Tiny House, big adventure

Sydney can get a little crowded sometimes, so why not take a more personal and intimate getaway from the masses. And what better way to get (truly and unavoidably) up close and personal than to spend a night or two in a tiny house?

Tiny Away has over 70 unique short-stay tiny house accommodation options, many within a stone’s throw of Sydney. Here are the top tiny house staycations to make you appreciate the power of tiny living in wide-open spaces.

The Blue Mountains

Image: Tiny Away Nanook

The Blue Mountains is 2 hours west of Sydney. A place where iconic bushland gives way to villages that echo a bygone era, the Blue Mountains is the perfect backdrop to a romantic weekend away. With the world-heritage Blue Mountains National Park on your doorstep and a burgeoning foodie scene, the Blue Mountains is the place to create unforgettable moments.

Adventuring through one of the many bushwalks on offer; embark on a picturesque scenic drive through the many historical towns and villages; high tea at the gorgeous Hyrdo Majestic Hotel, sipping local craft beers at Katoomba’s Mountain Culture Beer, casual eats and drinks at the funky local favourite Leura Garage.

Where to stay:

Tiny Away Nanook (Kanimbla): set in the picturesque and tranquil Kanimbla Valley, soak in stunning views of the Blue Mountains escarpments and countryside from your tiny deck, enjoying the evening light with a glass of wine and spot kangaroos hopping by.

Tiny Away Willow Tree Bend (Kanimbla): your tiny house is surrounded by a small vineyard where your hosts produce homemade wines. Need we say more? Oh, and the resident canine ‘Ringo’ is always on hand.

Hawkesbury region

Image: Tiny Away Malniri Park

Hawkesbury region is 90 mins west of Sydney. The Hawkesbury is best-known for its winding river from which the region gets its name. The third British settlement in Australia after Sydney and Parramatta, the Hawkesbury is full of colonial history. Explore colonial-era pubs, churches and squares dotted throughout the region.

A hearty pub lunch at the 1836 Settlers Arms Inn St Albans, made of convict sandstone; explore the much-loved Sunday markets in historical Windsor; take a road trip through riverside gem Wiseman’s Ferry; uncover wildlife and indigenous rock art in Yarramundi; visit the cellar doors of local favourite Bilpin Cider; or sip and slurp your way through the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail.

Where to stay:

Tiny Away St Albans: situated on the sandstone hill within the Forgotten Valley (Macdonald Valley) on a 30-acre property, overlooking the farming land

Tiny Away Malniri Park (Freemans Reach): a family-owned property set high on a private plateau with stunning views overlooking the property’s working farm to the fertile lowlands of the Hawkesbury River.

Hunter Valley

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Hunter Valley is 2 hours north of Sydney. If unwinding in the lush countryside of one of NSW’s most famous wine region isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. Drink in both the countryside views and world-class wine, and discover world-renowned restaurants and spas in one of the best natural landscapes Australia has to offer.

Pack a champagne hamper and enjoy a picnic at the Hunter Valley Gardens; soar gently over the vineyards in a hot air balloon; experience a delicious hatted restaurant, such as Muse Kitchen, Bistro Molines or Margan; cook up a storm and learn local culinary secrets at the Hunter Valley Cooking School.

Where to stay:

Tiny Away Maggie’s Farmstay (Howes Valley): relax and unwind with the company of farm animals overlooking beautiful mountain views all while being secluded in nature. No wifi or mobile reception on the property means you and your special someone need to come prepared to truly disconnect!

Tiny Away 888 (Pokolbin): a perfect tiny spot for your perfect getaway. Located on the award-winning The Vintry Country House in central Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards.

Kate Webster is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.

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