18 luxurious and fun things to do in NSW

We’ve been in lockdown for too many days to count. Why not treat yourself to a lavish getaway? You deserve it. 

Pamper yourself with a spa treatment

Luxurious Spa Packages in Sydney

We could all do with a good scrub after lockdown. At The Darling Spa, the Li’tya The Dreaming package is an indulgent three-hour signature treatment. You’ll be treated to a full body exfoliation, mud wrap, full body massage, scalp treatment, hand and foot treatment and facial to reconnect the body, mind and soul, from head to toe. 

Crown Spa Sydney

If you’re feeling like lockdown aged you (*raises hand*) you can’t go wrong with the Restoration Package at Crown Spa Sydney. This three-hour restoration process includes an invigorating body exfoliation, signature marma massage and a customised age-defying facial.

The Spa at Circa 1928, Albury

The Spa at Circa 1928 has adapted ancient treatments from Indonesia and combined them with products based upon Australian native ingredients and the result is heavenly. Signature treatments found on their Heroes, She-roes and couples spa menus are named after men, women and famous couples born in 1928. Conclude the experience with an after-treatment drink and dessert platter.

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Soothe the mind at a wellness retreat

Elysia Wellness Retreat
Elysia Wellness Retreat, Hunter Valley, NSW. Picture: Supplied

Yuin Retreat, Narooma

Yuin Retreat is a two night Aboriginal wellness retreat offered by Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, the traditional custodians of Yuin country and an Aboriginal owned and operated initiative. Based around the Eurobodalla and Sapphire Coast regions of the NSW far South Coast, this gorgeous retreat includes boutique accommodation, guided full-day on country immersions, Yidaki (didgeridoo) demonstration, ‘Indigenous Twist’ dining experience and a wellness session. 

Elysia Wellness Retreat, Hunter Valley 

Elysia Wellness Retreat offers a range of wellness retreat options ranging from weekend getaways to a holistic week-long program including spa and wellness treatments, wellness seminars, nutritious meals and daily group classes. 

Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron Bay 

Gaia has more than 30 therapists on staff, and is known for its range of treatments with a spa menu that includes everything from acupuncture and qi gong to chakra balancing and tarot card readings. 

Zen out at Gaia Retreat. Picture: Supplied
Zen out at Gaia Retreat. Picture: Supplied

Soma, Byron Bay 

With floor-to-ceiling views that frame the forest-covered hills of the Byron Bay hinterland, Soma doesn’t feel like your typical wellness retreat, and it doesn’t operate like one either. The big drawcards here are the immersive meditation and yoga programs, with sessions taking place in a dome in the lush bamboo forest.  Oh, and you might recognise it from this hit TV show.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Bowen Mountain

Just over an hour’s drive west of Sydney at Bowen Mountain, Spicers Sangoma Retreat brings ultra-luxury to the spa experience. Each of the eight suites is decked out with chandeliers, fireplaces and baths made for two and offers magnificent bush views. When it’s time for a massage, head to the spa tent, where you can choose between treatments incorporating essential oils, cool crystals or hot stones, or treat yourself to an anti-ageing facial packed with essential oils and omega serums. 

Soothe the mind at Billabong Retreat, Maraylya

At Billabong Retreat, at Maraylya, it’s all about the reset. The bush setting for this eco retreat is deliberately free of distractions (there’s no wifi), and the loudest sound you’ll hear is the call of native birds. Soothe your soul in a yoga or meditation session, or stimulate your mind with one of several activities, such as open-air mandala drawing. Spa treatments can be booked at additional cost. All meals are organic, vegetarian and gluten free, and there’s a range of accommodation, from single rooms in a lodge to deluxe cabins with indoor and outdoor baths. 

Get the VIP treatment

Venture out on the harbour with My Sydney Boat. Picture: Supplied
Venture out on the harbour with My Sydney Boat. Picture: Supplied

My Sydney Boat Harbour Tour

After a four month lockdown, get out on the harbour and discover Sydney’s best-kept secrets. With your own captain on board, My Sydney Boat takes you to some of the city’s little-known swimming spots and idyllic harbour coves. All you need to do is kick back and soak up Sydney’s magnificent views with a glass of bubbly and a gourmet lunch.

Mr Wallace’s Private Jet Journey

Treat yourselves and plan a getaway to remember with Mr. Wallace’s 5 night ‘Bush + Beach’ Private Jet Journey. Get the VIP treatment and fly by private plane, dine in stunning vineyards, shop local, and stay overnight in stunning accommodation across the NSW North Coast. 

Private Plane Journeys by Crooked Compass

Take a private plane for a long lunch in some amazing locations, including Orange, the shearer’s quarters at Callubri Station, or on Lord Howe Island.

Get out of town

Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters.
Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters.

Marramarra Lodge

Fly to the exclusive Marramarra Lodge via Sydney Seaplanes. Under a canopy of towering eucalyptus, the lodge provides an authentic Australian bush experience, with accommodation in Peninsula Tents. Former chef to royalty Paul Macnish creates gourmet meals at Budyari Restaurant.  Guest experiences include a tour to a nearby pearl farm, pampering at the lodge’s Iyora Day Spa and the opportunity to forage for bush tucker and explore rock carvings with a local Aboriginal Elder.

‘The Shed’ at Broger’s End, Kangaroo Valley

Located only two hours from Sydney, ‘The Shed’ at Broger’s End is an eco-haven luxury farm stay, set on a 160-acre working farm providing a wonderful experience of the Australian countryside. A converted machinery shed, ‘The Shed’ has has been lovingly and creatively transformed into luxury accommodation using reclaimed and recycled materials.   

Romance in the Snowy Valleys

Book a romantic escape at Nimbo Fork Lodge nestled in the Snowy Valleys, and enjoy an intimate farm-to-table dining experience at the new Three Blue Ducks restaurant. Book an exclusive half-day Vine to Wine Adventure by helicopter visiting two award-winning cellar door wineries. 

Do something new

Broken Bay Pearl Farm
Broken Bay Pearl Farm. Picture: Instagram/@pearlsofaustralia

Ultimate Pearl Farm Experience, Mooney Mooney on the Central Coast 

Enjoy Broken Bay Pearl Farm’s four-hour Ultimate Pearl Farm Experience.  This half day tour offered by NSW’s last remaining pearl producing pearl farm, selecting your own pearl to keep and a grazing lunch and oysters. Up the luxe factor and enjoy a luxury transfer by Sydney Seaplanes.

Go to Gin School, Sapphire Coast

Visit NSW’s Sapphire Coast and learn how to make your own bespoke bottle of gin at multi-award-winning distillery North of Eden Gin’s Gin School. Spend the night under the stars at Currajong Retreat, offering romantic private-tented accommodation set high upon a cliff overlooking the river and valley below.

Prancing Horse Luxury Supercar Driving Experiences

Enjoy immersive day long or overnight experiences in NSW with Prancing Horse Luxury Supercar Driving Experiences to locations including Cabarita Beach and Tweed Valley, Kiama, Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley. Whilst enjoying driving a Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracán and a collection of supercars, these driving experiences are paired with the finest restaurants and hotels.

This article originally appeared on Escape

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