With spring in full swing and summer just over the horizon, it’s the perfect time of year to start planning a little trip away. If you’re not so keen on travelling too far afield but still want to enjoy a classy getaway, we’ve got a few insider tips. Brimming with luxury escapes, NSW has plenty of opportunities for an opulent outing. Here are our recommendations!
Luxury escapes; NSW is on top of the world
If you’ve already had a read of our favourite Sydney romantic getaways, you’ll know that the editorial team at EliteSingles loves trekking off into the Blue Mountains. Not only are the peaks prime hiking territory, they’re also home to some wonderfully luxurious abodes.
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If you and your partner prefer secluded holidaymaking, why not check out the Secret Valley Escape. With a range of cosy cottages with spa facilities to boot, it’s the perfect place for a low-key getaway. Stop over at Echoes for a boutique experience. Perched atop Jamison Valley’s rocky escarpments, the hotel’s quarters offer dizzyingly sublime vistas of the lofty surroundings; perhaps one to avoid if you’re prone to bouts of vertigo!
If you’re based in one of NSW major hubs, it’s easy to get caught up in your hometown’s hustle and bustle. What’s more, it’s easy to forget that there are other towns out there just waiting to be explored. A mere hour and half’s flight from Sydney, Melbourne is a great destination if you’re on the hunt for a slice of cosmopolitan opulence (not forgetting to mention some seriously impressive date ideas!).
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For lavishness on a high-rise scale there’s no better than the sophisticated Crown Towers. Fans of the left-field should look no further than St. Jerome’s – The Hotel. Plonked on the roof of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre in the heart of the CBD, the hotel is comprised of 21 plush bell tents kitted out with all the fittings you’d expect of any luxe-lodging. The 360-degree cityscape is pretty tantalising too!
“On the beach”
Fancy going all Chris Rea and getting your costal chill on? If so, NSW is replete with beaches of unparalleled splendour. A longstanding favourite with backpackers and surfers, Byron Bay is arguably one of NSW’s top beauty spots. Away from the buzz of downtown is Rae’s on Wategos, a fabulously boho-chic hotel with stunning beachside views.
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Nestled on the tip of Cape Byron, it’s a short jaunt from the headland’s famous lighthouse, a majestic viewpoint that offers breathtakingly romantic panoramas of the Pacific. If you’re after a strictly oriental affair, set off into the hinterland for a stay the Japanese-inspired Azabu.
Outback in the wilderness
Sometimes holidaying is all about satisfying the urge to get as far away from the madding crowd as is humanly possible. When it comes to finding remote luxury escapes, NSW has a sprawling outback that’s just waiting to be discovered. Set on the state’s border with Victoria, Broken Hill is home to one of the world’s largest mines.
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Not only is it the first Australian town to receive National Heritage status, it’s also has a thriving arts community too. For accomodation that emphasises sheer relaxation, there’s no better place than the Broken Hill Church. As you’ve probably guest, it’s a luxury dwelling housed in an immaculately restored 1911 Romanesque church. We have to confess, it’s hard not to preach the perks of such a unique and idyllic location.
A bon vivant’s paradise
Calling all gastronomes and fans of the grape, this could be the perfect plan for your next long weekend away. It’s no secret that some of Australia’s best wine comes from the South Highlands, making it a must-visit destination if you’re partial to the fruits of viticulture! Bacchanalian boasts aside, the region is renowned for its gorgeous scenery. Rolling hills that gently undulate for miles on end reflect the highland’s laidback pace.
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Do Downtown Abbey Aussie style and stop for a stately stay at Milton Park. A veritably regal country house with its very own estate, this residence has a rich history that can be traced back to the early 1900s. As well as spa facilities, Milton also has a collation of high-end eateries to sate your appetite! Only a mere 90 minutes drive from both Sydney and Canberra, it’s easily one of the most accessible destinations on this list.