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New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains


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

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,750 pp incl. flights

Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sydney to Brisbane Boutique Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,775 pp incl. flights

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.

Sydney, the Whitsundays and Brisbane

15-day tailor-made journey from £1,970 pp incl. flights

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.

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

15-day tailor-made journey from £1,855 pp incl. flights

Discover the dramatic coastline between Sydney and Melbourne and enjoy penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and a luxury bush camp stay in Jervis Bay.

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Top places to stay in New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains

Shangri-La, Sydney

Contemporary hotel

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 Resort, Port Stephens

Small & intimate hotel

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, Darling Harbour

Contemporary hotel

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.

Peppers Convent, Hunter Valley

Small & intimate hotel

A true sensory experience, Peppers Convent combines fine wine and fine dining in beautiful surroundings. There’s something idyllic about this heritage hotel and its part of the Australian countryside.

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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

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

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…

North Coast

The relaxed North Coast region is a combination of hidden surf breaks, subtropical forests and expansive farmlands. The offshore area around Coffs Harbour is home to some of Australia's best scuba diving and many cosy communities dot the coast.

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When to go to New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & Blue Mountains

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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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Australia – beyond the icons

If you've holidayed in Australia before you'll know all about its wonderful wildlife, rich heritage, awe-inspiring landscapes and friendly locals. What's more, you'll probably have ticked off a few highlights from the standard Australia bucket list.

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