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 really relax 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!
Hidden Valley Retreat Cottages
Tucked away on 40 acres at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Hidden Valley Retreat Cottages allows guests to fully immerse themselves in nature. Surrounded by wildlife and rainforest, the property features five self-contained cottages. Your time is best spent exploring the property by foot, catching up on reading and relaxing in front of an open fire.
Port Stephens Treescape
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 is close by, and the holiday park has a pool, heated spa and tennis court.
562 Gan Gan Road, One Mile Beach
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Set on 7,000 acres of Blue Mountains wildlife reserve, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a secluded and stunning retreat. Even though there is WiFi in the suites, the resort encourages guests to disconnect. Guided nature walks, horse riding, and wildlife excursions are on offer but no one will be upset if you relax in front of the crackling fire instead.
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley
The Australian start-up has built four tiny houses on private properties in New South Wales's wilderness and two in Victoria's. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoilt nature, the tiny houses are 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 definition of peaceful.
Exact locations revealed upon booking.
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa is the ultimate body, mind and soul reboot. The resort encourages guests to restrict usage to their rooms, with many opting to hand them over upon arrival. A typical day at Golden Door includes yoga, hiking, informative talks, spa treatments, and delicious yet nutritious meals.
165 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin
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. 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
In the beautiful surrounds of Kangaroo Valley, Crystal Creek Meadows is made up of four self-contained cottages, each 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, outdoor chess, birdwatching and exploring the property’s 16 acres of gardens.
1655 Kangaroo Valley Road, Kangaroo Valley