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10 Beautiful Hidden Places in NSW

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Are you looking for unique and beautiful hidden getaways in NSW? These 10 hidden gems, including hidden beaches and waterfalls, offer the perfect getaway from the bustle and noise of the big cities. 

#1 Bendalong

Bendalong is a cute coastal town in the region of Ulladulla, in the Shoalhaven. Set on the majestic jutting stretch of coastline known as Red Point, this town boasts some of the most stunning hidden beaches in NSW and borders the scenic Conjola National Park

This is a magic spot to explore, full of hidden gems like the sandy Boat Harbour Beach (where you can hand feed stingrays!), the 24 hour off-leash Washerwoman’s Beach, Inyadda Beach, and further south, Potato Point, Merimbula and Jervis Bay – home to the whitest sand in the world. You’ll be spoilt for choice with any weekend spent in Bendalong’s cozy town. 

#2 Jenolan Caves

Discover a different (but no less impressive) side to the Blue Mountains at the Jenolan Caves. A highlight of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and one of the oldest cave systems in the world, this subterranean network of limestone caves features awe-inspiring stalactite-lined chasms carved by pure underground rivers. 

Nine of the 300 caves are open to the public, including the Lucas Cave (with its striking ‘Cathedral’ limestone formation often used for music concerts) and Temple of Baal Cave. Explore the caves with guided tours, intriguing gold and night tours. 

#3 Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo Mountains

This stunning hidden waterfall in NSW, deep inside the lush rainforest of Dorrigo National Park, offers visitors beautiful scenery and the opportunity to explore behind the cascading sheet of water. Starting with the Satinbird Stroll, follow the Wonga Walk through lush rainforest, leaving from the Glade picnic area. 

Once you reach the falls, a suspension bridge will take you to a short side track that winds behind the waterfall into a rocky cavern. This short walk takes just 1 to 2 hours to complete. To explore the rainforest further, simply carry on trekking the Wonga walk. 

#4 Killalea Beach

One of our favourite hidden beaches in NSW, Killalea Beach offers 250 hectares of pristine coastal reserve and surfing beaches, tucked away inside the beautiful Killalea State Park. The perfect spot for a romantic picnic or camping adventure, Killalea Beach boasts bush and coastal walking tracks, beautifully landscaped picnic areas, great fishing rivers, and stunning wetlands. Killalea Park is within hiking distance of Bass Point Reserve and Shellharbour Village. 

#5 Lightning Ridge

Undoubtedly one of the most impressive hidden gems in NSW, Lightning Ridge is a tiny and quirky mining town in the New South Wales outback. Renowned for the rare black opal that has been mined here since the late 1800s, the town offers tours of the local opal mine. Try your hand at fossicking or enjoy the chance to relax in hot, bubbling Artesian bore baths. 

Bizarrely, the dusty outback town is home to a Gothic style castle called Amigo’s Castle, hand-built with ironstone boulders and designed to look like Italian ruins. You can also visit one of the largest collections of cacti in the Southern Hemisphere at Bevan’s Cactus Nursery. 

#6 Garie Beach

A popular destination for local families, Garie Beach is just a convenient hour’s drive from Sydney, in the southern end of Royal National Park. Offering excellent swimming and surfing opportunities, and even the chance to watch whales, Garie Beach is the ideal spot for a weekend getaway. Camp by the beach and amongst trees at If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at some beach fishing. After a picnic lunch, explore the rainforest gullies around the beach and enjoy the spectacular view from Governor Game lookout. 

#7 Fairy Bower Falls, Bundanoon

Fairy Bower Falls, a gorgeous hidden waterfall in NSW within Southern Highlands’ Morton National Park, is a wonderful reward at the end of a steep walking track from Gambells Rest picnic area. From the top, you can bask in the glory of Tooths Lookout. 

