Accommodation now takes more forms than ever. Hotels – boutique and otherwise – will always have their place, but in recent years entirely new genres have emerged. Now, the best way to experience some of the most beautiful spots in New South Wales might be to rent out a self-contained cottage on a working farm. It could mean booking out a secluded coastal hideaway. And spa retreats are still just as relevant as ever.

Whether you’re a local looking to get out of the city for the weekend or a traveller planning a longer holiday, there’s a spot in here for you. These are the best places to stay in New South Wales.

Raes on Wategos

Accommodation

A boutique resort, spa and restaurant in a striking white villa that overlooks its namesake beach.

6 - 8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay

Halcyon House

Accommodation

A ’60s surf motel turned boutique hotel, featuring an acclaimed restaurant.

21 Cypress Cresent, Cabarita Beach

Elements of Byron

Accommodation

This is one of Byron's quintessential resorts, and we can see why. Between the luxurious villas, bars, cocktail caravans and – not to mention – the swim-up bar in the adults-only pool, Elements will provide the escape you need.

144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

Bannisters Port Stephens

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British celebrity chef Rick Stein is behind this former no-frills motel. Now it offers good eating, spa treatments and an enviable swimming pool.

147 Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point

Borrodell Suites

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In the heart of Orange’s world-class wine country, this winery and hotel is just as worth visiting in the cooler months as it is during harvest season.

298 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange

The Old Schoolhouse Milton

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Soak up the country air at this historic, rambling property south of Sydney. Hang out with chickens, roam the vegetable garden or take the tyre swing for a spin.

423 Croobyar Road, Milton

Nashdale Lane Glamping

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Split your time between wine tasting, walking the countryside and relaxing in glamping cabins (which even come with their own fireplace).

125 Nashdale Lane, Nashdale

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

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Take some time for self-care at this beautiful northern-New South Wales resort.

77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay

Paperbark Camp

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Glamping was a thing here before glamping was a thing anywhere. It’s bordered by the Jervis Bay National Park, which means you’re in for pristine swims and spectacular coastal walks.

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Cottage Point Inn

Restaurant

Cottage Point Inn has been going strong since the 1950s. A waterside degustation here is the main draw, but the Inn also features two boutique apartments with sublime views over Cowan Creek.

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point
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Paramount House Hotel

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Japanese-style timber baths, mini-bar snacks by LPs Quality Meats and room service courtesy of nearby Chin Chin. You could easily stream a movie in your well-appointed room, but with Golden Age Cinema waiting just downstairs, you might as well enjoy the big screen.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Soma Byron Bay

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Book in for a multi-day retreat to experience meditation, yoga, coaching and stunning rainforest views.

221 Kennedy Lane, Ewingsdale

Apartamento

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This chic retreat is just two minutes from the closest beach. But it’s so beautiful, you’ll probably just want to stay in.

4 Acacia Street, Byron Bay

Mona Farm

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There are six historic buildings to choose from on this beautiful tranquil property. It's BYO food or there’s a chef on hand to make your meals.

140 Little River Road, Braidwood

Barranca

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Four luxe villas surrounded by towering sandstone walls and a thick blanket of trees in dreamy Kangaroo Valley.

408 Bunkers Hill Road, Kangaroo Valley

The Surf House

Accommodation

A budget-friendly hotel in Byron Bay's heritage-listed former council chambers. It has all the style and luxury of a boutique hotel, but with the communal spaces (including shared kitchen and laundry facilities) you’d find in a hostel. Plus, it’s home to Byron’s only open-air rooftop bar.

23 Lawson Street, Byron Bay

The Camp

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This luxe canvas bell-tent is fitted with a queen-sized bed and a solar-powered hot shower. And it's just a 30-minute drive from Byron Bay.

Yelgun Road, Yelgun

The Sunseeker

Accommodation

An ’80s motel that's been given a mid century Cali refurb. The only choice you have to make is this: room or standalone bungalow? Then comes the relaxing part: laze beside the kidney-shaped pool and order a drink from the Tiki-meets-brutalist bar.

100 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay

The Eltham Hotel

Bar

This historic Northern Rivers pub – which opened in 1903 – has been lovingly restored to its original condition. Upstairs, each of the comfortable and quaint rooms have their own theme. Downstairs is all about beers, live music and pub gold standards such as schnitzels and smoked whipped fish fingers.

441 Eltham Road, Eltham
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Blackbird Byron

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A boutique adults-only hotel in the Byron Bay hinterland combining brutalist design with high-end hospitality. Stay in one of three striking villas and make the most of luxe features including an infrared sauna and magnesium infinity pool.

210 Frasers Road, Mullumbimby Creek

The Bower

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What was once a lo-fi motel is now a chic, modern retreat filled with well-appointed rooms, apartments and cottages. The design skillfully combines the space’s heritage features with contemporary touches.

28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay

Lilypad

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A luxury floating villa anchored in the waters off Palm Beach. Following a fire in 2020, it was revamped with Mediterranean-style interiors and a pioneering solar-powered floating sauna. There’s an onboard cellar flush with booze, breakfast from the Boathouse, plus lunch and dinner by your own private chef.

1017 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach
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