As New South Wales bursts with Spring sunshine, we’ve uncovered the best and exciting new family travel experiences from rustic barns, farm stays, high country tours, storytelling and wildlife encounters. Plan your next family holiday with our top ten new things to see and do in New South Wales.
1. Farm stay at Callubri Station, Buddabadah
Authentic Merino sheep farm Callubri Station is the next high-end farm stay to put on your travel wish list. Just outside of Dubbo in Central West NSW, the station has transformed the Shearers Quarters and Wool Shed to entice families looking for farm stay experiences. Swim in a mineral lap pool and stay in chic Sky Suites which have been fashioned out of shipping containers with guests enjoying expansive views across the sheep station.
2. Wellbeing and equestrian lessons at Belisi, Wagga Wagga
Belisi offers a rural escape for horse lovers and farm stay fans near Wagga Wagga, combining wellness and equestrian activities in farm stay style. Luxurious two-bedroom cottages are crafted from repurposed shipping containers enjoying views over the Riverina landscape. Brush up on equestrian skills with horse riding lessons, trail rides before indulging in yoga classes and skin treatments from their Wellbeing Program for adults and children.
3. Countryside elegance at Black Barn Bowral in the Southern Highlands on NSW
As you’d expect from anything created by celebrated fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, Black Barn Bowral is a country manor that exudes rustic elegance. The luxuriously appointed three-bedroom barn is located just a few minutes outside the picturesque town of Bowral. After days spent exploring the countryside, enjoy relaxed evenings by the open fire before slipping into the comfort of plump beds graced with crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen.
4. Glamping on the banks of the Hawkesbury River
Glamping tents and stylish bungalows designed with locally sourced timbers and river stone bathrooms enjoy riverfront position on the Hawkesbury River at Marramarra Lodge. Enjoy river views framed by native bushland and soak up the serenity of nature in fine style. Boat transfers to Marramarra Lodge, sunset river cruise, gourmet breakfast, lunch and a degustation dinner prepared by a Michelin star chef are all included.
5. Upmarket retreat Crystalbrook Byron (Formerly Byron at Byron) reopens, Byron Bay
Glistening after a multi-million dollar refreshment, elegant retreat Byron at Byron on the northern NSW coast has thrown open her elegant doors just in time for Spring getaways. The retreat sits within 45 acres of subtropical rainforest and melds nature and responsible luxury with the local environment. Chill out in the tranquil poolside setting and indulge at Forest restaurant where chef Etienne Karner sources all produce sourced within a three-hour drive of Byron Bay. Eleme Day Spa opens in November.
6. The Gentleman Magician: magical storytelling in the city, at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
Bruce Glen’s show, The Gentleman Magician, combines unique magic and enchanting Australian storytelling. Enjoy magical tales in the style of elegant soiree reminiscent of the intriguing shows from fine 19th century Viennese salons. Dress up in your finest cocktail kit, reserve you place for a magical night of storytelling at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.
7. New addition to Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Meet Frankie Firefighter, the 71st koala to join the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail family on the mid north NSW coast. The latest addition to this award-winning sculpture park commemorates the service of NSW’s Rural Fire Service during the 2019/2020 bushfires. The free trail is open every day and features individually designed one-metre high koala sculptures across the Port Macquarie region.
8. Backcountry tour at Thredbo, NSW
Take a guided backcountry tour with Thredbo Backcountry Tours and explore beyond the popular snow and ski slopes. Ride across incredible mountain landscapes and learn about the unique terrain and important backcountry safety skills. Tours cater to all levels of adventurer and ability from introductory to advanced.
9. New Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
BridgeClimb Sydney has launched a new ‘Ultimate’ climb following the southern approach span all the way over the entire arch to the northside pylons before returning to the Climber Base. This all new climb experience offers climbers an extraordinary opportunity to view Sydney from high atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Experience the best of NSW’s abundant wildlife with these extraordinary animal encounters, from four-legged critters to sea creatures, birds and marsupials, in the wild or in a sanctuary across the state:
Take a twilight camel ride at Birubi Beach with Oakfield Ranch, in Port Stephens or Lighthouse Beach in Port Macquarie. Swim with whales along the ‘Humpback Highway’ with Dive Jervis Bay. Or sea turtles off Tweed Heads at Cook Island. Go birdwatching or koala spotting at Narrandera Nature Reserve on the shores of the Murrumbidgee River. Fish mountain streams in the Snowy Mountains, play with meerkats at Mogo Wildlife Park, go behind the scenes at the Australian Reptile Park, be a zookeeper for the day at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, feed the koalas at Oakvale Wildlife Park, or meet the animals at Port Macquarie’s Billabong Zoo. For the ultimate Aussie farm stay experience, camp under night skies at an outback station such as Eldee Station, Bindara on the Darling and Trilby Station. View more than 2,000 animals at recently opened Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney.