As one of the most popular holiday destinations in NSW, the Northern Rivers region has seen the emergence of countless notable places to stay, but none quite like Blackbird. A secluded, adults-only hotel that combines unpretentious high-end hospitality with striking brutalist design, Blackbird is unconventional from the outset, and a justifiable indulgence if your budget stretches to it.

The hybrid architectural concept – which comprises an impressive open plan communal space plus the three self-contained guest pavilions – was conceived by industrial designer-turned-hotelier James Hudson. The Blackbird ethos reflects his out-of-the-box approach: you’re welcomed like a friend, dinners are a communal affair, and the interior aesthetic is a strangely cohesive blend of Palm Springs glamour and UK graffiti culture.

Each pavilion offers uninterrupted views of Mount Chincogan to the north and Cape Byron to the south through floor-to-ceiling windows, and a handsome fit-out of vintage brass fixtures and industrial-style concrete shelving.

With private chefs, a well-stocked bar, an infrared sauna and a magnesium infinity pool on site, Blackbird is a destination in itself, but it’s worth venturing out to explore the imposing mountains that surround the property. Drive up to Koonyum Range and you’ll find a waterfall running down the side of the mountain, with rocky outcrops opening up to views across the hinterland all the way to Cape Byron.

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Updated: December 15th, 2022

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