#8 Dunns Swamp

Along the banks of the Cudgegong River, the pristine Dunns Swamp in Wollemi National Park, outside of Mudgee, offers unspoiled nature and stunning sandstone pagoda rock formations. Explore the numerous walking tracks, canoeing and swimming spots. 

#9 Dingo Tops, Tapin Tops National Park

On the north coast of NSW, you’ll find Tapin Tops National Park, a spot treasured by locals for its stunning waterfalls, winding creeks and ancient eucalyptus forest. Nestled inside the national park is Dingo Tops campground, the perfect quiet place to base yourself to explore the gorgeous Tapin Tops National Park. Around the camp, you’ll almost certainly catch glimpses of interesting wildlife: koalas, parma wallabies, birds and red-legged pademelons. Enjoy the Mountain Brush circuit or go take a dip at the swimming hole near Potoroo Falls. In spring, the campground will come alive with blooming violet pea flowers, large yellow guinea flowers and the flame bottle tree, bursting with red flowers. 

#10 Bermagui Blue Pools

Escape the city, hit the Pacific Drive and admire one of the best natural attractions on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. 

The Bermagui Blue Pools are an unmissable destination: a crystal clear salt-water natural swimming pool at the base of a dramatic rocky cliff face, surrounded with views of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Here, you can swim and snorkel in clean, clear salt water. Enjoy awe-inspiring coastal views from the viewing platform, which doubles as a perfect spot for whale watching. 

Interested in exploring Australia’s hidden gems? Contact Hughes Limousines on 1300 615 165 and hire one of our luxury chauffeured vehicles to discover one of these fantastic, uniquely Australian places today.

6 Unforgettable Food Experiences in Sydney

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If you’re keen for an unusual food experience in Sydney that you won’t soon forget, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best food experiences in Sydney as rated by our staff, with handy tips from our Sydney chauffeurs on how to make the most of the food experience. 

Best Unique Food Experiences in Sydney

#1 The Grounds of Alexandria

Undoubtedly one of the most unique food experiences in Sydney, the Grounds of Alexandria is a festival for the senses and one of Sydney’s most Instagrammed foodie destinations. 

What makes it unique: Imagine strolling through food heaven with glimmering lights up above, the air filled with the seductive scent of mouth-watering flavours. The venue itself — a renovated 1920s pie factory with brick walls — offers plenty of rustic charm, complete with a sustainable garden, artisan bakery, florist and even local street food markets. 

What makes it unforgettable: Dance the night away with live music in The Shed on Fridays from 6:30pm, enjoy the organic gardens, tour the markets, or savour the Ground’s exquisite, homestyle restaurants: the choice is yours. 

Address: Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, NSW Australia 2015

Website: https://thegrounds.com.au/

#2 Sasaki

This gets our vote as one of the best food experiences in Sydney: Sasaki is an authentic, homestyle Japanese food restaurant. 

What makes it unique: Offering simple, healthy and delicious Japanese food in a cozy, minimalist setting, this gem of a restaurant is known for serving simple foods with fresh, quality ingredients that celebrate the chef Yu Sasaki’s hometown of Shimane and childhood memories of his mother’s cooking. 

What makes it unforgettable: Both the short and long course omakase menus here are delicately crafted with love and attention to detail, making for an exceptional gourmet experience. Think clean and elegant and complex flavours: freshly shucked oysters with yuzu kosho infused vinegar, thinly sliced seared tuna with prosciutto and shisho, salmon roe and egg yolk sauce or tender wagyu beef, served with warm sake. This menu is seasonal and fresh so you’ll be treated to an incredible surprise no matter when you visit. 

Address: 102/21 Alberta St, Sydney NSW 2000

Website: http://www.sasaki.com.au/

#3 Mr Wong

If you’re in Sydney, you can’t miss this ultimate food experience. Mr Wong is a mecca for locals who love Cantonese-style dumplings, elevating the humble dim sum to immortal status. 

