New South Wales has an incredible range of places to stay, whether you choose a camp-ground or caravan park, hostel, motel, hotel or cosy B&B. New South Wales is the only State in Australia where you can ski down a mountain, surf a world-class reef break, visit a remote outback town and explore a temperate rainforest. Chances are high that you’ll want to make a return trip.
Where to go? That’s the million dollar question. When it’s cold outside, it’s particularly tempting to park yourself in an historic guest house, cabin wiath a view or flash five-star hotel in the Blue Mountains, just a stone's throw from Sydney , but really, there’s lots to see and do in the Mountains all year round. Head further west to Bathurst in country NSW for a range of farm stays, cottages and quaint B&Bs, and you’ll easily immerse yourself in the community vibe and enjoy a rural experience like no other.
Similarly, summer’s always a great time to camp around Jervis Bay on the South Coast , and some of the State’s most beautiful campgrounds can be found in the Booderee National Park. There are also charming boutique hotels, beach houses for hire and a huge range of bed and breakfast accommodation on offer, too, whether you base yourself in Wollongong, Gerringong, Kiama, Huskisson or inland Berry and Kangaroo Valley .
Head north to Port Stephens , Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour or Byron Bay, where you’ll find a variety of hostels, motels, serviced apartments – and luxury resorts to choose from, all with everything you’d need under the one roof. Get your accommodation sorted, and it’s a no brainer to grab your towel and find a strip of sand anywhere along the beautiful, relaxing mid-north coast.
Wine connoisseurs shouldn’t miss tasting the cool climate wines in the Southern Highlands – which abounds with heritage guest houses, motels and B&Bs. And, of course, NSW’s Hunter Valley is a must-see; the region features a staggering array of open doors, local produce and a variety of Hunter Valley accommodation, from hotel resorts to themed guest houses, cabins to camping.
Exploring west into NSW’s outback regions is also a great idea if you have a few days or even a week to spare. The mining town of Broken Hill , known as a ‘living museum’, has long lured artists and filmmakers and is famous for its ancient river gorges and spectacular sunsets. Affordable cabins, cottages, farmstays, B&Bs, motels and hotels are all on offer to base yourself while you explore this gateway to the greater outback and beyond.