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Relaxing getaways in New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales has a lot to offer for those looking to get away from the hubbub of Sydney. Popular destinations for a relaxing getaway include the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, the Hunter Valley wine region, and Port Stephens. Whether you’re looking for a mountain hideaway where you’ll be surrounded by secluded and rugged landscapes or a seaside retreat where the waves can lull you to sleep, there’s a luxury escape waiting for you in New South Wales. We’ve curated some of the best accommodations where you can indulge during your holiday in Australia.

Crystalbrook Byron

Only a quick drive from the town centre of Byron Bay, Crystalbrook Byron is a luxurious retreat situated in 45 acres of magical subtropical rainforest. Just a short walk from Tallow Beach, this luxury resort boasts a perfect blend of intuitive service and breathtaking natural surroundings. It is located only 2 hours from Brisbane, Queensland too, making it an easily accessible destination. The resort features luxurious contemporary rooms and suites, a pool, spa, fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant that offers a farm-to-table dining experience using locally sourced ingredients. Its location also provides easy access to a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, surfing, and horse riding. For those looking for a getaway close to both the rainforest and the sea, this is definitely a wonderful choice where you can indulge both in terms of relaxation and exploration.

Chalets at Blackheath

Being on a secluded mountainside getaway paints the picture of romance and relaxation and Chalets at Blackheath captures the magic of the Blue Mountains. Located atop one of the highest points of the Blue Mountains, Chalets at Blackheath offers breathtaking views of the surrounding eucalyptus forests, rugged sandstone formations, and ancient aboriginal sites. Each chalet is designed with a unique and modern almost cubist look, blending natural stone interiors with warm wooden floors and metal accents which create a perfect balance of rustic and contemporary design. Its location provides easy access to the many outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, but if you prefer to stay in the privacy of your luxury chalet or simply enjoy the view from your private deck, this getaway has a beautiful spot waiting for you.

99 Acres Bangalow Retreat

A romantic and stylish getaway set upon one of the highest spots of Bangalow, 99 Acres Retreat is an invitation to relish the wide open spaces and beauty of the Byron Hinterland and beyond. A stylish base from which you can explore the region, the main guesthouse has 5 spacious rooms, but you can also choose any of the 4 villas for a more luxurious and private experience. All villas have furnished private decks and fully self-contained kitchens with everything you need for self-catering options. 99 Acres Bangalow Retreat is just an 8-minute walk from the charming and historic Bangalow village, and after a day of leisurely enjoying the town, you can take a relaxing dip in the outdoor pool while taking in 360-degree views of the surrounding villages. It’s the perfect spot for taking it slow and getting away from the hectic pace of the city.

Spicers Sangoma, Blue Mountains

An adults-only escape in the Blue Mountains, Spicers Sangoma offers an all-inclusive luxury experience where you can relax and indulge in any of its elegantly appointed suites. This eco-retreat offers guests an immersive South African-inspired experience and features five types of beautifully appointed suites. Each of the luxurious suites comes with deep soaking tubs and undisturbed views of the surrounding bushland. On-site, Restaurant Amara’s dining room draws its guests in with its generous bar, soft lighting, and leather-backed chairs that elevate the intimate and personalised degustation experience making it even more delightful.


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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

This secluded resort is located in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains and offers guests the opportunity to unwind in a beautiful natural setting. The resort features 40 individual villas, each with spacious living areas, cosy fireplaces, a private heated pool, and verandas where you can revel in the stunning views of the valley. Wolgan Dining Room captures the Australian warmth and the beauty of its cuisine with its seasonally inspired menus using local ingredients sourced from specialty farmers and producers to showcase the best of the region. Discover the beauty of its surroundings even more with experiences such as horseback riding or going on a four-wheel drive, or simply bask in starlight while accompanied by expert field guides who will make you see the night sky in a new light.

