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8 Epic Treehouses You Can Rent Around Australia

19 March 2018

It doesn’t matter how ‘grown up’ you are: the novelty of a treehouse never wears off. If you were lucky enough to have one as a kid, you could climb the ladder to get away from your parents, skirt your chores, and play with your Bratz dolls in peace. Now, you can live out your Jungle Book fantasies and rent a treehouse in Australia for the night.

The treehouse accommodation trend is sweeping the world, and there are plenty of places popping up at home. To take your next holiday to a whole new level – literally – and sleep among the treetops, rent one of these treehouses.

Most of them only have room for two people, so grab your bestie or your very own Tarzan and let your imagination run wild…

1. Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse, NSW

Nestled in the wilderness of the Blue Mountains, this treehouse has a sign saying ‘no grown-ups allowed.’ Adulting is overrated, anyway.

Dubbed ‘The Secret Treehouse,’ legit: there are tree branches framing the walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the lush, misty mountains. The insane views aside, the treehouse is decked out with the kind of creature comforts fit for a Show Pony, like a queen bed, kitchenette, balcony, crackling fireplace, and a spa bath.

There’s only space for two people, so the question of the day is: who will you be curling up on the couch with? PS. This pad is on Airbnb’s most-wished list, so get in early!

2. Silky Oaks Lodge, QLD

Perched on the fringe of the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge has a string of treehouses, and they’re pretty swanky.

Each room has a king bed, marble bathroom, fluffy robes, and a balcony – all you need is a glass of rose and you’re all set for a sunset session swingin’ in your hammock.

While it’s perfectly acceptable to do sweet nothing all day, if you can tear yourself away from your treehouse, you can don your activewear and hike in the rainforest, or swim in the Mossman River, which runs through the property.

You can also stroll down to Cooya Beach, or say ‘yeaaah, nah’ to all activities and head straight to the Healing Waters Day Spa for a pamper sesh.

When you’re done, your spa bath will be waiting for a good old soak.

3. Crystal Creek Treehouse, NSW

Hello, rainforest romance! This treehouse is gorgeous. Tucked away in the trees overlooking Crystal Creek (close to the Queensland border), this cabin is as private as it gets.

Before you book, we’ll warn you it goes back to basics: there’s a queen and single bed, fridge, stove, radio, and a crackling fireplace to cosy up in front of with a book.

There’s a chance you might score sketchy phone reception and unfortunately there’s no WiFi. But with the a pool, bath, and the forest all to yourselves, you won’t care about keeping your Insta followers in suspense for a day or two…

4. Arcadia Treehouse Cottage, VIC

Road trip! Hop in the car and drive an hour away from Melbourne until you hit the Dandenon Ranges. The cabin is your very own home among the gum trees, and it’s as cosy as it is chic.

It’ll remind you of your nan’s house, but that’s part of the charm, and it’s kitted out with a kitchenette, TV, air-con, BBQ, fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer seriously Instagrammable views.

The on-site spa is divine, but if you’re keen to venture out, whip up a picnic lunch (or, shhh, pick one up from a nearby restaurant), lace up your sneakers, and find your own secret spot in the greenery.

5. Giraffe Treehouses, ACT

Can’t get to Africa to snap that famous photo at Giraffe Manor? Opt for the next best thing, the Giraffe Treehouses at Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra (who would have thought?!).

While they’re not exactly treehouses, the fact that your room is high enough in the trees for a giraffe to peek in makes this all the more epic.

With room for four people, the treehouses are straight out of Africa, with striking furnishings, plus a bathtub, TV, music system, king-sized four-poster bed, and free WiFi for those instant uploads when Humbekhali, the resident giraffe, pops in.

6. Canopy Treehouses, QLD

In tropical North Queensland, these five treehouses blend right into the wilderness. There are two- and three-bedroom treehouses on offer, all of which have full kitchens, double spa baths and BBQs, so gather the girls and make a weekend out of it.

From your balcony, you’ll spot wallabies and possums ruling the rainforest below. After a day spent of chasing waterfalls, swimming in crystal-clear lakes, shopping at the local markets, and maybe even hot air ballooning, you can call on the resort’s massage therapist or facialist who will come to your treehouse.

7. Daintree Eco Lodge, QLD

Alright, Jane, the jungle is calling. In the heart of the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest rainforest in the world, not bad Australia! – this eco-resort has 15 treehouses known as ‘banyans.’ They’re luxe, with king beds and kitchen facilities, so you can make yourself a coffee and sip it while watching turtles and fish in the lagoon below, and birds and butterflies fluttering above.

This place is all about getting back to nature, and when it’s time to cool off, the resort has its very own flowing waterfall (*cue TLC*). While the Daintree Eco Lodge feels a world away from civilisation, Port Douglas is close by for a cheeky day trip.

8. Skyhouse Retreat, WA

Welcome to the chill zone. Sitting pretty in a coastal town of Western Australia, Skyhouse is the perfect holiday house. The treehouse is a bit of a design masterpiece, with more windows than walls, so you get front row seats to the forest.

While you’ll hear the sounds of waves crashing and wildlife twittering from your room (and may even get a nosy possum on your balcony), if you want to get closer to the action, there’s a beach and walking trail, Bibbulmun Track, close by.

Words by Katia Iervasi.