Victoria’s best tiny houses to book for a weekend getaway
21.03.2018

Victoria’s best tiny houses to book for a weekend getaway

Words by Kate Streader and Emily-Layne KAPETANOVIC

Who’s in need of a holiday?

Who said bigger is better? If being cooped up inside has given you a sudden urge to go exploring, then perhaps it’s time to venture a little further than your local park. Tiny houses have been gaining a bit of a cult following in recent years inspiring Netflix series after Netflix series.

It seems that the small and sustainable abodes hold a certain allure – especially for travellers. Whether it be by the sea or in the country, these charming dwellings offer an ‘off the grid’ experience, giving visitors the opportunity to put their phone down and truly enjoy the surroundings. Relaxation now, Instagram later.

Here are the best tiny houses to visit in Victoria.

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Boorolite

Swap the sound of late-night trains and blaring horns for crooning cattle and trickling water with a stay in the serene Boorolite. The owners of this property embrace the sustainable lifestyle that the tiny house concept is centred around and offer a range of environmentally-friendly shampoos and soaps, meaning you can leave your toiletries at home. Mt Buller is just a 15-minute drive from the house if you’re keen to stretch your legs plus there’s a fireplace and an upstairs cinema loft for those whose idea of a relaxing holiday doesn’t involve hiking.

Located in Boorolite.

Yarra Valley

Just over an hour’s drive from the city but seemingly worlds away, this tiny house is the perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts. Situated on a 1,500 acre cattle farm and surrounded by national parks, you’ll hardly want to stay indoors with so much to see – but then again, there are pretty spectacular views from the queen-sized bed. Hosts Sarah and Matt specialise in growing organic garlic, which they’ll gladly share with you, and even offer two purchasable hampers and farm tours. The house itself is rustic with a modern edge and certainly fitting of its surroundings. If the Yarra Valley isn’t your destination of choice, there are Shackys available in Olive Grove and The Grampians.

Located in the Yarra Valley.

Powelltown

Buried amongst the trees in the Yarra Ranges, you’ll feel like you’re living out your childhood fantasy in this hobbit-like house. The split level, one ‘bedroom’ tiny house features a loft-style bed that will make you feel like you’re up in the trees – largely thanks to the incorporation of raw cuts of wood that make up the interior. There’s a woodfire indoors if you feel like snuggling up or you can curl up on the cane lounges beneath the peach tree in the private garden. There’s even a desk if you’re feeling productive – the view is far better than that of your office chair and is bound to get the creative juices flowing.

Located in Powelltown

Torquay

Sitting somewhere on the spectrum between a caravan and a luxury beach shack, this tiny house is somewhat of an all-rounder. With more window than wall and enough firewood for you to hole up for the next ten winters, you’ll never want to leave this tiny house. In terms of functionality, all the essentials are there and everything else is up to you. There’s a barbeque outside for summer stays and an indoor fireplace to cheer up your winter getaways, plus the perfectly situated spot offers an ironic amount of privacy for somewhere that is literally 90 per cent glass. Not to mention, the town centre is within walking distance. What more could you want?

Located in Torquay

Emerald

If you’re drawn to the farm life and don’t want to venture too far out of Melbourne, then the Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat is for you. Featured on the likes of travel show Postcards, in the Herald Sun and even as part of a French Connection shoot, this beautiful hut is situated on 40 acres of farmland overlooking the Dandenong Ranges. There’s no shortage of things to do either, the retreat is a stone’s throw from Puffing Billy, Emerald Lake and plenty of bushwalks, that is if the views from the bed aren’t enough already. On top of all that, the bedding, cushions and homewares are all sourced entirely from Australia.

Located in Emerald.

Cape Woolamai

“Disconnect to reconnect” reads the Bohemian Beach Bungalow title, and with a location like this, you’ll definitely be wanting to put your phone away. The bungalow is whimsical and unique catering for those who are looking for a beach getaway or just to relax and enjoy the scenery. Nestled in between the Cape Woolamai surf beach and the safety beach, its a short stroll to the town with plenty of dining options as well as an awesome sunset from the surf beach on clear nights.

Located in Cape Woolamai.

Chum Creek

A five-minute drive from the centre of Healesville lies a blue tiny house that sits with unfettered views of rolling green hills. This unique stay offers you all the quirks of a hotel but it’s just you and nature. The house is fitted with board games and books to keep you occupied but it’s also just ten minutes away from the famous Yarra Valley wineries. So if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan, you don’t get more secluded and more private than this.

Located in Chum Creek. 

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