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. So when you hear it’s possible to do your own rendition of ‘The Bare Necessities’ in treehouse accommodation around Australia well… “Forget about your worries and your strife” and make it happen.[related_articles]34546,46343,38358[/related_articles]
Here are six treehouse hotels around Australia you can rent to leave grown-up life at the door (or ladder chute, whatever).
#1 Silky Oaks Lodge: Port Douglas, Qld
Check-in to your own treehouse accommodation on the fringe of the Daintree? Where do we sign up? At Silky Oaks Lodge they’re not so much treehouses as 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 house in the trees, 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 self-reward, book a session at the Healing Waters Spa; with windows looking out over the leafy surrounds, it couldn’t be more serene if it tried.
#2 Love Cabins: Blue Mountains, NSW
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?[related_articles]3997[/related_articles]
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 in this Blue Mountains treehouse – it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ll want to soak up every single second of. At under two hour’s drive from Sydney, the Wollemi Wilderness treehouse is perfect for a weekend getaway.
#3 Skyhouse Retreat: Denmark, WA
Here’s a bit of holiday house inspo. This architectural treehouse masterpiece in the coastal town of Denmark in WA has been designed to make the most of the surrounding greenery, boasting more floor-to-ceiling windows than actual walls.
The glass treehouse accommodation 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 200m from the front door.
#4 River Room Bellingen Treehouse: Gleniffer, NSW
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 who 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 treehouse, a small dwelling on a private property set back from the main house and reached via a detached walkway.
This treehouse accommodation 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 – not a feature you’d find in your standard hotel. Things don’t get much better than that.
#5 Arcadia Treehouse Cottage: Olinda (Dandenong Ranges) Vic
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 providing accommodation on the property, but the Treehouse’s elevated position will make you feel like the last person on earth. In a good way. It has 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.[related_articles]34346[/related_articles]
#6 Kondalilla Eco Resort: Montville, Qld
Whether you’re with your significant other or going solo, staying at the Kondalilla Eco Resort’s treehouse hotel is an experience that’ll affirm love is real. In their secluded positions high on the property, these Montville 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.
(Lead image: Love Cabins Wollemi)
Erin Van Der Meer is a formerly Sydney-based writer who decided the whole desk job thing just didn’t allow enough time for travel. So she quit said job, bought a flight to Mexico and has been living out of a suitcase ever since. Keep track of her latest adventures on Instagram or Twitter.