Cosy Winter Getaways for Brisbane Families with Indoor and Outdoor Fires

Queensland might be known for being tropical and warm most of the year, but there are still plenty of opportunities for cosying up in front of a fire at a chilly location this winter. Read on and plan your winter getaway!

Lamington National Park

scenic photo of sunset over mountains and gorges

Luke’s Bluff, Lamington National Park (IMAGE CREDIT: Destination Gold Coast)

The World Heritage-listed sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park is always crisp and cool thanks to its position 800 metres above sea level in the Gold Coast hinterland. There’s a breathtaking view at every turn when exploring this majestic location.

Things to do

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Tree Top Walk bridge into tree canopy

IMAGE CREDIT: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Bushwalks are an obvious must on your visit, but you can also enjoy the Tree Top Walk at O’Reilly’s, horse riding, bird feeding, bush tucker tours and several organised kids’ activities, as well as gourmet dining with magnificent views, tea houses and more.

Where to stay

Binna Burra Lodge

Binna Burra safari tents nestled into hillside and showing views

Accommodation: Apartments, safari tents and campsites

Cosy factor: Gas flame fireplaces in the apartments, communal fire pits for the safari tents and campsites

https://www.binnaburralodge.com.au/ 

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

IMAGE CREDIT: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Accommodation: Hotel-style rooms, suites and villas

Cosy factor: Suites and villas have fireplaces

https://oreillys.com.au/ 

O’Reilly’s Campground (previously known as Green Mountain Campground)

IMAGE CREDIT: O’Reilly’s Campground

Accommodation: Safari tents, campsites and campervan sites

Cosy factor: Communal fire pit

https://oreillys.com.au/oreillys-campground/ 

Check out our reviews of Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s and Binna Burra and Lamington National Park to find out more about these stunning locations and things to do in the area.

Tamborine Mountain

Waterfalls at Curtis Falls in Tamborine National Park

Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

Tamborine Mountain, whose lush, green peak is positioned snugly between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is an absolute gem. With so many wonderful little spots, parks, tracks and waterfalls to be discovered here, you could spend days exploring. 

Things to do

Extend yourself on the TreeTop Challenge at Thunderbird Park, walk the rainforest canopy on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, check out a local vineyard, marvel at the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, potter around the local stores along Gallery Walk or picnic in the clouds at Hang Gliders Lookout.

Where to stay

Cedar Creek Lodges

Living room in Creek Lodge at Cedar Creek Lodges

Accommodation: Rooms and self-contained lodges

Cosy factor: Self-contained lodges have fireplaces and some rooms have access to outdoor fire pits

https://www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au/

Thunderbird Park 

glamping in Lotus Tent at Thunderbird Park Mount Tamborine

Accommodation: Glamping tents, campsites and caravan sites

Cosy factor: Fire pits at every glamping, van and campsite

https://www.thunderbirdpark.com/

The Cottages Mount Tamborine

IMAGE CREDIT: The Cottages Mount Tamborine

Accommodation: Self-contained cottages

Cosy factor: Cottages all have fireplaces

https://thecottages.com.au/ 

Check out our guide on how to spend a family weekend in Mount Tamborine for more things to do in this beautiful location that’s only one hour’s drive from Brisbane.

Stanthorpe

Father and son walking through vineyard in Stanthorpe

Located approximately three hours west of Brisbane, Stanthorpe and the surrounding Granite Belt region is the perfect location for a weekend or week away from the bright lights of the city, with a plethora of attractions for families to enjoy in the area.

Things to do

The Pyramid Walk Giraween National Park

Get lost in the Granite Belt Maze, feel festive at the year-round Granite Belt Christmas Farm, sample the local wines at a winery, hike in Girraween National Park or warm up with a slice of apple pie at Sutton’s Shed Cafe. 

Where to stay

Country Style Caravan Park

GIant Chess set at Country Style Caravan Park

Accommodation: Cabins, caravan sites and campsites

Cosy factor:  Ensuite cabins with wood fires, most campsites have a private fire pit

https://countrystylecaravanpark.com.au/ 

Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery

IMAGE CREDIT: Granite Belt Retreat

Accommodation: Timber cabins and a house for larger groups

Cosy factor: Wood fires in all accommodation

https://granitebeltretreat.com.au/ 

31 The Rocks

IMAGE CREDIT: 31 The Rocks

Accommodation: Self-contained villas

Cosy factor:  Wood fires in all villas

https://www.31therocks.com/ 

Before you go, take a look at our family-friendly itinerary for Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt region.

