New South Wales is like a mini Australia with snow mountains, beaches, outback, reef, rainforests and more. It’s time for all the skiing, surfing, hiking, camping, foodie tours and wine tasting you’ve been dreaming about.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of the world’s most visited cities. With near perfect climate, Sydney’s harbour provides a dramatic backdrop for the city’s icons – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The city offers a year-round calendar of events and celebrations and this vibrant city is where you will enjoy a wide-range of cultural life and diverse experiences. Climb the Harbour Bridge, take a swim at iconic Icebergs Bondi, enjoy a seafood meal and spectacular harbour views at Doyles in Watsons Bay. Take a stroll along Circular Quay, catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island, Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo. Shop in the historic Queen Victoria Building located in the heart of the city and within easy walking distance of attractions including Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf, The Rocks and Barangaroo.
East of the city you’ll find famous attractions including Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach boasting the spectacular Bondi to Coogee walk. Just across the harbour from the city centre is where you can catch a ferry to Manly Beach where you’ll find a bustling café lifestyle, scenic walks or simply relax on this stunning beach. For those wishing to venture further, Palm Beach is at the most northern tip of Sydney’s Northern Beaches offering great surf, cliff top walks and al fresco dining.
This World Heritage-listed area is only ninety minutes west of Sydney. Here you’ll find ancient rock formations, valleys, canyons, thundering waterfalls and the spectacular Jenolan Caves. The Blue Mountains is the perfect place to hike, take a ride in the Scenic Railway, indulge in local food, visit antique shops or simply unwind at one of the award-winning day spas. There is a huge choice of luxurious accommodation to choose from including romantic cabins to five-star hotels.
Only 2.5 hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is where you will discover over 150 wineries, vineyards and cellar doors and is the oldest wine growing region in Australia. With a range of restaurants and accommodation options, the Hunter Valley is perfect for a fabulous food and wine short break.
Go quad-biking or sand-boarding in Port Stephens, visit a koala hospital in Port Macquarie or hike the elevated boardwalks over the stunning rainforests at Dorrigo National Park. A trip up New South Wales’s north coast is where you’ll stumble on interesting townships sure to please everyone. Visit the rural retreat of Bellingen or the bohemian town of Byron Bay known for its artistic and community.
The South Coast stretches from Stanwell Park, south of Sydney along the coast to Eden. Enjoy pristine beaches, marine and national parks particularly the famous Kiama blowhole. This rugged coastline offers opportunity for swimming with seals, fishing, coastal walks and surfing. You can see dolphins in Jervis Bay and get up close to kangaroos in the wild at Pebbly Beach or visit a colony of fur seals while snorkelling at Montague Island. Batemans Bay is where you’ll find Australia’s finest oysters and the secrets of cheese making can be found in the historic villages of Bodalla and Tilba Tilba.
Australia’s highest peaks are in the Snowy Mountains where you’ll find three resorts popular during the ski season. This alpine region is also popular in the warmer months for hiking, horse riding, kayaking and fishing.
Country New South Wales
Explore central New South Wales and you’ll stumble across the quaint townships of Cowra, Orange, Mudgee, Dubbo and the towns of the Southern Highlands. Here you’ll experience undulating green hills, regional food from local farms, cosy hotels and the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Visitors can also hunt for truffles in the Southern Highlands!
Outback New South Wales
Some of the finest examples of ancient landscapes can be seen in the outback of New South Wales particularly at the Work Heritage listed Mungo National Park. Townships such as Lightning Ridge is home to the black opal and Living Desert Sculptures can be seen at Broken Hill.
Lord Howe Island
This World Heritage-listed island is located off the Northern Coast of New South Wales and it measures less than 11km end to end and 3km across. With only 400 visitors allowed on the island at a time, you will find your own peaceful paradise. This tranquil and lush island is surrounded by a coral reef teeming with sea life that you can explore in a glass-bottom boat. On the island, sites such as Mount Gower, Twin Peaks, Malabar Hill and Transit Hill provide opportunities for rainforest hiking and wildlife spotting. Nearby Admiralty Island is where you’ll find volcanic formations and the waters here also boast some of Australia’s best diving spots. Lord Howe is easy to get to and accessible by regular flights from Sydney.