The best tiny holiday homes in NSW

Dreaming of a weekend getaway? In need of the great outdoors to clear your head? 

It’s time to try a tiny house. At least for a little while. 

This minimalist trend began with the idea that living with less can give a whole lot more. In the past few years, the movement has spilt over into holiday rentals. 

In less than two hour’s drive from Sydney, you can reach dozens of tiny house holiday homes in incredible settings. Escape to hidden emerald forests, wine country, beachside shacks or campfire clearings.

If you love the idea, you need to know that most of these homes have loft beds. You will need good mobility to stay in these.

Still keen? It’s time to chase some tiny dreams.

1. Arabella CABN, Kangaroo Valley

Picture: CABN

This off-the-grid timber cabin has a modern vibe and can sleep up to five people. Nestled in a secluded clearing in the Kangaroo Valley, the cottage includes an outdoor fire pit and freestanding bathtub that sits in the middle of a giant glass cube.

Picture: CABN

You can book fresh meal packages for your stay. Feast on daily baked croissants, free range eggs and bacon, fresh fruits and veg, and deli meat and cheese boards.

Picture: CABN

From Sydney: 2 hours

Pricing per night: From $289

Sleeps: Up to five

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2. Unyoked, Southern Highlands and Lower Hunter

Unyoked is all about escaping from the 9-5. With three timber cabins in NSW to choose from, it has never been so easy to get lost in the wilderness.

Picture: Unyoked

These minimalist timber cottages are as Instagrammable as they come. The tiny houses are fit with picnic tables, fire pits, composting toilets and hot showers. If you’ve been dreaming of lush valleys and wine country, you’re in luck. Unyoked cabins are hidden in multiple secluded locations across NSW.

Picture: Unyoked

From Sydney: 2 hours

Pricing per night: From $199

Sleeps: 2-3

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3. In2theWild

Lake Macquarie, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Hunter Valley and Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region. You’ve chosen the tiny house – next comes location. In2theWild lets you pick a general area and the secret address is revealed last minute.

Picture: In2theWild

These tiny houses are for the adventurous. Each location has it’s own unique experiences: from horse riding and wineries to waterfalls and farms.

Picture: In2theWild

From Sydney: 1-3 hours

Pricing per night: From $179

Sleeps: 2-4

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4. Kindled, Oberon Shire

It’s likely you’ll spot kangaroos, wombats and birdlife when you’re tucked away in this forest cabin. Set on 250 acres of pristine gumtree conservation grounds and overlooking a large river, the sunsets at Kindled don’t get much better.

The private cottage boasts plush double beds, a full kitchenette and 360-degree views of the rolling hills. Wake up in the middle of this outdoor paradise and enjoy the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your own tiny home.

Picture: Kindled

From Sydney: 3 hours

Pricing per night: $220 for two, $270 for four

Sleeps: 2-4

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5. Tallarook Tiny Home, Shoalhaven

Picture: Tom Wilson Media, Tallarook Tiny Home

Relax and regenerate. Tallarook is the perfect place to surround yourself with nature without straying too far from home. The sustainable cottage sits on the Clyde River – and despite nestled in the Australian bushland – has all the amenities of a regular house.

Picture: Tom Wilson Media, Tallarook Tiny Home

The 50-acre property has bushwalking trails, kayaking and plenty of wildlife. If you’d rather just chill out cabin-style, the tiny home is fitted with a breakfast bar and comfy loft bed for afternoon siestas.

Picture: Tom Wilson Media, Tallarook Tiny Home

From Sydney: 2-3 hours

Pricing per night: From $250

Sleeps: 3

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6. Tilba Lake Camp, Eurobodalla

The Bonnie Eco Pod under the stars. Picture: Tilba Lake Camp

One of the first tiny homes in NSW, Tilba Lake Camp now has a range of options for holiday goers. Stay in a luxury bell tent, or in eco pods Bonnie and Clyde.

The Lotus Bell Tent. Picture: Tilba Lake Camp

The chic properties are nestled in the coastal paddocks of Tilba, and boast lake, ocean and mountain views. Enjoy comfortable layered queen beds, full kitchen amenities, private fire pits and saltwater pool access.