Toowoomba and surrounds

Flowers in Toowoomba Botanic Gardens

Affectionately known as the ‘Garden City’, Toowoomba is about a 90-minute drive west of Brisbane. While the area is known for its parks and gardens, there is also a deep history to explore and lots of things for families to do.

Things to do

cobb and co museum

Visit Queens Park and Botanic Gardens, take in the views at Picnic Point, get a history lesson at the Cobb+Co Museum or Highfields Pioneer Village, or picnic at the heritage-listed Spring Bluff Railway Station.

Where to stay

Vacy Hall

IMAGE CREDIT: Vacy Hall

Accommodation: Rooms in a boutique hotel

Cosy factor: Central heating, some rooms with wood fireplaces

https://vacyhall.com.au/ 

Ravensbourne Escape

IMAGE CREDIT: Ravensbourne Escape

Accommodation: Luxury studios and holiday homes

Cosy factor:  Wood fires in most accommodation

https://ravensbourneescape.com.au/ 

Murphy’s Creek Escape

IMAGE CREDIT: Murphy’s Creek Escape

Accommodation: Campsites, camper trailers and glamping

Cosy factor:  Individual fire drums for each campsite

https://www.murphyscreekescape.com.au/ 

Head to our guide to things to do in Toowoomba with kids for more great ideas about things to see and do in this region.

Blackall Ranges

Kondalilla National Park

In the heart of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, towns like Maleny and Montville have long provided a green escape for families. Only about 1½ hour’s drive from Brisbane, the Blackall Ranges are dotted with dairy farms, farmland, B&Bs and more.

Things to do

Entrance to an alleyway with the title Maleny Lane above it

Hike through Kondalilla National Park to the falls, stop at a roadside fruit stand to stock up on fresh produce, visit Maleny Bird World, check out one of the many art galleries or antique stores, or try some local goodies at Maleny Cheese or Maleny Dairies. 

Where to stay

The Falls Montville

IMAGE CREDIT: The Falls Montville

Accommodation: Rainforest cottages and a manor house

Cosy factor: Log fires in all accommodation

https://thefallsmontville.com.au/ 

Clouds Retreats

IMAGE CREDIT: Clouds Retreats

Accommodation: Apartments, cottages and lodges in multiple locations

Cosy factor:  Fireplaces (wood or electric) in cottages and lodges

https://thebarrelmaleny.com.au/accommodation/ 

Wittacork Dairy Cottages

IMAGE CREDIT: Wittacork Dairy Cottages on Facebook

Accommodation: Self-contained cottages

Cosy factor:  Wood stove heaters in all cottages

https://wittacork.com.au/ 

Read our suggestions for day trip destinations on the Sunshine Coast for ideas on more things to do while you stay here.

South Burnett Region

Leave the big lights of Brisbane behind to cruise the open country roads of this beautiful region. The South Burnett is full of farmland, wineries and warm country hospitality, all set to the stunning backdrop of the Bunya Mountains.

Things to do

Kingaroy Observatory family stargazing telescopes

Go cycling along the South Burnett or Brisbane Valley Rail Trails, visit the Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum, gaze up at the stars at Kingaroy Observatory, or try some lavender honey at the Lavender Farm at Pottique.

Where to stay

Bethany Cottages

IMAGE CREDIT: Bethany Cottages Kingaroy on Facebook

Accommodation: Self-contained cottages and a farmhouse

Cosy factor: Cottages have wood fires

https://bethany.net.au/ 

Bunyip Springs Farmstay

IMAGE CREDIT: Bunyip Springs Farmstay on Facebook

Accommodation: Unit, cottage and lodge

Cosy factor:  Wood fires in all accommodation

https://bunyipsprings.com.au/ 

Lee Farmstay

IMAGE CREDIT: Lee Farmstay

Accommodation: Cabins and a Queenslander home

Cosy factor: Wood burners and wood fires in all accommodation

https://www.leefarmstay.com.au/index.html 

Find more things to do in the South Burnett region in our review.

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