19 escapes to curl up next to a toasty fireplace

If you’re dreaming of a winter escape complete with a roaring fireplace, a bottle of wine and a cheese platter, the Scenic Rim is the perfect destination for you to get away and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Pack your bags because we’ve put together a list of 19 snuggly and intimate experiences that are sure to have you feeling extra toasty this winter.

The Bunyip Retreat

Perched high atop Mount French in Charlwood, guests to the Bunyip Retreat will be treated to spectacular views of the Great Dividing Range and the valley below. Visitors can choose from a number of suites, all of which come with leather sofas, timber floors, an outdoor patio for enjoying the sunset, and that all-important fireplace. To book your next stay, click here.


 

Eighteen Mile Cottage and Homestead

Surrounded by beautiful trees and mountain landscapes, Eighteen Mile Homestead in Darlington is your perfect chance to experience a relaxing tree change. The tastefully decorated 1920s timber cottage can sleep up to four people in two bedrooms and features an outdoor firepit with log seating.

The larger family friendly homestead can cater for 15 people and boasts two fireplaces. The inside fireplace is a traditional open chimney style, while outside there is a designated fire pit area with seating. Visitors are provided with firewood and a large cooking plate for the fire pit during their stay. To reserve your next weekend away, click here.


 

Lumiere Farmhouse

This lovingly restored century-old farmhouse in Woolooman is set on two acres surrounded by rolling hills. The property features all the comforts of home, including a fireplace in the living area, making it the perfect spot to curl up on the couch with a good book while listening to the crackle of the flames. There is also a huge fire pit outside where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a few tunes. For more information, like them on Facebook.


 

Wongari Eco Retreat

Get off the grid and reconnect with nature at Wongari Eco Retreat, located 40 minutes south of Beaudesert in Lamington. Guests can choose from two self-contained cabins, each with their own unique views and experiences. ‘Serenity’ is nestled in the forest and set beside the waters of Christmas Creek, while ‘Bimbul’ is open to the forest canopies with expansive 360-degree views of the mountains. Each cabin also has fireplaces inside and outside, guaranteed to keep you warm on even the coldest of nights. To book, click on their website.



 

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Enjoy a genuine country living experience on a real working farm at the Historic Cedar Glen Farmstay in Beaudesert, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. There are four private historic accommodation options to choose from, including the Cedar Glen Homestead, Stinson Cottage, Wallaby Cottage and Dairy Cottage. Three of their cottages have an indoor pot belly fireplace and outdoor fire pits. Click here to book your next getaway.


 

Greenlee Cottages

Featuring four contemporary cottages all with their own rustic charm, Greenlee Cottages offers a serene and peaceful weekend away with picturesque views of the Canungra Valley. There are four cottages available for those who like the finer things in life, with breakfast included. Near the creek, visitors will find a communal fire pit, the perfect spot to toast marshmallows while admiring the starry skies above. To experience the beauty of Canungra, click here.


 

Scenic Rim Adventure Park

If camping, hiking, mountain bike riding and four-wheel driving are more your style, the Scenic Rim Adventure Park is located on a 680-acre property at Tamrookum Creek. There are 14 individual camping areas located throughout the property, and they all have their own campfire locations. Guests can purchase cut firewood at the park entry or are welcome to collect their own from around the property. The campfires are sure to be a popular spot at night following a full day of exploring. More information can be found here.


 

Hanoob Views

The owners of Hanoob Views understand your pets are part of the family, that’s why their two houses are pet friendly. Located in Carney’s Creek, the two properties are private from each other, and feature all the creature comforts to make this your home away from home for a few days. In each living room, you will find wood burning fireplaces where you can rug up with your significant other and spend an evening chatting or playing a board game, all with your four-legged. To book a holiday with your fur baby, click here.


 

Binna Burra Sky Lodges and Rainforest Campsite

Relax in comfort high above the clouds when booking a reservation at the Binna Burra Sky Lodges and Rainforest Campsite. Positioned 800 metres above sea level amidst the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park, you can’t help but feel you’re on top of the world.

