8 unique stays for wine-loving couples

Whether you’re looking for a romantic gift, or just want to book a holiday with your partner, these unique stays deliver romance – and wine – in spades.

Spread across Australia’s best wine regions, we’ve rounded up some of the most unique accommodation options for couples looking to get away.

From sleeping in a dome overlooking vineyards in Tasmania to getting cosy in a tiny cabin on a farm in South Australia. Each location offers the feeling of seclusion while being in close proximity to a winery (or several).

So wine lovers, pack your bags and bring your best sommelier skills for a weekend of wine tasting and relaxing. The perfect combination.

Just be sure to book your tasting experience at the same time you book accommodation.

1. Glamping among the vines in Bendigo, Victoria

It doesn’t get much more stunning than a luxurious bell tent in the middle of a vineyard. To add to that, each tent comes with a private deck and an outdoor dining set for two. In fact, this place is so picturesque, it’s a popular wedding spot.

These beautiful glamping tents are found on Balgownie Estate Winery, Retreat & Restaurant – Bendigo’s oldest winery, only two hours drive from Melbourne. Inside, you’ll have the comforts of air-conditioning, a queen-size bed, table and chairs, a fridge and a minibar. The bathroom is shared, but you are in a beautiful winery, so the amenities will be on par. If you prefer your own bathroom, there are larger safari tents which can cater for up to four guests.

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2. Stay in a dome in Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Stretching between Launceston and Bass Strait, Tamar Valley is one of the most renowned wine regions Tasmania has to offer. If you’re looking to get up close with the vineyards, you can’t go past this bespoke dome accommodation near Swinging Gate Cellar Door

With large windows and a deck with a private bathtub and firepit, guests can admire the countryside beyond the rows of vineyards. The views are best enjoyed with the Tasmanian cheese platter and wines provided on arrival, of course.

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CABN Jude near McLaren Vale
CABN Jude in Kuitpo Forest © CABN

3. Get cosy in a tiny cabin in McLaren Vale, South Australia

Go off-grid in an eco-friendly tiny CABN in Kuitpo Forest, just minutes away from the famous McLaren Vale wine region.

Georgia CABN offers a minimalist escape for two people with views of Fox Gordan Wine vineyards and rolling green hills. French doors open to a deck for dining, while a glass ceiling maximises stargazing opportunities.

Nearby, in a working winery, CABN Jude has a Scandinavian aesthetic with an outdoor fire pit, plenty of space and endless forest views.

New to the range and open from March 2021 is Mila CABN. Set on a working farm, Mila sleeps two in a self-contained cabin overlooking Gemtree Wines bio-dynamic vineyard.

No matter which CABN you choose, you’ll have plenty of walking trails and cellar doors to explore nearby.

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Inside the African safari tents at Boydells Camp © Boydells

4. Safari glamping in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

If you’re after something luxurious, this one is for you. Surrounded by scenic bushland and roaming wildlife, these eco-African safari tents offer couples a beautiful escape with a touch of indulgence. Think copper baths, king-size beds, an outdoor shower, draping white blinds and stylish furniture.

You’ll find these luxury tents at Boydells Camp, owned by Boydells Winery. Guests are free to roam the vineyards, take a dip in the pristine Allyn River or explore the 200-acre cattle farm. Top it off with a taste of Boydell’s award-winning wines at their cellar door and restaurant in the charming village of Morpeth.

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Buckland Studios near Mount Buffalo
The Buckland Studios – Studio 5 © Supplied by Glamping Hub

5. Studio cabin with mountain views in Buckland, Victoria

Looking for something that feels more remote? Escape to Great Alpine Valley in Victoria’s High Country and settle into one of The Buckland Studios.

This particular studio, (Studio 5) is a one-bedroom pod that lies beside Mount Buffalo, making for incredible scenery and serenity. You’ll have 70 square metres of space with an open plan living and kitchen that extends onto a private deck with lounges and a barbecue. There’s a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and a bathroom with a deep soaking bathtub with bush views. A breakfast hamper is also provided during your stay. 

Just down the road, guests can enjoy wine tastings at Ringer Reef Winery and Feathertop Winery in Porepunkah which also offers accommodation among the vines.

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Mile End Glamping WA
Dome glamping in Margaret River wine region © Mile End Glamping

6. Mile End Glamping near Margaret River, Western Australia

The Margaret River wine region has been deemed the jewel of Australia’s South West. To make your visit a memorable one, why not book a stay in these luxurious light-filled geodesic domes. 

Designed for two people, this quirky space includes a private bathroom, kitchen, king bed, a lounge and a table and chairs. At the front the walls are clear, with views overlooking the 144-acre estate on which it lies. Adjacent to each dome is a private deck with an outdoor bath and BBQ, ideal for relaxing on a balmy summer night. 

Despite the feeling of ultimate seclusion, there are a number of wineries nearby with the domes conveniently located between Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton.

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7. Farm house in Adelaide Hills, South Australia

After a day exploring the wineries of the Adelaide Hill region, come home to your gorgeous tiny home and relax in the outdoor bath with a vino in hand. 

Set on a private organic farm, friendly cows and passing wildlife will be your new neighbours at this one-of-a-kind retreat.

Inside, you’ll find a plush queen bed, up-cycled interiors and a rain shower head. While outside, you’ll have panoramic views of rural countryside which can be admired from the bean bags on the deck.

You won’t have to travel far to get supplies either, as the property is only three minutes to Hahndorf and 20 minutes to Adelaide.

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Strikes 2 © Strikes Mudgee

8. Wooden cabins in Mudgee, New South Wales

The Mudgee wine region is home to some of Australia’s oldest vineyards and over 35 cellar doors.

Just five minutes away, you’ll find Strike Mudgee, two eco-friendly one-bedroom guest houses set on 80 hectares of privately-owned land. If you enjoy your own space, this is the ideal place to unwind after cellar door hopping.

Simply, sit back on the deck furniture with your local wine of choice and take in elevated views over Mudgee and surrounding mountains.

The guesthouses face opposite directions for privacy and feature an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, and a separate bedroom and bathroom, all with modern interiors. 

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