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.
199 George Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia
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 desk and bar fridge. Large windows allow for plenty of natural light and offer views of the city or harbour. The marble bathrooms have a bathtub, walk-in shower, and Christian Lacroix amenities. There is complimentary Wi-Fi and 24hr in-room dining.
At Mode Kitchen & Bar, diners can experience contemporary Australian cuisine in a relaxed yet refined setting. The cocktail bar, Grain, is a place where people can enjoy a craft spirit, local beer, fine wine or premium cocktail. From Wednesday to Sunday, Afternoon Tea is served on the Mezzanine, and The Cabana caters to guest who are relaxing poolside.
The hotel has a Fitness Centre fully equipped with weight and cardio machines, free weights, a locker room, sauna, and steam room. The heated outdoor pool is lined with sunbeds to relax in. For wellness, the staff at Endota spa are on hand to offer a range of spa treatments. Guests with premium rooms also have access to the exclusive, Lounge 32.
161 Sussex Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia
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 Gallery of NSW are less than 10-minutes away.
The well-appointed guest rooms are modern in design and have luxury amenities. Large windows offer stunning views of the harbour or city, and many grant access to a private balcony. Each room features a flatscreen tv, bar fridge, individual temperature controls and a spacious workspace. Guests also have access to complimentary internet access and in-room dining.
At Jackalberry, diners can enjoy a gourmet menu and unique cocktails that celebrate the diverse cuisines found around the world. High in the sky is Zephyr, a rooftop bar with spectacular views of Sydney, premium cocktails, and a light menu. Drawing from the history of Darling Harbour are Sailmaker and Dundee Arms. Sailmaker serves a refined menu of local seafood while Dundee Arms is a traditional pub, dating back to 1860.
The hotel has a fully equipped fitness centre with strength and cardio training equipment. For some, access to the Regency Club Lounge is granted which provides guests with a more premium experience.
300 Kent Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia
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 guest suite, all of which include an open plan living area, dining spaces, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Large sliding doors open to a private balcony and the comfortable beds are fitted with premium linens. All suites feature a deluxe private bathroom, which is separate from the bedroom in the One- and Two-Bedroom suites. Guests have access to unlimited Wi-Fi and premium Kevin Murphy amenities.
Each guest suite has a cooking space that is fully equipped for creating gourmet meals. They are fitted with state-of-the-art SMEG appliances, including an induction cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, and bar fridge. For those that feel like eating out, the Skye Suites Sydney are conveniently located near the Skittle Lane dining precinct.
The indoor swimming pool and spa area are available to all guests and were designed to invoke the feeling of an ice cave. Overlooking the pool is a well-equipped gym with weight and cardio machines, perfect for a workout.
75 Harrington St, Sydney NSW 2000
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 the iconic Bridge and Opera House only moments away.
Several types of rooms are available for you to choose from. All of them feature basic kitchenette facilities ideal for that early morning coffee or late night snack. A work area is available in each room for business travellers and couples can indulge in the one bedroom view apartment with balcony, for a special weekend away.
Only a 4 minute walk from your accommodation, you will find the popular, Glenmore Hotel. With 180 degree harbour views, it is perfect for a relaxed meal or an afternoon prosecco on the rooftop bar. Check out The Fine Food Store for a delicious gourmet breakfast and if you are staying over a weekend, grab some amazing street food at the famous Rocks Markets.
The hotel offers complimentary wifi for guests within their room. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite gym, outside pool and spa. For those travelling without a car, the 24 hour reception can assist guests with booking an airport shuttle for an additional fee.
52 - 88 Great Western Highway, 2780 Medlow Bath, Australia
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 check out the amazing landscape. Grand and glamorous is how you would describe each of the room styles that are available to guests. Rich in history, yet with all the modern comforts you love from home, each room features stunning bath products from Appelles, and tea and coffee making facilities. Whether you are on a solo trip to get back with nature, a couple celebrating an anniversary, or looking for the ideal location for a family getaway, then this place offers it all. Fine local wines are paired with impeccable cuisine at the many dining options available on-site. From fine-dining to Asian-inspired all feature local produce and you are guaranteed to find something for every taste. Families will enjoy Boiler House Restaurant for fresh pizzas and a menu option for little ones. The hotel concierge will be able to assist you with tours of the area and recommendations on places you should visit. Free parking is available on site and guests can enjoy complimentary wifi throughout the property.
