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The best places to stay in New South Wales include everything from chic-tastic city break pads to remote spots where it's just you and a view of the ocean.

Sydney, with its pale, colonial stone buildings set around that spectacular harbour is New South Wales's main event, but it's only a short journey from there to the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, the magical Blue Mountains, or to coastlines perfect with yellow beaches and dramatic cliffs.

Or you can lose yourself in the rural interior, both the cattle country this land lives on or the silent bush, inhabited by the unique fauna Australia is known for.

There's so many reasons to visit New South Wales that it's hard to list the highlights. Surfers love Byron Bay, there's skiing in the Snowy Mountains, and the land in between has a wealth of different national parks and a smattering of old country towns. And then of course there's Sydney, historic, yet bursting with life, and arguably one of the world's most beautiful cities.

New South Wales is in places bone dry, with great expanses of desert, and strange unforgiving, almost lunar-like landscapes, but in other places it's moist with rainforests, and barrelled through by great rivers.

This is definitely a place to travel across - you really need to see more than just the city. And that's what people do. Families camp, or take driving holidays, backpackers do the coast run and retired folk tow their caravans to wherever they fancy.

The best places to stay in New South Wales (especially those in Sydney) will get very busy during the peak holiday periods. So if you're coming then, plan well ahead.

Best Places to Stay in New South Wales

For a Sydney city break

  • Pier One, on Walsh Bay, is right by one of the pillars of the Harbour Bridge, a large and luxurious hotel with spectacular harbour views and slick, nautical decor.
  • BLUE Sydney is a collection of rooms and loft-style suites just off the pier at Woolloomooloo. As well as being on the harbour, you're right by the Botanical Gardens, around the point from the Opera House, but also surrounded by hip eateries and bars.
  • If you want to make the most of Sydney's restaurants, bars and nightlife, book The Medusa in Darlinghurst. It's a small boutique hotel converted from one of Sydney's charming terraced townhouses.
  • Hotel 1888 in Pyrmont is a great value boutique hotel with thoroughly modern decor inside a building built in 1888, which is only 100 years after Cook first spied Australia.

For a rural escape

  • Paperbark Camp is an eco-retreat down the south coast. There are just 12 luxury safari-style tents with their own private decks, all set amongst paperbark and eucalyptus trees. There's a restaurant, but also a communal kitchen. And complimentary bike hire.
  • Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains is another small eco-retreat. This time there are just five rooms, all with private plunge pools, terraces and stunning views. Food is seasonal, local and organic and it's all about rejuvenating you.
  • The Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa has been built on 7000 acres of conservation land in the Blue Mountains, so its 40 private villas are surrounded by empty, but perfect views. Each villa has its own pool and courtyard and there's also a fantastic restaurant and spa.

For the beach

  • Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, is a nine room eco-resort with some of New South Wales's best beach and mountain views. There's a spa and well regarded restaurant, but this is also a wonderful place to stay to explore the magical biodiversity of Lord Howe Island.
  • Pretty Beach House is a collection of just four villas, each with their own private plunge pool and private deck looking out towards the ocean. Surrounded by bush, your private pavilion has stunning decor, multiple rooms and the food and drink is all inclusive.
  • Victoria's at Wategos is one of the best places to stay in New South Wales if you're looking for a grown up beach retreat. It's over 16s only here and it's an intimate spot with just 10 guest rooms.

For a luxury country house hotel

  • Peppers Convent in the heart of the Hunter Valley is a charmingly bright blue nunnery-turned-hotel with a French baroque edge and views over a beautiful garden and then rows of grape vines of the Pepper Tree Winery, the hotel's own label. There are just 17 rooms so it feels private, and romantic.
  • The Chateau Elan, also near Cessnock in the Hunter Valley, is a luxurious resort with its own golf course and spa. Some of the large rooms and suites have their own spa baths, for extra indulgence.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in New South Wales, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Byron Palms Guest House

    Byron Bay

    Stylish beach house B&B just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Byron Bay. Bedrooms are smart and spacious and the house feels calm and peaceful. Enjoy communal breakfasts with owner Peter and relax in the sunny garden before exploring everything Byron has to offer.

    9 rooms from $77
    Value chic
    Surfing  -  Surfing Lessons with Black Dog Surfing
    Kayaking  -  Go Sea Kayaking Byron Bay
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
  • Bangalow Guesthouse

    Byron Bay

    A heritage property in landscaped gardens, a stone's throw from the centre of Bangalow. Four elegant bedrooms with clean white lines and original artwork. Wide shaded verandas provide the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast whilst overlooking Byron Creek. A stylish base for exploring the area.

    4 rooms from $143
    Sights nearby  -  The ideal base for exporing both coastline and interior. Minyon Falls are easily accessible
    Views  -  Lovely views over Byron Creek
    Great walks  -  Explore Byron Bay
    Local markets  -  Bangalow Market

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  • Paperbark Camp

    Woollamia, New South Wales

    Glamping has never been so glamourous at this eco-retreat. Twelve luxurious safari tents sit amongst eucalyptus and paperbark trees, each with a deck area or veranda. There's a restaurant and communal kitchen on the premises, and free bikes and canoes available for exploring the area.

