Bespoke holidays in New South Wales
Romance travel packages from Sydney to Shoalhaven Heads
If escaping for some time alone with your other half is high on the agenda for your next trip, bring back the romance with a luxurious escape in NSW. From historical manors to cosy lodges and rainforest retreats, here are some hand-picked stays to inspire you and your lover’s next luxe getaway.
Blackbird Byron, Byron Bay
Some 750km north of Sydney (or 150km south of Brisbane), bohemian Byron Bay is the perfect union of surf, sunshine and sand. In the hinterland, Blackbird Byron captures all this and more: views over the Pacific Ocean, Cape Byron, beaches and rainforest. The stylishly designed sole pavilion is ideal for couples or small groups, with amenities ranging from an infrared sauna to magnesium pool.
Elements of Byron, Byron Bay
Closer to town, Elements of Byron has a prime perch along Belongil Beach. Rooms and villas follow a barefoot-luxe ethos — tear yourself away to make the most of two pools ringed by cabanas and swinging day beds, a dreamy spa, sunrise yoga by the sand, and a number of restaurants and bars on site. You won’t want to leave, but if you have to, access the city centre via an eight-minute train ride on the world’s first solar-powered train.
Outback Church Stay, Broken Hill
It may occupy a heritage 1911 Romanesque church, but Outback Church Stay comes fitted with every modern amenity you need for a comfortable stay in Broken Hill, in the far west of the state. This rural retreat dazzles with polished limestone floors, a gourmet marble kitchen, soaring ceilings and enormous beds. Book a room – or the whole property for exclusive use for up to 12 people.
Byng Street Boutique Hotel, Orange
The 22 rooms in the Byng Street Boutique Hotel in Orange, 250km west of Sydney, occupy a grand 1896 building, set across two wings: one offering contemporary stylings and the other with flourishes reminiscent of the original heritage home. Enjoy a delicious multi-course breakfast showcasing regional produce in the Yallungah Dining Room each morning — the only thing more enticing than your meal is the eye-popping art throughout.
Perry Street Hotel, Mudgee
Wineries, gourmet providores and fine-dining restaurants are all hallmarks of Mudgee, 260km northwest of Sydney. When you arrive, check in to Perry Street Hotel, its 13 individually styled suites housed in an 1862 former mechanics institute, rich with history. Some rooms come with private balconies and patios, while all have a kitchenette and designer furnishings.
Flash Jacks, Gundagai
One of the grandest buildings in Gundagai, 370km southwest of Sydney, has been reimagined as the nine-room boutique hotel Flash Jacks. Named after a Banjo Patterson poem about a shearer who travels around NSW, the property offers a contemporary take on country style — think local wool throws and amenities infused with native ingredients — while celebrating the restored 1888 manor it calls home.
Kimo Estate, Gundagai
Dotted across the countryside 10 minutes outside Gundagai are Kimo Estate‘s three EcoHuts, each set in a dramatic A-frame building with a hilltop perch far removed from anyone else. Also on the working 2,800-hectare farm are two character-filled cottages (Windies and Daleys), and the 12-person Shearers Quarters, replete with an oversized kitchen, mess hall and renovated outhouse.
Tattersalls Hotel, Armidale
For a true country NSW experience, travel 470km north of Sydney and check in to the Tattersalls Hotel in Armidale. Established in 1854, the property’s lovingly restored rooms, suites and apartments are complemented by a garden bar/pizzeria and slick indoor restaurant. The chefs here partner with local purveyors and artisans to craft menus with regional flair.
Mona Farm, Braidwood
Located 280km south of Sydney in rural Braidwood, Mona Farm is an idyllic union of nature, art and luxury. The 50-hectare property features six standalone accommodations, each with an individual design story that captures the farm’s history back to 1824. Wander the manicured gardens, replete with sculptures and installations, then call on the house chef to deliver meals utilising produce sourced a few metres from where you sit.
Bangalay Luxury Villas, Shoalhaven Heads
On the South Coast, 150km south of Sydney in Shoalhaven Heads, Bangalay Luxury Villas is right next to the powdery sands and consistent waves of Seven Mile Beach. The 16 self-contained villas, each architecturally designed, overlook gardens and a golf course, while on-site restaurant Bangalay Dining is applauded for its use of native Australian ingredients, including lemon myrtle and bunya nut.
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