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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.
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.
Best Hotels in New South Wales
Byron Palms Guest House 9 rooms from $73Byron 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.Value chicSurfing - Surfing Lessons with Black Dog SurfingKayaking - Go Sea Kayaking Byron BayRestrictions on children - No children
Perry Street Hotel from $104New 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.Local exploring - Ideal base for exploring the surrounding areaGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Links House, New South Wales 17 rooms from $116Bowral, 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.Local markets - Local crafts markets & antiques stores.Sights nearby - Red Cow Farm, Sutton ForestGreat walks - Walk the Boxvale track.
Hotel 1888 90 rooms from $120Sydney (Pyrmont)
This hotel is situated in a heritage listed building created in 1888, hence it's name. A thoroughly modern boutique hotel which offers luxury, comfort and style in abundance. Centrally located in Pyrmont, a stay in 1888 is unbeatable value for a city break in Sydney.Sights nearby - Five minutes walk to Darling Harbour, and a 20 minute bus ride to The Rocks and Circular Quay for views of Sydney HarbourSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorLively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors
Dive Hotel 16 rooms from $121Sydney (Coogee)
A boutique hotel on the beach with some great ocean views. Rooms are simple and clean, some with private balconies. Breakfast served daily in the communal dining area. Just a bus ride from the city centre and a short walk to some good restaurants and cafes - this is a good spot for local exploring.Close to nightlife - Near to bars and restaurants on the beachSurfing - Let's Go Surfing - Surf School nearbyGolf - Five outstanding golf courses nearby.Riding - On offer in Centennial ParkRecommended by - I Escape
Lilianfels 85 rooms from $131New 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.Spa - Lilianfels day spa offers a wide range of pampering treatmentsViews - Situated on edge of Jamison ValleySwimming Pool - Indoor and outdoorHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Q Station 82 rooms from $132Sydney (Manly)
An old Quarantine Station which has been completely renovated to offer comfortable modern bedrooms, private cottages and two fantastic restaurants. With a private beach and shuttle to Sydney Harbour - this is great for families or wedding parties looking for something completely unique.Sights nearby - Get the Ecohopper to Sydney HarbourSurfing - Learn to surf at Manly BeachGreat walks - Sydney coast walksOn the beach - Private Beach
Bangalow Guesthouse 4 rooms from $136Byron 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.Sights nearby - The ideal base for exporing both coastline and interior. Minyon Falls are easily accessibleViews - Lovely views over Byron CreekGreat walks - Explore Byron BayLocal markets - Bangalow Market
Chateau Elan 100 rooms from $138New 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.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/outdoorSpa
Peppers Convent 17 rooms from $159New 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.Wine tasting - Has its own winery - The Pepper Tree Winery, and it's a great base for exploring the Hunter Valley vineyardsSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolViews - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Simpsons of Potts Point 12 rooms from $170Sydney (Potts Point)
19th-century Arts & Crafts Hotel offering spacious yet cosy accommodation in the heart of Sydney. Enjoy breakfast in the conservatory and a complimentary evening sherry in the games room. Walking distance from hundreds of restaurants, this is an elegant guest house in a prime location.Sights nearby - Sydney Opera HouseFull of characterRecommended by - Fodors
Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B 5 rooms from $184Pokolbin, 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.Wine tasting - Pokolbin & Rothbury Wineries. The property is surrounded by Hunter Valley VineyardsRemote - Off the beaten track.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa 92 rooms from $184Byron Bay
Set in 45 acres of tropical rainforest and minutes from the beach, this luxury hotel offers comfort and style in surfing town Byron Bay. Rooms are light, airy and all have private balconies, kitchens and massive freestanding bathtubs. Great facilities include daily yoga, pool & spa.Lively - Hip and happening.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Victoria's at Ewingsdale 9 rooms from $187Byron Bay
Country manor styled luxury guesthouse just outside Byron Bay, set in four acres of lush gardens. Chic rooms and suites feature private balconies or open onto the courtyard. Breakfast is served on a terrace by the pool and picnic hampers can be organised.Swimming Pool - Palm fringed outdoor salt water poolLocal markets - Byron Bay weekend marketsGreat walks - To Cape Byron LighthouseRestrictions on children - Must be 12 or over
Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel 31 rooms from $189Sydney (Watsons Bay)
On the beach and recently restored, this hotel boasts panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and a lively Yacht Club atmosphere. Each of the rooms has a unique beachside feel. The hotel Beach Club bar is a local hotspot, serving cocktails and quality seafood. A real vibrant seaside atmosphere.Views - Panoramic views of Sydney HarbourSights nearby - Shakespeare by the Bay Evenings (seasonal)Great walks - The coastal walk along The GapFull of character
The Medusa 18 rooms from $204Sydney (Darlinghurst)
This beautifully furnished boutique hotel is housed in a converted city townhouse to brilliantly blend old and new. Location in the heart of Darlinghurst, Sydney's vibrant restaurant district, makes it ideal for foodies. Dogs are welcome too.Sights nearby - Close to historic St John's Church, The Garvan Institute and local cafes and shops. Within easy access of the Surry Hills.Full of character - Ecletic mix of old and new featuresSwimming Pool - Situated in outside courtyardLively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - Fodors, Tablet
Bells at Killcare 25 rooms from $223New 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.Designer - Ralph Lauren furnishings in all the suites and cottagesViews - On a clear day you can see the Sydney skylineRestrictions on children - Adults only hotelCooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Establishment 31 rooms from $241Sydney
Luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Large double rooms, three restaurants, numerous bars, and even an onsite club make this one of the hippest places to stay in the city.Sights nearby - Within walking distance to the Opera House, Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery of NSWRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney 563 rooms from $199Sydney (The Rocks)
