Best hotels to stay at on a NSW road trip
Need a mental break? Here are some incredible hotels just a couple of hours from Sydney where you can rest, relax and recharge.
Searching for some offbeat inspiration for future weekends away? Look no further. In NSW we have an abundance of stunning places right on our doorstep.
From historical manors to cosy lodges, when you hit the road it’s not just the scenery and towns that are jaw dropping but also the accommodation. Here’s a list of wow regional hotels to add to your bucket list. Whether it’s for a weekend stay or a pit stop on your next road trip, these hotels will ensure you enjoy the most spectacular views, while indulging in a bit of luxury.
It’s no secret that Byron Bay is a popular destination all year round. But venture a short 30 minute drive out of town and you’ll find Blackbird Byron. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Byron and the rolling hinterland, you can relax and detox in a infra red sauna and magnesium pool. The attention to detail is impeccable, right down to the complimentary artisanal local produce that welcomes you in your room on arrival.
If you prefer closer proximity to town, while still feeling like you are out of the bustle, Elements of Byron is positioned on the iconic Belongil Beach. A refined and tranquil haven, they consider themselves “barefoot luxury” and you’ll appreciate this concept throughout your stay in the free-standing, fully equipped sustainable luxury villas. The two world-class pools, central lagoon, private cabanas, acclaimed spa, yoga, gym and other fitness offerings; as well as onsite dining means you won’t want for anything. But, just in case, Byron town centre is a short 8-minute train ride away on the world’s first solar powered train.
With less intense heat, winter is the best time to head to inland NSW and experience the best of the outback. For a completely different and out there experience, book a stay at Outback Church Stay in Broken Hill. The 109 year old structure has been renovated with all the luxury modern comforts,including polished limestone floors and a fully-equipped gourmet marble kitchen complete with antique altar, which is now the island. The 7m high ceilings create an incredible ambience and each suite features lush king size beds. You can book a room, rooms or the whole property, allowing full exclusivity of this truly one-of-a-kind accommodation.
Take a drive to the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park and you’ll find Nimbo Fork. The six luxury riverside cottages and five suites located upstairs in the main lodge are surrounded by spectacular landscapes and breathtaking views. Enjoy fireside drinks in the lounge before dining on the seasonal menu, created using local and sustainable produce. Take a mid-week stay and you’ll enjoy some discounted rates.
The Byng Street Boutique Hotel in Orange presents a beautiful juxtaposition of the significant historical homestead and modern architecture. Located in the heart of town, the 1896 facade is home to 22 impressive guest rooms and suites. Dependent on your personal taste, you can choose to stay in the contemporary designed modern wing or the historical style of the original heritage home. You’ll also enjoy a delicious two-course breakfast in the Yallungah Dining Room each morning, showcasing the local produce.
Winter in Mudgee is pure heaven thanks to all the amazing food and wine to be enjoyed in the cosy comforts of this country town. For a truly memorable experience, book a stay at Perry Street Hotel. Thirteen stunning, modern suites are housed in a turn of the century building, rich with history. Subtle luxuries and thoughtful extras will delight you, while you take in the innovative design, which takes inspiration from the colours and architecture of Berlin.
One of the grandest buildings of Gundagai has been reimagined as a new nine-room boutique hotel. Flash Jacks, named after a Banjo Patterson poem about a shearer who travels around NSW, is a contemporary take on country style, while taking inspiration from rural Australia. Housed in the restored 1888 manor, all materials used in the suites pay homage to the pioneers of Australian wool, timber and steel. Even the soaps used are distinct Australian fragrances.
Travel 10 minutes out of Gundagai and you’ll find three amazing EcoHuts at Kimo Estate. These A-Frames sit proudly on their hilltop locations with kilometres separating them all so you can appreciate the vast space in true privacy. If the hits are too remote, the estate also houses three lodges that are perfect for couples and family groups. Situated in the middle of the 7000 acre farm, Windies and Daleys cottages offer a full farm life experience while the Shearers Quarters will accommodate 12 people. Maintaining its original feel the building has been renovated to contain a huge kitchen, mess hall, wash house and a proper Australian dunny.
For a truly country NSW experience, a stay at the Tattersalls Hotel in Armidale is one for the bucket list. Originally established in 1854, the property has just finished a major renovation and revitalisation project. To round out your overnight experience, Tattersalls has teamed up with some of the New England region’s finest artisan beer, wine and food producers for a series of stay and dine package experiences. Yes please!
Located three hours from Sydney in rural Braidwood, New South Wales, nature, art and luxury collide at the 124-acre luxury accommodation destination, Mona Farm. Stay in one of the six standalone buildings, each with their own story to tell through design and art, set within eight acres of magnificent gardens. Established in 1824, Mona Farm has undergone a sophisticated transformation to pay homage to the property’s history. Your stay in one of these incredible houses will be complemented by delicious dining thanks to the executive chef utilising the sustainable produce from the farm itself.
Heading south? Bangalay Luxury Villas is just two hours out of Sydney and features the pristine backdrop of Seven Mile Beach. Featuring 16 private fully self-contained villas, each has been architecturally designed to blend in with the natural surroundings of the Bangalay Sand Forest. Bangalay Dining on site means you don’t have to leave the peaceful location and they are offering compelling mid-week packages now for winter for both their garden or golf course view villas.
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