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Luxury travel New South Wales

Sydney, Blue Mountains & Byron Bay


From chic city hotels to stylish outback station stays


A continent of contrasts; from the outback to the ocean


Experience it all with epic Australian adventures

From Sydney’s sparkling harbour to the state’s endless golden beaches; unspoiled national parks and celebrated national treasures; vast outback plains to snow-capped peaks, New South Wales offers a diversity of landscapes and experiences without compare.

Framed by the Opera House and the iconic Harbour Bridge, Sydney serves up world-class restaurants, galleries, shopping and contemporary culture. Fringed by golden beaches and surrounded by pristine National Parks, Sydney also delivers outdoor adventures in equal measures. Hike, sail, swim and learn to surf without leaving the city.

The sparkling and stylish harbourside city is also the gateway to the beautiful Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness, buzzy and bohemian Byron Bay that attracts A-listers from around the world, and still so much more to explore in New South Wales …

Sun setting over the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains National Park.
Surfers enjoying a morning in the water off Nobbys Beach, Newcastle.

Sip award-winning wines in the Hunter Valley or discover equally rewarding wine trails less-travelled in Orange, Mudgee and beyond. Hop across to World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island – one of our favourite hidden gems. 

Follow the New South Wales north coast to explore an endless string of golden beaches and halcyon days; or travel south from Sydney to enjoy life’s simple pleasures as scenic sandy coves and tranquil seaside towns unfold on the coastal route connecting Sydney and Melbourne. Alternatively, the inland route to Melbourne takes in the nation’s capital, Canberra, and the scenic Snowy Mountains high country.

Luxury Destinations New South Wales

Explore a selection of our favourite locations

Luxury accommodation New South Wales

Experience some of our favourite places to stay

Luxury Experiences New South Wales

Discover a few of our favourite activities

itinerary inspirations

These itineraries have been designed to inspire you with a small selection of the many unique adventures to be had in New South Wales. Once you have a feel for the destinations and experiences that best resonate with you, we will tailor every element of your perfect luxury travel itinerary in New South Wales, exclusively for you. 

Wines & wilderness

Escape the city for a few days of fine wines and fabulous wilderness.

Head for the Hunter Valley Wine Country just north of Sydney to enjoy two nights of fabulous food and wine, staying at the wonderfully inviting Spicers Guest House. Explore the boutique cellar doors and world-renowned labels that are dotted throughout Australia’s oldest wine growing region. Sample great wines and fresh regional produce. We’ve also included a private cellar door experience to take you behind-the-scenes at one of the Hunter’s finest wineries.

Travel inland to spend the following two nights exploring the Blue Mountains beyond the icons and discover what makes this beautiful wilderness area so World Heritage-worthy. Enjoy the fresh air and space, adventure action and relaxation all in the soothing surrounds of Spicers Sangoma Retreat.
  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Spicers Guesthouse Hunter Valley and 2 Spicers Sangoma Retreat including breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners per person. Behind-the-scenes Hunter Valley winery tour and tasting, Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

  • Note

    Spicers Sangoma Retreat is an adults-only retreat and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Raw & refined

Dial up the luxe and indulge yourself with world-class wines and refined wilderness experiences on Sydney’s doorstep.

Set amongst rolling vineyards and native bushland, Spicers Vineyards Estate is your gateway to the Hunter Valley wine country and indulgent gourmet treats. During your stay here, we’ve also included a private behind-the-scenes introduction and tasting at one of the region’s finest boutique wineries.
Set on a 7,000 acre carbon-neutral wildlife conservancy on the edge of the Blue Mountains’ world heritage listed wilderness, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort is the gateway to a collection of exclusive wilderness adventures. Enjoy hiking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and star-gazing, as well as a collection of wellness treats and conservation activities at this one-of-akind resort that offers something for everyone.
  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Spicers Vineyards Estate and 2 nights Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley including daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners per person. Behind-the-scenes Hunter Valley winery tour and tasting, Selected activities and touring at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

Waterways, Whales & Wine

Waterways and wilderness, whales and wineries, there’s so much to explore so close to Sydney’s back door.