    12 rooms from $275
    Towelling robes
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

    New South Wales

    Set in the Blue Mountains on a conservation and wildlife reserve of over 7000 acres, Wolgan Valley Resort takes extravagance to the next level. Accommodation in private villas each boasting a swimming pool, courtyard garden and panoramic views. Perfect for a luxury, back to nature escape.

    from $1038
    Back to Nature
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Secluded setting  -  Set in Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area between two national parks
    Great walks  -  Fabulous walking in the Blue Mountains. Guided walks can be arranged
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Capella Lodge

    New South Wales

    Luxury, eco-friendly resort on Lord Howe Island. Sophisticated all suite accommodation with beach chic interiors and stunning views of ocean or mountains. Relax in the spa, or explore the breathtaking biodiversity of the island. Communal dining and friendly staff ensure an intimate experience.

    from $488
    Views  -  All rooms have stunning views of either mountains or oceans
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 6 or over
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity edge
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Pretty Beach House

    New South Wales

    Guesthouse set amongst eucalyptus trees with fantastic views out to sea, and close proximity to beaches. Four separate pavilions provide chic accommodation with simple yet stunning interiors. Each has a private plunge pool and gorgeous decking area. The perfect place for a romantic getaway.

    from $695
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity edge, plus each pavilion has own heated plunge pool
    Spa  -  In-room treatments available
    Views  -  Seaviews
    Outstanding location
  • Peppers Convent

    New South Wales

    This bright blue old nunnery-turned-hotel offers an indulgent stay in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Spacious rooms channel French baroque style mixed with Australian country hotel, and have stunning views out to the gardens and vineyard. Perfect for a romantic soujourn amid the vines.

    17 rooms from $167
    Wine tasting  -  Has its own winery - The Pepper Tree Winery, and it's a great base for exploring the Hunter Valley vineyards
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Chateau Elan

    New South Wales

    Luxury resort boasting smart accommodation, 18 hole golf course & excellent spa in the heart of The Hunter Valley. Large rooms & suites are contemporary in style & feature all mod cons including spa baths & Nespresso machines as standard. Deliciously indulgent.

    100 rooms from $145
    Spa breaks  -  Destination spa complex with 20 spa suites for those who want privileged spa access.
    Golf  -  18 hole Greg Norman designed course.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Spicers Sangoma Retreat

    New South Wales

    High in the Blue Mountains, this eco retreat offers five luxurious suites with private plunge pools, terraces & stunning views. Chic interiors with dark wood feature walls & huge Philipe Stark bathtubs for two. Food is seasonal, local and organic. An idyllyic spot for total rejuvenation.

    5 rooms from $400
    Views  -  Stunning views - on a clear day you can see the Sydney skyline!
    Back to Nature
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity edge, private plunge pools in some suites
    Outstanding location  -  Set high up in the Blue Mountains
  • Echoes Boutique Resort

    New South Wales

    Situated in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, this luxury hotel offers spectacular rooms with views out to the Jamison Valley. A gym, sauna, pool and spa make for a relaxing stay. An ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.

    12 rooms from $430
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over Jamison Valley
    Foodies  -  Award winning restaurant
    Sights nearby  -  Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens - Mt Tomah, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Jenolan Caves
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Kiwi Collection
  • Bells at Killcare

    New South Wales

    Set in eight acres of English style gardens, this adults only retreat offers peace and tranquility in a stunning setting on the edge of Bouddi National Park. Hamptons style accommodation in suites and cottages plus spa, swimming pool and fabulous restaurant.

    25 rooms from $234
    Designer  -  Ralph Lauren furnishings in all the suites and cottages
    Views  -  On a clear day you can see the Sydney skyline
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only hotel
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Perry Street Hotel

    New South Wales

    Mudgee's only boutique hotel has taken inspiration from Berlin for its decor and the result is a slick and stylish hotel. Suites include laundry facilities and kitchenette as standard. A great base for exploring this notable wine region.

    from $109
    Local exploring  -  Ideal base for exploring the surrounding area
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Kim's Beach Hideaway

    Toowoon Bay, New South Wales

    Romantic adult only retreat just one hour from Sydney. Stunning bungalows and spa villas feature private pools and outdoor hot tubs or spa baths. Decor is relaxed with timber clad walls, wicker furniture and glorious views out to sea. Perfect for complete relaxation.

    34 rooms from $385
    Swimming Pool  -  Some villas have private salt water pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only property
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Lilianfels

    New South Wales

    Situated in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park. Rooms are large and light, with fantastic views across Jamison Valley. With a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts & award winning restaurant this hotel combines country style and luxury and offers plenty for the whole family.

    85 rooms from $137
    Spa  -  Lilianfels day spa offers a wide range of pampering treatments
    Views  -  Situated on edge of Jamison Valley
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
  • Spicers Vineyards Estate

    Pokolbin, New South Wales

    Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley set in an eight acre vineyard. This estate has 12 luxurious rooms, with ensuite spa and wood-burning fireplaces. Private spaces for relaxation or take advantage of the activities on offer. The restaurant focuses on seasonal dishes and award winning wines.

    12 rooms from $330
    Wine tasting  -  Wine Tours can be arranged
    Full of character  -  Vineyard with Wine Caller
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B

    Pokolbin, New South Wales

    Nestled in the Kelman vineyards, this B&B is full of charm. The owners Gay and Warren have fantastic inside knowledge of the area. Rooms are comfortable with fantastic views of the vineyards. Enjoy sunny breakfasts and a relaxing stay. Perfect for exploring The Hunter Valley.

    5 rooms from $193
    Wine tasting  -  Pokolbin & Rothbury Wineries. The property is surrounded by Hunter Valley Vineyards
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
  • Links House

    Bowral, New South Wales

    Boutique accommodation in a 1920s country guesthouse. Spacious rooms and suites are traditional in style. Large library/sitting room with cosy fireplace for winter. The restaurant specialises in regional produce accompanied by local wines. A characterful spot for exploring the Southern Highlands.

    17 rooms from $122
    Local markets  -  Local crafts markets & antiques stores.
    Sights nearby  -  Red Cow Farm, Sutton Forest
    Great walks  -  Walk the Boxvale track.
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