Because quirky accommodation is way more fun.
1. Outback Church Stay, Broken Hill
With cathedral ceilings, marble floors, entertainer’s kitchen and opulent Roman-style bath, this is a unique architectural conversion suitable for couples up to large groups. You’ll be singing hallelujah!
2. Wayward Jerseys Farmstay, Uralla
Perfect for families with young children, Wayward Jerseys is a working cattle property outside Uralla in the New England region of Northern NSW. The kids will love meeting the resident cows, lambs, goats, chickens, horses and ducks.
3. Zoofari Lodge, Dubbo
Ever woken up to grazing giraffes outside your luxury ‘glamping’ tent? We didn’t think so, but you can at Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Zoofari Lodge in Dubbo. The experience also includes behind the scenes tours of the zoo and an African-inspired buffet feast.
4. East Kunderang Homestead, New England
Built in the 1890s amidst the spectacular gorges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park on the Macleay River in New England, this is a restored red cedar homestead with room for a crowd. Accessed by 4WD only, you’ll feel like a remote area cattleman of yesteryear.
5. Boat House Villa, Dubbo
An old hayshed converted into a luxurious, industrial-styled guest accommodation at a vineyard on the banks of the Macquarie River just a stone’s throw from Dubbo. Revel in the warehouse styling and enjoy the rural serenity.
6. The Retreat at Froog-Moore Park, Tamworth
A boutique hotel with five themed rooms, opt for something Moroccan, Japanese or, for the downright kinky, the ‘Dungeon’. Dark and mysterious with stylized dank stone walls, costume masks and even a pole, The Dungeon is a room unlike any other.
7. Trilby Station, Tilpa
Experience life on the land at this picturesque outback station on the banks of the Darling River. Stay in a jillaroo’s cottage or the shearers’ quarters, and take your 4WD across the 320,000-acre property’s ‘mud maps’ route.
8. Underground Motel, White Cliffs
Ever slept underground? You can at White Cliffs, a quirky opal mining town in remote northwestern NSW. It gets so brutally hot in summer that the majority of the town is underground – including the motel. Don’t forget to set an alarm, the morning light won’t find you here!
9. Palace Hotel, Broken Hill
Made famous by the film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Palace Hotel is like a desert oasis in Broken Hill, every inch of its walls painted in lush landscapes and its beer icy cold. Ask to stay in the bling-filled Priscilla Suite, where more is always more.
10. Love Cabins, Blue Mountains
Ever wanted to sleep in a cave? How about a treehouse? Love Cabins in the Blue Mountains can facilitate both, and more. Luxurious and romantic, you’ll feel you’ve been swept away to a whimsical fantasy world as you gaze out from your cave over the spectacular mountains.
11. Black Sheep Inn, Orange
A converted, century-old shearing shed outside Orange, Black Sheep Inn marries old with new to create a unique and luxurious bed and breakfast in this popular food and wine region.