Unwind by the sea at Bannisters Port Stephens, a boutique coastal getaway providing oceanview accommodation, a divine day spa and Rick Stein signature seafood. Cruise Port Stephens’ tranquil waterways for the opportunity to spot dolphins and, in season (May to November) migrating whales. Walk on the beach, hike through native bushlands or dine by the water in Port Stephens
From here, head inland to recharge at the wonderfully romantic and relaxing Spicers Vineyards Estate. Set on its own private vineyard, in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, this is the place to enjoy fine wines and great food (and perhaps even another visit to the day spa!). Enjoy a guided behind-the-scenes experience and tasting at one of the region’s boutique wineries.
  • Inclusions

    4 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Bannisters Port Stephens, 2 nights Spicers Vineyards Estate Hunter Valley) including daily breakfast. Behind-the-scenes Hunter Valley winery tour and tasting. 3-hour whale or dolphin watching cruise watching cruise in Port Stephens (shared basis). Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

Blissful, from the beach to the bush

A grown-ups’ getaway bringing together great food, fine wine and fabulous nature.

The holiday begins less than two hours’ from city at Bells at Killcare, a boutique getaway with Hamptons-style coastal charm on the beautiful Bouddi Peninsula. Enjoy secluded beaches and serene bushwalks, pampering spa treatments and award-winning dining.
In the Hunter Valley wine country, with Spicers Guest House your home for the next two nights, enjoy wine tasting and country walks, modern luxuries and classic comforts. A private tasting experience will also take you behind-the-scenes at one of the region’s finest wineries.
Heading further inland, but still less than 2-hours from Sydney, Spicers Sangoma is a breath of fresh air. The adults-only retreat on the edge of the Blue Mountains nurtures the soul, whilst a private guided wilderness hike provides a personalised introduction to the surrounding nature.
  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Bells at Killcare, 2 nights Spicers Guesthouse Hunter Valley and 3 nights Spicers Sangoma Retreat including breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners per person, behind-the-scenes Hunter Valley winery tour and tasting, private half-day guided hike in the Blue Mountains. Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

  • Notes

    Spicers Sangoma Retreat is adults only and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Capital to Coast

Enjoy a diversity of landscapes and experiences, from the Capital to the Coast.

Explore our capital’s star attractions and the city’s coming of age with the chic and quirky QT Canberra as your base. Enjoy a private tour of the Australian War Memorial with behind-the-scenes access and captivating insights into heroic tales of service and sacrifice, courage and camaraderie.
Continue your journey on the NSW south coast, #emptyesky at the ready in the spirit of modern Australian mateship (think picnics of fresh seafood and local cheeses in picture perfect locations). Explore Merimbula’s sheltered waterways and scenic walks, staying at the contemporary Coast Resort, nestled between the ocean and the lake on NSW’s sparkling Sapphire Coast.
Travel north, past an endless string of beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and coastal towns to arrive at Jervis Bay. Enjoy a dolphin watching cruise on the crystal clear waters and Australian glamping at its finest. Paperbark Camp delivers the perfect balance of nature and nurture. Unwind in the tranquil surrounds: kayaking, hiking, mountain biking .. or doing nothing at all, before taking the scenic route back to Sydney, recharged and refreshed.
  • Inclusions

    6 nights’ accommodation (2 nights QT Canberra, 2 nights Coast Resort Merimbula, 2 nights Paperbark Camp Jervis Bay) including 4 breakfast and 2 dinners per person. Exclusive tour of the Australian War Memorial. Shared whale / dolphin watching cruise. Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

Nature surrounds, luxury abounds

Sparkling waterways, sensational wines and spectacular wilderness

Be soothed by nature at Pretty Beach House. This all-inclusive and very exclusive hideaway is the epitome of relaxed elegance. Your stay here is also inclusive of a traditional indigenous Welcome to Country ceremony and a VIP Pearl Farm Tour, both served with canapes and sparklings.
Enjoy fabulous regional flavours and fine local wines staying at Spicers Vineyards Estate in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Continue the epicurean treats with a private behind-the-scenes experience and tastings at one of the region’s wonderful wineries.
Envelop yourself in refined luxuries and untamed wilderness at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort. With its own plunge pool and cosy fireplace, your private villa is a luxurious home away from home .. but the nature and wildlife experiences are another world altogether!
  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Pretty Beach House, 2 nights Spicers Vineyards Estate and 3 nights Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley including daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 5 dinners per person VIP pearl farm cruise and tour, behind-the-scenes Hunter Valley winery tour and tasting, selected activities at Pretty Beach House and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

  • Note

    Pretty Beach House is an adults-only (13yrs+) retreat unless the property is booked for exclusive use.