2600 Wolgan Valley, Newnes, 2790 Newnes, Australia
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 the perfect accommodation for a week away from the city.
Guests can choose from one, two, or three-bedroom villas on the property. All are freestanding, offering guests tranquility and privacy from other guests. No matter which villa suits your needs, you will be able to enjoy relaxing in your own private pool and then cosying up by the indoor open fireplace.
With many food options available in your all-inclusive package, you will indulge in some of Australia’s finest seasonal produce, while having catered to your taste. Each dining option shows off stunning views and is paired with local wines.
With the Wolgan Valley stretching over 2800 hectares, you can find a way to explore it that suits you. The truly adventurous may want to explore the region by four-wheel drive or by horseback. Or why not enjoy an evening wildlife spotting safari? If relaxing and wellness is more what you are after for this time away, check out the variety of treatments on offer at the One & Only Spa or try pilates with the on-site instructor.
5 - 19 Lilianfels Avenue, 2780 Katoomba, Australia
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 with relaxing walks around the gardens.
Guests can choose from many styles of rooms all offering luxurious yet comfortable furniture and decor. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms which feature a full-sized bath and Appelles bathroom products. Couples looking for a weekend getaway will love the Deluxe Spa Room which features a corner spa and beautiful views. There are many choices for food and drink on-site.
Enjoy buffet breakfast daily at Orangery Restaurant. Choose from the elegant Echos Bar or The Lounge Bar for pre-dinner drinks, before heading to the award-winning and hatted restaurant, Darley’s Restaurant for a degustation menu. Guests can also enjoy an afternoon high tea in The Lounge in front of the fire while admiring the view of Jamison Valley.
The 24-hour reception will be able to assist you with all your needs including recommendations for some of the best places to visit during your stay in the Blue Mountains. Featuring a Day Spa onsite as well as heated indoor and outdoor pools, you will be guaranteed to leave relaxed and rejuvenated.
488 George Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia
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 appointed and have tall windows that look out to the city. Each room has a custom-made Hilton Serenity Bed fitted with premium linens. The bathrooms feature a steam room style, roll-in shower for maximum relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests have access to in-room dining and internet.
At Glass Brasserie diners can enjoy fresh Australian cuisine and a selection of over 440 boutique wines. On the rooftop terrace is Zeta Bar, where craft spirits and creative cocktails can be enjoyed while looking out at Queen Victoria Building. Down below is the historic Marble Bar, a space for a drink, dance, and some live music. Meanwhile, Caffe Cino is there for a light meal or snack.
For their fitness needs, guests have access to Fitness First Pitt St. Platinum. It has a 25m lap pool and fully equipped gym. To cater for wellness needs, visit Alysium Day Spa or Pierre Haddad Salon, who have highly trained staff on hand offering a range of treatments.
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Wake up to breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge or Darling Harbor each morning. You will be spoiled for choice at the Shangri-La Hotel, with a day spa, fitness center and indoor pool at your disposal.
The Shangri-la Sydney is located in the historic Rocks area, where Europeans first settled in Australia in 1788. This enviable location is just 5 minutes’ walk from both the Sydney Opera House and the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).
After a day of sightseeing, you can relax in the bathtub of your lavish marble bathroom. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and an iPod dock, as well as fluffy bathrobes and slippers.
CHI, The Spa offers a luxurious escape in its private spa suites, with a range of body treatments and massages on offer. The hotel also offers a hot tub, sauna and sun deck so you can make the most of your stay. The award-winning Altitude Restaurant features magnificent views of the harbor and the New York-inspired Blu Bar on 36 is the perfect spot for a creative cocktail.
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.