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Explore five unique New South Wales properties that put nature on your doorstep

Palm Beach


It doesn’t get much more unique than this. A one-bedroom floating villa has just opened to the public in Sydney’s exclusive Palm Beach… and we do mean in Palm Beach. Previously a members-only venue, Lilypad is located metres off-shore in the ocean, offering complete walk-on, walk- off service.

The design of the unique space, which runs completely off solar power, was created by Chuck Anderson and combines innovative design with traditional craftsmanship and modern luxuries. Given the villa had to have an entirely stable surface that still allowed the structure to drift with the movements of the ocean, Lilypad is a feat of engineering and is worth booking if only to see it with your own eyes.

The luxury factor is nothing to turn your nose up at, either. The villa’s rental fee even includes a private host/concierge; private tender transfers to and from Lilypad for the duration of the stay; an additional self-drive luxury personal vessel so guests can explore, swim and picnic at local beaches at leisure; on-board breakfast supplied by The Boat House Palm Beach; complimentary on-board wine cellar with bottles of Veuve Clicquot, Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle; use of water equipment including paddleboards, fishing rods and floating daybed; and one complimentary meal for two at the iconic Barrenjoey House with private boat transfers, valued at $350.

For those really wanting to kick back in style, you can also purchase extras like seaplane transfers to Rose Bay, on-board massage and beauty treatments and luxury chauffeured vehicle transfers. With all these extras and the gorgeous coastal surrounds, you’ll be positively floating.


Blue Mountains

Virgo Bubbletent

If you’ve ever wanted to watch the sun rise without leaving your bed, book a stay at the Virgo Bubbletent. Not only will you bear witness to 360 degrees of Blue Mountains beauty, but you’ll do it in climate-controlled comfort. Beyond the bubble ‘walls’ you’ll find a wood-fired hot tub, telescope, fire pit, outdoor shower and a love swing to share with your better half.

You’ll need to take your own food and drink for your stay, including all your drinking water, but with such an idyllic setting, we don’t think anything can burst your bubble – not even a bad pun.

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