Here Are 8 Amazing Treehouses You Can Rent In Australia
Leave grown-up life at the door (or ladder chute, whatever).
The novelty of a treehouse never wears off. There’s just something about being surrounded by nature, feeling as though you’ve stepped up and away from the rest of the world. To be real though, it’s also probably just the sheer delight in living out your Jungle Book-inspired childhood fantasies.
Here are eight treehouses around Australia you can rent to leave grown-up life at the door (or ladder chute, whatever).
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Silky Oaks Lodge: Port Douglas, Queensland
Check-in to your own treehouse on the fringe of the Daintree? Where do we sign up? At Silky Oaks Lodge they’re not so much treehouses but fancy hotel rooms in the tree tops, equipped with king beds, marble bathrooms and – the ultimate in “I’m a grown up” luxury – robes and slippers. If you can tear yourself away from your pad, you can hike in the rainforest and swim, snorkel or canoe down the Mossman River, which runs right through the property. But for an extra dose of ‘treat yo’self’, book a session at the Healing Waters Spa; with windows looking over the leafy surrounds, it couldn’t be more serene if it tried.
Rates start at $398 per night.
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Love Cabins: Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Arriving for your stay at Wollemi Wilderness Cabin, a rustic yet luxurious (rusturious?) treehouse at Love Cabins in the Blue Mountains, you’ll have a difficult decision to make: after you pour some wine, will you breathe in that fresh mountain air on the balcony, curl up on the couch in front of the cosy fire place or take a long, life-affirming bath? It’s a tough call. Whatever you choose, it’ll be backdropped with views of the rolling peaks of the Blue Mountains and probably some mist and birds and other magical things. Don’t organise too many activities for your stay here – it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ll want to soak up every single second of.
Rates for the Wollemi Wilderness Cabin start at $319 per night.
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An Airbnb find: Mullumbimby, New South Wales
Turns out the treehouse experience doesn’t have to break the bank. This little gem five minutes outside of Mullumbimby and a short drive from Byron Bay is just like the the treehouse of your childhood – small and private, and an escape from everyday annoyances (even if those have changed from parents and homework to taxes and bad knees). The basic but comfortable treehouse sleeps up to two people and is on a private property with a pool, sauna, outdoor shower and views over the hinterland. It’s a no-fuss space; there’s a shared bathroom or a compost toilet and no electricity in the room. You can charge devices on the property if you need to, but the effort required is all the more motivation to do a digital detox.
Rates start at $50 per night.
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Skyhouse Retreat: Denmark, Western Australia
Here’s a bit of holiday house inspo. This architectural masterpiece in the coastal town of Denmark inWA has been designed to make the most of the surrounding greenery, boasting more floor-to-ceiling windows than actual walls. The glass house gives you front row seats to the show of nature. If you can drag yourself out of the chill zone, Ocean Beach is just one kilometre away across the inlet and the beautiful Bibbulmun track – one of the world’s great long-distance walking trails – is just 200 metres from the front door.
Rates start at $190 per night.
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River Room Bellingen Treehouse: Gleniffer, New South Wales
Drive 40 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour and you’ll reach the town of Gleniffer in a rural area called Promised Land. This area was apparently named after an Italian farmer fell in love with the fertile area, which has several rivers running through lush green countryside. It’s here in the Promised Land that you’ll find the peaceful River Room, a small dwelling on a private property set back from the main house and reached via a detached walkway. It was designed by renowned Australian architect Richard Leplastrier, whose whole vibe has been described as “an ode to nature”. This rings true for the River Room, a minimalist space made primarily from local wood and iron. The piece de resistance is the wall that opens like a garage door to reveal Never Never Creek just metres below. Plus, the property comes with its own private swimming hole. Things don’t get much better than that.
Rates start at $150 per night.
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Arcadia Treehouse Cottage: Olinda (Dandenong Ranges) Victoria
You’ll probably struggle to believe you’re just an hour’s drive east from Melbourne in this leafy hideaway. The Treehouse Cottage at Arcadia is a cosy space that sits high up among the greenery of the Dandenong Ranges. There are three other cottages on the property, but the Treehouse’s elevated position will make you feel like the last people on earth. In a good way. It’s got floor-to-ceiling windows, a small kitchen, a large tub, a fireplace and a secret loft if you want to hideaway within your hideaway. What else could you possibly need? A massage? Oh, no worries, there’s an on-site spa for that.
Rates start at $285 per night.
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A cosy cabin: Hobart, Tasmania
Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s best wilderness; the kind that makes you want to throw it all in and quit the city. You’ll get to experience this to the fullest in this modest but comfy treehouse on a private property in Lower Longley, about a 30 minute drive from Hobart. It’s a treehouse in the most traditional sense; the interior is kept basic with just a queen size bed, lamp, heater and chest of draws (there’s a bathroom in the main building). The only thing better than having the countryside at your window is the outdoor bath where you can look at the stars while you soak like the FernGully fairy you are.
Rates start at $50 per night.
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Kondalilla Eco Resort: Montville, Queensland
Whether you’re with your significant other or going solo, staying at the treehouses at the Kondalilla Eco Resort is an experience that will affirm love is real. In their secluded positions high on the property, these treehouses are the epitome of rainforest romance. The self-contained pole cabins all comes with wood fires, a kitchenette, a private bathroom and deck and a spa bath looking over the ferns outside. The spectacular Kondalilla National Park and its namesake waterfall is just a short stroll away.
Rates start at $240 per night.
(Lead image: Love Cabins Wollemi)