Soak up the magic of Sydney Harbour when you visit Sydney, New South Wales. Photo: David Druce, 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.

In and around Sydney

As you wander around Sydney, 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:
Fall in love with Sydney's Balmoral Beach on the north shore. Couple walking outside the Balmoral Boatshed restaurant
Fall in love with Sydney's Balmoral Beach.
Photo: Tourism Australia

  • climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get 360 degree views
  • 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
  • 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.)

Just outside the city (up to 2 hours drive)

Enjoy country cooking in the Blue Mountains.
Photo: Luxury Lodges of Australia
Don’t be mistaken into thinking Sydney is all New South Wales has to offer. There are so many hidden gems nearby so 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.

Some of the places to go and things to do include:
  • 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 further afield

  • 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. You've probably seen Broken Hill in many famous Australian movies including Mad Max 2, and The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.

Head North

Do some outdoor yoga at Byron Bay
Take an outdoors yoga session at Byron Bay.
Photo: Tourism Australia

Head north of Sydney and experience coastal town living at its best.
  • You can visit towns including Coffs Harbour and Bellingen. Take a road trip on the  Waterfall Way west of Coffs Harbour. ‚Äč
  • Continue north to the famous bohemian Byron Bay. Byron Bay and the nearby towns are a combination of alternative, funky and sedate. It’s all about enjoying life in this neck of the woods. Byron Bay is home to many Australian celebrities including the famous crocodile Dundee - Paul Hogan, Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor), international songstress Olivia Newton John, super-couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and actor Simon Baker.
  • A little further north is the Tweed Coast (which is unofficially part of the Gold Coast). 
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.