New South Wales
Soak up the magic of Sydney Harbour when you visit Sydney, New South Wales. Photo: David Druce, courtesy of Destination New South Wales
Where is New South Wales?

Welcome to New South Wales

New South Wales is the heart of Australia is filled with places for you to visit and experiences for you to enjoy. This is where the internationally renowned city of Sydney is located, as well as the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

What’s unique about New South Wales

Everything! It’s Australia’s oldest city (Sydney) which was built by English convicts who were shipped to Australia more than 200 years ago. It has world class beaches; lush rainforests and rugged mountains; wineries; great restaurants; charming outback towns; and extraordinary deserts. For the culture-seeker, there’s theatre, opera, art galleries, museums, and a host of major events.

For the city-dwellers

As you wander around Sydney – in particular the Rocks – you’ll get a glimpse of this city’s history, and see a town that was built by convicts. Sydney is a city that has it all. Where else can you:
  • climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get 360 degree views
  • see a performance at one of the world’s most iconic and controversial opera houses. (Back in the 1970s when the Opera House was being built, the Danish architect fought hard to ensure the design was a series of white sails on the harbour.)
  • go cruising on the world’s most beautiful harbour
  • be part of a series of the free summer concerts in the Domain park in the city
  • Eat at some of the world’s best restaurants
  • be part of a series of the free summer concerts in the Domain park in the city

Outside the city

Don’t be mistaken into thinking Sydney is all New South Wales has to offer. There are so many hidden gems nearby, so if you have the chance, get off the beaten track and see what else makes NSW tick.
Just outside of Sydney you’ll find the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, and the Southern Highlands. All of these places are an easy drive away and offer a fantastic range of activities to do and things to experience, including:
  • Tantalising your tastebuds with gourmet food and wine in the famous wine regions of the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, or the Southern Highlands
  • Marvelling at the gorgeous scenery and enjoy bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
  • Hang-gliding off the beautiful cliffs at Stanwell Tops
  • Visiting the South Coast’s Jervis Bay and Huskisson for Australia’s most pristine beach
  • Going dolphin and whale watching on a cruise in Port Stephens
Go a little further afield and:
  • Take the kids to Dubbo’s famous Western Plains Zoo
  • Explore the far northwest corner of the state and stay in the famous Underground Hotel at White Cliffs
  • Travel the outback roads through bush and desert to Broken Hill - which is a truly charming and unique outback town, and has featured in any Australian movies.
  • Take a road trip on the scenic Grand Pacific Drive south of Sydney or the Waterfall Way west of Coffs Harbour
Head north of Sydney to the bohemian Byron Bay (and the nearby towns) to experience coastal town living at its best. These towns are a combination of alternative, funky and sedate. It’s all about enjoying life in this neck of the woods. This is home to many Australian celebrities including the famous crocodile Dundee - Paul Hogan, international songstress Olivia Newton John, super-couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and actor Simon Baker.
Customise your travel to Australia. Holidays in New South Wales are truly memorable and your holiday itinerary can be as fast-paced or as relaxing as you desire.