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Person reading book outside tiny house in forrest at Unyoked
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Cosy cabins you can stay in near Melbourne

Hide away from the hustle and bustle of the city in one of these tiny houses around Victoria

By Nicola Dowse and Rebecca Russo
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Looking for a tiny house near Melbourne? Cabins are an ideal solution for when you want to get off the beaten track without having to sacrifice access to indoor plumbing. Whether you wanted to head north to the mountains, west to the spa country, east to the Yarra Valley or south to the sea, there's a cosy cabin ready with a comfy bed and wilderness to explore.

On the road? Here are the best scenic drives to take in Victoria. Or make some bigger plans – here are ten Victorian national parks you should visit at least once in your life.

Tiny houses to rent in Victoria

Tiny house in forrest at Unyoked
Tiny house in forrest at Unyoked
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Unyoked

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Ever wanted to stay in a tiny house in the middle of Victoria’s wilderness? Unyoked is a tiny house surrounded by fallow farmland, friendly cows and zip, zero, zilch phone reception. The cabin comes complete with a mini bar filled with ingredients to make lasagna, s'mores and Negronis. Staying here is quiet, but not in a Wolf Creek kind of way. More in a there-is-not-a-soul-around-I-might-as-well-walk-around-naked kind of way. The exact location of the Scandi-inspired off-grid cabin is kept secret until a few days before you go, and there are currently three cabins to check out within two hours drive from Melbourne.

Small blue house on a hill
Small blue house on a hill
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Tiny Stays – Yarra Valley

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Tiny Stays comes as advertised: tiny. But clever use of the space and decor makes it feel cosy rather than claustrophobic. It's located at the top of a straw-coloured hill about ten minutes' drive from Healesville, and your time at the cabin is best spent outside soaking up postcard-perfect views of grazing roos and dense gum forest. There’s even a firepit to keep toasty warm and a stack of board games to keep entertained (yes, you can get phone reception if you’re desperate). Inside the cabin fits a pillow top queen bed, a two-burner gas stove, a bar fridge, kitchen sink, all cooking utensils and basic kitchen ingredients (like oil, condiments and even muesli for breakfast). 

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1860
1860
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1860 Luxury Accommodation

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This luxury timber cabin (from, yes, 1860) is down a laneway just off the main drag in the beautiful Victorian gold rush town. It's surrounded by a lovely garden and gum trees, and it's just the place for peace and quiet. No expense has been spared to turn the cabin into a gorgeous retreat, complete with modern comforts and beautiful period styling. There's an espresso machine, king-sized bed, deep bath, fluffy robes and everything you need to make a hearty breakfast. The furniture is reclaimed and remade from artefacts of the time – a giant bellows forms the coffee table, and an antique cupboard holds the TV and DVD player. 

Shacky

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There’s a simple pleasure in waking up to the sound of magpies, with sunlight streaming in through gaps in the curtains. At Shacky, your time is yours to spend offline however you like – whether that’s walking through olive groves (and meeting the occasional alpaca), reading beside an open fire or cooking eggs and bacon on a potbelly stove. At night guests can enjoy the glow of the fire and a million stars overhead; a bottle of Stone Dwellers Chardonnay (from the local Strathbogie Ranges) tastes even better with a meal you’ve cooked yourself on a wood-fired stove. Not only is the house completely self-sufficient and solar-powered, it has also been designed by Melbourne-based group MvS Architects (using all-Australian materials) to blend in with its surroundings. 

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Exterior shot of the Nest Point Lonsdale
Exterior shot of the Nest Point Lonsdale
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The Nest Point Lonsdale

Hotels Boutique hotels Point Lonsdale

Now technically the Nest refers to its cabins as "pods". If you can get past that minor detail however you'll find the Nest to be both luxurious and tranquil. These cabins (there's a set of three) are spacious, modern, eco-friendly and just outside of Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. The pods are made out of recycled materials, use filtered rainwater and are powered by solar during the day.  It might sound strange, but staying at the Nest really does feel like staying in a nest, albeit one with plush carpeting, spa and an oh-so-comfortable king bed. Ditch your bags as soon as you arrive and sink into the spa with a glass of sparkling (P.S. the mini bar is complimentary). 

