When you’re planning a group getaway, there are two paths to take. You choose your destination first, and accommodation second, or pick the perfect place and work backwards. From coast to country, NSW has a holiday house and a scene to suit everyone. Whether you’re keen to retreat to the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands or Hunter Valley or wake up to waves crashing in the South Coast or Byron Bay, we’ve found just the place to stay.
These are our top group getaways across NSW.
Another South Coast gem, The Cape is steps from Culburra Beach. The Hamptons-style holiday house sleeps 12 people across six bedrooms. After a day at the beach, come back for a BBQ and a storytelling session around the fire pit. Oh, and this property doesn’t have WiFi, making it the perfect place for that much-needed digital detox.
The Marina, Culburra Beach
You won’t be living on top of each other at this sprawling home in Byron Bay. The four-bedroom house is beautifully appointed with indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, a sound system, and a pool and hot tub that look over the hinterland. Elevation is a great sunset spot, so whip up a meal, open a bottle of wine, and enjoy each other’s company.
33 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Top tip: The Jetty is another Byron Bay favourite. Just 50 metres from the beach, its coastal-chic décor is an Instagram dream.
Switch it up by spending your next holiday on a houseboat cruising along the Hawkesbury River. Holidays Afloat has a slew of vessels to choose from; for large groups, go for the Elite 47, which sleeps up to 12 people. You don’t need a boat license (the team will brief you upon arrival) – so just pack your cossies, hire a few stand-up paddleboards and set sail!
87 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn
Tucked down a quiet Berry street, this two-storey house is great for both family and adults-only holidays. There’s a games room, a home gym, and an indoor plunge pool, plus a large backyard for the kids to run around in. The six bedrooms have a mix of queen and single beds, and Berry Village is a 10-minute drive away.
104D Kangaroo Valley Road, Berry
For a taste of Tuscany in the Hunter Valley, book this beautifully rustic villa for you and up to 14 friends. Set on 30 acres, the eco-friendly villa has five bedrooms (with their own bathrooms), a fireplace, BBQ, and a pool that overlooks Lovedale’s lush landscapes. As you’re coming up the driveway, you might spot kangaroos peeking through the olive trees.
Talga Road, Lovedale
Designed by the famed Harry Siedler, this award-winning home is, in a word, striking. Perched on a cliffside in the Southern Highlands, the house has panoramic views of the bush below, as well as four bedrooms, a pool (cut into the rock, no less!), and 60 hectares of private gardens. Spend your day hiking, swimming, or doing sweet nothing, and then come together for dinner and drinks under the stars.
Richards Lane, between Mittagong and Bowral (exact address shared upon booking).
Looking for a place that’ll comfortably sleep 18 people? This is it – and it’s just a couple of hours’ drive from Sydney. Fronting Lake Yarrunga in Kangaroo Valley, Lake David is an architectural beauty, complete with a chef’s kitchen, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pool table and tennis court. If you can drag yourself away from your luxe lodgings, there are wineries and walking trails close by.
Jacks Corner Road, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
This South Coast hideaway is an elegant yet warm home with room for 10 people, though if you have more, you can rent the adjoining Gatehouse (one-bedroom) and Guesthouse (two-bedroom). The house has a sunroom, pool, and views stretching from Shoalhaven to Jervis Bay. If you’re lucky, the owners will pop by with freshly laid eggs from the property’s chooks.
98 Foxground Road, Foxground