Six of the best places to stay in central NSW

NASHDALE LANE WINES, ORANGE

Flanked by vineyards of shiraz and pinot gris, Nashdale Lane's two spacious Dutch glamping tents (Rustig and Kalmte) have four-poster queen beds, modern ensuite bathrooms, kitchenettes and outdoor decks with barbecues. Stroll to the nearby cellar door for a tasting of Nashdale's impressive range of reds, whites and roses (the Legacy shiraz is a highlight), then retire to your tent for a sunset tipple accompanied by a farmyard chorus of llamas and sheep. Stays include locally-sourced breakfast provisions. From $325 a night with a two-night minimum. See nashdalelane.com

WILGA STATION, EVANS PLAINS

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WILGA STATION, EVANS PLAINS

This 105-hectare working sheep farm 15 minutes from Bathurst has two beguiling accommodation options: the grass-roofed Farmers Hut, a secluded off-grid cabin for two that offers sweeping views over the Fitzgeralds Valley, plus the recently unveiled five-bedroom Shearers Hall, a sprawling retreat for 10 with a full kitchen and fairy-lit deck with barbecue. Both are stylishly furnished using repurposed materials (check out the original sheep chute in the Shearers Hall) and stays include a hamper of gourmet breakfast provisions. Farmers Hut from $450 a night; Shearers Hall from $1100 a night. Both have a two-night minimum. See wilgastation.com.au

GIRRAGIRRA RETREAT, FORBES

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Located on a 20-hectare organic farm five minutes from Forbes, Girragirra proves you can be sustainable without sacrificing creature comforts. The award-winning solar-powered property has a modern kitchen, spacious lounge with wood-burning stove and two ensuite bedrooms (grab the one with the egg-shaped bath). The retreat overlooks wetlands frequented by more than 100 bird species and guests are encouraged to pick produce from the extensive permaculture food garden. Hosts Wendy and Kim Muffet offer workshops on fermenting and breadmaking and you'll find the fridge stocked with delicious homemade yoghurts and jams. Stays include fresh breakfast provisions and cost from $249 a night with a two-night minimum. See girragirra.com

HICKORY MOON, OBERON

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Opened in 2018, this two-bedroom self-contained retreat enjoys mesmerising views over the Tarana Valley from its elevated position on an eight-hectare property 10 minutes from Oberon. The spacious central living area comprises a lounge and upscale kitchen and is flanked by two bedrooms, both with ensuites and standalone cast-iron bathtubs. The view is the main event and it's showcased in every room through north-facing floor-to-ceiling windows. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies, wombats and the odd wedge-tailed eagle soaring above the valley. From $260 a night with a two-night minimum. See hickorymoon.com.au

BISHOP'S COURT ESTATE, BATHURST

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Previously the home of Bathurst's first Anglican bishop, this imposing brick mansion near Mount Panorama has been transformed by Christine Le Fevre and her husband into an opulent six-suite retreat. Every room is unique with bold, statement colours and a tasteful mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Guests are told to treat the house as their own and roam between the book-lined library, covered verandahs, tranquil garden and repurposed former chapel. You can even pop into the kitchen for an impromptu cooking lesson. Stays include afternoon tea, early-evening canapes with champagne and a two-course gourmet breakfast. Rooms from $465 a night with a two-night minimum. See bishopscourtestate.com.au

THE SHEARING SHED, COWRA

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THE SHEARING SHED, COWRA
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Expect a warm welcome from resident horses George and Peggy plus dogs Chardy, Peter and Molly at this renovated shearing shed five minutes from Cowra. Located in the heart of the picturesque Lachlan Valley, the rustic wrought iron property has a comfortable king-size bed, modern bathroom and well-equipped kitchen. Air-conditioning and a wood-burning stove means you'll be comfortable year-round and affable host Viv Meiklejohn provides a welcome antipasto platter with organic wine and locally-sourced breakfast provisions. Stays from $250 a night with a two-night minimum. See airbnb.com.au

Rob McFarland was a guest of Central NSW Joint Organisation (visitcentralnsw.com.au).

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