New South Wales Discovery Guide

Overview

Home to Sydney and its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, New South Wales is Australia’s most populous state. It was here that the first British colony was established in 1788 and it remains one of the most visited destinations in the country today.

Spend time exploring the cultural sites, eclectic neighborhoods and iconic landmarks of Sydney, together with its world-class shopping and dining venues. Go swimming at Bondi Beach, ride the ferry across to Manly and soak up the entertainment at Darling Harbour.

Travel west to the magnificent Blue Mountains National Park to go hiking through its World Heritage-listed wilderness and take in the views of the Three Sisters. Or explore the native wildlife, coastal cliffs and secluded beaches of the Royal National Park, just to the south of Sydney.

To the north lies the Hunter Valley, renowned for its vineyards and producing some of Australia’s best wine, as well as the idyllic Central Coast with its never-ending beaches and recreational waterways. The vibrant city of Newcastle is the region’s industrial capital, with scenic coastal walks and a 19th-century fort to explore.

Don’t miss a visit to Byron Bay in the far north of the state, which is renowned for its surf and alternative culture. Just offshore from New South Wales lies spectacular Lord Howe Island - a UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscape of subtropical forests, pristine beaches and dramatic mountain peaks.

In the south of New South Wales is the coastal region of Shoalhaven, with quaint towns and rolling green meadows, as well as the lush, forested landscapes of the Southern Highlands that make it an ideal weekend getaway. 

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