What makes it unique: Tucked on a back alley between George and Pitt Streets, Mr Wong’s industrial interior design offers a trendy and cool atmosphere, reminiscent of 1930s jazz-era Shanghai. 

What makes it unforgettable: The crisp, fresh and exceptional food with unexpectedly wonderful flavour combinations. Here’s what you’ll find here: simple yet refined dumplings, wrapped in delicate noodles, king crab dumplings, Peking duck pancake, and Matcha Tres Leches dessert. The king prawn and bamboo shoot dumpling gets our salivation glands working overtime just thinking about them. 

Address: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney NSW 2000

Website: https://merivale.com/venues/mrwong/

#4 Spice World

Ready for something a little different (okay, maybe a lot different)? This out-of-this-world restaurant is a taste of modern China in all its weird glory. 

What makes it unique: Chinese hot pots are always lots of delicious, spicy fun. But Spice World is maybe the only place where you’ll find a Barbie doll, elegantly dressed in marbled Wagyu beef, ready for you to pick off and place into your gently boiling Sichuan broth. 

What makes it unforgettable: Spice World’s ‘sauce buffet’ includes every type of sauce you can imagine, as well as delightful, quirky stock cubes in the shape of Hello Kitty and teddy bears. 

Address: 405-411 Sussex St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Website: https://www.zomato.com/sydney/spice-world-haymarket

#5 Mjølner

A one of a kind food experience you won’t forget, Mjølner is a Viking-themed whiskey bar and restaurant, kitted out with a lavish interior worthy of Norse gods. 

What makes it unique: Drink beer out of horns and pick your weapon (knife) at the door. Inside, you’ll find whiskies galore, Nordic-inspired cocktails, waiters dressed in fur, jewels and Viking helmets, and impressive long tables decorated with Viking horns and swords. 

What makes it unforgettable: You’ll eat like a Viking king. Tuck into divine creative dishes from the carvery, including delicious tender pork belly, short ribs, rotisserie corn-fed chicken, whole-grilled trout with garlic and chives, or stuffed pumpkins with marinated bullhorn pepper and cashew curd. 

Address: 267 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016

Website: https://www.mjolner.com.au/

#6 Kittyhawk

It’s time to party like it’s 1944. Kittyhawk is a unique French bistro-style bar that, like a time capsule, perfectly captures the vibe of US and French troops celebrating the end of WWII on Liberation Day in the streets of Paris. 

What makes it unique: This bar recreates a retro French military aesthetic with incredible attention to detail. The little touches here and there make for an impressive atmosphere, from the authentic wartime posters and hand-dyed khaki leather booths to the old-timey champagne glasses and soft, 1940’s-style upholstery. Throughout the space, thoughtful touches like WWII squadron hats, stately antique mirrors, vintage French tiles and Morse code devices bring the retro theme to life. 

What makes it unforgettable: The 12-metre long bar is handcrafted, solid American oak and stocked with more than 900 spirits. The menu is designed like an airplane manual for ‘official use only’, filled with an impressive list of creative cocktails and decadent, contemporary French food. Think authentic French fries, savoury doughnuts, and fluffy French onion soup bread sticks that are divine when dipped in the rich beef jus soup. 

Address: 16 Phillip Lane, Sydney NSW 2000

Website: https://www.thekittyhawk.com.au/

Keen for a unique Sydney foodie adventure? Contact Hughes Limousines on 1300 615 165 and hire one of our luxury chauffeured vehicles to explore the city today.

