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Unusual and exotic places to stay within a few hours of Canberra

By Glynis Quinlan 4 February 2019

The Shed at Broger’s End is a converted machinery shed doubling as a luxurious eco-haven. Photo: Broger’s End website.

From a remote lighthouse on the South Coast to a tiny house in the Southern Highlands and a shed in Kangaroo Valley, there are a whole range of unusual and exotic places to stay at within a few hours’ drive of Canberra.

While the holiday season may be over, there’s always the weekend or planning for the next short break. But why stick to the same old places when there is a smorgasbord of interesting places to explore within an easy distance?

Region Media has been on the hunt for some weird and wonderful places to stay in not too far from Canberra and came up with these four – although we know there are many more. Take a look and start planning your next short break.

Life as a lighthouse keeper with all the mod cons

Montague Island lighthouse keepers’ cottages at sunrise. Photo: Justin Gilligan/Visit NSW.

If you’re keen to have a glimpse of life as a lighthouse keeper or want to watch for whales out at sea, then why not spend a night or two in one of Montague Island’s two lighthouse keeper’s cottages? Built in 1881, the cottages have been restored in the style of the time except that they have all the modern conveniences.

They are quite remote though – that’s part of the charm. Montague Island is off the coast of Narooma, which is about a three-hour drive south-east of Canberra. It is accessible only by tour boat but is a top place for spotting fur seals, little penguins and birds. Click here for more details or to make a booking. Click here to read more about the delights of Narooma and Montague Island.

Glamping in an African safari tent at Bawley Point

Enjoy sleeping in a tent near the beach at Bawley Point with all the mod cons. Photo: airbnb website.

For a coastal outing, how about Airbnb accommodation in a luxury African safari-style tent with all the mod cons and furnishings including a private ensuite, electricity, iPod sound system and relaxing decks? You can walk to the beach and the national park – and enjoy spectacular views.

The Airbnb is located on the private property ‘Murrameroo’ about two hours and 20 minutes drive from Canberra.

Click here for more details or to book and here for more information about Bawley Point.

Tiny house in a secret rainforest location

The tiny house known as ‘Miguel’ offers the wilderness experience “you’ve been looking for”. Photo: Unyoked website.

For an off-the-grid adventure stay in a tiny house in the Southern Highlands two hours north of Canberra. It’s a secret location and the little house named ‘Miguel’ is accessed only via a 200-metre walk through the rainforest.

‘Unyoked’ are marketing the little place as “the wilderness you’ve been looking for” and it must be hitting the mark as it’s very popular.

The tiny house sleeps two and boasts a super comfy queen bed, fridge, stove, hot shower, and a composting toilet.

Click here for details or to make a booking.

A shed in Kangaroo Valley

Inside The Shed at Broger’s End. Photo: Broger’s End website.

Stay in a converted machinery shed doubling as a luxurious eco-haven in Kangaroo Valley, just two hours and 15 minutes’ drive from Canberra.

The Shed at Broger’s End has been creatively transformed into luxury accommodation using reclaimed and recycled materials.

It is bordered by Kangaroo River and Broger’s Creek and set among permaculture gardens on a 160-acre working farm with walking tracks for exploring.

Enter the three-bedroom shed through vintage doors and enjoy comfy lounges, a rustic fireplace, an outdoor entertaining area, an outdoor firepit and much more.

Click here for details or to make a booking and click here to find out more about making a trip to Kangaroo Valley.

Do you know of any other unusual places to stay not too far from Canberra? Let us know in the comments below.


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