North coast explorer

Beaches and boutique accommodation, waves and wildlife,

Unwind with two days of rest and relaxation in Port Stephens. It’s harbour, two times the size of Sydney Harbour, is encircled by beautiful beaches and national parks, scenic coastal walks and waterside cafes. Enjoy ocean views and world-class menus staying at Bannisters Port Stephens.
Continue north to Byron Bay, and enjoy all that the region has to offer: buzzy cafes and bohemian boutiques, beautiful surf beaches and blissful rainforest seclusion staying at the Byron at Byron. We’ve also included a guided kayaking tour during your stay here for the opportunity to share the waves with resident dolphins. Surrounded by nature, and nurtured with decadent spa treatments and world-class dining, relaxation and rejuvenation are assured.
Break up the return journey to Sydney with an overnight at Sails Port Macquarie. The contemporary resort invites wonderful waterside relaxation before heading back to the city.
  • Inclusions

    7 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Bannisters Port Stephens, 4 nights Byron at Byron and 1 night Sails Port Macquarie) including daily breakfast and a signature cocktail at Byron at Byron. 3 hour dolphin kayaking experience in Byron Bay. Rental vehicle including insurance (max cover).

Linger longer

Leave the car behind, these packages include touring and transfers between accommodation venues
Wild & wonderful NSW

Go wild in NSW with a wildlife adventure the whole family will love!

Begin your wildlife adventures with a two night stay at Sydney’s new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. Wake up with the animals that roam freely and rest in the branches just metres from your bed. Enjoy out-of-hours zoo access and guided introductions to a collection of wonderful wildlife. Dine on native Australian ingredients with Sydney Harbour views, and sleep well knowing you have made a valuable contribution to Taronga’s wildlife conservation efforts.
Continue the nature and wildlife experience on Lord Howe Island with a four night stay at Arajilla Retreat. This tiny World Heritage Listed island is one of Australia’s true hidden gems! Enjoy swimming, surfing, hiking, cycling, snorkelling and fishing in the company of an incredible variety of birdlife and marine life. We’ve also included a half-day guided Nature and Turtle Tour and a half-day self-guided kayaking experience on Lord Howe Island’s tranquil lagoon during your stay here.
  • Inclusions

    6 nights’ accommodation (2 nights in an animal-view room at Taronga Wildlife Retreat and 4 nights at Arajilla Retreat) inclusive of dinner and breakfast daily. Light lunches, pre-dinner canapes and selected beverages are also included at Arajilla Retreat. 2-Day Taronga Zoo entry and exclusive guided sanctuary tour. Private transfers to Wildlife Retreat and to/from Sydney airport (to locations within 10km of Sydney CBD). Lord Howe Island touring: half-day guided North Bay Nature and Turtle Tour, self-guided glass bottom kayak experience and return airport transfers.

  • Notes

    Return flights between Sydney and Lord Howe Is. are NOT included.

Out Of The Ordinary Outback

Explore the extraordinary outback in our own backyard

Unfamiliar to most Australians (other than as the backdrop to films such as Mad Max II and Mission Impossible II, A Town Like Alice and Priscilla Queen of the Desert); and all too often overlooked, Broken Hill is the gateway to an extraordinary collection of outback experiences.
Over seven adventure-packed days, travel on red dirt roads and picnic beneath red river gums, noodle for opals in the underground township of White Cliffs and cruise the vast Menindee Lake waterways and wetlands. Watch the sun set over the ‘Walls of China’ in Mungo National Park and dine under the outback stars in Broken Hill. Walk in the footsteps of Australia’s legendary early explorers (Sturt, Burke and Wills) and learn about a history more ancient than any other (with local Aboriginal heritage dating back some 40,000 years). Enjoy insights into life on the land with a stay on a working outback sheep station; and to life underground with a stay at White Cliffs’ Underground Motel. From Wilcannia to White Cliffs, Mungo to Mutawintji, experience an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and meet a colourful collection of outback characters.
  • Inclusions

    6 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Broken Hill Outback Resort, 1 night Mungo Lodge, 1 night Warrawong on the Darling, 1 night The Underground Motel, 1 night Eldee Station). Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 6 dinners. 5 days’ private touring. Outback Astronomy Sky Show Experience. Private return Broken Hill accommodation-airport/train station transfers.

  • Notes

    Travel to / from Broken Hill is NOT included.

Off The Beaten Wine Trails

Enjoy an in-the-know introduction to off-the-beaten track top drops, great eats and boutique stays in Mudgee and Orange.

Setting off from Sydney, with a knowledgeable host at the helm, travel over the Blue Mountains’ Bells Line of Road and through the pretty Capertee Valley to Mudgee. With the central NSW country town rapidly developing a reputation for world-class wineries and award-winning wine bars, your host will introduce you to some of the region’s finest. Sample local Malbec and Cabernet, Tempranillo and spiced meads. Toast to a great day, drinking in the sweeping country views from your insta-worthy luxury eco-glamping accommodation.
Continue to Orange (and learn about the area’s history of orcharding – mostly of apples!) before sampling some of the area’s cool climate wines and meeting a collection of the town’s colourful local characters. Continue the tastings over lunch and overnight in a luxuriously converted Victorian mansion. Return to Sydney the following day, with a coffee stop in Bathurst, and in all likelihood, a boot-full of souvenirs!
  • Inclusions

    3 days touring in a luxury vehicle with private driver/guide, 2 nights’ accommodation (1 night Sierra Escape EcoLodge and 1 night Byng St Boutique Hotel), winery visits and tastings in Mudgee and Orange, 2 lunches, return dinner transfers from Sierra Escape.

  • Notes

    Sierra Escape is adults only. This itinerary is designed for travelers over the age of 18 years.

Go all out!

Celebrate missed milestones, a special occasion or simply new found freedoms with this exclusive ’luxe life’ package
Live the luxe life

Luxury lodgings, fabulous food, spectacular scenery and exclusive experiences This is living the luxe life (without any long-haul flights!)

Take off from Sydney, enjoying a new perspective of the breathtaking Blue Mountains on the helitransfer to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort. With a private plunge pool and cosy fireplace, it may be hard to think of a reason to leave your private villa accommodation; but equally impossible to resist the pull of Wolgan’s impressive collection of nature-based experiences and adventures, wellness therapies and conservation activities.
Continue by private 4WD transfer through the Blue Mountains to Pretty Beach House. This allinclusive, very exclusive coastal bushland hideaway on the beautiful Bouddi Peninsula is the epitome of relaxed elegance. Enjoy an indigenous Welcome to Country smoking ceremony over cocktails and canapes; and a private behind-the-scenes introduction into the world of pearls at New South Wales’ only pearl farm (accompanied by oysters and sparkling wine of course too!).
Return to Sydney by scenic seaplane transfer over Sydney’s string of Northern Beaches, landing on Sydney Harbour, just moments from the InterContinental Double Bay. To celebrate the final evening of your luxe-life adventure, enjoy an after-hours’ introduction to Sydney’s Billich Gallery.
Sip champagne as you sit for a live couple’s sketch portrait commissioned by preeminent Australian artist, Charles Billich, renowned for his rock star flare and irreverent contemporary realist style. Enjoy a private dinner for two at a luxuriously styled dining table set within this iconic Sydney gallery. Return to the InterContinental Double Bay, with portrait in hand and the memories to last a lifetime.
  • Inclusions

    5 nights’ accommodation (2 nights Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort, 2 nights’ Pretty Beach House and 1 night InterContinental Double Bay), all touring and transfers as described (including return airport transfers, one-way helicopter Sydney-Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains 4WD tour and transfer Wolgan Valley-Central Coast, VIP pearl farm tour, one-way seaplane Pretty Beach HouseRose Bay and return road transfers InterContinental Double Bay-Billich Gallery), private tour, portrait sitting and dinner at the Billich Gallery. Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 5 dinners.

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