Exploring regional towns and regional glow-ups has emerged as a travel trend for the year, and Australia is blessed with some of the most gorgeous regional towns you could ask for. For those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a regional holiday is the perfect vacation, and here are three of New South Wales’ top regional must-visit destinations for 2024.

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An easy 90-minute drive from Sydney, Leura stands out as a must-experience village in the Blue Mountains, captivating visitors with its exceptional natural beauty and rural charm. Esteemed for its awe-inspiring landscapes, unique boutiques, and an enticing array of restaurants and cafes, Leura is more than just a charming village—it’s a regional treasure.

Base yourself at the cozy and convenient Leisure Inn Spires which offers a welcome retreat whilst still being perfectly positioned on Leura Mall Street. Just a short walk from Leura’s shops, restaurants, and cafes, the hotel also provides easy access to the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains, being a mere one-minute walk from Leura train station or a short drive away from the main attractions. Situated on three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Leisure Inn Spires offers a variety of accommodation options, including studio rooms and self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments for families and larger groups.

Once outside the hotel grounds, venture beyond Leura’s enchanting streets and manicured gardens to discover must-see natural wonders like the Leura Cascades and the iconic Three Sisters, conveniently located a short drive from the village. For nature enthusiasts, the Blue Mountains National Park, surrounding Leura, provides abundant opportunities for hiking and exploration. Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and discover the diverse flora and fauna that thrive in this pristine environment. Alternatively, indulge in a day of leisure by exploring the village’s rich historic charm, taking a leisurely stroll along the captivating Leura Mall Street, and exploring its eclectic range of boutique shops, charming cafes and restaurants.

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For wine, food, and relaxation enthusiasts, Pokolbin, located in the heart of Hunter Valley is a regional paradise waiting to be explored. This idyllic destination, just a few hour’s drive from Sydney, has firmly established itself as one of Australia’s premier wine destinations, boasting world-class vineyards and cellar doors that beckon wine enthusiasts from near and far. Beyond its wineries and vineyards, Pokolbin is a year-round haven and one of Australia’s top regional must-see towns. Whether you embark on a dawn hot air balloon ride or immerse yourself in the exploration of the region’s abundant wineries, cellars, distilleries, and restaurants, Pokolbin promises a wealth of experiences. For those with an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors, dedicate a day to exploring the picturesque landscapes through activities like picnicking, hiking, and horse riding.

For an idyllically located and picturesque retreat, book a private bungalow at Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill. Situated on 25 acres of tranquillity, this unique accommodation features individual stand-alone self-contained villas, providing the perfect escape that’s only moments from key attractions, including a short walk from the renowned Hunter Valley Gardens and many wineries, distilleries, and fine dining establishments.

Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, Bowral


Situated in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Bowral is a must-visit regional destination in Australia. For the ultimate regional stay, local favourite Park Proxi Gibraltar Bowral hotel offers contemporary and premium rooms and exceptional amenities less than a 10-minute drive from Bowral’s main streets. With chilled bar, dining on site, plus spa facilities, a fitness centre and an eighteen-hole golf course, you may not want to leave the hotel at all!

For those looking to experience more of Bowral than their amazing hotel, visitors will find picturesque landscapes, a vibrant arts scene, and rich cultural heritage on the doorstep. Bowral is renowned for its annual spring Tulip Time Festival when the town transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours, as well as being famous for heritage-listed buildings, a thriving art scene, gorgeous boutiques, and delicious regional fare. Nature lovers can explore Morton National Park for bushwalking and birdwatching, or wander through the colourful Corbett Gardens and venture to Mount Gibraltar Reserve for panoramic views of Bowral and the Southern Highlands.  Culinary enthusiasts have a variety of dining options to savour in town, including Harry’s on Green Lane and The Press Shop. For a countryside culinary experience, consider a visit to Centennial Vineyards Restaurant situated in the scenic Centennial Vineyards, which offers a fine dining experience with a focus on seasonal and local produce. Whether drawn by its natural beauty or cultural offerings, Bowral stands as a captivating destination, showcasing the best of Australia’s regional charm in a single visit.