Spicers Guesthouse, Pokolbin

When it comes to laid-back luxury in a wine region setting, Spicers Guesthouse is one of the first hotels that comes to our mind. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, Spicers Guesthouse is a luxury boutique hotel that exudes a modern country farmhouse ambience. On-site, it features 45 beautifully appointed rooms, a restaurant serving modern Italian cuisine, an extensive bar, an outdoor pool, and beautiful sculptured gardens. It also has a standalone 4-bedroom cottage with an elegant natural palette combining white wood, stone, and timber accentuated by soft luxurious furniture and colours that draw inspiration from the Hunter Valley region. Signature experiences to make your stay even more luxurious include a wine tour, a helicopter tour over the region, and a private picnic overlooking the vineyards.

Anchorage Port Stephens, Corlette

If you’re a lover of the waterfront lifestyle, you’re going to enjoy a stay at Anchorage Port Stephens. Located in the picturesque town of Port Stephens, Anchorage Port Stephens has a range of generous suites where you can enjoy that Hamptons chic vibe. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, and day spa. Only an hour away from Newcastle and 2.5 hours away from Sydney, Anchorage Port Stephens is a chic adults-only getaway where you can relax in the infinity pool or experience restorative therapies at Spa Lucca. For us, we love the relaxed vibe at The Galley Kitchen and the selection of fine whiskies and wines at Moby’s Bar.

Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or explore the natural beauty of the area, New South Wales is an excellent choice for a luxury holiday.

Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a luxury travel agency offering a handpicked collection of the world’s best hotels, resorts and villas.

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Mat Lewis

Mat Lewis is a co-founder of View Retreats and has been in the travel and hospitality industry for over two decades. He established View Retreats in 2013 in Australia as a specialist platform for luxury hotels, resorts and one-of-a-kind havens of relaxation where unforgettable travel memories are made. The online travel company now features over 5,000 properties in more than 120 countries worldwide. Mat is a self-confessed travel junkie who has lived in Asia, the UK and Europe, and currently resides in the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia. He loves fine wines and local culinary creations that tell the story of the land. His epicurean tastes don’t get in the way of enjoying life’s simpler pleasures though, and he enjoys gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours too!

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  1. I would completely recommend a quiet getaway in the Blue Mountains. During the day it can get very hectic. It’s nice to get to explore the mountains at your own pace at quieter times of the day. The Blue Mountains are best experienced with slow travel, taking it all very leisurely.

    1. I love the Blue Mountains so totally agree, Steve. It’s so close to the city yet you feel like you’re in a whole different world. Indeed best to take your time and really slow down.

  2. Over the years I’ve enjoyed so many great tipples from the Hunter Valley it would be so good to call in on some vineyards and do some tasting in situ.

    1. I’m with you on that one Sian. Can’t go past a cellar door tasting when visiting the Hunter Valley.

  3. Byron Bay is such an incredible stretch of coastline. Crystalbrook and its 45 acres must be a superb place to stay as a base to explore.

    1. Hi Kev, Crystalbrook Byron is such an incredible place. It’s quite close to Byron town centre yet you’re surrounded by stunning rain forest and amazing coastline. Definitely worthy of a linger longer kind of stay :)

  4. Spicers Guesthouse must have been made for us. We’re very good at doing laidback luxury in a wine region. What’s more is that my husband is a gardening addict so I’m sure he’d enjoy the gardens as well. Plus Italian food is my favourite.

    1. It’s a match made in heaven… Spicers is your go-to by the sounds of it Hilary. Any of the Spicers Retreats are gorgeous but this one is a favourite.

  5. We’ve heard so much about Byron Bay that it’s been on our list for a long time. Friends had said that the town can get busy. Nice to learn about some get away from it all top class accommodation.

    1. Byron is beautiful but yes, the town centre and Main Beach can get quite busy so yes, a stay at Crystalbrook Byron would be a quiet haven.

  6. When we’re thinking about holidays, more and more relaxing seems to be the key word.

    I’m sure that we do less than we used to and spend more time sitting about. There’s no doubt that work is increasingly demanding and we need more down time. It might also have something to do with us getting older as well.

    1. I totally agree, Sue. Really taking time out to just do ‘nothing’ is exactly what we need.

  7. Can the luxurious amenities and experiences offered by Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley truly capture the essence of nature, or do they create a sense of detachment from the authentic wilderness experience?

    1. Hi Tom, that’s an interesting question. I guess it depends on what kind of experience you’re after and how you’d want to experience nature.

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