If accommodation designed to help you disconnect from the daily grind wasn’t already on your radar before lockdowns, it certainly will be now. Because for those in Greater Sydney, as the end of lockdown date (fingers crossed) looms, we’re now all in desperate need of a break from our stuck-at-home routine and are craving a stay that seems far, far away.
Enter Riparide. If you haven’t heard of the platform, it’s similar to Airbnb in that you can either become a host and offer overnights, or you can book a stay as a guest. Different from Airbnb, however, Riparide specialise in regional, unusual escapes, all designed to be good for the soul. Which sounds like exactly what we’re looking for in a post-lockdown getaway.
So, if that sounds like what you’re after (of course it is), here are 10 of the most in-demand stays that offer that in NSW.
This fully-restored 1967 Franklin Caravelle is the perfect secluded glamping escape for two. Enjoy the absolute privacy with nothing to see but a long picturesque valley that disappears into the mist, with a beautiful outdoor bath on the deck overlooking it all. If you are looking for an adventure, there is an abundance of cellar doors and wineries, quaint country towns, Hiking trails & historical landmarks all within an easy drive.
The Pocket, North Coast, NSW
At the very last tip of Northern NSW in the Byron Bay Hinterland, ‘The Den’ is perched on top of a jungle hideaway. Wake each day to a breathtaking sunrise and views of the stretching valley and ocean. With nature on your doorstep, take the opportunity to explore the Waterfall Hikes and Giant Cedar Trees that are a short journey away from the property. The property is pet-friendly and sleeps three.
Tintenbar, North Coast, NSW
A short drive through the rainforest of the Byron Bay hinterland, just 10 minutes from the coast, will lead you to the picturesque this hinterland farmstay, complete with an outdoor hot tub under the stars. This unique, two-person rustic studio sits amid rolling pastures where cows graze and endless valley views. Ideal for those craving an escape from the urban hustle and bustle.
Bawley Point, South Coast, NSW
A unique take on escaping the city and living by the sea. Enjoy the simple pleasures at this four-person, pet-friendly cottage with Bawley Beach and its beautiful water views and ducks aplenty only a two-minute walk away. Take in all nature has to offer, with a morning stroll a few minutes down the road to Cormorant Beach, one of many beaches sprawled along Bawley Point’s coastline, all connected by the Murramarang Aboriginal Walking Track.
Capertee, Blue Mountains, NSW
Enjoy waking to the sounds of the bush, the chatter of birds and the rustling of other animals that come to the river for a drink. This eight-person log cabin property is abounding with wildlife, kangaroos, wombats, platypus, echidnas, possums and bush lizards, all part of the Turon experience. Expect a unique holiday stay where wild kangaroos are likely to bounce past your front door.
An intimate, four-person farmstay ideal for a couple or group of friends looking for a quiet escape in the hills. The type of weekend where time stands still, guests can take in the breathtaking views, enjoy nature watching, long walks over the rolling hills, and end the day with a relaxing outdoor bath at sunset overlooking the farm — does it get any better?
Bullaburra, Blue Mountains, NSW
A unique, six-person getaway that’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression, Dome Sweet Dome is the ultimate weekend retreat for those looking to check out of society. The stay is only a short drive away from some of the Blue Mountains’ most loved bushwalks, so you can start your day with the scenic Grand Canyon Track and end being blown away by the sunset views at Cahills Lookout before falling asleep under the stars.
Lower Mangrove, Central Coast, NSW
Experience one of the Central Coast’s best-kept secrets in this relaxing estate that is sure to have you leaving your getaway feeling like a new person. The two-person Grower’s Cottage is consciously designed for recuperation and connection to nature, complete with open floor plans and even an outdoor bath and firepit to help you unwind.
Take in all nature has to offer with the Bouddi Coastal Walk which showcases some of the best views on the Central Coast, before heading over to Saddles to refuel on their famous house-made charcuterie or savoury pastries.
Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW
This contemporary barn-style, four-person home is the perfect backdrop for a long-awaited weekend escape. Surrounded by the beautiful Australian bushland, you’ll feel spoilt for choice with all the overwhelming range of activities available.
Start your day with sunrise at Govetts Leap Lookout, one of the best lookouts in the Blue Mountains. When it’s time to eat, take your pick among the abundance of local cafes or, if you’re feeling indulgent, head for a wine taste at Dryridge Estate.
Seal Rocks, North Coast, NSW
Designed by award-winning architects Shane Blue and Rachel Bourne, Fishcakes is a truly unique and special getaway experience overlooking the white sandy cove of Seal Rocks. Striking the perfect balance between connecting with nature and taking the time to unwind, the seven-person home has an array of activities nearby, including paddling with dolphins and taking in breathtaking sunsets.