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10 Dreamy Places To Stay In NSW With Outdoor Baths

By Jessica Best and Sammy Preston
3rd Dec 2021

A large white tub on a timber deck overlooking a green valley

There are some things in life that just make sense—and a country getaway with an outdoor bath is one of them. 

If escaping the chaos that is city life is high on your agenda, you’re going to want to soak up the goodness that are these epic stays with an outdoor bath. Because nothing spells relaxation quite like watching the sunset and the stars in a steamy pot of soapy bubbles, with a glass of wine in hand.

Here are the best places to stay in NSW with an outdoor bath.

Cupitt's Estate

Milton

About three hours south of Sydney and just outside of Milton, Cupitt's Estate ticks a lot of boxes for a special weekend away. First of all, it's a family-run vineyard, complete with award-winning restaurant and cellar door—and an award-winning craft brewery too, just casually. Set on rolling green paddocks and cradled by the Budawang Ranges, in 2021 the Cupitt's Estate team decided to introduce luxury accommodation.

Now, you can snooze beside the vines in the property's 10 self-contained cabins. Created to sleep two, each is fitted out original artworks from Van Rensburg Gallery in Milton, Smart TVs, compost, and predosed coffee plungers prepped with locally-roasted Sunday Life Roasters coffee. Your mini-bar comes stocked with Cupitt's Estate wines and beers (of course) and each guest is treated to a bottle of Sparkling on arrival and a wine tasting in the Cupitt's cellar too. And yes, a selection of the cabins feature enormous outdoor tubs, perfect for soaking in with a glass of bubbles or an icy cold can of Milton Pilsner. Book your stay here

Currajong Retreat

Burragate

Not too far from both Merimbula and Eden on the stunning Sapphire Coast is Currajong Retreat, a spectacular hideaway with a stunning outdoor tub. Located on the Currajong Commune farm, the luxury tent is perched high on a cliff, overlooking the Towamba River and an expanse of peaceful bushland. As well as outdoor bathing, the spacious deck is perfect for stargazing, and surrounding the tent you'll find quiet swimming holes and perfect picnic spots. This one is an ideal romantic getaway. Book your stay here

A Place To Be

Kurmond

If you’re looking for your next romantic getaway in NSW for two with all the outdoor soaking shenanigans, have we found the secluded stay for you. "A Place To Be" in Kurmond is pretty much straight out of a fairytale with fairy lights (pretty much everywhere), farm animals, and one hell of a bathtub fit for even the longest of soaks. The magnum opus here has to be the lodge's alfresco terrace which sports said freestanding tub. From here, you’ve got uninterrupted views of rolling pastures, a river, and all the gum trees. Tell us you’re not already picturing yourself here with a glass of red and stargazing after the sun goes down. Book your stay here

Kookawood Farmhouse

Blue Mountains

girl soaking in bath tub overlooking mountainsWhen the mercury drops, there’s no greater place to stay in NSW than the Blue Mountains. Filled with misty mornings and the kind of rugged wilderness that spurs the need for lapping up some soapy bubbles and the fresh mountain air, if a city-escape feat. outdoor bath is high on your to-do list, we’d like to introduce you to Kookawood Farmhouse. Kookawood is reminiscent of a bygone era, filled with a collection of rich antique furniture, rustic bits, and pieces, recycled timber beams, reclaimed windows, a fireplace, and an open-plan dining and living area. As for the clawfoot bath, it stands freely in the front garden overlooking mountain peaks so you’ll literally feel like you’re floating above the clouds. Book your stay here

Rosewood Farmstay

Binda

man leaning in outdoor bath tub watching the sunsetPicture this: an outdoor tub with a view of rolling green hills and a picture-perfect sunset. Rosewood Farmstay is a secluded spot stay in the Southern Tablelands hailing in hard with maximum glamping vibes. This luxury tent occupies the high grounds with endless and glorious views of Binda. Comfort is key here so you’ll have everything from a four-post bed cocooned in 1000-thread-count Egyptian cotton to a seriously perfect outdoor deck bath, which more or less will be where you spend most of your time here. Book your stay here

Sithuri

Windeyer

rustic outdoor bath in paddockSithuri is a tiny home with big amenities so we think you’re going to want to pack your bags for this one, stat. Sitting on 300 acres of farmland, this property is the perfect stay for those wanting heaps of adventure (think bush walks and mountain biking) and ample time to recover in a seriously beautiful outdoor bath (pro tip: bring some magnesium salts). When you’re not soaking your troubles away, you can also explore the property and visit its alpacas, goats, and farm dogs too. Book your stay here

Little Valley Farm

Laguna

Located about 90-minutes north of Sydney in Laguna, this charming farm brings together a trifecta of great concepts—getting off the grid, alpacas, and outdoor baths (of course naturally). There are two main types of accommodation here but if you’re keen to slip into an outdoor tub of bubbles and essential oils for total relaxation, you’ll want to knock on the door of the T4615 Red Rattler. This converted 1950s train carriage packs a spacious bedroom with a queen bed, a camp-style kitchen, an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, hammocks, deck yoga, and a trusty outdoor bath that overlooks paddocks of cute ‘pacas. Book your stay here

The Grower’s Cottage

Lower Mangrove

stone bath in landscaped gardenWe mean, if heaven was a place on earth it would look exactly like The Grower’s Cottage. This restored farmers cottage is located right next to Dharug National Park and is completely surrounded by a growers garden full of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are there for you to pick at your leisure. As an ultimate place to unwind from big city life or treat your significant other, The Grower’s Cottage also features an absolutely gigantic outdoor stone bath with your name on it. It also has a handy little wooden ledge the perfect size to place a glass of wine, book, or set up your laptop for some outdoor Netflix-ing. Book your stay here

Paddock Hall

Tintenbar

Built with sustainability front-of-mind, Paddock Hall is a cheeky bohemian house situated within the hinterlands of Tintenbar. The entire property is house goals with exposed beams,  an open living plan, fireplace, and the piece de resistance—a vintage claw foot bath that sits high and mighty on the back verandah. Book your stay here

Sierra Escape

Mudgee

If wine, relaxation, and 110 hectares of rolling hills are your glamping cup of tea, you'll want to add Sierra Escape to your local escape bucket list. Located just 20 minutes outside of Mudgee and home to all your fave Aussie wildlife (kangaroos, anyone?) this is the perfect location to take in the sunset after visiting all of Mudgee's incredible wineries. You could barely call them tents, but the humble abodes include everything from king beds to wood fireplaces and outdoor deck baths perfectly situated under all the stars. Book your stay here

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Image credit: Cupitt's Estate, Cupitt's Estate, Currajong Retreat, Kookawood Farmhouse, Rosewood Farmstay, Sithuri, The Grower's Cottage

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