New South Wales Guide
Situated on the east coast of Australia, New South Wales (NSW) offers the spectacular sights of its capital city, Sydney, as well as a variety of different destinations and climates to suit all tastes. From the lush beauty of the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley to dusty outback towns, there's a fabulous NSW holiday to enjoy at any time of the year.
The world-famous city of Sydney is a must-do on any Aussie itinerary. Boasting stunning natural attributes and well-known attractions, Sydney is a cosmopolitan city on a global scale. Bondi's famous stretch of beach draws surfers, swimmers and sunbathers from around the world and the cliffside walk from here to Coogee offers stunning views across the ocean. In the shopping heart of the CBD, you'll find international brands and a bustling city atmosphere which is bound by Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay with award-winning restaurants and the historic Rocks area. The harbour is also home to those recognisable sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Within an hour away from Sydney is the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley region with stunning lookouts over indigenous flora and fauna and scenic nature walks. The Hunter Valley is also a popular destination for gourmands and wine buffs with numerous award-winning wineries and boutique artisan gourmet finds to sample your way through.
Within NSW is the sparse bushland of the Australian Capital Territory and the nation's capital, Canberra. Close to this area is the Southern Highlands region of NSW with rolling green lawns, stately houses and tree-lined roads reminiscent of the English countryside. Here you'll find national parks, quaint country towns and popular music festivals staged at various times of the year. During the winter months, the Snowy Mountains is blanketed in white powder offering optimal snow conditions for skiers and snowboarders.
No trip to NSW is complete without a visit to the Northern Rivers region and the popular destination of Byron Bay. Australia's easternmost point draws everyone from backpackers to those seeking in indulge in luxury spa resorts to this picturesque beachside locale. Sheltered by lush greenery and boasting an attractive laidback feel, this town offers a range of cultural, lifestyle and holiday activities for the whole family.
NSW also has an inland outback area with the historic mining towns of Lightning Ridge and Broken Hill where the arid land and wide, open spaces offering a taste of frontier country. From the outback to the beach, and the city to the mountains, there's plenty to see and do on a New South Wales holiday.