Escape to the Country
These are the remote Australian countryside stays we'll be escaping to this season.
Autumn calls for dreamy romantic weekends in the countryside, drinking wine and cosying up by the roaring fire. From a mountainside cottage to a wilderness retreat at the end of a 270-metre-long pier, take inpiration from these remote countryside stays to escape the hustle and bustle this season.
Read on and explore our Autumn bucket list for the ultimate, countryside escape.
Located halfway between Kyneton and Daylesford is Stonefields, the country home of internationally acclaimed landscape designer, Paul Bangay. The Farmhouse is set 100-metres from the main house and famous gardens of Stonefields, where you can stay and enjoy the magic of the world-renown property, and surrounding wineries, farmers markets and restaurants to make for a spectacular weekend away.
Lake St Clair, Tasmania
At the end of a solitary, 270-metre-long pier, floating above Lake St Clair is Pumphouse Point. Once home to water turbines intended for Tasmania's Hydro Electricity Scheme, the gothic building was decommissioned and heritage-listed in the 90s, and has since become one of Australia's most exclusive, luxury wilderness retreats, surrounded by over 100-kilometres of impressive nature walks.
Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Above the clouds in the Blue Mountains National Park is Kokawood, a quaint stone cottage with a sprawling garden and true rural charm. But the real drawcard is its outdoor, clawfoot bath to soak and sip champagne in as the sun sets over the misty, mountain ranges.
If you're looking for a cosy weekend off-the-grid, try Alkira, the Eco-Glamping Retreat in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. The former art studio has been converted to a tiny straw-bale villa that has all the bare-necessities to sleep two for the weekend.
For the fine dining inclined, you can't look past the Royal Mail Hotel, situated at the southern end of the stunning Grampians National Park, best known for its hyper-local destination restaurant, Wickens.