Brrr, it’s cold in here. So, outdoor adventures might not instantly spring to mind. But don’t hide from the winter blues, embrace them by snuggling in a cosy cabin, surrounded by nature in some of the most serene spots in national parks. Sounds nice, right?
You probably didn’t even know you could stay in national parks without roughing it. Well you can, and some of the spots are pretty-damn romantic.
Creel Lodge, Kosciuszko National Park
They say couples that thrill-seek together, stay together… or something along those lines. Head to Creel Lodge in Thredbo-Perisher to get your blood pumping and your heart racing. The mountain lodge is moments from the ski fields, and minutes from Lake Jindabyne so you can try skiing, boarding, hiking or mountain biking. Plus, you can cuddle up with bae after a hectic day by the outdoor fire pit and watch the sunset #bliss.
Yarrangobilly Caves House 1917 section, Kosciuszko National Park
Want to lounge around on lush velvet couches by an open fire while surrounded by snow? Then Yarrangobilly Caves House, 1917 section, is for you. Located in the epic alpine region of Kosciuszko National Park you can spend your days swimming in the nearby thermal pool – heated to a balmy 27 degrees all year round, or trekking some of the park’s incredible walks, or make the trip to the Selwyn Snowfields which are close by and shred some sweet powder. Then, curl up that evening with a good book and the sounds of the wilderness around you.
Yarrangobilly Caves House 1901 East and West wings, Kosciuszko National Park
Mum and Dad need romantic nature getaways, too right? For a family-friendly jaunt, the 1901 East and West wings of Yarrangobilly Caves House are a home away from home if you have little ones in tow. Head to the nearby caves on a guided cave tour, or take the whole family to hit the powder at Selwyn.
Muluerindie, Warrabah National Park
Ahhh how’s the serenity? Muluerindie in Warrabah National Park is the perfect nature getaway if you’re looking to relax. It’s super secluded, and really peaceful, so you’ll wake up to the sounds of birdsong after a day of easy walks around the Namoi River. The cabin actually sleeps up to eight people so you can make it a couple’s getaway – the more the merrier
St Bernard's Presbytery, Hartley Historic Site
There’s more than just nature to national parks – there’s also stacks of history to be explored and discovered. If you and your loved one are history buffs then you’ll be right at home at St Bernard’s Presbytery in Hartley. It’s close to the Blue Mountains, but you’ll feel miles away as you meander through the heritage building and historic village, complete with cottage gardens, rolling pastures and heritage orchards – yep it’s something out of a dream.