10 NSW resorts that will whisk you away to paradise

From hitting the waves of Byron Bay to enjoying the peaceful countryside around Bowral, these are our favourite resort destinations.

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With more than 1,300km of coastline in New South Wales, it can be a tricky task trying to figure out where to visit first. We've covered the state from top to bottom, so if you're keen on the beach (or maybe the mountains), these are the resorts that have something for everyone.

Top resorts in New South Wales

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1. Beach Hotel Resort

Where is it? Byron Bay, far north coast.

Situated right on the waterfront, you'll have the best of Byron Bay on your doorstep. The Beach Hotel Resort hosts an outdoor pool and day spa for those lazy afternoons. You'll also be within 10 minutes of the area's top attractions including the Cape Byron Lighthouse and Wategos Beach.

  • Star rating: 4 stars.
  • Cost: High price range*
  • Features: Fitness room, swimming pool, wellness centre, billiards and gardens.
  • Why do we love it? You'll be less than a stone's throw away from Byron Bay's Main Beach.
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2. Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

Where is it? Pokolbin, central coast.

Entice your partner with a romantic getaway to New South Wales' finest wine region, the Hunter Valley. This resort is perfectly situated just a moment's walk from the Pokolbin Estate, and a plethora of other wineries are within a five-minute drive.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars.
  • Cost: Mid price range
  • Features: Tennis court, 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, modern interiors and jacuzzi.
  • Why do we love it? The property offers incredible views of the lush Hunter Valley landscapes.
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3. Mantra Nelson Bay

Where is it? Nelson Bay, central coast.

Nestled next to Port Stephens, you'll have everything you need for an epic trip on the central coast. Spend your days exploring Tomaree National Park, Stockton Beach, One Mile Beach and Fingal Bay.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars.
  • Cost: High price range
  • Features: Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, BBQ area and 24-hour reception.
  • Why do we love it? Being in the city centre, you'll only be a few minutes from the shops, restaurants and beaches.
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4. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa

Where is it? Katoomba, Blue Mountains.

Get amongst the fresh air with a trip out west. Not only will the Three Sisters be on your doorstep, but Echo Point lookout, the giant staircase, the scenic walkway and railway are within a few minutes of the resort. After a long day of exploring, unwind in your room with personal robes and slippers.

  • Star rating: 5 stars.
  • Cost: High price range
  • Features: Valet parking, swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, tennis courts, wellness services and gardens.
  • Why do we love it? The resort is completely surrounded by the forests of Katoomba, offering the perfect nature retreat.
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5. Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery

Where is it? Leura, Blue Mountains National Park.

You'll find this gem nestled right next to Empress Falls, Edinburgh Castle Rock and Inspiration Point. Relaxing is made simple after a long day, with your choice of having a drink down at the bar or enjoying a coffee on the balcony.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars.
  • Cost: Mid price range
  • Features: Swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, sauna and playground.
  • Why do we love it? Before a big day of exploring the national park, enjoy a full breakfast at Eucalypt and Embers each morning.
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6. Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat

Where is it? Terrigal, central coast.

Find yourself a short 15-minute walk from the pristine waters of Terrigal Beach and all the local restaurants and cafes. The coastal retreat also sits opposite the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre which could make for a perfect day out with the little ones.

  • Star rating: 4 stars.
  • Cost: Mid price range
  • Features: Swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, sun deck and garden.
  • Why do we love it? Travellers who reviewed this retreat commended the clean rooms, great location and pool.
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7. Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges

Where is it? Port Macquarie, north coast.

It doesn't get much more waterfront than this. Sails Port Macquarie sits right on the Hastings River, so after you've spent the day by the beach, come back to the pool to watch the sun set behind the horizon.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars.
  • Cost: Mid price range
  • Features: Swimming pool, tennis courts, sun deck, kids club, express check in/out and garden.
  • Why do we love it? Enjoy complimentary canoeing on the Hastings River from the hotel.
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8. Headlands Austinmer Beach

Where is it? Austinmer, south coast.

With uninterrupted views of the ocean, Headlands Austinmer is the perfect spot if you don't want to travel too far south of Sydney. Bask on the sand by day and come home to a pristine room. You'll also get to enjoy breakfast served by the hotel.

  • Star rating: 4 stars.
  • Cost: Mid price range
  • Features: Swimming pool, Wi-Fi and luggage storage.
  • Why do we love it? Indulge in waterfront views from the outdoor lounge area.
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9. Peppers Craigieburn

Where is it? Bowral, southern highlands.

Have a taste of country living with a weekend away to Bowral. With strips of antique shops, cafes and green landscapes, your itinerary won't take long to fill up. Peppers Craigieburn is nestled just outside the busyness of the town, without being more than a couple of minutes' drive away.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars.
  • Cost: High price range
  • Features: Tennis courts, gardens, restaurant, 24-hour reception and room service.
  • Why do we love it? Take the trip in the autumn or spring – the gardens will blossom in an array of oranges and lush greens.
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10. Lincoln Downs Resort Batemans Bay

Where is it? Batemans Bay, far south coast.

Completely unwind with lakeside bliss at the Lincoln Downs Resort Batemans Bay. You'll be within close proximity of Surfside Beach, Cullendulla Nature Reserve and the centre of town. Guests can also make the most of the terrace, outdoor pool or the property's dining venue.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars.
  • Cost: Low price range
  • Features: Room service, swimming pool, gardens, fitness centre and free parking.
  • Why do we love it? It's most popular with couples for its excellent on-site restaurant, pool and views.
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*Price ranges include low: $150 a night and below, mid: between $150 and $290 and high: $300 and above.

How did we pick these hotels?

Our editorial team selected the New South Wales hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

Where should I look for a resort stay in New South Wales?

With so many beautiful coastal and hinterland towns, we've put together a list of our favourite spots for your next resort holiday.

  • Byron Bay: Situated over 800km north of Sydney, Byron Bay is a lush paradise that makes you feel like you're a million miles away from home. We recommend checking out the national parks and Tallow Beach.
  • Hunter Valley region: Bring on the reds and whites. Our Hunter Valley region is your one-stop destination for a bottle of fine wine and a romantic weekend away.
  • North and central coast: Make sure to bring a towel because the beaches speak for themselves. For quiet, lazy days by the seaside, look to areas such as Forster, Port Macquarie, Nelson Bay, Terrigal and Belmont.
  • Blue Mountains: For a breath of fresh air, you can't look past the Blue Mountains. You'll want to look for accommodation in Katoomba, Wentworth Falls or Leura.
  • South Coast: If you're looking for a cooler weather escape, the south coast is as picturesque as it gets. The hinterlands, such as Bowral, Mittagong or Berry, offer gorgeous surrounding views as the seasons change from summer to autumn.

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