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The states and territories of Australia

Discover New South Wales

New South Wales features sparkling coastal towns, vibrant cities, rolling vineyards, charming country towns, and much more. Feel the glamour of Sydney. World-renowned, this city is bursting with many fascinating museums, art galleries, restaurants, and attractions. Nearby, marvel at the blue haze of the Blue Mountains or pop by the Hunter Valley and go on a culinary journey. It's time to uncover the local gems of this spectacular part of Australia.

Where should you visit in New South Wales?

With 2137 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Pacific Ocean
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Take a tour inside of one of the 20th century’s most distinctive and famous buildings

Highlights

Are you ready to conquer the highlights of New South Wales? Whether you would like to learn how to surf at one of Australia’s most iconic surf beaches or hike in nature and spot Australian wildlife in one of the national parks, there are plenty of exciting places to tick off your bucket list.

Be enchanted by Sydney
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Sydney

When you think of Australia, Sydney is probably one of the first places to come to your mind, and rightly so! The largest city in Australia is world-renowned and grand. Multicultural, historical, and filled with character, you are sure to find an abundance of things to see and do here.

The Sydney Opera House is a stunning display of architecture and The Sydney Harbour Bridge is marvellous to see lit up in a blanket of light. Go museum hopping or take a cruise on the harbour and soak up the warm Australian sunshine. If you want a bird's eye view of the city, visit the Sydney Tower Eye.

Explore either on foot or by bike and get acquainted with each neighbourhood. Surry Hills, Newtown, Darlinghurst, Bondi, and Chippendale to name a few! Go shopping at the boutique stores or savour the local flavours at world-class restaurants and cafes. End your day with a cocktail at a lively bar.

Go shopping at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney
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Have fun at Luna Park!
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Blue Mountains

Be enchanted by a mystical place, the Blue Mountains. Located two hours drive, west of Sydney in New South Wales. The name was chosen because the mountains have a unique blue glow. This is due to its spectacular eucalyptus forests, a magical occurrence that happens when the sun heats the leaves.

There are 92 different species of eucalyptus growing in the area. The region also boasts quaint and charming towns, grand landscapes, forested valleys, and waterfalls. Take a wander on one of the many walking trails, it’s a walker’s dream!

Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture and rich history. Visit the famous Three Sisters and learn about its value to the local Indigenous Australians. Hop on the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway, with a thrilling 52-degree incline!

Visit the iconic Three Sisters
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Encounter unique Aussie wildlife in The Blue Mountains

Food & wine regions

Are you a foodie or a wine lover? New South Wales is sure to satisfy your culinary wishes. With 16 wine regions, there are plenty of opportunities to savour locally grown and produced wine. And with a food scene that is on-trend, you will have no problem finding a restaurant to suit you. The only issue will be deciding on which one to pick!

Hunter Valley

Indulge in Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley. Take your tastebuds on an awe-inspiring journey, a real culinary escape. Located two hours drive north of Sydney, near Newcastle in New South Wales. If you’re a sommelier or wine lover, this stunning region has over 100 wineries on offer.

This gourmet destination is also the perfect place to discover locally grown produce and is best known for producing Semillon and Shiraz. Go for bike rides through the vines or visit the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory for a food explosion.

Take a stroll through the stunning landscape, or take a cruise along the Hunter River. Play a round of golf at one of the several championship golf courses or simply relax at a day spa. Splurge on some local boutique shopping or pop into the breweries and distilleries.

Go on a culinary journey in the Hunter Valley

Wentworth and Mildura

Be welcomed by friendly locals in Wentworth and Mildura. Both of these charismatic Aussie towns are located in different states, however, they are still only 25 kilometres away from each other.

Wentworth is located in New South Wales and is the oldest village in the region. It lies at the junction of two rivers, the Murray River and the Darling River. The Murray River is famous because it is Australia’s longest river. Wentworth offers easy access to Lake Mungo and Mungo National Park.

Mildura is situated in Victoria, offering world-class food with small-town hospitality. Savour fresh local produce direct from the farm or visit the award-winning restaurants, a foodies haven!

The Murray-Darling region is producing more than 20 per cent of Australia’s wine-grape harvest and is home to some of the best-known wine companies in the country.

Discover the pink lakes of the Murray Darling
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If you love wine, you'll love Mildura

Coastal towns

With 892 beaches in New South Wales, it is no wonder there are so many beautiful coastal towns to discover. Ideal for the holidaymaker who would like to experience the Aussie beach lifestyle. Wake up and watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Learn how to surf, fish, or relax and listen to the waves crashing. Visit beachside cafes, meet the locals and enjoy an iced coffee - Aussie-style.

Byron Bay

Get groovy in Byron Bay- where surfers meet hippies! Uncover the laid-back culture of the most eastern point of mainland Australia. Take it easy as you soak up the Byron vibes on foot or by bike!

This beachside town is bursting with organic cafes, boutique shopping, and an array of nature. A colourful and spiritual place that boasts nine outstanding surfing beaches. Take a wander to the lighthouse and try to spot dolphins, humpback whales, or stingrays in the Pacific Ocean.