This luxury hotel is situated in the heart of Sydney Harbour, and offers large contemporary rooms with magnificent views. Childcare services, a fitness centre, spa and award-winning restaurant make it ideal for a relaxing city break.Sights nearby - Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour only five minutes' walk awaySpa - With hot tubSwimming Pool - IndoorViews - Great views from hotel
Pier One 189 rooms from $200Sydney (Walsh Bay)
Situated next to the Harbour Bridge, this luxury hotel is built on a private pontoon with spectacular views across Sydney Harbour. Slick nautical decor inside completes the look. Enjoy top Australian cuisine at the restaurant.Sights nearby - Twenty minutes' walk to the Opera House and Botanic GardensViews - Great views from hotel
The Westin 416 rooms from $202Sydney
Comfort and chic contemporary style come together in this centrally located luxury hotel. Big rooms with city views, plus a restaurant and fully stocked bar on site. Re-energise with in-room spa treatments.Sights nearby - Within walking distance of Opera House, Darling Harbour and Art Gallery of NSWSpa - In-room treatments available
ADGE Apartment Hotel 12 rooms from $203Sydney (Surry Hills)
Top of the range kitchen appliances and ensuite rooms ensure self-catering in Sydney has never been so simple and stylish. Each apartment has a personal balcony to take in the central sites of the city, six minutes drive to Sydney Harbour.Sights nearby - Within easy walking distance to Sydney Harbour, Hyde Park and the CBD
Victoria's at Wategos 10 rooms from $255Byron Bay
Located by the beach and minutes from the Cape Byron Lighthouse, ten guest rooms boast private terraces with wonderful views. Stylish interiors feature four poster beds, white and cream furnishings and marble bathrooms. Fully air conditioned, and open fires for the cooler winter months.Private Hot Tub - All bathrooms have their own spa bathsGreat walks - Cape Byron Lighthouse 15 minute walkSights nearby - Close to Byron Bay centreRestrictions on children - Must be 16 or over
Rendezvous Hotels Sydney The Rocks 61 rooms from $258Sydney
Georgian restoration meets modern design, in the heart of Sydney's Rock District. Chic self catering apartments and bedrooms overlooking the Opera House, with a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness center. A bustling area with plenty of local restaurants and bars.City Style - Mismatch of chic modern and restored Georgian architecture, surrounded by bars & galleries with views of the iconic Opera House.Great walks - The nearby Royal Botanic Gardens are well worth checking out for their extensive range of flora.Sights nearby - Just a few minutes walk to Sydney's world famous Opera House.Views - Great views from hotel
Paperbark Camp 12 rooms from $262Woollamia, 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.Towelling robesGreat walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour 65 rooms from $276Sydney
Family friendly luxury self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Situated just metres from the Opera House, the building also boasts an indoor pool, gym, restaurant and bar, plus child care services.Sights nearby - Located by Botanic Gardens and Opera House, plus city centre half a kilometer awayViews - Out to the Sydney Opera HouseSwimming Pool - Indoor
Halcyon House 21 rooms from $307New South Wales
A place of calm and tranquility overlooking the scenic Cabarita Beach. Perfectly styled throughout creating a beach chic vibe; think patterned wallpapers, blue and white colouring, contemporary art and a mix of antique and modern furniture. The ideal spot to simply unwind.Beach Life - Situated on Cabarita beach, ideal for surfing, strolling or simply lounging.Cycling - Hire a bike and embark on a scenic coastal ride.Surfing - Grab one of the hotel's surf boards and hit the waves.Great walks - Take a leisurely stroll along Cabarita Beach.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith
Spicers Vineyards Estate 12 rooms from $315Pokolbin, 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.Wine tasting - Wine Tours can be arrangedFull of character - Vineyard with Wine CallerRestrictions on children - No childrenViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
BLUE Sydney 100 rooms from $289Sydney (Woolloomooloo)
Centrally located chic hotel with stunning views across Sydney Harbour. Loft suites available. Next to the Botanical Gardens. Family-friendly with ultra-modern facilities including an indoor pool and fitness centre.Sights nearby - Short walk to Botanical Gardens, Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Pitt Street MallLively area - Central city locationSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Kim's Beach Hideaway 34 rooms from $367Toowoon 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.Swimming Pool - Some villas have private salt water poolRestrictions on children - Adult only propertyLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Spicers Sangoma Retreat 5 rooms from $381New 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.Views - Stunning views - on a clear day you can see the Sydney skyline!Back to NatureSwimming Pool - Infinity edge, private plunge pools in some suitesOutstanding location - Set high up in the Blue Mountains
Echoes Boutique Resort 12 rooms from $410New 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.Views - Breathtaking views over Jamison ValleyFoodies - Award winning restaurantSights nearby - Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens - Mt Tomah, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Jenolan CavesRemote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection
Capella Lodge from $465New 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.Views - All rooms have stunning views of either mountains or oceansRestrictions on children - Must be 6 or overSwimming Pool - Infinity edgeSailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith
Park Hyatt Sydney 155 rooms from $642Sydney (The Rocks)
Five star luxury at its best, with an unbeatable location between Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. This opulent hotel, rooms in rich chocolate, cream and beige hues will not disappoint. Enjoy private balconies and dining rooms, plus a fully equipped gym and spa.Sights nearby - Located at Sydney Harbour and close to Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Bondi and Manly BeachSpa - The Spa facilities include a rooftop heated pool, a gym and a relaxation roomOutstanding locationSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Pretty Beach House from $662New 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.Swimming Pool - Infinity edge, plus each pavilion has own heated plunge poolSpa - In-room treatments availableViews - SeaviewsOutstanding location
Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa from $989New 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.Back to Nature5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Secluded setting - Set in Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area between two national parksGreat walks - Fabulous walking in the Blue Mountains. Guided walks can be arrangedRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith