Tiny homes are in huge demand.
What started as a minimalist movement has become one of the hottest travel and social media trends.
One of the main tiny homes holiday companies, Tiny Away, only began operating in 2017. According to their website, three friends travelling the Great Ocean Road came up with the idea to “build tiny houses and place them on land with beautiful scenery.”
In just three years, the company has grown to have 65 tiny homes spread across Australia and more are planned in 2021 to meet demand.
Some of the tiny homes are on wheels, others connected to decks. But they all make a great escape from the city.
We asked Tiny Away to tell us the six tiny homes close to Sydney that they love the best. Hello, Valentine’s Day hint!
Blue Mountains Tiny Homes
The Blue Mountains, two hours west of Sydney is an easy weekend road trip. It has a world heritage National Park and a burgeoning foodie scene.
Tiny Away Nanook (Kanimbla) is a cute tiny home is set in the picturesque and tranquil Kanimbla Valley.
From the firepit or deck you can soak in stunning views of the Blue Mountains escarpments and countryside.
Just imagine yourself enjoying the evening light with a glass of wine while spotting kangaroos hopping by.
Willow Tree Bend
Tiny Away Willow Tree Bend (Kanimbla) is surrounded by a small vineyard where the hosts produce homemade wines.
Need we say more?
Oh, and the resident canine ‘Ringo’ is on hand, ready to give some extra Valentine’s Day love.
What to do: Try 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.
Hawkesbury tiny homes
The Hawkesbury region, 90 mins west of Sydney, is best known for its winding river and stunning sandstone cliffs.
This was the third British settlement in Australia after Sydney and Parramatta and it’s full of colonial history.
Tiny Away St Albans is a one to two-bedroom tiny home on a 30-acre property, overlooking the farming land in the Forgotten Valley (Macdonald Valley).
The home is dog-friendly and has hot showers, a compost toilet, air conditioning and heating.
The Settlers Arms pub nearby is a great place to grab lunch and a cheeky beer.
Tiny Away Malniri Park (Freemans Reach) is tucked away on a private plateau within a thoroughbred horse farm.
This tiny home has stunning views overlooking the farm and the fertile lowlands of the Hawkesbury River.
Inside you’ll be happy to find a flush toilet, gas hot water and a queen sized bed.
It even has a sofa bed downstairs which can fit a child.
What to do: Make sure you grab a hearty pub lunch at the 1836 Settlers Arms Inn St Albans and explore the much-loved Sunday markets in historical Windsor.
You can take a road trip through riverside gem Wiseman’s Ferry and uncover wildlife and indigenous rock art in Yarramundi.
Foodies will love visiting the cellar doors of local favourite Bilpin Cider and taking their time to explore the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail.
Hunter Valley tiny homes
The Hunter Valley, two hours north of Sydney has to be one of NSW’s most romantic regions.
Drink in countryside views and world-class wine as you discover world-renowned restaurants and spas.
Tiny Away Maggie’s Farmstay (Howes Valley) is the place to go if you want to completely disconnect. This secluded tiny home does not have Wifi or mobile reception.
You will have plenty of guests though – kangaroos, wallabies, wombat and goannas all like to roam around the property.
This is a working farm with alpacas, sheep, cows, goats, ponies, geese, ducks and chickens.
It’s also surrounded by grape vines.
Tiny Away 888 (Pokolbin) is on the same property as the award-winning The Vintry Country House in central Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards.
It’s also one of the Hunter Valley’s best kept secrets.
Tiny Away 888 is surrounded by vineyards on three sides and guests can explore the vines and learn about the vineyard cycle and wine growing.
This little cabin in the woods has a queen-sized bed with ensuite, air conditioning and heating.
It also has a kitchenette with everything you need to cook a meal to eat with your newly purchased bottles of wine.
What to do: 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.