Find your perfect winter escape within the Scenic Rim

22 May 2024
10 mins read
Winter escape group sitting around an outdoor fire pit at Mt French Lodge, Scenic Rim

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 calling – it’s the perfect destination in winter to experience frosty breath mornings, blue-sky clear days and snappy cold nights. So, whether you are a Queenslander, or visiting from interstate, pack your bags because here’s a list of 21 toasty winter escapes that are just a playlist away from Brisbane!

Mount French Lodge
Commanding prime position on a majestic mountainside overlooking the Scenic Rim, Mount French Lodge is the epitome of modern luxury and comfort, and is part of the Private Collection by Spicers. Perfect for use by a group of up to 16 people, guests can settle into their own private apartment featuring a cozy floating fireplace and furnished with the finest bedding and fittings, before joining their group for a champagne and stunning meal in the in the main lodge framed by a breathtaking backdrop of Scenic Rim mountains. To book your stay, click here

Alcheringa Holiday Retreat
Alcheringa is the home of two exceptional new holiday houses, adjacent to the famous Binna Burra Lodge at Lamington National Park in the Scenic Rim. overlooking the Coomera and Numinbah Valleys, each house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, lounge and dining areas with floating fireplaces, a mudroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and balconies with gob-smacking views. They provide easy access to the of walking tracks of Lamington National Park and a base for visiting the many attractions of the Scenic Rim. To book your stay, click here

Verandah House Country Estate
The first five-star luxury retreat with THE most breathtaking views of the hinterland and beyond is Verandah House Country Estate, a brand new haven at Tamborine Mountain. Quite simply, it’s stunning. Eight designer-appointed guest suites capture beautiful country style with modern-day luxuries. Each suite has a unique interior design with luxe king beds and sleeping-on-a-cloud bedding, log fireplaces, kitchenette and panoramic mountain views. There’s a wellness space, yoga and meditation areas, a cedar hot tub with a view-to-die-for of the mountains, an infrared sauna, and a stunning communal fire-pit and barn-style space for guests to gather and relax. To book your stay, click here

Country Mile Escape
Perfect for couples looking for a romantic hinterland getaway, or friends and family seeking a relaxing countryside escape, Country Mile Escape provides the perfect peaceful getaway to escape the hustle and bustle with two modern self-contained studios on a 70 acre cattle farm in the beautiful Flying Fox Valley, nestled between Beechmont and Mount Tamborine. Perfectly appointed with luxe bedding and furnishings, deep bathtubs and cosy log fires and outdoor fire-pits, one night will never be enough! To book your stay, click here

Moogie Pod
With magnificent views to Lake Moogerah, Moogie Pod is a stylish tiny house offering couples country seclusion with all the deluxe touches. Settle down by the outdoor firepit with a glass of local wine and watch the night sky spin an endless carpet of stars before retreating indoors to enjoy the queen bed and ensuite with Botanical toiletries and a floor-to-ceiling window at the front of the pod providing everchanging views of the peaceful native setting and visiting local wildlife. Powered by solar energy, visitors sleep soundly knowing they’re treading lightly on the environment. To book your stay, click here

Baya Tiny House Eco-retreat
With views of rolling hills and scenic mountain ranges, guests at the Baya Tiny House Eco-retreat at Ketchups Bank Glamping are rewarded with stylish accommodation in a bijou tiny house fitted with a queen loft bed and luxury linens, a perfectly-formed kitchen, a bathroom with rainfall shower,  and a indoor wood fire and outdoor fire pit. To book your stay, click here

Beechmont Estate
Fancy raising a glass with friends in front of a stunning stone fireplace before settling in for some of the finest paddock-to-plate dining in SE Queensland? This luxury country retreat on the Beechmont plateau, near Lamington National Park, is just the ticket. Situated amongst the rolling fields of a privately-owned Wagyu farm, guests can relax in their own luxury cabin or pavilion with deluxe king beds, fireplaces, and their own private deck looking out over the idyllic hinterland countryside. Watching the sun set over the green hills, with horses grazing in the distance and an open fire crackling closely on the terrace is a seriously wonderful experience. Part of the Northern Escape Collection, a portfolio of boutique sustainable experiences that celebrate Queensland’s diverse natural beauty, the estate is harnessing cutting-edge renewables technology to become Australia’ first carbon positive hotel. To book your stay, click here

Eighteen Mile Cottage and Homestead
Eighteen Mile Homestead in Darlington is a perfect tree change experience. The tastefully decorated 1920s timber cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and features an outdoor firepit with log seating. The larger family friendly homestead caters for 15 people and has 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 book your stay, 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 flames crackle. There’s also a huge fire pit outside, perfect for a glass of wine and a few tunes. To book your stay, click here

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

Cedar Glen Farmstay
Enjoy genuine country living 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. To book your stay, click here

Greenlee Cottages
Featuring four contemporary cottages all with their own rustic charm, Greenlee Cottages offers a 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 book your stay, 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. To book your stay, click here

Hanoob Views
The owners of Hanoob Views understand your pets are part of the family, that’s why their two houses welcome them too! Located in Carney’s Creek, the two properties are private from each other, and feature all the creature comforts you need. In each living room, there’s wood burning fireplaces where you can rug up and spend an evening tasting flavours of the Scenic Rim or playing a board game, all with your four-legged mate! To book your stay, click here

Binna Burra Lodge
Relax in comfort high above the clouds at the famous Binna Burra Lodge’s Sky Lodges or Rainforest Campsite. At 800m above sea level, Binna Burra sits amidst the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park – you are on top of the world! Each of the Sky Lodge apartments has a fireplace, and out the huge windows are breathtaking views. OR camp (or campervan) at the Rainforest Campsites which have multiple communal firepits. A safari tent with its own private firepit is also available, subject to availability. To book your stay, click here

Herrmann House
Step back in time to an era long-gone at the historic Herrmann House in gorgeous Kalbar. Inside the stunningly restored house, there’s four double bedrooms and two fireplaces, beautifully fitted out.  There is also a fire pit in the conifer garden, giving guests that true country winter experience. To book your stay, 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 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. To book your stay, click here

Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages
With superb views of Mount Barney and Mount Maroon, and nestled among their own vineyard, Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages is your ultimate peaceful hideaway. Choose to stay in one of their four charming cottages or a cabin as your base to take a heart-racing climb up Mount Barney, cast a line in the creek, relax and watch the resident wildlife in their idyllic natural surrounds, or simply cuddle up in front of your cottage’s indoor wood-fire heater with a bottle of their boutique wine. To book your stay, click here

Worendo Cottages
Escape from the fast lane and stay to this stunning 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 you can gather under the stars with free firewood and marshmallows. To book your stay, click here

Pethers Rainforest Retreat
This private and secluded retreat on Tamborine Mountain has been exclusively designed for adults and is set on five hectares of pristine rainforest. Each of Pethers 10 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 book your stay, click here

Moogerah Lake Houses
There are six fantastic lake houses to choose from and all can 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 book your stay here

Perched beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and the ancient rainforest wonderland of Lamington National Park, Nightfall’s glamping experience providing an immersive connection to nature without foregoing any creature comforts. Here you’ll want for nothing in your own private luxury tent with a 360-degree rotating fireplace, twin vintage baths, rain-head shower and luxurious king-size bed and well-stocked kitchenette. To book your  stay, click here

Looking for more great winter escapes within the Scenic Rim? The Scenic Rim is bursting with cottages, farm stays, camping and glamping, and luxury retreats and lodges to help you recharge and reconnect.  Click here to book your stay.