Try vegetarian delights or have brekkie on one of the many chilled outdoor terraces. If you feel like a drive, visit the nearby seaside village, Lennox Head, where you will find a magical tea tree lake called Lake Ainsworth. Otherwise, 70 kilometres west of Bryon Bay is a famous hippie town called Nimbin.

Enjoy fresh and organic food at the local cafes
Rip up the surf at Byron Bay

Newcastle

The second-largest city of New South Wales, Newcastle is a harbour city and has no shortage of coastline to explore. With eight golden beaches, the lucky locals enjoy an Australian beach lifestyle.

Spend your days wandering along the long stretches of coastal tracks and marvel at natural ocean pools and local surfers catching waves. Be sure to visit the surf beach, Merewether - a world-famous surfing destination or conquer the three-hour trek from Nobby's Beach to Merewether.

Located approximately two hours north of Sydney, this cosmopolitan city is rich in historical value, charm, and things to do. Discover a variety of lively bars, restaurants, and local cafes alongside the harbour or a bohemian strip known as Cooks Hills for a mix of boutiques stores and cafes that served a delicious Aussie brunch.

Swim with locals at Bogey Hole Ocean Bath
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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour, also known as Coffs, is a coastal town in New South Wales. Coffs has a semi-tropical climate and is located 540 kilometres north from Sydney. It is a popular holiday destination for locals near the Pacific Highway.

It is the only place in Australia where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. Coffs Harbour is known for its spectacular coastline, where many surfing competitions are held. The atmosphere is beachy and laid-back!

The place is named after Captain John Korff, who was forced to take shelter from a storm in 1847. A civil servant registered the place in 1861, accidentally misspelling the name. Coffs Harbour has a prosperous banana industry, in the hinterland, there are several banana plantations to be found.

Learn how to surf at one of Coffs Harbour's beautiful beaches
Take long walks and explore Coffs Coastline

Port Macquarie

Come and discover a magical coastal playground, Port Macquarie. This Aussie gem is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales with a large assortment of things to do and see!

The region boasts 17 spectacular beaches, lush hinterland, and friendly locals. Say G’day to some furry koalas at the Koala Hospital or take a wander along the break wall and try to spot frolicking dolphins.

Spot koalas in the trees in Port Macquarie

Experience the local lifestyle in Port Macquarie

Visit local art galleries, potteries, tea houses, antique stores, and charismatic cafes. Pop into Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberry Picking Farm or visit Old Bottlebutt in Burrawan State Forest and walk along a nature trail.

Grab a cold beer at The Beach House or purchase some fresh locally grown produce at the farmer’s markets. Savour local flavours at the many restaurants and wineries. Or get better acquainted with the area on the nine-kilometre Coastal Walk.

Be mesmerised by spectacular coastal views
Watch pelicans chilling by the sea

Port Stephens

Chill out at the ultimate beach escape, Port Stephens. This coastal gem is located three hours drive north of Sydney in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The area is known as the ‘dolphin capital’, boasting sublime natural beauty, and is home to more than 100 dolphins.

There are several vibrant and friendly small towns nearby to explore including Boat Harbour, One Mile Beach, and Nelson Bay. For spectacular views, go to Tomaree Head Summit or Gan Gan Hill Lookout.

Say G’day to koalas and other native animals at Oakvale Wildlife Park. Visit local vineyards and craft beer breweries or taste freshly caught seafood. Don’t miss out on some succulent local prawns, a real Aussie favourite! Pop over to Worimi National Park which features Australia’s largest sand dunes.

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Swim with cheeky dolphins in the Pacific Ocean
Surf Australia's largest sand dune!

National Parks

With 870 national parks and reserves, New South Wales has no shortage of nature to discover. Wollemi National Park is the largest with an area of 5017 square kilometres and Berowra Valley National Park is one of the smallest with an area of 38.84 square kilometres.

The walks and hikes found in New South Wales are some of the best in the country

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, located in Sydney's north has the perfect mix of history and natural beauty. The Blue Mountains National Park features one of the world's oldest cave systems of limestone, over 340 million years old. Conquer the summit of Mount Kosciuszko National Park. Or connect with the oldest living culture in the world and visit the UNESCO-listed Mungo National Park.

While you are visiting the national parks of New South Wales, discover the rare and unique, flora and fauna. From koalas, swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos and snakes to honeysuckle banksia, wattle and more. Mother nature is here and ready for you to explore.

Explore an array of hiking trails in the middle of nature
Have close encounters with wallaby's

Local gems

While some seek the well-known, others seek the less explored. Discover the places other tourists don't know about or don't have time to visit. Be captivated by the real gems of Australia, places where you can experience the authenticity and soak up the 'no worries' Aussie mentality.

The South Coast

Indulge in sun, surf, sand, and nature at South Coast in New South Wales! Be captivated by a 400-kilometre long coastline, complete with white sandy beaches, impressive bays with rugged rocks, and green forests. A pure Australian experience, located south of Sydney- down to the Victorian border.

