Treehouses are no longer just for kids. Here are 20 treehouses you can visit, ranging from eco-friendly, adult-only retreats to architecturally designed spherical balls.
1. Trillium TreeHouse at TreeHouse Point, Washington USA
Trillium is one of seven amazing treehouses you can stay in at TreeHouse Point. Sleep amongst the trees in the queen-sized bed, with 80 windows offering a panoramic view of the birds and forest.
“The Trillium treehouse is a unique design as the treehouse is constructed on one side of the tree with an advanced counterbalance support system,” says the general manager of TreeHouse Point, Bree Monahan.
2. Treehouses of Montville, Queensland, Australia
Hidden in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland are 24 cabins high up in the treetops. Set on 20 acres of natural rainforest, Brisbanites flock here looking for a break from the city. The Montville cabins are located near the Kondalilla Falls National Park, making this a popular destination for hikers.
3. Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, NZ
If spending a whole night in a treehouse is a bit too much for you, how about enjoying a meal in one? The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, north of Auckland, was built to resemble a chrysalis protecting an emerging butterfly. It’s only open for private functions and sits up to 30 guests inside the pod.
Its design was even a finalist in the prestigious World Architectural Awards, Barcelona, in 2009.
4. Tongabezi treehouse, Zambia
The Tree House is only accessible by one hidden windy path along the banks of the Zambezi River. Set against a basalt rock bed, the house is built amongst the branches of three Ebony trees out over a sustainable pine decking.
You can relax in the bathroom’s free-standing, claw-footed bath while admiring exotic Anatolian carpets, West African artwork, and taking in breath-taking views.
5. Chisa Busanga Nests, Zambia
The Chisa Busanga Nests are located in the enchanting wilderness of the Busanga Plains of Africa.
The four nests are built four metres off the ground in the shade of fig trees. They’re lined with canvas tenting and fitted with a modern en-suite bathroom.
Modelled on the local Weaver Bird nests, the nests resemble twigs and grass knitted together for the Weaver chicks.
6. Woodnest, Norway
Another tree nest in the woods. This beautiful, architecturally designed nest is owned by an Aussie in Norway.
“Each treehouse is 15m2 and has been engineered, so the tree (with little support from foreign structures) supports the full weight of the treehouse,” says owner Sally Aano. “The tree lives inside the treehouse, representing our respect and appreciation for nature and the outdoors. The interior is fashioned using the finest black alder wood, and the exterior blends into the natural surroundings, resembling the Norwegian kongla (pine cone).”
These stunning nests were designed by architects Helen&Hard.
7. Winvian Farm, Connecticut, USA
Suspended 10 metres high in the forest canopy, the two-storey Treehouse Cottage at Winvian Farm is a luxurious retreat. It’s hard to believe they managed to fit a king-sized bed, two gas fireplaces, and an oversized Jacuzzi tub.
Made mostly of recycled materials, Treehouse Cottage sways in breezy evenings, either lulling guests into a deep and peaceful sleep or keeping them anxiously awake.
8. Hapuku Lodge, NZ
Located in the middle of a deer farm on the South Island, the five treehouses are 10 metres above the ground.
Their large windows overlook the tree canopy to the stunning Kaikoura mountains and the Pacific Ocean. These treehouses are truly luxurious, with a fireplace and deep bath to relax.
9. The Hudnalls Hideout, UK
This glamorous, adults-only treehouse had a bit of a rough start. It opened on February 14, 2020, and closed only five weeks later due to COVID.
This first A-frame treehouse in the UK is suspended up to 11 metres from the woodland floor. Two young Oak trees grow through the deck, framing the mezzanine A-frame bedroom.
The construction took 8 months and involved over 100 tonnes of materials carried manually or quad-biked to the remote hillside location in the South West of England.
10. Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Queensland, Australia
At Butcher’s Creek, 90 minutes drive from Cairns, this treehouse is surrounded by rainforest. With views out over the Wooroonooran National Park, watch out for cassowaries and tree kangaroos as you explore the 9-kilometre bushwalking track.
11. Tui Treehouse, NZ
Located at the bottom of the Airbnb host’s garden, this treehouse really is the closest you’ll ever get to being a kid again. Totally off-grid, the rustic treehouse only has solar lights to help you read in your cosy bed at night. For showers and a kitchenette, you’ll have to climb down to use the shared amenities.
12. The Canopy Treehouses, Queensland, Australia
Another luxury North Queensland treehouse near the township of Tarzali. The treehouse comes equipped with a full kitchen, private spa bath, BBQ, and elevated balconies. Located on the Atherton Tablelands, keep an eye out for a reclusive platypus on the 100 acres of private ancient rainforest.
13. Mt Tambourine eco rainforest cabin, Queensland, Australia
This eco rainforest cabin in the trees sits on an old avocado farm. The treehouse was a hardwood timber cow milking shed built in 1932, repurposed using 80 per cent recycled or up-cycled materials. The bed base is also recycled, made from leftover timber. With no curtains and a lot of glass windows to provide an immersive rainforest experience, it’s not for the shy.
14. Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia
This luxurious treehouse located in the picturesque Kangaroo Valley has an outdoor stone bath to soak in while listening to the local birds. Meanwhile, on cold winter nights, you can warm up by the cosy fireplace.
The treehouse recently made the top 20 Most Wish Listed Places in Australia on Airbnb.
15. Currumbin Rainforest Tree House, Queensland, Australia
Another secluded, luxurious treehouse surrounded by rainforest. At Currumbin Rainforest Tree House, you can listen to the birds while soaking in the hot tub.
The treehouse uses stone and wood to make an eco-friendly retreat that’s rustic yet beautiful. Climb down to check out Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, beach, and local rockpools.
16. Grays Point, NSW, Australia
Located in Sydney, this treehouse overlooks the Royal National Park. It hugs the sandstone cliffs and has extra supporting beams stopping it from sliding into the Port Hacking River. If you’re after a swim, you can even walk to the bottom of the garden and jump in. Otherwise, take a fishing rod and catch your dinner.
17. Blue Mountains Treehouse, NSW, Australia
Another treehouse to make the top 20 Most Wishlisted Places in Australia on Airbnb, and for a good reason. Overlooking the spectacular Blue Mountains, with floor to ceiling windows, the rustic treehouse looks like it belongs in The Hobbit. Enjoy a shower with a view. Climb down and enjoy an apple cider with an apple pie from one of the nearby apple orchards in Bilpin.
18. River Room, NSW, Australia
Designed by celebrated Australian architect Richard Leplastrier, the River Room is a magical treehouse in Bellingen overlooking the Never Never River.
In case a treehouse wasn’t close enough to nature for you, one of the walls of this treehouse can roll up to reveal the rainforest and the flowing creek below. An elevated walkway connects the room to the bathroom and other spaces.
19. Raglan treehouse, NZ
Raglan treehouse is located on a 35-acre property with amazing views over the pasture, native bush and the ocean. Enjoy a soak in the outdoor bath while watching the stars and the surrounding pine forest. This treehouse will make you feel like you’re reached the end of the world.
20. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
These four spherical treehouses (named Eryn, Melody, Luna and Eve) are located in the coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island. Architect Tom Chudleigh designed the three spheres by combining the idea of treehouses with sailing. Ropes distribute the weight of each sphere over three trees, with a stairway hanging from a nearby tree.