18 Once-in-a-lifetime Experiences that Await You in New South Wales, Australia
When borders reopen between Malaysia and Australia, we are sure some of you will be looking for more unique and memorable travel experiences. If there is anything we have learnt from this pandemic, it is that we should make the best of our travel adventures and make more memories with once in a lifetime experiences.
And there is no better place to start than at New South Wales, Australia with a myriad of unique experiences awaiting and luxurious accommodations to further enhance your adventures. Star-gazing in the Australia Paperback or horseback riding on the beach? We have you covered.
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See the city from a different perspective via the Sydney Seaplane. Flights depart from Rose Bay on the way to Bondi Beach and can be accessed via coach or jerry. Empire Lounge lets you enjoy a glass of champagne before flying or if flying isn't your thing, a place for you to chill and relax while your friends take the tour. A scenic flight takes about 15 to 30 mins.
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Crown Sydney, the latest 5 star hotel in Barangaroo is the tallest building in Sydney city and also the 4th tallest in Australia. An observation deck awaits you on the 66th floor for public viewing. Enjoy one out of 14 dining venues including the exclusive Nobu all the way from Japan.
The Fullerton Sydney used to be the former General post office building and a former Westin hotel. Smack right in the center of the heart of CBD and near QVB, you can pick from heritage rooms and contemporary rooms. Guests can enjoy a complimentary 90 minutes heritage tours, allowing you to learn more about the heart of the city itself.
Taronga Zoo: Wildlife Retreat
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Experience the Taronga zoo differently with an overnight stay at the zoo. The stay includes an afternoon tour of the sanctuary, morning tour of the zoo as well as complimentary access to the zoo throughout your stay there. Get great views of the Sydney harbour from dusk to dawn.
Taronga Zoo: Roar & Snore
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Try glamping in the zoo with the Roar and Snore safari style tents. This includes a dinner as well as a night safari and supper. Wake up to the roars and yawns of lions and tigers. Early risers can enjoy the behind the scenes tours of the zoo, something normal visitors won’t be able to see. It’s nature and wildlife right in the heart of the city.
Bangalay Luxury Villas
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Located only 2 hours south of Sydney, the Bangalay Luxury Villas offers an escape away from the city. Activities include beach horseback riding, whale watching and luxity sailing, wine tasting at South Coast wineries, yoga sessions and more.
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Retreat to the Australian PaperBark and Eucalyptus Forest. With over 20 years of experience, you can enjoy a peaceful getaway in their luxury safari tents as well as world class dining at the Gunyah Restaurant. Breath in the calming scent of the Eucalyptus before you go to bed and when you wake up.
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Wild Food Adventures
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Just 90 minutes from Sydney in the Southern Highlands, Wild Food Adventures present seasonal tours throughout the year. In Autumn, spend half the day foraging for fungi amidst a sea of fiery colours. In the winter, go truffle hunting which also includes Truffle inspired 3 course meals and be sure to meet their adorable truffle dog.
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Pearls of Australia
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Arrive at Mooney Mooney in style via seaplane. This is New Sales Wales’ only pearl farm. Enjoy a 3 hours tour, learn about the history of the Australian Pearl, boat cruise on the Hawkesbury River and bring home a pearl of your own to remember the experience.
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With only 28 guests allowed, the Marramarra Lodge opened in 2020. Access is exclusively by boat from Mooney Mooney or by air via Sydney Seaplanes or helicopter. A stay here includes boat transfers, daily sundowner cocktails and canapes, a fully stocked mini bar, daily meals inclusive of a six course degustation and complimentary activities.
Bannisters Port Stephens
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This seaside boutique hotel offers you a getaway like no other with views of the ocean from all of its 78 guestrooms. For those looking to heighten their stay, the Penthouse give you an open living space, panoramic views from the terrace deck with the best views of Nelson Bay. Its onsite Rick Stein Bannisters uses only the fresh seafood and local produce.
Anchorage Port Stephens
Anchorage Port Stephens overlooks one of the world’s most beautiful ports with accommodation options covering waterfront guest rooms to mezzanine-style loft suites to suit your taste.
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Not only are you granted with stunning views but you will be treated to award-winning meals at The Wild Herring which was named Best Seafood Restaurant in Regional NSW for the second year in a row in 2020. The Spa Luca was also named Most Insanely Luxurious Spas in the World by Harpers Bazaar.
Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley
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When it comes to luxury experiences, not many can beat the ultra-lux Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley. There are only 40 freestanding villas on site, ensuring privacy. Here you can enjoy horseback riding and hiking on hidden trails. Stargaze at the most beautiful night skies and enjoy romantic spa treatments.
Lilianfels Resort and Spa
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The famous The Three Sisters rock formation is just a 8 minutes walk from this resort. With well-kept english gardens and views of Jamison Valley, this is truly an escape into nature. Wine and dine at the award winning Darley’s Restaurant before rejuvenating your body at their inhouse Lilianfels Spa.
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See the inner hinterland and mountain ridges from a hot balloon over sunrise with Balloon Aloft. The award- winning experience offers a one hour balloon ride, sunrise watching, gourmet breakfast and champagne celebration at Peterson House Winery. You can also opt to do you hot air balloon ride by Byron Bay to take in the ocean views
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Sip pre-release wine at Brokenwood Wines. Here, you will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, guided food and wine pairing at their private tasting rooms as well as a tour of their winery.
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This one hour and a half tour shows you in the inner workings of the museum, master class and premium wine tasting. You will also get to pick your bottle of wine and picnic hamper and enjoy the panoramic views of the vineyard.
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Located at Polkobin, Spicers Guesthouse offers a private picnic for two, drinks around a firepit after dinner at Eremo, bicycle hire and sunrise hot air balloon flights. The highlight of the retreat is actually its Eremo Restaurant, a modern Italian restaurant that uses local produce in its dishes along with an exquisite wine list.