Need some travel inspo for a post-lockdown holiday?
We might still all be experiencing the mundane day-to-day operations of a lockdown lifestyle, where the biggest and most exciting journey in our weekly routine is heading out to the shops to pick up our weekly groceries, but it looks like the end of lockdown may not be too far off.
Whilst we might not know exactly when or what the lifting of travel restrictions will look like, we can do one thing, and that’s loading you up with ideas on where to explore across NSW post-lockdown!
Whether it’s a road trip to your favourite coastal town or you’re keen to head west and get amongst all the incredible hidden gems in regional NSW, one thing is for sure, our state doesn’t fall short on incredible travel opportunities! So, buckle on in and get ready to start planning the ultimate getaway to enjoy post-lockdown!
For up-to-date COVID-19 restrictions, check the NSW website.
We absolutely LOVE the Barrington Coast Region! From their incredible beaches, booming foodie scene, even the relaxed and friendly locals, it’s one of our favourite spots to visit. We’ve got your guide to things to do, and places to eat & drink, so, where are you to stay?
The Myall River Camp might only be a short drive up the road, but this little gem has recently launched two new accommodation options perfect for those who have a love/hate relationship with camping. Think camping, but with all the comfort and style of staying in a 5-star hotel. With a trio of Safari-style glamping tents featuring four-poster beds, full kitchen, living & dining areas, and private bathrooms, the off-grid tents provide guests an authentic nature-based experience without foregoing your creature comforts.
In addition to the tents, Myall River Camp’s accommodation offering also boasts two charming Tiny Houses, constructed completely of recycled materials. Nestled in a secluded setting, the Tiny Houses are perfect for a romantic weekend away or a solo nature-based adventure.
This iconic A-frame shack is perfect for those keen to have a surf holiday! The vintage darling has undergone a complete renovation, whilst retaining her 70s charm and offering all of those luxe contemporary comforts. The two-bedroom accommodation is located in Smiths Lake and is just a stone’s throw away from the area’s most popular surf breaks including Cellito, Blueys, Boomerang, and Seal Rocks!
This hidden accommodation gem is on the outskirts of Forster and is the iconic spot for a low-key romantic getaway. Complete with a private outdoor bath and friendly alpacas on site, this B&B is a gem of a little weekend break.
This gem located on the shores of Blueys Beach is for those who might have a bit of cash to spare and enjoy the finer things in life. Book your stay in one of the area’s most luxurious beachfront properties and take in the incredible views from every angle. With lush hills sitting high to the west and perfect surf conditions to the east, it has us asking, is Blueys Beach Australia’s answer to Waikiki?
Port Mac has become a bit of a favourite for Newcastle locals to explore, because it’s long enough away to feel like a holiday, but not too far to have the kids screaming in the back seats saying they need another toilet break. So, we’ve done the hard work of curating a guide on places to eat & drink, family-friendly activities, even wineries to visit, but here are is go-to accommodation spot.
Brought to you by the Rydges, this multi-million-dollar glamorous, Hamptons style-inspired coastal accommodation is perfect for those looking for an easy getaway accommodation choice. Divine rooms, a huge outdoor pool, delicious on-site restaurant, and only a short walk to the centre of town; Sails has it all.
Keen to check out some of the incredible spots regional NSW has to offer? We would highly recommend heading on out to Dubbo, home to an incredible food, drink, and even coffee scene, as well as the all-round famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a booming retail scene, and an array of family-friendly activities, it’s the regional location you’ve been searching for!
Listen in animal lovers, this experience is for you! Located on-site at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, is the incredible, once-in-a-lifetime kind of stay; Zoofari Lodge. Wake to the sound of zebras running around right outside your door and giraffes enjoying their morning feast with a stay at this luxurious African-style canvas lodge.
We just can’t get enough of this luxurious boutique cottage located in the heart of Dubbo. The Repose is brought to us by two local couples, co-founders of the local retail boutique Saddler & Co; Bede & Jemima Aldridge, and Ric & Moir Jones, this beautiful spot has only been available to stay since late 2019.
Originally built as accommodation for miners in the early 1900s, the high timber ceilings, and original timber flooring has been completely restored by hand with interiors exquisitely curated. Wander the halls and enjoy this thoughtfully curated, light-filled space that is nothing short of a dream.
Experience some country luxe accommodation on your visit to Dubbo at Lazy River Estate! Located on the banks of the Macquarie River and just 5 minutes outside of Dubbo’s city centre makes for the perfect place to stay when some relaxation is required at the end of your busy sightseeing day.
We love any excuse to venture south to the Southern Highlands region. It’s filled with some of the state’s best produce and coolest spots to explore. From the best spots to eat & drink and stores to shop, these next two spots are our top picks for the region!
Brought to us by the incredibly talented team behind Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, Paste Bangkok, the quaint little town of Mittagong is home to Paste Australia. With a fusion of age-old customs and contemporary, creative twists, the menu delivers authentic flavour-filled dishes presented in imaginative ways. It’s an absolute must-do for any foodie!
Check in to this luxury cottage only a short stroll from the heart of Bowral in NSW’s Southern Highlands for a getaway you won’t forget! Enjoy the large wraparound deck, beautifully styled interiors, and the jaw-dropping magical open-plan kitchen, living, & dining spaces.
ORANGE & SURROUNDS
It’s a no-brainer as to why Orange and its surrounding areas is another regional favourite of HUNTERhunter’s. From Orange’s ever-growing and unique wine industry, the popular local retail scene, the food & drink offering, and the incredible surrounding areas of Carcoar and Millthorpe to explore; there’s so much to see and do, but these are our top picks!
Browse curated homewares in the town that time forgot; Carcoar! Brought to us by bubbly homewares enthusiast, Belinda Satterthwaite, Tomolly is home to an incredible collection of homewares favouring earthy tones and natural textures.
Literally just a short jump, skip, and a hop from Tomolly lies this incredible eatery on the corner of Carcoar’s main street; Antica Australis. Brought to us by couple, Paolo and Kelly Picarazzi, this Ciociarian slow food Locanda and providore is reason in itself to jump in the car for a five-hour road trip to Carcoar.
If you’re looking for a city escape, head on out to this rustic holiday home situated on a working farm near the township of Mandurama, only a short drive from Orange. Sitting on its own oasis of over 2000 acres, visitors can really experience the serenity and solitude of the open countryside whilst still being close enough to pick up a morning coffee or freshly baked bread from the local strip.
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