Airbnbs to rent in Victoria

The Little White House Airbnb Emerald Victoria
The Little White House Airbnb Emerald Victoria
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The Little White House

Described as a “presidential piece of perfection”, this cosy cottage is located in the small town of Emerald in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. The house comes complete with an indoor fireplace, hot tub and all the amenities you’d expect from a top-notch bed and breakfast. There’s even the option of booking in a “proposal package” (ooh la la!). Bonus: it’s only minutes from Puffing Billy station.

Aire River Escape Airbnb Victoria
Aire River Escape Airbnb Victoria
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Aire River Escape

This private cabin in Aire River is just tucked away from the Great Ocean Road. It’s perfect for couples and comes fully equipped with a kitchen, full-sized sauna, outdoor spa, wood fire and two kayaks which you can take out on the waterways. Dogs can come along too, but be sure to check with the hosts first as there’s lots of native wildlife nearby.

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Hideaway Cottage Airbnb Emerald Victoria
Hideaway Cottage Airbnb Emerald Victoria
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Hideaway Cottage

What’s better than a winter cabin? A winter cabin with its own pizza oven. Yes, this private cottage near Apollo Bay in the Otways has its own built-in outdoor pizza oven, fire pit and barbecue. Not only that but you can explore the fruit trees in the garden, a tree fort, as well as numerous other luxuries. It sleeps four, but you can also book out the nearby tuck-away cabin for extra guests.

Marges Cottage Victoria Airbnb
Marges Cottage Victoria Airbnb
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Marges Cottage

Is this the best bathtub view in Victoria? It might be. Snuggle up in the quiet of south west Gippsland at this private cabin that sleeps four. Inside you’ll be kept warm by a fireplace and be well-fed thanks to a fully equipped kitchen. But it will be hard to tear your eyes off that pastoral view.

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Riverstone Airbnb Victoria
Riverstone Airbnb Victoria
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Riverstone

Situated on the doorstep of Mount Buffalo, Riverstone is a beautiful property to stay in Victoria’s High Country. Nature lovers will adore the location, but everyone will enjoy just how cosy this cabin is. There are three bedrooms (so it sleeps up to six people) as well as two living areas, two covered outdoor areas as well as free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Cortes Cottage Airbnb Victoria
Cortes Cottage Airbnb Victoria
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Cortes Cottage

Another option for High Country visitors is Cortes Cottage, located on one of Australia’s oldest operating walnut farms, Valley Nut Groves. The cottage is newly renovated with a luxe modern interior and some great modern appliances. It can sleep up to four with a queen bed and two extra-long single beds. You’ll be kept warm by a log fire, or you can opt to have a blisteringly hot soak in a gorgeous Victorian claw-foot bath. Plus, you’re only 15 minutes from gourmet towns like Beechworth and Milawa.

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Smiths Gully private retreat Airbnb Victoria
Smiths Gully private retreat Airbnb Victoria
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Smiths Gully retreat

If you’re a wildlife lover, this one is for you. This self-contained house is located in the Kinglake Ranges, which right next to Victoria’s famed Yarra Valley wine region. Here you can enjoy seven hectares of farmland that’s frequently visited by horses, goats, kangaroos, echidnas and even a pair of circling eagles. This accommodation is perfect for couples – and yes, you can bring your pets.

Stone Haven Airbnb Victoria
Stone Haven Airbnb Victoria
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Stone Haven

Located at the base of the Yarra Valley region in Kangaroo Ground, Stone Haven has some of the best views in the state. The house has stunning panoramic views across the region and can accommodate couples (or a couple with a kid and/or dog). The stone studio was built back in 1880 but the interior has all the conveniences of home including an indoor fireplace and a hot tub (what, you don’t have one of those at your house?). The best part? Breakfast is included in the price.

Escape the city and be back by bedtime

Great Otway National Park
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The best day trips from Melbourne

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If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne. The state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore. These one-day escapes are just what the doctor ordered, so get out there and explore Melbourne's beautiful backyard.  

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