Where to go in New South Wales: Sydney, the Hunter Valley & the Blue Mountains
List of regions
Sydney is blessed with the one of the world’s most iconic harbours. 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.
Driving from Sydney to the reefs and rainforests of north Queensland is one of the most popular ways to discover Australia. The section from Sydney to Brisbane, known as ‘The Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route’, is the country’s favourite drive.
The Blue Mountains is a stunning wilderness area of dramatic cliffs, sandstone plateaus and deep canyons, around an hour west of Sydney.
The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and most famous wine region. Visitors can enjoy relaxed cellar door wine tours, superb world-class cuisine and stylish boutique hideaways, as well as luxury day spas and even championship golf courses.
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.
The New South Wales South Coast is made up of national parks, southern surf beaches, lakes, historic towns and small fishing villages. The coastal towns of Metung, Merimbula and Huskisson are the best known for overnight stays.
Located on the world’s southernmost coral reef, less than two hours’ flight from Sydney or Brisbane, this island paradise offers spectacular diving, snorkelling and wildlife watching, paired with indulgent relaxation, of course.
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…