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Eleven Next-Level Stays with Outdoor Baths for the Ultimate Relax and Rewind Getaway

Whether you fancy relaxing in a private Japanese bathhouse, a rustic metal tub perched on a farm's timber deck, or a spa-bath in a mountain cave — we've got you covered.
By Ines Francesca English
December 06, 2021
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By Ines Francesca English
December 06, 2021
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There's something novel about soaking in a tub with no wall in front of you, no roof above you, and no worries if anyone will spoil the moment (or see you naked). It's romantic, relaxing, and the unfamiliar nature of bathing outdoors can be, lets face it, kind of exciting.

This is especially true when your bath is paired with a glass of red and the knowledge that there's a roaring fire waiting for you inside the architecturally designed house you've found yourself in.

So, to make your outdoor-bath dreams a reality, we've rounded up the most enviable houses in Australia that have particularly unique outdoor-bathing scenarios. Whether you fancy relaxing in a private Japanese bathhouse, a rustic metal tub perched on a farm's timber deck, or want to stargaze from a spa-bath in a mountain cave, we've got you covered.

Read on for our top stays with next-level outdoor baths across Australia.

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LIPTRAP LOFT, WALKERVILLE, VIC

This design-minded house combines Japanese architecture with rustic charm — it boasts a one-of-a-kind sunken indoor-outdoor Japanese bath in a traditional bathhouse that opens up to views of the surrounding property. 

Sleeps six, from $400 a night.

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THE WENSLEY, WENSLEYDALE, VIC

Built from recycled oregon and ironbark, this bespoke timber, architectural shed-like house is a bath-lovers paradise, with a deep indoor bath inside amongst the immaculately styled interiors, and a rustic metal bath on the wrap-around timber deck, perfect for cooling off on balmy evenings.

Sleeps ten, from $1050 a night. 

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SOUL WOOD LUXURY COAST CABIN, TERMEIL, NSW

Wake up to views of the bushland from this wooden tiny house. The dreamy outdoor bathtub is surrounded by tall native trees that will have you feeling completely immersed in the natural surroundings.

$315 a night, sleeps four.

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WOODLANDS RETREAT, PORONGURUP, WA

Not a bath per-se, but the views this jacuzzi boasts earned itself an honourable mention. Just imagine sipping champagne with your pals and looking out over that deck submerged in steaming bubbly water, then slipping on a fluffy maroon robe to finish off the night — yes, please.

From $380 a night, sleeps four. 

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STARGAZER, BEECHMONT, QLD

This property is enviable in every way, including a secluded location, cohesive architectural design, and a wood fire pizza oven for your entertaining needs. To top it all off, the uniquely positioned bath looks over the far-reaching countryside, taking your R&R weekend to the next level.

From $258 a night, sleeps five. 

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BYRON BAY STUDIO WITH A COSY PATIO AND ALFRESCO SOAKING TUB, NSW

A designer retreat for two, complete with a glass-walled bathroom, secluded garden terrace and roomy outdoor tub to wash the salt off from a day spent in the sun and surf — it's a true hidden oasis, just minutes from the beach. 

From $475 a night, sleeps two.

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BOUTIQUE RETREAT, SUFFOLK PARK, NSW 

A cheery self-contained, beautifully styled apartment that's sure to win you over with its plush linens, palm-filled courtyard and massive pink stone outdoor tub for some quality soaking, drinking and reading. 

From $275 a night, sleeps two.

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NEVERTIRE COTTAGE, EXETER, NSW

This charming cottage sits on nine acres of land providing you with unmatched privacy. Make the most of the outdoor bathtub, fire pit and, most of all, the peace and quiet.

$313 a night, sleeps two.

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THE ENCHANTED CAVE, BILPIN, NSW

An actual clifftop cave, this unique couples' retreat is like something plucked from a storybook. Relax while enjoying dreamy views across the treetops from the large glass doors that open out from a deep spa bath. 

From $1095 a night, sleeps two.

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SEVEN SISTERS ESCARPMENT VIEWS, MEDLOW BATH, NSW

Tandem baths anyone? This mountaintop cottage feels worlds away from reality, especially when taking in the views from one of two gorgeous outdoor bathtubs. Be sure to cook dinner from the bush garden and cozy up in front of the wood fire on cooler nights. 

From $351 a sleeps four.

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KESTREL NEST ECOHUT, MOUNT ADRAH, NSW

Halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, this eco-hut is nestled above a rocky mountain stream on the edge of rolling farmland and a conservation area. It features an outdoor bathtub, a fireplace and firepit, and a charming mix of timber and tiled interiors.

From $375 a night, sleeps four.

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All photos courtesy of Airbnb.

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Published on December 06, 2021 by Ines Francesca English

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