The mornings are fresh, crispy even; the air a welcome wake-up to the lungs as you breathe in that first surge of frosty winter wind. It’s refreshing and exhilarating, while at the same time being the perfect time to hunker back down inside, with a cup of hot soup, a woolly rug and a good ol’ novel.
This is precisely why we reckon’ winter might just be the perfect time to plan a getaway in one of our remote tiny cabins. After all, most of us have overdosed on screen time, your lounge is probably after a break, and your pooch told us it’s tired of being used as a hot water bottle (thanks very much). There’s never been a better time to support local tourism, and get back to basics, post-pandemic.
With an assorted range of locations in South Australia and Victoria, and plans for Queensland in the not-too-distant-future, there’s wintery wilderness escape options for you, wherever you may be. We pride ourselves in situating our completely self-sufficient CABNs in remote, secluded and secret (ooh la la!) locations, but under two hours from the hustle and bustle of city life, so you can enjoy the serenity of the Aussie bush landscape.
While many of us opt for the warmer months for a getaway, we think there’s something extra special about winter in the bush. A warming fire, lush green landscapes, romantic misty mornings and pink-skied evenings – what more could you want?
If we haven’t convinced you enough to get off-grid yet, we chatted to Jess – one of the CABN team founders, about what she loves about getting cosy in one of their tiny cabins during the winter months.
“Winter holidays are so ideal as you can rug up (I love layers) and sit by a campfire, drinking a glass of wine, no phones or screens, just talking. It’s the best!”
Here’s a few more reasons to book a winter CABN getaway…
Best in bed
We don’t want to toot our own horns, but we like to say we really are best in bed, when it comes to tiny cabins that is. When you’re on holiday, the bed is often the most anticipated element of your home-away-from-home when you walk in. Let’s be honest, one of the first things we all do when we arrive at our home-away-from-home is to fall into the pillowy delight to test the springs, sink into the softness of those fancy thread-count sheets, and wonder how many hours we’ll while away under the duvet that we won’t have to make (ever).
Jess says the CABN beds are a personal favourite feature. “Jude and Allira have divine cosy lofts, which are super warm and toasty,” she says of the South Australian and Victorian cabins. “Matilda and Chloe have stunning big windows by the bed, so you feel like you’re sleeping outside amongst the trees. And Georgia’s bed is like a secret cubby you would have loved as a child, but with a view of the stars!”
Toasty fire time (May – October)
All of our cabins feature a designated fire pit for you to toast some marshmallows, warm your toes and spend some quality time fireside with your best mate, favourite human, furry friend, or even solo if you’re after a bit of soul-searching in the wilderness.
Jess, Michael and family love to spend time fire-side. “We love sitting around a campfire, especially toasting marshmallows and telling scary ghost stories.”
Here’s a few campfire cooking ideas to get creative by the open fire with the family:
- S’mores (have a google and look these American sweet treats up) – you’ll only need have bought a couple of ingredients and a campfire and you’re in holiday heaven.
- Baked spuds – who doesn’t love a good baked spud, with whatever toppings you love (or just butter)? This meal pretty much cooks itself: just wrap in alfoil and leave in the coals! They’re family-friendly and taste even better in a wood fire.
- Baked fish – if you’re feeling a little creative, pop some fresh fish in some alfoil and chuck it in the fire until it’s baked to your liking (we’d recommend looking up a recipe with a tasty herb or spice rub and some cooking time directions as per the fish of your choice).
- Damper – an Australian swagman classic and this one is a great one with kids, and a hit with the whole family for lunch or dinner. Prepare the ingredients at home and make some homemade damper (there are hundreds of simple recipes online) to use the fire to cook it for roasty, toasty bread.
Many of us have become a little more creative in the kitchen during these recent times, so why not put your new skills to good use with some cooking inside your cabin?
All our cabins include a two-burner stove, so we recommend bringing a few local ingredients from a local farmers market or a local greengrocer and butcher in the area (there are plenty nearby in these produce-heavy regions), and cook up a mini-storm in the stormy weather (excuse the pun).
There’s also a little fridge/freezer in every cabin, too, so you can keep your goodies nice and fresh. Oh, and that bottle of wine cool, too (very important).
“My favourite thing to cook at the CABNs is Thomas Farms Kitchen’s ready to cook lamb and rosemary orecchiette,” Jess says. “It’s super easy (I’m definitely no cook!) and is perfect for a winter’s night.”
Here’s a few other simple suggestions to get you started:
- Local lamb or beef mince, made into your favourite Bolognese sauce, dolloped generously over pasta.
- Mushroom and gorgonzola risotto.
- Winter veg soup (add some bacon of speck – regional butchers will usually have this – if you fancy a meaty kick).
One of the best things about getting out into the wilderness is the dark night skies allowing you to see the planets and the stars shimmer at night. Did you know that winter heralds the beginning of what serious stargazers call the Milky Way Season? due to longer nights, clear skies and the centre of the Milky Way passing overhead. It’s mystifying for little kids and big kids alike. One of the cabins even have star-views from the comfort of a queen size bed (Georgia), and if you leave the curtains open, the starlight (and moonlight if you’re lucky) will come streaming through at night (how romantic).
Our CABNs are built as a tribute to the remarkable Australian landscapes and to inspire reconnection and love for the outdoors. Most locations offer various trails to explore and if you’re lucky you’ll observe wildlife in their own habitat. Wherever you choose to stay, there are miles of Aussie landscape to wander. Crunch those fallen leaves, splash in those puddles, feel the crisp morning air on your face and spy all the wildlife around you.
“My favourite things to see from the CABNs are the different coloured vine leaves, especially in May,” Jess says. “The family of Alpacas and the many Kangaroos that pop past for a visit at either Matilda or Georgia CABNs, both based under an hour south of Adelaide, are a particular personal favourite”.
Rain, rain, come and stay
One thing that often puts people off a winter getaway is the rain, but when you’re cocooned in your cabin, warm and toasty with the heater on, rugged up under the bed covers and watching the rain fall rhythmically outside, you might just change your mind. There’s a reason why there’s a collection of ‘calming’ apps that all feature rain noises – they work. They are popular with many people to aid in relaxation or even falling asleep. Many have suggested we love the sound of rain because of its ability to drown out other city-sounds or white noise we may experience at home in the night. Rain being a constant pitter-patter, allows our minds to focus on relaxation, rather than wandering to different noises, subconsciously. We’re also said to associate rain with romance, so a winter getaway off-grid could be the ideal mini break for you and your loved one. But if it’s just you, or you and your bestie, why not practice some self-love, romance-yourself with a book, a bowl of pasta, and cuddle up in bed while the rain patters down outside. Yes please.
So, we hope you consider getting out to your nearest CABN in the winter season, supporting local regional tourism (if deemed safe in your state/region) and adventure out and about in our magical Aussie bushland.
To view our CABNs and read about the features and their unique landscape settings head to Our CABNs page. You’ll thank us later.