Sitchu BlogDESTINATIONSWhere to go when you’re in need of a digital detox

Posted 10 Jul 17

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Cottage Point Inn

Where to go when you’re in need of a digital detox

Between catching up on the news, scrolling through social feeds, answering emails and browsing the web…we’re constantly on, and always available. Enter: tech-free tourism.

More and more Sydneysiders are choosing to disconnect and ditch the gadgets on their holidays and reallyrelax and recharge.

Sound dreamy? We’ve rounded up the best places to go for a digital detox around New South Wales. They’re remote and beautiful, and have little to no mobile phone coverage – and some don’t have WiFi, either!

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Set on a lush, 7000 acre wildlife reserve in the Blue Mountains, Emirates Only&Only Wolgan Valley is a secluded and absolutely stunning retreat. There’s no phone reception in the area, and while there is WiFi in the suites, the resort encourages guests to embrace unplugging as much as they can. Even though, guided nature walks, horse riding, stargazing and wildlife excursions are on offer, no one will bat an eyelid if you forgo activities to curl up in front of the crackling fire with a book.

2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley

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Cottage Point Inn

As you wind your way down to the Hawkesbury River, mobile phone coverage starts to wane, and disappears once you reach scenic Cottage Point, giving guests the chance to get off the grid. There are two apartments available: the Cowan Waters Suite, a large, self-contained apartment and Riverview Suite, a studio, both with balconies, a lounge area, ensuite and kitchenette. But the inn’s shining star is its restaurant, which serves up Modern Australian fare on the deck or in the heritage dining room.

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point

Unyoked– Miguel House

The Australian start-up has built two tiny houses on private properties in the wilderness of the Southern Highlands. They’re sustainable and solar-powered, with big windows, a comfy bed, hot shower, gas stove, bar fridge, kitchen appliances, utensils and plates – and no WiFi. The Miguel house which sits on a 300-acre property surrounded by a rainforest, is the definition of peaceful. Unyoked’s tiny houses are so in demand, there’s a waitlist for the new locations, which are due to be up and running by the end of the year.

The Miguel house is in the Southern Highlands; exact location revealed upon booking.

Crystal Creek Meadows

In the beautiful surrounds of Kangaroo Valley, Crystal Creek Meadows is made up of four self-contained cottages, each of which is surrounded by private gardens. The resort has a day spa on site, and plenty to keep you – and the kids! – entertained: think bike riding, fruit picking, and outdoor chess, birdwatching and wandering through the property’s 16 acres of gardens. You can even plant a tree, or take the resident pup for walks.

1655 Kangaroo Valley Road, Kangaroo Valley

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Golden Door Elysia

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, the Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa is the ultimate body, mind and soul reboot. The resort doesn’t ban phones, but guests are asked to restrict usage to their rooms, with many opting to hand them over upon arrival. That’s when the recharging really begins: a typical day at Golden Door includes tai chi, yoga and hiking, followed by informative talks, spa treatments, and delicious yet nutritious meals.

165 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin

Port Stephens Treescape

With crystal clear waters, great surfing, swimming and bush walking, plus food and wine trails, Port Stephens has the goods for a great getaway. Tucked away on eight hectares of bushland, Port Stephens Treescape is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney, and is home to camping and caravan sites, basic studios and suites, and many a koala! There’s no WiFi reception, but it doesn’t matter – One Mile Beach and Samurai Beach are close by, and the holiday park has a pool, heated spa and tennis court.

562 Gan Gan Road, One Mile Beach


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