Top 5 Winter Staycations
Winter has officially arrived here on the Sunshine Coast and if you’re looking for a staycation close to home, we’ve done the hard work and have discovered five beautiful cottage hideaways, rural retreats and couples’ cabins that are cosy, secluded and surrounded by lush forests and grazing hills – all perfectly located to the area’s stunning hinterland villages, sandy beaches and stunning nature trails. You’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from home, but thankfully only a short drive away and no plane to catch. So what are you waiting for? Pick your holiday abode, grab your favourite people, pack your winter woolies, jump in the car and enjoy a cosy staycation while recharging your batteries with a blissed out local stay.
Conondale Station is one of the largest, privately owned working cattle properties on the Sunshine Coast. Located in Conondale on the Mary River, it spans 930 hectares and is home to Maree Duncombe and her herd of over 300 Braham and Charbray beef cattle. It’s also home to “The Cottage”, a beautiful 60 year old house that has been transformed into a cosy bed and breakfast for guests to relax, unwind and recharge. It’s perfect for small families, groups of friends and couples looking for a romantic weekend escape. Have a look here.
The Postman’s Cottage is a romantic abode for two, set within a 1.5 acre estate with luscious gardens and just a stones throw from the charming town of Montville. The owners have catered for it’s guests to completely relax and fully immerse themselves during their stay. How lovely is that! Listen to the sounds of the local birdlife, melt into the king sized bed, bathe in the clawfoot tub, get creative in the kitchen and simply enjoy the serenity. The only thing is…you may never want to leave. Explore here.
Hidden away off the beaten path in Valdora, Treehaus Cottage is your new favourite retreat. Surrounded by bush and farmland, this all white Instagram friendly cottage has been lovingly created for the purpose of providing a very calm, relaxing and creative environment. Sit on the deck with a glass of wine at golden hour, listen to the birds and watch the cows and ‘roos go by. Wedged between the coast and the hinterland, it’s central location makes it the perfect place for a staycation. See more here.
At Vacay Co, they have created two unique light-filled and self-contained spaces centred around a large sun soaked pool and lounge area in the heart of beautiful Mooloolaba; The Pool House and The Palm House. Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway or a trip away with friends and family for a week or two, their three booking options have you covered for your staycation. There is something for all your senses from the mountains to climb, markets to explore, hidden cafes, fresh seafood, hinterland adventures, sandy days by the beach, cosy nights around the fire pit and so much more! View more here.
Tucked in the Noosa Hinterland you’ll find this beautiful 90sqm architecturally designed cabin made from a shipping container. Yes, a shipping container. Complete with all the modern amenities including the things we rate highly (a large television, king sized bed and super fast wifi), if having a memorable holiday experience in a cabin built by appreciating ecological values and sustainable living, this Hideaway if for you. Lazily sprawl out on the open deck to watch the sunrise with a coffee in hand, or hang by the outdoor fire at night and count the stars. Take a look here.
Need help packing? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few essentials that will make your trip cosy, fun and memorable for years to come.
If you’re in need of some winter woolies to keep you warm and snuggly, there’s plenty to choose from in Centre. Make sure you pop into Connor, Sportsgirl, City Beach, Ally, Jeanswest, Lowes and Cotton On. They have a fantastic range of coats, jackets, jeans, jumpers, boots and lots more.
If you don’t have the right bag to pack all of your beautiful new winter clothes, stop by Strandbags to view their luggage collection. Depending on the length of your staycation, they have suitcases and overnight bags to suit all needs.
There’s always a bit of reading on a staycation, so stock up on a few must reads at Big W and the latest magazines from Paperboxx Newsagency. Board games and gaming are always a big hit when the nights are quiet and relaxed. Pop into Big W to grab Monopoly (and lot’s of other amazing games) and EB Games for the latest in gaming.