This magical place is rich in sublime beauty and local friendliness. Discover national parks, historic villages, and an abundance of wildlife. Say G’day to kangaroos grazing on Pebby Beach or spot frolicking dolphins and majestic whales on the many beaches. Go fishing, swimming, or surfing in the colourful coastal village, Broulee.

Uncover the rich history in World Heritage Listed- Central Tilba or learn about the history of whaling in Eden. The South Coast is also a foodies delight! Savour freshly shucked oysters and local wine in an awe-inspiring environment.

Say G'day to kangaroos
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Uncover the natural treasures of Booderee National Park
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Jervis Bay

Would you like to see some of the whitest sand found in Australia? Jervis Bay is waiting to be discovered. Visit Hyams Beach or Greenfield and admire the pearly white sand and turquoise waters. Be sure to explore funky beachside towns such as Huskisson.

Enjoy some local shopping there and the exquisite products on offer. Pop into colourful cafes and savour local flavours. Absorb nature with a bushwalk through Booderee National Park.

Spot kangaroos, wallabies and various bird species. This coastal gem is a playground for whales and dolphins (mid-May - November), take a cruise and adore these wondrous creatures!

Marvel at dolphins playing in the ocean
Spend your day's relaxing at the beach

Lord Howe Island

Discover pearly white beaches, subtropical forests, aqua blue water, and more. World Heritage Listed, this paradise was created over seven million years ago by volcanic activities 2000 metres below sea level. Today, you can admire rare flora and fauna, seabird colonies and aquatic animals.

The island is best known for its spectacular array of day hikes. If you are feeling adventurous, climb the highest mountain on the island, Mt Gower. Spend your day’s bike riding, snorkelling the coral reef or hand-feeding fish at Ned’s Beach.

Discover the treasures of the ocean
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Conquer the walking trails of Lord Howe Island

Tweed Valley

Soak up local vibes in Tweed Valley, get away from the tourists, and uncover this breezy- easy place! Discover an abundance of wide-open beaches that are dotted with surfers and a galore of national parks that are waiting to be adored. Located in the Northern River Region of New South Wales, this laid-back gem is full with an array of things to do and see.

Taste locally caught seafood from the market or various types of fruits at an award-winning farm, Tropical Fruit World. Pop into Macadamia Castle and say G’day to all the native and farm animals. Have a try at cracking open fresh macadamia nuts!

Visit historical towns bursting with charisma, the hilly Murwillumbah or Kings Cliff. Try your luck with some fishing in the Tweed River. Take a glimpse at nearby Mount Warning or visit the astounding, Lamington National Park!

Be mesmerised by the beauty of the Pacific Ocean
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Meet the friendly locals in Tweed Valley
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Country towns

Tenterfield

Discover authentic Australian heritage during your visit to Tenterfield. Located 275 kilometres south of Brisbane, by the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales. This charismatic place is best known for being ‘The Birthplace of the Nation’.

Watch sheep and other cattle grazing beneath the orchards, admire farm crops, rugged landscapes, and a giant cork tree. Uncover the vibrant and enthusiastic arts culture of the region.

Stop into Wallangarra Railway for a hot cuppa or pop over to the Tenterfield farmer’s market. Indulge in some wine tasting at Kurrajong Downs Winery. Go bushwalking at one of the nearby national parks or climb Bald Rock, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest exposed monolith granite rock!

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Get off the beaten track in Tenterfield
Discover Tenterfield with a local Aussie guide!

Broken Hill

Get “off the beaten” track and discover a former prosperous mining town, Broken Hill. Located in the far west of New South Wales in the heart of the outback, close to the South Australian border. It is known as ‘The Silver City’, because of the discovery of silver ore in the area. This heritage-listed gem is rich with character and classic country charm.

Get acquainted with the friendly locals and warm Aussie hospitality. Uncover the history of mining, ancient Indigenous sites, and spectacular desert landscapes. Visit a collection of sandstone figures at Living Desert Reserve and Sculptures or take a bushwalk at Kinchega National Park. If you are a fan of the iconic Australian film Mad Max (1979), be sure to pop into the Mad Max Museum!

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Broken Hill is a former prosperous mining town
Spot Australian wildlife
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Armidale

Encounter the country charm and Aussie hospitality in Armidale. Located halfway between Brisbane and Sydney in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. This quaint region is packed with historical charisma and is rich with Indigenous culture.

There are a galore of national parks to explore including Oxley Wild River, New England, and more. Visit Dangars Gorge, which was formed over the last 15 million years. Close by is Gostwyck Chapel, which is worth a visit! Try out the award-winning Goldfish Bowl Bakery or pop into the farmer’s market for some locally grown produce.

Go to Beardy Street Mall and splurge on some boutique shopping with local designers, wares, fashion, and gifts. Take a drive down Waterfall Way, known as one of Australia’s best scenic drives with the endless picturesque countryside.

Wander around the Armidale's Bicenntenial Arboretum
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Experience an alpaca farm in Armidale

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