The Bonnie Eco Pod. Picture: Tilba Lake Camp

From Sydney: 5 hours

Pricing per night: From $195 (tents) and $200 (tiny houses)

Sleeps: 2 (note this one may be tough for people with limited mobility)

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7. Nook Divine, Southern Highlands

Picture: Nook Divine

This quaint cottage sits on a scenic landscaped property in Berrima. Nook Divine is a short walk to restaurants, museums, arts and crafts, local produce outlets, shopping, and the historic Berrima Court House.

Picture: Nook Divine

The surrounding village is well known for its Georgian architecture, so a wander through town is an experience in itself. The 35 square metre home has a large deck, queen bedroom, complete amenities, lounge and eating area.

From Sydney: 1.5 hours

Pricing per night: From $130

Sleeps: 2

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8. The Loft, Mudgee

Picture: Wild Escapes / The Loft

Perched on the edge of the Cudgegong Valley, The Loft is a rustic eco home with a Nordic-style chic interior.

Picture: Wild Escapes / The Loft

It’s 18 square metre floor space boasts a mezzanine queen bed, kitchen amenities and a tiny library. Guest can enjoy Italian-brewed coffee and a locally produced breakfast, or a glass of regional wine on the private deck. If you have limited mobility, sadly this one may be tough.

Picture: Wild Escapes / The Loft

From Sydney: 3.5 hours

Pricing per night: From $155

Sleeps: 2

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9. The Whispers, Blue Mountains

Picture: Tiny Away / The Whispers

What better way to enjoy one of NSW’s most popular destinations, than in your own tiny house? City dwellers adore the contemporary styling and rural setting of this little getaway home. The laptop-friendly nook makes The Whispers an ideal choice for those who work on the go.

Picture: Tiny Away / The Whispers

Guests can enjoy the 1km loop trail that joins the back of the property; perfect for walks, runs and mountain biking. Enjoy the fire pit at night, and visit the resident sheep, chickens and ducks during the day.

From Sydney: 1.5 hours

Pricing per night: From $199

Sleeps: 4

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10. 6Sixteen The Banks, Agnes Banks

Picture: 6Sixteen / Airbnb

This tiny home has a big personality. Boasting giant windows and a stylish modern interior, 6Sixteen is the perfect tiny home for a secluded weekend getaway.

Picture: 6Sixteen / Airbnb

The cabin isn’t far from Windsor, Kurrajong village and Glenbrook. If you’d rather stay indoors, the cosy loft bedroom and sofa bed are a good excuse to do so. A family of four can enjoy the sweeping lagoon views with a Blue Mountains backdrop.

Picture: 6Sixteen / Airbnb

From Sydney: 1 hour

Pricing per night: From $149

Sleeps: 2-4

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11. The Saddle Camp, Braidwood

Picture: Saddle Camp

Named by The Business Insider as one of the coolest tiny homes in the world, Saddle Camp is the perfect destination for the animal lovers. As the name suggests, the property is located on a horse riding farm. Guests can saddle up for a trail ride or explore the open pony meadows.

Picture: Saddle Camp

The cabin itself boasts stylish timber interiors, a well-equipped kitchen and a comfy loft bed. Head to the onsite cafe for fantastic coffee and other treats. 

From Sydney: 3 hours

Pricing per night: From $129

Sleeps: 3

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12. Big Tiny Jindera Park, Riverine Murray

Picture: Big Tiny Jindera Park / Stayz

This ultimate nature escape is situated in a 500-acre property, ten minutes from Albury. The little home has a funky modern design, surprisingly open-plan interiors and cleverly organised amenities.

Picture: Big Tiny Jindera Park / Stayz

Fit with a bar fridge, loft bed and sleek bathroom, Big Tiny gives you the opportunity to get close to nature without sacrificing comfort. For the animal lovers, there are horses, cows, kangaroos and parrots that live on the surrounding property.

From Sydney: 5 hours

Pricing per night: $155

Sleeps: 3

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13. Surf Shack, Suffolk Park

Picture: Surf Shack / Airbnb

Ten minutes drive from Byron Bay, this surf cabin is the perfect option for a beach getaway.

Picture: Surf Shack / Airbnb

The stylish interiors are fit with a full kitchen and loft bed, and natural light streams through the open space all day. Tallows Beach is only a 5 minute walk away, and a 2km stroll will bring you to the breathtaking views of Broken Head.

From Sydney: 8 hours

Pricing per night: From $95

Sleeps: 2

Click here for more information.

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