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New South Wales

Australia
New South Wales which includes a bridge, a high-rise building and a river or creek

Discover historic towns, vineyards, cosmopolitan culture and snowy mountains near lush national parks. Find the perfect escape in Outback, city, mountains or coast. 

New South Wales has everything from picturesque country towns to idyllic coastline. Soar on a dawn balloon flight over vineyards, ski the Snowy Mountains, ride along Port Stephens’ white sands and discover the rugged Outback surrounding historic Broken Hill.

Sydney, the capital, is a must-see. Historic buildings bring charm to the bustling city and pretty beach suburbs. Walk through Cockatoo Island’s old jail before having a cocktail at a waterfront bar. Picnic with river views in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy fine dining at the Docks and see a show at the Sydney Opera House.

Visit Hunter Valley, a wine-growing region with extraordinary beauty and excellent restaurants. Enjoy a dawn balloon ride or cycle the area. Spend a day visiting breweries, wineries and cheese manufacturers.

Newcastle is popular for music, art, culture and surfing, with eight beaches nearby. Watch for dolphins in Port Stephens’ Great Lakes Marine Park, ride the sand dunes and investigate the culture of the Worimi Aboriginal people. Dive with reef fish at the Solitary Islands Marine Park at Coffs Harbor. Relaxing Byron Bay, a hub for artistic types, offers camping spots within view of the water and migrating whales.

Challenge yourself in the Blue Mountains on a three-day walk from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. Ride one of the world’s steepest trains through rainforest or abseil down a waterfall. The Snowy Mountains offer winter skiing, fine dining in cozy chalets and incredible views from Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko.

Rust-colored landscapes surrounding Broken Hill showcase Outback scenery. Elegant 1800s architecture stands out against the huge slag heap, produced over 130 years of mining. Salt bush and emus dot the drive to Silverton, a one-pub town where Mad Max movies were filmed.

Don’t miss regional New South Wales. Tamworth, once a gold-mining town, is known for country music, gem fossicking (prospecting) and traditional country crafts. Pretty Tenterfield, featuring historic 19th-century architecture, is a great base for exploring the national parks of the New England Tableland.

Popular cities in New South Wales

Sydney which includes modern architecture, a bridge and a city
Sydney
Known for Dining, Port and Shopping
Blessed with more than 100 beaches and buzzing with youthful vitality, when it comes to the good life it’s hard to beat the Harbour City.

Reasons to visit

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Star Casino
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Wollongong showing a beach, a city and boating
Wollongong
Known for Dining, Shopping and Port
Experience the wonders of Wollongong – the city is a trick of the eye. Stroll the streets and you’ll think you’re in a cosy coastal town.

Reasons to visit

  • Wollongong City Beach
  • Nan Tien Temple
  • Wollongong Harbor
Cape Byron Lighthouse showing a sunset and rugged coastline
Byron Bay
Known for Biking, Swimming and Surfing
Duck into a quirky store to pick up some hippy gear, hike through national parks, or grab a board and get surfing at one of Australia’s favourite beach towns.

Reasons to visit

  • Wategos Beach
  • Main Beach
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse
Batemans Bay featuring a beach and general coastal views
Batemans Bay
Known for River View, Marina and Swimming
Discover excellent seafood, secluded beaches, native wildflowers and diverse wildlife at this bay where the Clyde River meets the South Coast.

Reasons to visit

  • Pebbly Beach
  • Surfside Beach
  • Caseys Beach
Newcastle
Newcastle
Known for Port, Hunting and Swimming
Soak up the history of one of Australia’s oldest cities, hit the beach, or head out into the countryside to spot local wildlife or explore wineries.

Reasons to visit

  • Merewether Ocean Baths
  • Newcastle Civic Park
  • Newcastle Museum
Coffs Harbour which includes a beach, general coastal views and swimming
Coffs Harbour
Known for Port, Swimming and Marina
Enjoy beautiful beaches,excellent surf breaks, and see whales or dolphins at one of the east coast's most popular towns.

Reasons to visit

  • Big Banana Fun Park
  • Coffs Harbour Marina
  • Jetty Beach