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Upgrade Your Zoom Background, Here Are 6 Of The Best Places To Take A “Workation” In NSW

By Jessica Best
8th Dec 2020

wooden cabin overlooking pond surrounded by forest

This year has brought about some major changes in the way we travel. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. One of the better things to come from the year 2020 is the new and improved “staycation” or rather—the “workation”. Yep, it’s now totally acceptable to relocate yourself for a week or two and continue your nine to five WIPs, deadlines, and creative brainstorming sessions, just with some new surroundings.

To help you upgrade your Zoom backgrounds with a more real change of scenery, we’ve searched high and low for some of the best places to shack up for a week with great phone connection, Wi-Fi, power, and charging points so you can have a change of work scenery with minimal hassle.

These are the best places for a workation in NSW.

The Shed

Blue Mountains

It’s pretty handy having the Blue Mountains just a short drive away. It's even handier that you can reconvene your workstation to this beautiful and enchanting converted shed. The Shed spans 36 square-metres of studio space and packs a king bed, a lounge suite with great natural light for your Zoom calls, a ripper dining table to work from, an espresso machine (like we need to explain), and, when you clock off after 5pm, a bar fridge.

You’ll find some solid Wi-Fi here and USB charging stations at your bedside too. The outdoor seating game is also pretty next level, so you’ll want to make the most of the sandstone terrace and rock garden when you do some pre-work cardio sessions at sunrise.

entertainment area of fern-covered cottage

Historic Timber Barn


For the creatives out there, in a lull or working dang hard to meet a deadline, Mullumbimby’s Historic Timber Barn is a match made in heaven. Because what sparks creativity more than a secluded barn that opens up into an exposed deck that overlooks the floodplains of the Brunswick River?

This guy is completely furnished with a queen-sized bed, lounge, and desk so you can set up your workstation to the epic soundscape of the surrounding forest, and you’ll find decent power, Wi-Fi, and heating here to make your stay a cruisy one. Plus, after you’ve put in the work, you can explore the town, head to Wandana Brewery, hit Brunswick Heads Beach, go fishing on the Bruns River, go kayaking, or even take a sneaky hike to Minyon Falls.

wooden bedroom of old shed

The River House

Hawkesbury River

This off-grid house is the perfect oasis if you just need a change of scenery to crank out some big projects. Located 45 minutes north of Sydney on Berowra Creek, it backs onto Marramarra National Park, for all your pre or post-work adventures.

The River House features an open plan living space so you can spread your workstation into every nook and cranny and there’s a private beach, grassy front garden, and a hammock to amp your lunch break vibes. You’ll have great Wi-Fi here, but the hosts aren’t on an unlimited plan so if you do use a lot of it, you’ll just be charged an additional fee to cover the cost.

rustic river house on the hawkesbury river surrounded with trees

Frog Hollow Lakehouse

Lillian Rock

If you’re keen to hit the double-whammy of winding down while working (it is possible), then grab your laptop and make haste to Lillian Rock. Frog Hollow Lakehouse unfolds into a pretty pond and contains big nature views to backdrop your weekly client meetings. There’s Wi-Fi access across the entire property, a coffee machine to fuel your day, and private massages or yoga sessions to make your workation really worth it.

wooden deck overlooking forest pond

Bush Getaway

Jervis Bay

This cosy bush getaway is a 10-minute drive from the best beaches in Jervis Bay. The place has been decorated with art from communities in the Northern Territory, and there’s a heap of indoor plants, nice lighting, and comfy furniture that will make your workation a real treat. You’ll also get a tasty dose of nature here, in case you’ve been riding the hectic city wave a bit too much of late. Slow down with resident Kookaburras, finches, ferns, and towering gums.

The living and dining area is probably better than any office you’ve actually worked in with a well-stocked kitchen, fridge, kettle, coffee, tea, and a SodaStream. There’s also a cute front deck which catches a few rays from the morning sun, the perfect setup to run through those morning emails.

small bush cottage with fairy lights

Charming Australia Holiday House


This quintessential Aussie holiday house is sure to make any workation feel like an epic vacation. Once an old bungalow, this guy has undergone an epic open-plan renovation, which means the world is really your oyster when it comes to where you could set up your temporary “WFH” situation. 

There’s a long dining table if you need space sprawl, an outdoor entertainment area, which will no doubt make working Photoshop a breeze and a number of grassy knolls to hit for any brainstorming sessions.

interior of converted old bungalow

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