Best Places To Travel With Children in Australia

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Are you thinking of travelling with children to Australia, but are not sure what to expect? Wide, wondrous and open-skied, Australia is a perfect choice when it comes to luxury travel with children, offering everything from tropical reefs and snowy mountains to gorgeous sandy beaches and amazing wildlife encounters. With some savvy travel planning, you can relax and enjoy the best places to travel with children in Australia in style and with minimal stress. (more…)

Why Hire A Wedding Limousine For Your Big Day

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Your wedding day is absolutely one of the most special days of your life. Hiring a wedding limousine is the easiest way to add an extra touch of luxury and class to your event. But did you know wedding limos offer many benefits that go far beyond simply looking glamorous? As you plan the wedding transportation for your dream wedding, consider these six benefits of wedding limousines. (more…)

The Benefits of Environmentally Friendly Transport

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As the number of cars on our roads continues to increase, it’s important for everyone to make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. The cars we drive are one of the leading causes of CO2 emissions – a major contributor to climate change. Many people are interested in using eco-friendly transport as much as possible to help preserve our environment.  (more…)

11 Business Travel Health Tips For Frequent Travellers

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Staying healthy while travelling for work can be a challenge. Between the blur of jetlag and sleepless nights, dining out with clients, hectic schedules and lack of exercise, business travel can take a toll on your health if you’re not careful

Thankfully, healthy habits are easier to integrate into your business travel than you may realise. Being conscious and aware of the decisions you make throughout your business trip can make a significant difference. Let’s look at some of the healthy actions you can take to prioritise your wellbeing while travelling for work. 

Eating Healthy While Travelling for Business

Business Travel Health Tip #1: Don’t Skip Breakfast

Food gives us the energy we need to feel our best and stay productive. Skipping breakfast is never a good idea, especially if you’re on the go. You’ll find yourself needing to eat more later in the day, increasing the chance you’ll grab whatever unhealthy options are available. If you cannot stomach a large, nutritious breakfast first thing in the morning, drink a smoothie or make a light and refreshing fruit salad. 

Business Travel Health Tip #2: Prepare Healthy Snacks

When travelling for business, it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating unhealthy and overpriced food at odd hours. Unfortunately, this can sap our energy and leave us more vulnerable to illness. 

Eating healthy while travelling for business is much easier when you plan ahead. Travelling with light and healthy snacks will ensure you have something nutritious on hand when hunger inevitably strikes. We recommend packing non-perishable food for travel, such as mixed nuts, muesli bars or trail mix. Perishable food might include fresh fruits and raw veggies. 

Business Travel Health Tip #3: Stay Hydrated

Staying healthy while travelling for work means keeping your H2O levels topped up. Water is a powerful elixir. Not only can it help relieve the symptoms of jet lag and fatigue, but it can also boost your immune system, rejuvenate dehydrated skin, as well as ease thirst and irritability. 

We recommend drinking as much water as possible when travelling. Choosing water over a soft drink, juice and alcohol reduces the number of calories you consume and you’ll find yourself eating less since our bodies often confuse thirst for hunger. For even more health benefits, try adding lemon to your water. 

Business Travel Health Tip #4: Eat Healthier Meals Out

Dining out is almost unavoidable during business travel. Thankfully, in most Australian cities, it’s possible to find restaurants that offer fresh ingredients and healthier meals. Skip appetisers and dessert.

Business Travel Health Tip #5: Dine In

If you enjoy cooking, skip a few meals out and cook your own healthy meal in your hotel room’s kitchen. Simply head to the local grocery store to pick up fresh options and whip up something easy and nutritious. 

Business Travel Health Tip #6: Increase Your Vitamin Intake

From all the handshakes at business events to the recycled aeroplane air, it’s extra important while travelling for business to keep your immune system strong. To make it easy to remember to take them, place your daily multivitamins and probiotics in a clear plastic bag with your toothbrush. 

Business Travel Health Tip #7: Avoid Alcohol

It can be easy to drink more alcohol than you should when travelling for business. Between airport lounges, hotel happy hours and entertaining clients after work, the number of drinks (and calories) can really add up, quicker than you might expect. Limit the number of alcoholic drinks you consume each day and plan ahead. Why? Not only do alcoholic drinks contain a huge amount of calories, they can also cloud your judgement and impact your ability to enjoy a restful sleep.

