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Our Favourite Getaways Of 2019

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Whether you are ready to book your next escape, or just daydreaming – we’ve got your next adventure covered.

We take a look back at the best cabins, huts, shacks and holiday homes for hire that we featured in 2019!

27th December, 2019

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Miriam McGarry
Friday 27th December 2019

A Modern Country Home Inspired By The Aussie Shed

The Wensley is located in a remote rural spot, set back from the Surf Coast of Victoria. Designed by Nick Byrne of Byrne Architects, the form of the building is inspired by vernacular Victorian shed design, and this is echoed in the materials of Australian hardwood and corrugated steel. But inside, this is no ordinary shed!

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The retreat is located in Central Victoria’s Macedon Ranges. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Inside the single-bedroom cottage. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

This project is backed up by an impressive sustainability ethos. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A Country Cottage That Makes A Real Splash

The Hill Plains Cottage Pool House by Wolveridge Architects combines guest quarters and a natural swimming pool, and is the personal project of architect and firm-director Jerry Wolveridge, located in the Macedon Ranges, Central Victoria.

The guest cottage is a 50-square-metre single-bedroom cottage, which like Jerry’s home, operates off-the-grid. This mini eco-retreat also offers a natural springs pool, which opens out to a view of the Heathcote ranges.

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Two of the three cabins. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The interior experiences are designed to emphasises the feeling of being ‘in’ the landscape. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The three cabins are all different, but follow the same ethos of providing a shelter in the Tasmanian landscape. Photo – Adam Gibson.

Utility Meets Luxury In These Tiny Tasmanian Shacks

Inspired by the practical minimalism of Tasmanian shack heritage, the Denison Rivulet project by Taylor + Hinds architects on the East Coast of Tasmania is about ‘more than capturing a view.’

These assemblage of three cabins plays with the idea of minimal luxury. Designed to capture a sense of cosy intimacy, this accommodation offers the ultimate Tasmanian ‘shack’ experience.

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Welcome to Slow Beam, nestled in the West Hobart bush. Photo – Lauren Bamford.

That carpet! Custom design carpet by Esther Stewart, Douglas and Bec ‘Turn’ floor lamp and Linge Roset Plumy couch. Photo – Emily Weaving.

A brooding kitchen featuring Caesarstone ‘rugged concrete’ bench tops. Grazia & Co Iva stools with sheepskin. Ebony Truscott oil painting. Photo – Lauren Bamford.

A bath with a view! Photo – Lauren Bamford.

A Photographer’s Designer Hideaway In Hobart

Slow Beam is a hidden gem in Hobart, representing a star line-up of Melbourne creatives! Photographer Lauren Bamford worked with Sarah Trotter of Hearth Studio, and architect Murray Barker to create this dramatic jewel in the West Hobart bush. The carpet by artist Esther Stewart is WILD, but every possible element of this accommodation is designed by one of Australia’s best!

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Captains Rest is in Strahan, Tasmania. Photo – Marnie Hawson

No matter where you are in the home, you can gaze out at the water. Photo – Marnie Hawson

Sarah always believed in the potential of this space to be a year-round tourist drawcard. Photo – Marnie Hawson

A Magically Restorative Waterfront Getaway in Tasmania 

Captains Rest in Strahan, on the west coast of Tasmania, is a much-in-demand Airbnb escape perched right on the waterfront. Owner Sarah Andrews transformed a run-down shack into a booked-out retreat! If you are eager to stay at Captains Rest, act smart, as it books out months in advance. A blissful Tassie bolt hole.

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‘I identified that boating and the processes involved can be quiet intimidating to some,’ tells Chuck Anderson, of his inspiration to design and build both Lilypad itself and the variety of tailored experiences offered aboard. Photo – courtesy of Lilypad.

Completely powered by solar, it has no fuels onboard, yet luxury and function are not compromised one bit.Photo – courtesy of Lilypad.

A Floating Eco Villa Off Palm Beach

Floating just metres from the shore of Sydney’s Palm Beach, this solar powered floating villa is known as ‘the Lilypad’! Designer and creator Chuck Anderson has applied his own metal fabrication expertise in creating this solar powered escape. Lilypad is a members only affair, so click through to find out how to become part of the floating gang.

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The Fender House in Mount Martha, with renovations from Whelan Project. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Say hello to that green carpet! And a peek of B&B Italia sofas from Castorina and Co in the background. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Hanging out pool side. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A Lovingly Restored Mid-Century Marvel In Mount Martha

If you fall in love with this mid-century gem (and warning, you will!) then act quickly – this propertly is only occasionally listed in Airbnb, because it is so beloved by its owners! Designed by iconic architect Karl Fender (now one half of Fender Katsalidis) this ‘Fender Weekender’ is filled with lush green carpet, stunning wood panelling and features a gentle curving pool.

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The Dairy, designed and built by Andrea Moore and her Dad Lindsay. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Andrea Moore.

Travertine paving stones form the building blocks of the kitchen island. Dinnerware by Robert Gordon. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Andrea Moore.

The Dairy completely opens up to make the most of outdoor/indoor living. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Andrea Moore.

An Old Dairy Farm, Transformed Into One Of Victoria’s Coolest Boutique Accomodations 

Few design projects are created with the same love as The Dairy at Ross Farm. Located in the small town of Meeniyan in Victoria’s South Gippsland (about two hours’ drive south-east from Melbourne), this boutique accommodation is owned, and has been meticulously designed and built by father-daughter team Lindsay and Andrea Moore.

No detail is overlooked in ‘The Dairy’, with a distinctly rustic, yet contemporary handcrafted vibe we cannot get enough of!

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The white cabin, with strong Swedish summer house vibes. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

A corner of treats. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Relaxed beach side vibes in Marion Bay, South Australia. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

A Swedish Summer Cottage In South Australia

Inspired by Swedish summer houses, sisters Emma Read and Sarah Hall purchased this white weatherboard delight in Marion Bay, South Australia. Their renovations for ‘My Sister & The Sea‘ are equal parts rustic and romantic, with a sense of vintage charm in every corner!

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The over water accommodation. Photo – Kara Rosenlund.

Photographer Kara Rosenlund traveled to the elusive island in 2014 on a workboat over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Photo – Kara Rosenlund.

Fires are the only source of warmth in the cold evenings. Photo – Kara Rosenlund.

Is This Private Island Tasmania’s Best Kept Secret?

An island, off an island, off an island… welcome to the elusive Satellite Island, off Bruny Island, off the mainland of Tasmania!

This small island houses two small properties, the Summer House and the Boathouse – and nothing else! Scroll through Kara Rosenlund‘s incredible pictures for a southern island paradise.

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