New South Wales is Australia’s most diverse State, home to the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Sydney. Sparkling beaches stretch from north to south, it has a vast colourful outback, and Australia’s highest mountain offering every type of snow sport.
Visit the capital
Sydney is Australia’s oldest and biggest city and is the gateway to Australia, set on one of the world’s most stunning harbours, which extends either side in a golden chain of easy-to-reach, inner-city beaches.
Catch a ferry or take a harbour cruise along the Sydney Harbour, where you’re sure to get the best views of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
For a free carnival style experience, visit Luna Park! Enjoy the rides and spectacular harbour views in a fun environment that caters to all budgets and ages.
If it’s an escape to the beach that you’re after, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach are ideal locations for surfers, sunbathers and beachside cafes.
Wanting to get back to nature? Explore Sydney Olympic Park, Hyde Park or the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Explore the Hunter Region
Home to Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter begins two hours’ drive north of Sydney and is easily reached by car, bus, train or air.
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by visiting the Barrington Top National Park, where you’ll find ancient forests and amazing wildlife.
Enjoy the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. From May 1 to June 30, you’re bound to find time to wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs.
Cruise around Newcastle with Nova Cruises, which offers ocean, harbour and river cruises that include chances to whale watch or travel to the historic shipping ports of Morpeth and Raymond Terrace.
Visit the home of the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour! The north coast town hosts beautiful beaches, seasonal whales, coral reefs and abundant wildlife.
After exceptional surf culture? Look no further than Lennox Head, or drive a short trip north to Byron Bay.
If you’re wanting to relax and unwind, the Central Coast is your ideal location. Enjoy swimming spots in Avoca Beach or The Entrance Beach.
Merewether Beach in Newcastle also deserves a notable mention, with its heritage listed Surf House, iconic Ocean Baths and a surfing reserve that stretches from Dixon Park in the north to Burwood Beach in the south.
With magnificent views, iconic rock formations and heritage tracks and lookouts, it’s easy to see why the Blue Mountains National Park is so iconic.
The stark and striking landscape of Mungo National Park is famous for the discovery of a rare archaeological find – the oldest human skeleton in Australia.
Home of the striking Breadknife rock formation, Warrumbungle National Park is located near Coonabarabran. At night, the park offers perfect conditions for stargazing, by day, it’s a great spot for camping, hiking and birdwatching.
Discover art, culture and history
Regional centres such as Wollongong on the South Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Port Macquarie on the North Coast, Goulburn, Bathurst and Orange in Country NSW, and Broken Hill in Outback NSW all have excellent art galleries without having to travel to larger cities.
Old Dubbo Gaol is a state heritage listed must see.
This remarkably complete and intact gaol operated for 119 years from 1847 to 1966 and is still nestled in the main street of Dubbo.
Visit an Aboriginal place
The Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place showcases a diverse range of Australian Indigenous arts and culture.
If it’s the theatre you’re wanting to immerse yourself in, the Sydney Opera House hosts over 40 shows a week.
Meet the wildlife
Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo is one of the state’s top zoo experiences. Home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals, you’re bound to enjoy the ‘zoofari.
On the South Coast, check out the region’s largest animal sanctuary at Shoalhaven Zoo, with over 100 species of native and exotic mammals, birds, and reptiles inhabiting 16 acres of bushland on the Shoalhaven River.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has two of only five dugongs on display in the world – Wuru and Pig. You’ll also see sharks, stingrays, turtles, seahorses and thousands of tropical fish. Behind-the-scenes tours include a snorkel tour.
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