Eight Un­usual Places to Spend the Night

Ac­com­mo­da­tion can be much more than just a place to rest your head, it can be the high­light of your trip. NSW has a range of quirky ac­com­mo­da­tion that will make last­ing mem­o­ries, whether it’s bed­ding down in a former dou­ble decker Lon­don bus, stretch­ing o


Ac­cord­ing to Des­ti­na­tion NSW CEO, San­dra Chipchase, “Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new type of ac­com­mo­da­tion can be the rea­son to book a jour­ney. This is often the case for lux­ury re­sorts, farm stays and quirky one-of-a-kind op­tions in NSW where the ac­com­mo­da­tion can be the main star of your hol­i­day.”

NSW has some truly unique ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able to cou­ples, fam­i­lies and groups want­ing a mem­o­rable hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence:

1.Sleep in an un­der­ground ‘dug out’: In Out­back NSW, White Cliffs is home to the rare black opal. It’s si­t­u­ated in the desert en­vi­ron­ment where min­ing hillocks cre­ate a moon-like land­scape. Ex­traor­di­nar­ily, the town lives un­der­ground in dwellings called dugouts to es­cape the heat. The White Cliffs Un­der­ground Mo­tel gives vis­i­tors the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence un­der­ground-liv­ing first hand. The rooms are a per­fect 22 de­grees all year round. You’ll have a great sleep in ab­so­lute dark­ness, so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face as soon as the light is switched off. www.un­der­ground­mo­tel.com.au


Adults-only tree­house: High up in the canopy in the Blue Moun­tains is the Wollemi Wilder­ness Tree­house. With wall-to-wall win­dows, ex­posed na­tive tim­ber and perched on tim­ber stilts, the Tree­house of­fers stun­ning views of Bowen’s Creek Gorge. This back-to-ba­sics ro­man­tic es­cape in­cludes a spa and wood fire. www.wollemi­wilder­ness.com.au


African sa­fari in Dubbo: Dubbo might seem like an un­likely place to en­joy an African sa­fari es­cape, but at Taronga West­ern Plains you can sleep in lux­ury sa­fari tents on the edge of an ‘African sa­van­nah’. From your pri­vate deck you will see gi­raffe, ze­bra and eland as they roam. www.taronga.org.au


Cave­man ac­com­mo­da­tion: In the Blue Moun­tains there are two amaz­ing caves to sleep in – the En­chanted Cave and Hat Cave. Be­hind a small wooden door at the top of a cliff is the En­chanted Cave, a lux­u­ri­ous cave of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar views, spa and wood fire. Set amidst tow­er­ing es­carp­ments, the Hat Cave is a huge sand­stone cathe­dral, sculpted by na­ture. This bush re­treat is set deep within a moun­tain gorge sur­rounded by lush cool tem­per­ate rain­for­est. The cave is per­fect for large group camp­ing with its camp­fire, so­lar pow­ered lights, rain­wa­ter tap and com­post­ing toi­let. www.love­cab­ins.com.au


A light­house on an is­land: You’ll get a glimpse into what life would have once been like for a light­house keeper with a night or two in Mon­tague Is­land Head Light­house Keeper’s Cot­tage. Built in 1881, there are two her­itage cottages on choose from.

Mon­tague Is­land is off the coast of Na­rooma on the NSW South Coast, ac­ces­si­ble by tour boat only and is home to Aus­tralia’s largest colony of Aus­tralian and New Zealand fur seals. www.na­tion­al­parks.nsw.gov.au


Yurt on the Mur­ray River: In­spired by the tra­di­tional Mon­go­lian Yurt, Talo Re­treat has trans­formed yurt ac­com­mo­da­tion into a lux­u­ri­ous cou­ples-only ex­pe­ri­ence on the Mur­ray River. From the can­vas walls lined with Aus­tralian wood, to the domed sky­light to al­low stargaz­ing from your bed and the pri­vate out­door spa, this is a unique lux­u­ri­ous yurt ex­pe­ri­ence. www.moa­maon­mur­ray.com.au

Mon­tague Is­land ve­ran­dah sunrise

Taronga West­ern Plains Zoo Dubbo Zoo­fari-Lodge

Aranyani Bi­son Ad­ven­ture Park

Talo Re­treat Yurt

White Cliffs Un­der­ground Mo­tel

Dou­ble Decker Bus Ar­ti­sans Re­treat

Hat Cave

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