Named in 1770 by Captain James Cook, New South Wales is Australia’s premier state. Founded as a penal colony where modern-day Sydney now sits, the state once spanned the continent, extending all the way to the 135th Meridian, now the border of Western Australia. Anchored around Sydney, the gleaming metropolis on Port Jackson (surely the world’s loveliest harbour), New South Wales embodies all that is youthful and vigorous about Australia: from its shimmering beaches and coastal forests to the dry, dusty Outback.
North of Sydney, the surf beaches and resort towns stretch all the way to the Queensland border, through Port Macquarie (with its brutal convict history) and Byron Bay (with its hippies and millionaires). To the south, the rainforests and marine life of Eden and Jervis Bay invite lovers of good food and romantic adventures.
Inland, beyond the Blue Mountains and the Great Dividing Range, New South Wales spreads itself out over some of Australia’s most fertile and productive land. Our here, between the ocean and the Outback you’ll find some of the world’s best wines, fruit in abundance (there’s even at town called Orange), vast sheep and cattle stations, and tiny towns where you are assured of a warm welcome and ample hospitality.
So here are some stunning luxury hotels for you to stay in while you explore New South Wales.
In the heart of the Sydney CBD is the top-quality hotel, Four Seasons Sydney. It is only a short walk away from some of the city’s most iconic landmarks; the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The stylish guest rooms feature comfortable beds with premium linens, an office […]
A 5-star hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney sits on the eastern side of the Darling Harbour. It towers over the Sydney Zoo and Sydney Aquarium and is only a short walk away from premium shopping destinations, including King Street, Darling Quarter and Castlereagh Street. The Sydney Opera House and Art […]
For a sophisticated stay in an award-winning architectural building, look no further than Skye Suites Sydney. Located a few streets back from Darling Harbour, these self-contained apartments are surrounded by gourmet restaurants and are a short walk from the King and Castlereagh Street shopping precincts. There are three types of […]
Located in the historic area of Sydney is the luxury hotel, Rendezvous Hotel. Surrounded by boutique shops and some of Sydney’s best restaurants, enjoy everything this area has to offer within walking distance. You will love relaxing at this hotel at the end of a busy day of sightseeing, with […]
Explore the Blue Mountains from the Hydro Majestic. Located in the small town of Medlow Bath, this luxury hotel proudly shows off its art deco features, surrounded by some of Australia’s most exquisite scenery. This accommodation is perfect for a weekend getaway to indulge in local produce and wine and […]
The Greater Blue Mountains is the home of the luxury hotel, Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley. Relax and unwind in one of Australia’s most beautiful areas; home to gorgeous wildlife and breathtaking views. With so much on offer at the hotel and experiences in the surrounding area, this is […]
Located in the world heritage listed area of the Blue Mountains National Park is the stunning Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa. This luxury hotel is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and is only a 90-minute drive from Sydney. Indulge in the resort’s many facilities and take advantage of the space […]
Centrally located, the Hilton Sydney is a luxurious haven from which you can explore the city. The surrounding area has a bustling nightlife with many boutique bars and restaurants. It is close to the Art Gallery of NSW, Botanic Garden and Sydney Opera House. The modern guest rooms are well […]
Searching for luxury hotels in New South Wales? Well did you know you can treat yourself to a wonderful range of deluxe experiences too?
From hot air balloon rides to whale watching in style, there are plenty of things to do across Sydney, the South Coast, North Coast, Hunter Valley and beyond.
Outlined below are just a few of these experiences within those regions. Which of these takes your fancy?
Sydney Harbour is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. So what better way to see it than by drinking champagne on a 95 foot Italian super yacht?
Fully staffed, including with a chef, the boat has 3 levels. Each of which provides sensational views of Sydney’s skyline, the bridge, Opera House and waterfront. Especially if you can go at sunset.
If you are not really a yacht person then perhaps a thrilling scenic sea plane flight might be more your thing? Over a 30 minute period you will get to enjoy unforgettable views of the harbour, coastline and northern beaches as you glide effortlessly above them.
For those who would prefer something a little less adrenaline fuelled, why not surrender yourself to the fabulous holistic treatments on offer at The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham? Their massages, facials and mani-pedis are the perfect way to reinvigorate you mind and body.
The south coast of NSW is home to some incredible natural landscapes. A great way to see them is on a Waterfall Discovery Helicopter Flight. This 30 minute ride will give you sensational views of the Australian bush, including the cascades of Carrington and Gerringong Falls and sweeping views of the Illawarra from the mountains, all the way to the ocean.
Other great air experiences you can have are a tandem skydive, or paragliding experience, with a qualified instructor. Both of which will provide you with magnificent 360° views of the stunning NSW South Coast as you descend back to the ground.
If that seems a bit too energetic for you then maybe the chance to compare flights of sparkling, white and red wines at a Pinot Masterclass and 3 Course Lunch, might be more to your liking.
Run by the team at Centennial Vineyards, and the head chef at Eschalot, (a hatted restaurant), it is the perfect way to indulge your love of fine wine and excellent food, while simultaneously brushing up on your tasting skills.
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most eminent wine regions and one of their best known producers is Tyrell’s. They offer a private winery tour and barrel tasting at their Sacred Sites Hunter Valley vineyards. As well as a special four course lunch.
A wonderful way to take in all the natural beauty of the Hunter Valley is via a Hot Air Balloon Ride. The sensational views of the vineyards, and mountain ranges, as you soar above them at sunrise will take your breath away. After the ride, you will be treated to a champagne breakfast.
If you love golf there are 3 exceptional championship courses within 20km of Pokolbin to play on. These include the fabulous Cypress Lake Golf & Country Club, The Vintage Golf Course (which is ranked 46th in the top 100 list of Australian golf courses) and the Hunter Valley Golf.
Byron Bay sits on Australia’s most easterly point. This means that locals are always the first to see the sunrise every day in the country. A couple of great ways to do this include a hot air balloon ride over the coast or to indulge in an exclusive breakfast at the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Both of which will give you a much more unique perspective of daybreak than you would otherwise obtain from ground level.
A little further down the coast lies Broken Bay Pearl Farm – New South Wales only pearl farm. You can take a private VIP tour there to learn all about the beautiful Akoya pearls. As well as enjoying fresh oysters and champagne, you will also discover how to grade pearls and also get to buy them directly from the farmers.
If you consider yourself a foodie, why not join Christine Mansfield on a gastronomic tour through the Tweed Coast? One of Australia’s most celebrated chefs she will take you on an incredible, gourmet food journey you will absolutely love.