restaurant is Hello Beasty, which is home to the famous, prawn and crab toast. This work of art starts with a slice of crispy deep-fried bread, smothered with prawn and crab mousse. On top, there are slices of wagyu, drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce. Although, there are plenty of other great dishes on the menu, including a Sichuan tuna tartare, Korean fried cauliflower, and potstickers swimming in chilli oil. Try the yuzu mandarin soda if you’re looking for something fizzy to go with dinner or lunch.

Deli De Bossi is a recent opening and already becoming a favourite breakfast spot. Apart from coffee, you can get all kinds of toasted sandwiches, filled with everything from mushrooms to hams and salamis.

Another iconic eat-hit list is Parade in Ponsonby. Here, the burgers are served in a pretzel bun and filled with chicken or beef.

Most of these restaurants are casual, but if you’re looking for something a little fancy, book a table at Kingi. Taking cues from Sydney’s own Josh Niland, the dishes at Kingi focus on sustainable seafood, caught locally by local fishermen. The blue cod wings are a must. They’re covered in burnt lime and served with a ranch sauce for dipping. The stracciatella with feijoa is also a standout dish, that’s light and a great start to a meal. Inside, the dining room is cosy with bench seats, fire heaters, and exploded brick walls.

After dinner, walk down the street and grab dessert from Miann. The flavour of the day is always chocolate, and they serve up seriously good desserts. Try the tasting platter for a piece of each pastry on the menu of the day, or pick one that is most desirable to you. Although, the tasting platter is only $23 and you’d be missing out on tasting a little of everything they offer if you didn’t get it.

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Discover art, culture, and movie magic

One of the best ways to learn about a city or country is by visiting its top museums and galleries. The Auckland War Memorial Museum sits atop a hill in Auckland’s Domain, which also happens to be the city’s oldest volcano. This museum is one of the most important as it tells the story of New Zealand’s natural and military history. Take a self-guided walking tour to explore at your own pace. There are plenty of interactive features for the kids and adults. The museum also hosts exhibitions. An ancient Greek exhibition is currently on display and is one of the largest exhibitions the British Museum has ever loaned to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Art lovers, spend a few hours wandering around the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi O Tāmaki. You will find artworks from around the world, including a Picasso or two. Although, the exhibitions are a real treat. Yona Lee’s, An Arrangement of Five Rooms is an incredible installation, spanning multiple rooms, which you can sit on and touch—to immerse yourself in the artwork. Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda, is another must-see exhibition exploring the most pressing issues of our times: climate change and resilience, tino rangatiratanga (sovereignty), activism and social justice.

While art and history museums are insightful and a great way to educate a visitor, there are some other museum types that can be a lot of fun and interactive. Weta Workshop Unleashed is a new Auckland attraction and an incredible experience you don’t want to miss. Step into the world of filmmaking, explore how horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films are made and at times feel as if you’re in a movie. Comedic tour guides will introduce you to movies that are in production and explain every aspect, from prop making to effects, and more. There are even mysteries to be solved, making it fun for the whole family. It’s truly an unmissable experience in Auckland, and one of the best, unique tours you might ever experience.

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Walk on a volcano

Erupting over 100,000 years ago, Pukekawa is one of Auckland’s oldest and most popular volcanoes. Today, the Domain parkland is the remains of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of Pukekawa. Most days you will see people running around the park, families picnicking on the weekend, and tourists snapping photos by the pond or under a magnificent tree, grown from an experiment conducted by the Auckland Acclimatisation Society. Enter from one end, enjoy a picturesque walk, and exit through the historic Parnell shopping and restaurant area. On a sunny day, the atmosphere is charged with romance, but even in the rain, it’s a moody, beautiful sight to see. The Auckland War Memorial Museum’s large neo-Greek architecture is also a standout, commanding top-of-the-mountain views.

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Where to stay in Auckland

If you’re looking to sleep on top of the world, you can’t beat a room in Cordis Auckland’s new Pinnacle Tower. From the pillowy-cloud-like beds, guests have sweeping views of the city from the Sky Tower to Rangitoto and Mount Eden. Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the Eight restaurant downstairs, and canapes and drinks in the Cordis Club lounge on the 14th floor. There’s also a health club, spa, and swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance to some of the best eateries in Auckland, making it a prime option.

Although, if you’re looking to stay in the heart of Britomart, Auckland’s hub of shopping, eating, and drinking, then The Hotel Britomart is where you want to be. From its exterior of hand-made bricks to its beautifully timber-lined rooms, The Hotel Britomart does detail like nobody else. Plus, the best of downtown waterfront Auckland is just outside your front door. With 5 Green Star Design and Build ratings from the NZ Green Building Council, The Hotel Britomart is the country’s ONLY 5 Green Star hotel, and has sustainability built in from the ground up. 

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