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.
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
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