How To Stay Fit While Travelling For Work

Business Travel Health Tip #8: Make Time To Exercise

A lack of exercise when travelling can be extremely damaging to your health. Before booking your hotel, check whether there’s a gym, park, trail or swimming pool nearby to keep you on track with exercise. 

Don’t skip working out because you don’t have enough time. Make time — even if you have to break it into chunks of 15 minutes, twice a day. Whatever you choose, plan your schedule accordingly and you might even be able to take advantage of your jet lag with an early morning run or late night training session. Giving your body the exercise it deserves and your mind a break will help you better manage the stress of business travel.

Take the stairs whenever possible. You can even try doing a few discreet laps around the airport while making your preflight phone calls. 

An extra tip: If you pack workout clothing and shoes, you’ll find it easier to fit in exercise time during your business trip. 

Bonus Business Travel Health Tips

Business Travel Health Tip #9: Prioritise Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial to performing well on your business trip. But getting your forty winks can be a challenge when you’re travelling. Whether you’re battling with a long flight, a timezone change, an uncomfortable hotel bed or a noisy room, you’re almost guaranteed to fall behind on sleep. Here are some ideas to set yourself up for sleep success:

  • Power down all your electronic devices at least half an hour before bed, to give your body the chance to release melatonin and make you drowsy
  • Take a hot shower one to two hours before bed
  • Practice deep breathing exercises
  • Drink a cup of chamomile or peppermint tea
  • Head to the hotel gym to exercise before bed
  • Resist the urge to check emails at bedtime and let yourself rest

Business Travel Health Tip #10: Wash Your Hands

To avoid falling ill on your business trip, wash your hands thoroughly whenever you get a chance, especially before eating. Pack a hand sanitiser and vitamin C in your carry-on luggage. 

Business Travel Health Tip #11: Minimise Stress

Arriving at your airport ahead of time can help alleviate unnecessary stress. To minimise stress when travelling for work:

  • Plan your transport ahead of time – Booking a vehicle through a reliable transport company such as Hughes Limousines will ensure you arrive on time to your next destination
  • Pack your luggage a few days before your flight, rather than last minute – Use a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any essential items
  • Plan to arrive at the airport early – For long international flights, plan your transport so that you arrive at the airport two to three hours before takeoff. For domestic flights, plan to arrive one to two hours before your flight. This will ensure that you clear customs, security, and arrive at your gate in time for boarding.

Contact Hughes Limousines on 1300 615 165 today to book your very own chauffeured vehicle and reduce your stress when travelling for work. Hughes Limousines offers luxury chauffeured transportation options throughout Australia, including executive and luxury European sedans, large people movers and mini-coaches. 

5 Qualities Of An Exceptional Chauffeur Driver

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An exceptional chauffeur service adds an extra dimension of comfort and luxury to business travel. But how do you know whether you are dealing with a quality chauffeur company? In this article, we answer the question ‘what is a chauffeur’, dispel some of the myths regarding chauffeurs vs drivers, and take a look at the top 10 qualities of an exceptional chauffeur driver. (more…)

How To Make Your Business Trip Productive

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Looking for ways to make your next business trip super productive? Here are three reasons why business travel can actually be helpful for your productivity, plus five productive things to do on a business trip to make sure you’re making the most of your time on the road. (more…)

Top 8 Sydney Restaurants With A View

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There’s no doubt about it ⁠— Sydney is filled with breathtaking views. Nothing takes food to the next level like an amazing view. Whether you’re visiting Sydney for a short while or you’re a local, here are the very best water view restaurants Sydney has to offer. (more…)

Top 5 Wondrous Day Tours From Adelaide

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Planning a trip to Adelaide? Renowned for its glorious fine wine, South Australia is brimming with stunning places to explore and delicious culinary delights to sample, making it the perfect destination for gourmet food lovers. Nature lovers will find plenty of enjoy from SA’s the jaw-dropping beauty of its coastline to its lush wine country. We explore the best experiences with our list of day trips from Adelaide. (more…)

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