If you’re looking for a holiday that’s just a little bit extra, NSW has a host of luxurious experiences to showcase every corner of the state. From private plane safaris and sacred vineyards to behind-the-scenes access and celebrity chefs, get set for a one of a kind adventure.
Fly to the Outback for lunch
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Outback with Crooked Compass. Board the Cessna aircraft that Dick Smith flew around Australia and land at Callubri Station, a working 28,000-acre property in the Central West region of NSW. Here rustic beauty and modern sophistication fuses with a rich history of wool and lamb production. Explore the property in Land Cruiser ‘troopies’ before settling in for a long lunch of the finest regional cuisine in the historic Shearer’s Quarters with vintage bentwood chairs, exposed beams and brass chandeliers.
Explore the Tweed with one of Australia’s best chefs
Join one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs Christine Mansfield on a small group food tour through her new home on the NSW Tweed Coast. Take in the region’s incredible provenance, meet local artisans and farmers and immerse yourself in incredible food experiences.
Pearls, Champagne and oysters
Take a private tour of NSW’s only pearl farm in this VIP experience with Pretty Beach House. Meet the pearl farmer and learn about the world’s most lustrous Akoya pearls farmed in the pristine, Brisbane Waters. Back at Pretty Beach House, enjoy champagne and oysters while listening to an informative pearl appreciation talk with the days fresh harvest in hand. Guests see how pearls are graded and have the opportunity to purchase pearl jewellery direct from the farmers.
Indigenous culture and bush tucker
Take a spiritual and historical journey with an indigenous guide through Bouddi National Park. This three-hour private tour from Elixir Journeys begins with a welcome ceremony before visiting significant indigenous sites. Hear fascinating stories about the NSW Central Coast landscape, view Aboriginal rock engravings and sample bush food, finishing with the engraving of a sustainably harvested, hand-made artefact.
Taste wine from sacred vineyards
One of Australia’s most famous wine families hosts this private tour of Tyrrell’s Sacred Sites Hunter Valley vineyards. The Sacred Sites are ungrafted dry-grown vineyards over a century old which produce exceptional fruit made into some of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Enjoy a winery tour and barrel tasting followed by a tutored tasting of the collection. Extend the experience with a special four course lunch prepared by renowned chefs-hatted Muse Dining paired with specially selected wines from the Tyrrell family’s private cellar.
Kayaks, kookaburras and bass fishing
Glide through the cool waters of the rainforest in a kayak with a private guide from Go Fish Australia. Fish for bass while observing wildlife such as platypus, king parrots, kingfishers and kookaburras followed by an alfresco brunch at Three Paddocks Farm overlooking macadamia farms. The experience includes road transfers from Byron Bay or opt to chopper instead.
Wildlife and sundowners
Join a 4WD tour with an expert field guide and observe kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and native birds as the setting sun casts a golden hue across the escarpments’ ancient sandstone. The two-hour tour offers Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley guests countless photographic opportunities, tales of local bush lore, sundowners and the chance to see one of the world’s rarest trees, the Wollemi Pine.
High flying wine tour
Explore the best of NSW’s cool climate wines in this tour combining premium wine, seasonal produce and luxury private travel. Fly direct from Sydney to Canberra return aboard a private plane before choppering to world-class winery, Shaw Wines. Enjoy a tasting of Shaw’s Estate Range Wines followed by a three-course lunch paired with Shaw’s Reserve wines in the private cellar.
Explore NSW’s stunning private gardens
Explore the kaleidoscope of colour at some of Australia’s most stunning private gardens in this exclusive tour of NSW’s picturesque Southern Highlands, Central West and Blue Mountains regions. Horticulturist Elizabeth Swane from one of Australia’s best-known nursery and rose-growing families leads this experience from Renaissance Tours and you’ll be staying in top luxury hotels.