New South Wales
New South Wales
For many travellers Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is the starting point of their Australian experience. Sydney is a vibrant multi-cultural city that hugs the shores of a very beautiful harbour, making sightseeing by private yacht, launch or even on a ferry a particular pleasure.
New South Wales’ fertile and well-populated (by Australian standards) coastal fringe is backed by the mountains of the Great Dividing Range which cover a varied and spectacular wilderness. There are lush sub-tropical rainforests, sheer angular gorges and snow-capped peaks. The first settler explorers to cross the Blue Mountains’ maze of escarpments and gorges laid eyes upon miles of undulating bush land. Today these Central Tablelands are rich pastoral lands beyond which lies the vast space of the outback.
A week long safari out of Sydney provides the traveller with an extraordinary breadth of bush and rural experience. Begin with a short flight into the gorges and escarpments of the Blue Mountains, inaccessible to all but the keenest of bush walkers and locals who know their way on the unmarked dirt tracks. This area is rich in wildlife, including Grey Kangaroos, wombats, platypus, goannas, possums and the occasional emu.
When combined with a stay on the South Coast, where the fauna rich seas attract Humpback Whales, Fur-seals, dolphins and penguins, a safari out of Sydney is a genuine experience of Australia’s wilderness and wildlife.
Just north of Sydney, The Hunter Valley wine region boasts stylish lodges and a variety of wine styles, produced by some of the country’s biggest and some of the country’s most boutique wine makers. The Tablelands are best enjoyed on a private sheep or cattle station. The Central Coast is the place for wild beaches, magnificent coastal walks and temperate rainforest. In the far north Byron Bay’s surf beaches are a fashionable summer retreat while providing excellent diving and access to the beautiful rainforests of the northern ranges.
809,444 sq km (312,528 sq miles)
Flight time from London
22 hours (1 stop)
GMT + 10 (AEST)
When to go
Sydney is fabulous all year round! Winter is generally mild but if you do strike a cold and wet patch there are dozens of indoor activities and day trips that will keep you busy.
The beaches around Sydney are of course best between October and April when it is almost always warm enough to swim. Further north, around Byron Bay, the weather can be glorious all year and the brave will be willing to swim even in the middle of winter.
If you want to be active in the Blue Mountains then summer is usually more comfortable but the winter months offer the prospect of cozy fireside nights and deliciously warming wine & food.
Inland, on the edge of the Outback the summer months are hot & dry while the winter months are mild with plenty of blue sky days.
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Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay, at the foot of the imperious mountain twins rising dramatically above. An inspired architectural design welcomes spectacular views of the ocean, reef and mountains into the Lodge.
Emirates Wolgan Valley
Carefully sited between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. The main homestead offers distinctive dining, luxury facilities and stand-alone Timeless Spa.
Pretty Beach House
Pretty Beach House is nestled into the escarpment, high above Pretty Beach on the NSW Bouddi Peninsula, demanding that the luxury compass be reset for just 100 kilometres north of Sydney. Offering a new style of luxury, this exclusive guesthouse has only three, one-bedroom pavilions on the seven and a half-acre property.