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New South WalesAustralia

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 showing a bay or harbour, modern architecture and views
Known for Dining, Ports and Shopping


Reasons to visit
  • Circular Quay
  • Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Maroubra Beach
Byron Bay which includes rugged coastline, a beach and general coastal views
Byron Bay
Known for Beaches, Biking and Swimming


Reasons to visit
  • Seven Mile Beach
  • Wategos Beach
  • Tallow Beach
Coffs Harbour which includes a beach, general coastal views and swimming
Coffs Harbour
Known for Beaches, Family-friendly and Marinas


Reasons to visit
  • Big Banana Fun Park
  • Park Beach
  • Coffs Harbour Marina
Batemans Bay featuring land animals and a sandy beach
Batemans Bay
Known for Beaches, Sea and Golf


Reasons to visit
  • Pebbly Beach
  • Surfside Beach
  • Caseys Beach
Booderee National Park showing a beach
Jervis Bay
Known for Beaches, Walking and Sea


Reasons to visit
  • Jervis Bay
  • Booderee National Park
  • Murrays Beach
Nobbys Head Beach which includes a sandy beach, rugged coastline and a bay or harbour
Known for Family-friendly, Sea and Hunting


Reasons to visit
  • Newcastle Beach