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The best tiny houses and cosy cabins to rent near Sydney

They're tiny, but perfectly formed for a cosy weekend out of the city

Alannah Maher
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Alannah Maher
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Maya Skidmore
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Eco-friendly, picture-perfect and sometimes surprisingly luxurious – tiny holiday houses are popping up all over the state. Whether or not you’re keen on the idea of living the tiny-house life full-time, a brief stay in one of these compact yet comfortable cabins – complete with soothing bushland or rural surrounds – is a novelty experience you should try at least once (so long as you don’t mind the idea of climbing a ladder to get into bed).

We’ve rounded up some of the best tiny house escapes across New South Wales that you can knock over in a weekend getaway from Sydney. Most are perfect for a romantic escape for two adults or are the ideal retreat for solo travelers looking for the ultimate me-time. Others have a little more room so you can vaycay with friends, the kids, and even the dog. 

Want more? Check out our list of the best winter getaways you can take from Sydney.

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What's the vibe? This relaxed farm stay on a remote property is the ultimate in off-the-grid accomodation, complete with state forest views, fresh linen and hot running water. Prepare to be visited by a herd of some 25 goats (including babies!) who are eager for pats. Bring a good book and good wine and prepare to while away the hours in the hammock, around the fire, and on the window-hemmed queen bed with cuppa. Read our in-depth review here

Distance from Sydney? About three hours 

What's nearby? Oberon, Mayfield Garden, Helmshore Alpacas, national park for hiking, 4WD-ing and swimming

How much? From $220 per night

 

Whats the vibe? A perfect colder weather escape, this tiny cottage with a slanted roof, fire pit and prime-star gazing is all set in Orange's wine country, with warm beds available for four people. A lush and crisp country escape, the Tiny Isabella is a short stroll away from local wineries, meaning you can wed warm winter luxury with off-grid, sustainable living.

Distance from Sydney? About three hours.

What's nearby? Orange, wineries, gourmet food options galore. 

How much? From $220 a night.

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What’s the vibe? Unyoked has plentiful tiny house retreats dotted throughout NSW, with all of them distinctive for their minimal-Scandavian energy and gorgeous large window action. 'Banjo' is a notable mention, situated on a rolling green property that comes with a dramatic waterfall, an elevated bed, steamy showers. In the middle of a subtropical rainforest, this Aussie icon is near a private beach and a creek crossing. 

Distance from Sydney? About two hours

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How much? From $223 a night

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What’s the vibe? This is one of the more luxurious tiny house escapes we’ve found, and you won’t need to travel far to find it. This minimalist dam-side cabin comes furnished with all the creature comforts, with an elevated queen-sized bed overlooking views of the dam and surrounding bushland, and a large deck suspended over the water where you can cook a barbecue or roast marshmallows over the fire pit. You’ll wake up to the whinny of 80 resident horses at this 140-acre working farm, and if you’re in an equestrian mood you can take part in horse riding, lessons and feedings.

Distance from Sydney? Around an hour and a half

What’s nearby? Moss Vale

How much? From $300 a night

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What’s the vibe? You’ll need to travel a little further afield than most of the tiny house escapes on this list to reach this destination – however after Time Out paid a visit in 2019, we can confirm that this adults-only retreat is well worth clambering onto a tiny domestic flight. Tilba Lake Camp has two tiny homes – named Bonnie and Clyde – nestled lakeside amongst 11 acres of unspoilt coastal countryside. Off to one side you can look past the lake to cows grazing on soft green fields, and pick up a carrot from the feeding box to hand-feed a resident horse. Stroll a few minutes the other way and the landscape changes dramatically as you stare out across the ocean. These luxury “pods” are complete with all the eco-friendly trimmings you’d expect from a picture-perfect tiny house (just try not to let the bugs follow you in at night) with an optional “in-pod dining experience”. You’re close to the quaint regional towns of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba – with a combined population of less than 300 – as well as the stunning blue waters of the Eurobodalla Shire. 

Distance from Sydney? About a five hour drive; or take a one hour flight from Sydney to Moruya Airport and drive about an hour to Tilba

What’s nearby? Narooma, Montague Island, Bodalla 

How much? From $285 a night

What’s the vibe? Nestled amongst five acres of pastoral surrounds, at this tiny home you can look out to views of the Blue Mountains and designer horse studs from your plush loft bed courtesy of the large stacking glass cedar doors. Catering for 2-4 guests, this place is kitted out with a fire pit fit for marshmallow toasting and barbecues and wide-open spaces to wander. Plus, there's a hammock to make the most of a lazy afternoon with a good book and a glass of something chilled. 

Distance from Sydney? Less than three hours’ drive

What’s nearby? Windsor, Kurrajong Village, Glenbrook

How much? From $199 a night

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What’s the vibe? Mowbray Park Farmstay is the closest farm-based experience you’ll find to Sydney. Amongst it’s various accommodation options you’ll find its version of the tiny house, aka its Paperbark Cottages. Sitting above the farm’s orchard, these designer cottages are surrounded by 360 degree countryside views – with a deck and BBQ facilities to boot. You can get as interactive as you dare with the farm, feeding donkeys, alpacas, ducks and sheep; milking the cow; and maybe even bottle-feeding a calf in the spring. There’s room to bring along a child (pony rides are a hit), or grown ups can get away from it all sans little ones (and perhaps take a horse trail ride).

Distance from Sydney? About an hour and a half drive

What’s nearby? Camden, Campbelltown, Thirlmere Lakes National Park

How much? From $190 a night

What’s the vibe? This tiny house is nestled within the Vintry, a property in Pokolbin, smack bang the middle of the Hunter Valley wine region. It is surrounded by vineyards on three sides, with the Pokolbin State Forest bordering it to the west. You’ll feel completely secluded as you watch wild kangaroos graze on the lawn at sun set – yet this studio space fit for two is only a short hop from some of the top wineries, restaurants and cafés in the Hunter. 

Distance from Sydney? About two hours

What’s nearby? The Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens

How much? From $199 a night

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What’s the vibe? This property might have a funny name, but at Dam It Getaway the tiny house life is no joke. This studio style accommodation, set in 78 acres of farmland, is comfortable for two adults. Warm up at the outdoor fire pit and take dip in the pool and spa, which are shared with the guests in the property’s homestead and cabin. In the warmer months, you can take a walk to the river for a swim. Damn it, couldn’t find a dogsitter? Not to worry, this place is pet friendly, and the three resident dogs will be sure to make your furry family member feel at home. 

Distance from Sydney? A little over three hours

What’s nearby? Gloucester, Barrington Tops National Park

How much? From $170 a night

What’s the vibe? This tiny house escape is the perfect destination for mountain bikers, avid bushwalkers and nature lovers – but most importantly, they have alpacas (and you can feed them!). At this farm stay, the hosts will also introduce you to other farm animals including the farm dogs and goats. You can even get up close to a beehive – and yes, you can buy the honey to take home too. Your hosts will also show you around the massive property and direct you to the best walking and biking trails (BYO bike). You’re also only ten minutes’ walk from the local pub, the Gold and Fleece Hotel, in the historic gold mining town of Windeyer, which has a population of less than 200. 

Distance from Sydney? About three and a half hours 

What’s nearby? Mudgee, Wollemi National Park, Goulburn River National Park

How much? From $199 a night

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