Must-see hotels in New South Wales

  • Blackbird Byron

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    Gaze at Cape Byron and the Pacific Ocean over the hinterland from one of three individual and specifically designed boltholes set high up above…

  • Halcyon House

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    This former surfers' motel has kept its vintage curves to become one of east-coast Australia's most lauded boutique hotel and spas. The location is…

  • 28° Byron Bay

    Byron Bay

    There's not a TV in sight at this stunning homestyle hotel. From the paleo granola in the in-room breakfast provisions, to the filtered water system that…

  • Anchors Aweigh

    South Coast NSW

    Rooms at this family-run B&B are furnished like a well-off aunt's bedroom, with heavy wooden dressers and floral decor; a couple of rooms (from $193) have…

  • Depot Beach Cabins & Camping

    South Coast NSW

    This enchanting campground, among spotted-gum trees and peopled by curious kangaroos, is opposite an idyllic sandy beach. There are 60 sites and one- and…

  • Cockatoo Island

    Sydney

    Waking up on an island in the middle of the harbour is an extraordinary Sydney experience. Bring a tent (or just sleeping bags) or 'glamp' in a two-person…

  • Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

    South Coast NSW

    For oneness with nature, elegantly renovated cottages on Montague Island offer a uniquely beautiful retreat. Cottages sleep up to eight or 12. Rooms are…

  • Mandelbaum House

    Newtown & the Inner West

    One of the University of Sydney's residential colleges, this sweet spot makes a great place to stay in summer. It's a small, genuinely friendly place with…

  • Paramount House Hotel

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    When reception has a rack of shirts for sale and a beer tap it's not a standard hotel. Rooms are striking, with distressed walls, quirky features and…

  • Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

    Sydney

    Often filled with wedding parties, or Watsons Bay locals who are renovating, this personable hotel is a great place to slip into the barefoot-millionaire…

  • ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Modern, catchy and bold, ADGE puts a clever, upbeat twist on the ubiquitous serviced apartment experience. The idiosyncratic but extremely comfortable two…

  • Bannisters Pavilion

    South Coast NSW

    Set back from Mollymook Beach, this visually striking hotel operates with breezy style. There's space to spare, with wide hallways, plush, light rooms…

  • QT Bondi

    Sydney

    Colourful, chic and appropriately beachy, this apartment hotel is steps from the sand and offers a very appealing combination of facilities, location and…

  • Ingelden Park

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Around 18km from Griffith, Ingelden Park features two cosy cottages, both with a relaxed, rural outlook. Rose Cottage – complete with its own rose garden …

  • Baxley Bondi

    Sydney

    Halfway between the beach and Bondi Junction train station (10 to 15 minutes' walk to either) this pleasantly scented guesthouse is great value. Rooms are…

  • Post & Telegraph B&B

    South Coast NSW

    This 19th-century post and telegraph office is now an enchanting four-room B&B with great historical character. High ceilings, marble fireplaces and the…

  • Paperbark Camp

    South Coast NSW

    Glamp in ecofriendly style in these 12 safari tents with en suites, wrap-around decks and billowing mosquito nets. It’s set in dense bush 4km from…

  • Laurels B&B

    South Coast NSW

    Situated within a former dairy farmer's residence 4km north of Hampden Bridge, Laurel's is arguably the finest B&B on the South Coast. Walls lined with…

  • Lucky Hotel

    Newcastle

    A slick but sympathetic revamp of this grand old 1880s dame means it's an upbeat, modern place to stay above a great pub. The 28 light-filled rooms are…

  • Byron Springs Guesthouse

    Byron Bay

    With a mineral pool set by a Palm Springs–vibe open plan, shared, modern kitchen and chill-out-worthy verandah, a lot of thought has gone into keeping…

  • Little Albion

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    This boutique hotel combines an attractive heritage building with a more modern development to great design success. Rooms range from compact 'crash pads'…

  • Snug Cove

    South Coast NSW

    Is it baroque, Balinese or pirate themed? It might be all three. Snug Cove's eclectic decor succeeds in its mission to make guests smile. Between the…

  • Greens of Leura

    Blue Mountains

    On a quiet street parallel to the Mall, this pretty centenarian house set in a fountain-filled garden offers genuine hospitality and five rooms named…

  • Broomelea

    Blue Mountains

    A consummately romantic Blue Mountains B&B, this fine Edwardian house offers a cheery welcome, four-poster beds, lovely gardens, a great verandah, in-room…

  • Bower

    Byron Bay

    The NYC-inspired Bower is a former motel that's undergone a luxury makeover straight from the pages of an interior-design magazine (and now features in…

  • Bendooley Estate

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Secreted amid rolling farmland, Bendooley Estate's studio and two- and three-bedroom cottages combine modern styling, bespoke art and handmade tiles, and…

  • Junction Hotel

    Newcastle

    The upstairs of this stylishly modernised pub has been transformed with nine flamboyantly appointed rooms featuring moody lighting, lush fabrics and…

  • Globe Inn

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    The stunningly restored Globe Inn (c 1847), with its magnificent verandah, has five upstairs guest rooms, each beautifully furnished and with en-suite…

  • Bryn at Tilba

    South Coast NSW

    Follow Central Tilba's main street 1km out of town to this fabulous building that sits on a green-lawned hillside. It's a lovely, peaceful spot with…

  • Berry B&B

    South Coast NSW

    Fringed by flower gardens, this three-room charmer is tucked away in a former dairy. Genial hosts usher guests into a big, elegantly furnished lounge. The…

  • Houston

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    This central, eight-room, all-suite boutique hotel is one of country NSW's best places to stay, and sumptuous original decor, luxurious linens and…

  • Hillview Farmstay

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Around 34km south of town and signposted off the Hume Hwy, these nicely turned out cottages are set on a 400-hectare farm and are especially good if you…

  • Sierra Escape

    New South Wales

    Three Australian-made luxury tents sit atop 280 acres of rolling hills and valleys. The canvas walls may be thin, but the only sounds you'll hear are…

  • Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    A blissful 19km drive northwest of Murwillumbah leads to this superb luxurious and secluded retreat in the shadow of the caldera. The timber bungalows…

  • Mystery Bay Campground

    South Coast NSW

    Just by the marvellously scenic beach of Mystery Bay, this campground has pit toilets, cold showers and running water. It's first come, first served, so…

  • de Russie Boutique Hotel

    New South Wales

    As good as anything in Sydney, this little slice of hotel heaven in Orange has boutique written all over it. It has luxe mod cons, including kitchenettes…

  • Perry Street Hotel

    New South Wales

    Stunning apartment suites make a sophisticated choice in town. The attention to detail is outstanding, right down to the kimono bathrobes, Nespresso…

  • Nomads Arts Factory Lodge

    Byron Bay

    For an archetypal Byron experience, try this rambling minivillage next to a picturesque swamp set on 2 hectares, 15 minutes' walk from town. Choose from…

  • CH Boutique Hotel

    New South Wales

    With 33 rooms housed in a slate-grey modern cube built in 2018 as an annex to the handsome, art-deco Central Hotel, CH is Tamworth's swankiest hotel…

  • Sails Motel

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    This 1960s navy-and-white motel has been transformed: its 22 rooms are light and simple with the occasional design piece, great eco toiletries, kettles…