New South Wales is home to Australia's global city, Sydney, and attracts most first-time visitors to the country, but it's out of the city where the state really shines. Within several hours of Sydney you can find the dramatic cliffs and forests of the Blue Mountains, the coastal bays, inlets and lakes of the Central Coast and the romantic vineyards of the Hunter Valley.
The North Coast region stretching towards the Queensland border is an area of outstanding natural beauty where laidback Aussie surf culture and Australia's natural lifestyle is waiting to be discovered. The world-famous Byron Bay and any number of cosy coastal communities should be on any itinerary.
Top itineraries in New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains
Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
Be charmed by Sydney before discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of Australia’s East Coast as you wind your way north.
Between the sights of Sydney and Brisbane, hop out to the Whitsundays to enjoy some island relaxation alongside hikes, cruises, kayak paddles and snorkelling trips.
Top places to stay in New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains
Shangri-La, Sydney offers fine facilities and finer dining set back from Sydney harbour. Its location gives it superb access to both the waterfront and the city centre.
The Nelson is a modern, intimate hotel that gives guests the perfect opportunity to experience coastal Australia and its stunning waters and landscape.
Ovolo 1888 is one of Sydney’s most unique hotels. The modern rooms are stylishly decorated in bold colours that belie the hotel’s friendly, boutique atmosphere.
Where to go in New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains
Sydney is blessed with the world’s most iconic harbour. But, look beyond its historic Rocks District, city icons and foodie scene and you’ll find the Australian outdoors obsession in harbourfront parklands, mountain day trips and countless inviting beaches.
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise located on the world’s southernmost coral reef, less than two hours’ flight from Sydney or Brisbane. Snorkel and dive in crystal clear temperate waters teeming with fish, colourful coral and green turtles or trek to the top of Mount Gower and bus…
Norfolk Island is a remote speck in the Tasman Sea, a place to which convicts were once sent and where descendants of Bounty mutineers settled. Forests of pine trees cover much of Norfolk Island, an even more distant outpost than Lord Howe Island, said to have the cleanest air anywhere on the plane…
When to go to New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains
Fine weather year-round makes New South Wales an excellent place to visit whatever the season. Autumn, from March to May, is a time of fine days and mild nights. Sydney averages a pleasant 25ºc during summer, from December to February, and though there’s a chance of rain between September and November, it usually clears quickly.
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