New South Wales
Popular Places: Sydney, Byron Bay, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, New England region, Port Stephens, Pebbly Beach, Jervis Bay, Kosciuszco, Broken Hill.
- New South Wales is Australia’s most populous state and offers a huge variety of things to see and do – beautiful coastline, World Heritage parks, mountain ranges, Outback, snow and skiing, and the bright lights of the city.
- The state’s capital Sydney is a gorgeous city and Australia’s most recognised. It’s much bigger than the second and third largest cities, Newcastle and Woollongong, which are much bigger again than the remaining country towns.
- While much of the sophisticated nightlife and cultural attractions are concentrated in Sydney, there are plenty of natural and historical sites making the rest of the state extremely worth spending time in. Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point, has excellent surf breaks and is renowned for its artsy, hippie-like atmosphere. Inland is the lush New England region (home to Newcastle) so named because of its cool climate and British-looking landscape. Around the Great Diving Range you’ll find lots of protected areas of gorges, rainforest and valleys that are excellent for hiking and extreme sports such as white water rafting.
- N.S.W’s temperate climate with its warm summers and mild winters mean it’s appealing year-round. The Outback can get uncomfortably hot in summer though, and even Sydney might get the odd 40 degree day. NSW is a state of many contrasts, however, and you can ski in the Australian Alps to the south.
- In the state’s west you’ll come to the Blue Mountains with their breathtaking cliffs, limestone cave formations and lush rainforest; even further west and you’ll hit the Outback. To the south lies the Royal National Park, north is the Kurangi Chase National Park. Tweed Heads lies northernmost, on the border of NSW and QLD; and Coolangatta sits on the Queensland side.
There is so much to do in New South Wales, but a week will surely persuade you to come back for more. You could easily spend the whole seven days in sunny Sydney, but you can squeeze many of the city’s highlights into a two-day-stay.
Sydney is known worldwide as the best place to be on New Year’s Eve
with the annual New Year’s Eve frework celebrations on Sydney Harbour.