Between the bushfires and coronavirus-related travel restrictions, New South Wales’ best places to stay have had a tough year. Now that regional travel restrictions are lifting from June 1 though, it’s the perfect to time to book a well-earned post-lockdown holiday.

This is not an exhaustive list – we'll be updating it continually over the coming months, so check in again later. Some hotels are still in the process of fully reopening, but if you can't yet make a booking, it's good for your wish list.

Raes on Wategos

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

6 - 8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay

Halcyon House

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

21 Cypress Cresent, Cabarita Beach

Elements of Byron

Did someone say swim-up bar?

144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

Bannisters Port Stephens

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

This winery and hotel is just as worth visiting in the cooler months as it is during harvest season.

298 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange

Nashdale Lane Glamping

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

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

77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay

Paperbark Camp

Glamping was a thing here before glamping was a thing anywhere.

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Cottage Point Inn

In a beautiful, secluded spot right on the Hawkesbury River, this restaurant is worth making the (short) trip for.

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point

Rowlee Vineyard Villa

Enjoy a wine in one of this country homestead’s sleek and modern rooms.

19 Lake Canobolas Road, Nashdale

The Huskisson Hotel

The most popular pub on the South Coast, for a reason.

73 Owen Street, Huskisson
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