Interstate travel is proving a little challenging right now, with new border closures and permit restrictions announced every few days.
Though sipping your way through the Borossa’s best wineries or sampling Melbourne’s top coffee spots might be off the table for now, NSW boasts plenty of incredible Airbnb getaways right on your own doorstep. Whether you’re searching for sand, snow, or looking to take a more rural route, here are six of the best spots to stay in the state.
Little Black Shack, Pittwater
Why spend hours in the car when you can arrive at your secluded sanctuary in less than an hour from the CBD? A newcomer to the Airbnb scene, Little Black Shack is a luxuriously restored sandstone fisherman’s cottage right on the waterfront of Mackerel Beach on the northern beaches. The beach is only accessible by boat, making your stay feel that much more remote, and the ‘shack’ comes with everything from a rustic indoor fireplace to an outdoor brick oven for the perfect winter feast. Home to the fanciest fisherman on earth.
The Cabin, Byron Bay
On the other hand, if you’re looking to really put some mileage between you and stormy Sydney, Byron Bay should do it. As one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, Byron has more accommodation options than it does boutique linen retailers, so picking the ultimate spot is no easy feat. Alas, you can’t go wrong with The Cabin in Byron’s ‘Golden Grid’. Set to a scheme of charcoal and raw wood, this ultra-luxe, three-storey pad has everything from Ralph Lauren beds to a black Apasier bath and French Oblica fireplace. Really, the only problem you’ll find with this place is that eventually, you’ll have to leave.
JR’s Ecohut, Kimo Estate, Gundagai
Atop a hill with panoramic views of the Murrambidgee river flats and Kimo valley, you’ll find this incredible feat of eco-design made of local timber, steel and galvanised iron. Off grid and powered by solar energy, JR’s Ecohut is for those among us who’ve gotten pretty used to this whole social distancing thing. Set on a working farm with no neighbours for miles, this tiny house experience is truly unique, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows so you can take in some of the most extraordinary sunsets from the comfort of the cosy fireplace.
Ocean Farm, Gerringong
If seaside is more appealing than tree-side, head down the South Coast to Gerringong, home of oldschool bakery pies, Natural Necessity surf shop, and Werri Beach. Despite its close proximity to the town centre, The Ocean Farmhouse feels completely secluded, offering private access to scenic walking trails and 200 acres of rainforest. Take in the view from the terrace, or better yet, while afloat in the luxe infinity pool. Sleeping up to 12 guests, it’s worth the 1.5k a night splurge if you’re heading away with a group of friends or just want to live the dream you deserve.
Black Rose Cottage, Mudgee
As if ripped straight from the pages of Country Style magazine, Black Rose Cottage takes Australian barnyard chic to a new level of sophistication. Impeccably styled, this 3-bedroom abode is one of Mudgee’s most revered accomm options for good reason. Featuring a ten-seater dining room, indoor and outdoor firepits, and a pool table and games room, this is the perfect opportunity to finally get some dirt on those RM Williams boots you’ve been wearing to and from the gym.
Cedar Cabin, Thredbo
Hit the slopes in style by way of the Cedar Cabin in Thredbo, a sleek, modern, and subtly extravagant 54sm studio in the snow. Shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards, its innovative features are heavily influenced by both Scandinavian and Japanese design. A minimalist’s dream, you’ll find all the amenities a modern traveller might need, plus a Japanese Onsen to fulfil your steamy hot spring desires.