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Luxe and Secluded: Country Retreats Outside of Sydney

In this built cosmopolitan environment, Sydneysider’s rarely encounter unpolluted air, sweeping plains and rugged mountains. For your next trip, instead of a city staycation, escape the grind and go bush. The charm and beauty of NSW’s country towns is just waiting to be experienced. From vineyard stays and bush hideaways to heritage manors and treehouse escapes, we have rounded up some of the state’s best country retreats.

Turon Gates

Set on 6000 acres of bushland in the Blue Mountains, about 2.5 hours from Sydney, Turon Gates provides guests with the ultimate nature escape. With an array of accommodation options, our pick are the cottages which have been carefully positioned to afford privacy and beautiful vistas. For the explorer, there is horse riding and for the relaxer there are tranquil surrounds.

Turon Gates Road, Capertee

Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse

Situated among 600 acres of the Blue Mountains National Park, with tree branches providing the internal structure, the Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse is as bush as it gets. Known as the ‘love cabins’ this country stay is popular for romantic getaways. If you are after a more grounded experience, opt for their cave or tee pee accommodation; all self-contained and made from natural-materials.

Bells Line of Road, Bilpin


Just outside of Berry, on 11 acres of land, Rivendell boasts the “perfect weekend away”. Close to town but far enough away to enjoy uninterrupted rural views; the tree-lined driveway, gardens and roaming sheep all add to the charm of the property. With six homestead-style rooms across the main house and courtyard studio, gather the girls and book your next trip to Berry.

195 Devitts Lane, Meroo Meadow

Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Upon entering the property through the tree-lined driveway, Kirkton Park’s 70 acres of land with gardens, vegetable plots, farm animals and walking trails will have you spellbound. There are three room types available and the accommodation, across the board, is luxe. Think velvet curtains, ceramic vases, quilted bedheads and plush furniture. During your stay, be sure to indulge in their decadent High Tea.

336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin

Peppers at Craigieburn

Over a century old, Peppers at Craigieburn is a beautifully preserved time-capsule of a bygone era. Stunning homestead accommodation, expansive grounds and manicured gardens are just some of the features that charm out-of-towners. The rooms range in size, but all are refurbished, refined and exude modern, country elegance. During your stay, take a hit on the tennis court and dine at Hickory’s Restaurant and Bar.

Centennial Road, Bowral

Wilderberry Cottage

Set on a rural acreage in Berry, amongst the backdrop of the Aussie bush, Wilderberry Cottage affords guests the space to switch off and immerse themselves in nature. With couples in mind, the self-contained cottages are suitable for two, with the nearest neighbour hundreds of metres away, so you’ll be left alone. The cottages are fully decked-out, so just bring yourselves, an overnight bag and a bottle of wine.

295B Broughton Vale Road, Broughton Vale

Clarendon Forest Retreat

Clarendon Forest Retreat can be found between the Manning Valley and Forster, and it is as leafy and remote as they come. The tranquil surrounds provide the perfect setting for this eight-cottage retreat, spread over the 100-acre property. For the active traveller, take advantage of horse-riding, mountain biking, swimming and tennis. And good news, your beloved pet can make the trip as the retreat is pet-friendly!

148 Coates Road, Possum Brush

Circa 1936

In a converted heritage bank on the main street of town, Circa 1936 delivers “19th-century service, 20th-century style and 21st-century facilities”. Sophisticated art-deco interiors coupled with art-adorned walls and plush designer furniture, the hotel is a luxurious oasis amongst country surrounds. The suite-style rooms, upscale Club Lounge and opulent Day Spa will have you extending your stay in the country.

145 Sanger Street, Corowa