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Weekends Away: Feel New and Take a Nature Escape to NSW

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Feel free, feel alive and feel new with these picture-perfect nature escapes for your next weekend away in NSW.

Across the state, you’ll find family-friendly farm stays, cosy mountain lodges, concrete jungle urban sanctuaries and romantic holidays in the heart of wine country. These kinds of breaks are the perfect remedy when you need to reconnect with nature. Read on to discover our top picks for the perfect weekend nature escape in NSW that’ll leave you feeling free, alive and rewnewed.

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Take a nature escape to: a Farmstead

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Who needs a blaring alarm clock when you can rise to the gentle clucking of chickens or the solitary crow of a rooster at a luxury farmstead? Take the whole family for a fun-filled weekend nature retreat to places where you can pick fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the garden, collect your own eggs for breakfast and feed the friendly cows, sheep, chicken and pigs.

Turn your Farmstead stay up a notch and go down the luxury route with a stay at Jambaroo Valley Farm. Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, you can enjoy a hands-on farm stay without forgoing life’s little luxuries. Stay in a gorgeous cottage with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and soak in a Swedish hot tub. From here, admire panoramas of the south coast’s Jambaroo Valley and ocean beyond. Head just over 1.5-hours inland from Sydney to Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges, a dreamy farmstead nestled on 28 acres of manicured gardens with a private lake where you can feed the resident ducks.

Take a nature escape to: the Mountains

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Capertree Valley. Image courtesy of Belle Bois.

There’s something magical about the mountains. That crisp, alpine air. The stunning, rugged terrain. Switch off your phone and let time slow down so you can enjoy the little things. Head out on a leisurely hike, plunge into frigid mountain-fed creek waters and curl up by the fireplace in the evenings. Take a nature escape to NSW to the Blue Mountains, renowned for its breathtaking scenery: soaring cliffs, eucalyptus forests and waterfalls make up this UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. 

For some of the best mountain views, stay at the stunning Belle Bois –  an idyllic country retreat in Capertree Valley. True romantics can’t pass up a weekend nature escape to Bubbletent Australia in Capertree, south of Belle Bois. Stay in magical clear domes and count the stars or spot constellations without having to leave your bed.  

Take a nature escape to: the Byron Hinterland

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Image courtesy of Sanctuary in the Pocket.

Effortlessly chic and laidback, Byron Bay is renowned for its beaches, surfing and trendy eateries, and a mere 15 minutes inland, the landscape shifts from golden beaches to the lush, rolling hills of the evergreen Byron Hinterland. It’s the best of both worlds: A promise of rural tranquillity with city conveniences within reach.

Find your bliss at the Bali-inspired Sanctuary in the Pocket retreat, a Zen hideaway nestled amid five acres of botanical gardens. Here, unplug from the rest of the world and spend balmy days exploring historic villages like Bangalow, following walking circuits through the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest, and finding secret waterfalls and swimming holes. For a romantic rendezvous, spend a weekend at Blackbird Byron for adults-only luxury with Pacific Ocean, Cape Byron and rainforest panoramas. 

Take a nature escape to: a Wildlife City Retreat

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga with Sydney skyline in the background
Image courtesy of Wildlife Retreat at Taronga and Destination NSW.

Calling all lovers of wildlife. Experience absolute luxury on your next weekend away in NSW while around you koalas climb trees, echidnas roam and platypus play at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. This elegant eco-retreat is located in the heart of Taronga Zoo in Sydney and is designed to blend seamlessly into the zoo’s bushland while boasting unmatched views of Sydney Harbour’s iconic skyline.

With many of Taronga’s species nocturnal, enjoy the rare opportunity to stay overnight and witness wildlife when they’re most active. In the stunning retreat, savour all the luxuries of modern life. Enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi, sophisticated rooms with high-end amenities and an award-winning restaurant. The undisputed highlight? Coming eye-to-eye with a cuddly critter munching on eucalyptus leaves outside your room’s window.

Take a nature escape to: Wine Country

Usher Tinkler Wines. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

Seeking that perfect drop for your next weekend away in NSW? Take a nature escape with a stay amid the rolling hills and sunkissed vineyards of Hunter Valley. A two-hour drive from Sydney, this premium wine region is home to Australia’s oldest vines (some dating back to 1820). You’ll also find new and up-and-coming cellar doors, including Vamp by Lisa McGuigan, Brokenwood Vines and Usher Tinkler Wines.

For the ultimate weekend retreat, book your stay at the award-winning, five-star Château Élan at The Vintage. This Tuscan-inspired country escape perfectly places you to enjoy sublime vineyard views, high-end gastronomy and use of The Vintage golf course. All with a fizzing glass of sparkling wine within reach, of course. 

Take a nature escape to: the Concrete Jungle

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Sometimes there’s nothing like a city break amid the buzz of town to leave you feeling renewed. Take a nature escape that places you in the heart of the concrete jungle at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. In its 50 plus years, the iconic Wentworth has hosted many VIP guests, most notably the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles. 

A stone’s throw from Sydney’s iconic sights, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this five-star oasis is hidden within a heritage-listed building and is a noticeable architectural icon among Sydney’s city skyline. Spend days exploring Sydney’s iconic harbour, with countless boat tours on offer. Or catch the ferry to Manly for beach days, snorkelling and scuba diving. Then, when night rolls around, you’ll be staying around the corner from Sydney’s best bars and most iconic restaurants.

Read more: What to do in Hunter Valley: Full-Day Foodie Itinerary