7 of NSW’s most Instagrammable stays
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International jetsetting is off the cards, but the potential to inspire travel envy on social media is as great as ever – all you need to do is book in the annual leave and check in to the abundance of amazing accommodation experiences on offer nearby.
Check out these ultimate ‘Gram-worthy stays around NSW. No passport required.
You won’t get closer to nature than a few nights spent floating on the mighty Murray River.
With up to 10 berths, this luxury houseboat is ideal for a laidback group cruise. The living area is designed to make the most of the spectacular river views, and the boats are equipped with a stand-up paddleboard and kayak for solo expeditions.
When you’re done adventuring, head to the upper deck and slide into the heated spa, or relax and watch the river float from one of the sun lounges.
While you’re in the area: Explore the Echuca Moama Food and Wine Trail to pick up local wine and gourmet supplies for your cruise.
It’s not just the historic granite lighthouse and dramatic ocean views that will fill your Insta feed with heart-eye emojis.
The wildlife that abound on and around Montague Island (off the coast of Narooma) are guaranteed to capture your attention. Expect to see playful fur seals, pods of dolphins and even penguins during your stay.
Your digs? The five-bedroom 1881 Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, which has been lovingly restored to help you step back in time.
While you’re in the area… Swim, snorkel or dive with friendly seals in crystal-clear waters off Montague Island on a guided tour.
It’s “lovers only” at this secluded nature getaway. Nestled in Gondwana rainforest, the retreat offers five indulgent accommodation options ranging from glass-walled bungalows to creek-side cabins.
Don’t worry, whatever you choose, you’ll have a sunken spa bath or freestanding tub with lush forest views waiting – just add candles, bubbles and champagne for ultimate photo cred.
While you’re in the area… Emerge from your love bubble to visit Husk Distillers, the only paddock-to-bottle rum distillery in Australia. Take a tour and stay for an Insta-perfect cocktail overlooking the cane fields.
When was the last time you gazed at the stars? At Faraway Domes, on a working cattle farm in north west NSW, you’ll feel like you have the night sky all to yourself.
Adding to this unique nature experience is your lunar-like geodesic dome accommodation.
Built to withstand the outback elements, the eco-friendly structure might be tough, but your stay will be all luxury, with a four-poster bed inside and a claw-foot tub on the verandah for soaking up the countryside.
Expect maximum relaxation and double-taps.
While you’re in the area… Explore the nearby Macintyre Falls in the Kwiambal National Park, where you can swim, hike, fish and picnic.
This stylish abode in the laidback coastal town of Gerringong, about 90 minutes south of Sydney, is everything dream holiday homes are made of.
Chic island-inspired interiors, an aquamarine pool and a short stroll to the beach hit the holiday house trifecta – and then some.
There are five bedrooms, so you can bring your favourite travel companions, and cater for them indoors or out with two swish cooking areas.
Just want to laze beside that pool? We won’t judge. Selfies optional but very much encouraged.
While you’re in the area… Hang ten in the surf with local legend Rusty Moran, from Gerringong Surf School, who’ll teach you everything you need to know about riding the waves.
Getting to this luxury retreat in the Hawkesbury River is half the fun – board a sea plane, helicopter or boat, and you’ll be sure to slip into holiday mode instantly.
Tucked away in bushland adjacent to a national park, the lodge offers next-level glamping tents and stylish timber bungalows, both with breathtaking views of the Hawkesbury River.
The setting is Instagram-worthy enough, but it’s the food that will get you snapping: degustation dining by a Michelin-starred chef is included in your stay.
While you’re in the area… Discover the Hawkesbury’s pearling history with a private tour through Broken Bay Pearl Farm.
In the city’s buzzing Chippendale district, the historic Old Clare Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind stay.
Packed with personality, art deco-meets-modern-industrial style and luxurious finishing touches like freestanding baths, this glamorous inner-city pad is made for posing.
Take your impromptu photo shoot to the swanky rooftop pool, or sip cocktails with the cool kids in the street-side Clare Bar.
While you’re in the area… Book in for dinner at the two-hatted restaurant Automata, where you’ll feast on an exciting, contemporary Australian menu.
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