Each of the Sky Lodge apartments are fitted with inbuilt fireplaces which can be enjoyed while admiring the views. Alternatively, the Rainforest Campsites allow you to pitch a tent or bring your own small campervan. The campsite features multiple communal firepits, and guests can purchase bags of firewood from reception. A safari tent with its own private firepit is also available, subject to availability. Locals and tourists can book here.



 

Herrmann House

Step back in time to an era long-gone by choosing to stay at the historic Herrmann House in Kalbar. Inside the house, guests will find four bedrooms and two fireplaces, which is sure to keep everyone warm this winter. There is also a fire pit in the conifer garden, giving guests that true country winter experience. If you’re interested in making a reservation, click here.


 

The Old Church Bed and Breakfast

For a heavenly stay in the Scenic Rim, reserve a room at this old historic church located in Boonah. Guests can choose from an array of accommodation options, including rooms and private ensuites and verandas in the church, or the adjoining self-contained studio. There is an inside fireplace and outdoor fire pit to keep all travelers warm throughout their stay. You can choose which room best suits you here.


 

Worendo Cottages

Escape from the fast lane and stay in a stunning and peaceful wilderness setting overlooking the World Heritage Rainforest Mountains of Lamington National Park. Their three cottages feature indoor fireplaces, and all have an outdoor campfire setting where loved ones can gather under the stars with free firewood and marshmallows. If this sounds like the break you need, click here.


 

Wallaby Ridge Retreat

Located in a secluded bushland setting in the foothills of Tamborine Mountain, Wallaby Ridge Retreat offers three self-contained suites. There is an outdoor fire place and pizza oven available for group bookings in the alfresco area, and a new fire pit near the dam, allowing guests the perfect vantage spot to see natural wildlife including possums, gliders, koalas and more. To book your hinterland getaway, book here.


 

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

This private and secluded retreat on Tamborine Mountain has been exclusively designed for adults and is set amidst five hectares of pristine rainforest. Each of Pethers ten private treehouses are surrounded by rainforest and include a spa for two and a fireplace, meaning guests can fully unwind and relax in style. The award-winning restaurant also hosts a large, open sided fireplace, so you’ll definitely feel extra warm while enjoying their meal. To escape to the rainforest, book here.


 

The Grove Cottage and Olive Grove

Nestled next to a boutique olive grove, the cottage is only short drive to two Scenic Rim townships – Boonah and Kalbar. The Grove Cottage has a beautiful vintage style fireplace with views overlooking the olive grove. The grove also has a fire pit where guests can enjoy a barbecue or cook smores while enjoying the cotton candy coloured skies during a majestic Scenic Rim sunset. To book, click here.



 

Moogerah Lake Houses

With six lake houses to choose from, the only hard choice guests have to make is deciding on where to rest their heads during their getaway. All of the houses can cater to your every need and have the capability to sleep large groups of families or friends. Three of the lake houses have their own fire pits which is sure to add to the ambience of your country escape. Share with your friends and then book here.



 

Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro

Diners who stop by the Three Little Pigs Bar and Bistro on Tamborine Mountain will find a cosy four-sided central fireplace in the middle of the restaurant. Guests will be able to enjoy a quality meal while feeling the heat radiating from the fireplace at this popular eatery. To see their menu, book here.


 

Margaret Goldsmith Gallery

If you love to experience art and culture, swing by the Margaret Goldsmith Gallery on Tamborine Mountain. The gallery has been a popular destination for tourists for the past 16 years and features an array of artworks to peruse and admire. Guests will be able to take their coats off and wander the gallery comfortably as it is heated by a pot-belly heater. You can find out more about the gallery by clicking here.



Hammermeister House

Hammermeister House is a historic Queenslander in Boonah that offers a commercial kitchen for cooking classes, and accommodation for weekend getaways or special occasions. There is an indoor fireplace where guests can mingle in front of, as well as an outdoor fire pit where a few laughs can be shared. More information can be found here.