New South Wales

New South Wales is true Australiana with stunning coastline, great national parks and world famous attractions like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge to call its own.

The scenic landscapes of the Blue Mountains, the coastal hikes along the beaches of Sydney, the relaxed vibes of Byron Bay and the incredible beaches in Wollongong and the South Coast are just some of the many attractions calling visitors to NSW.

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Sydney

Sydney could be the beach capital of the world. And while we could make that its unofficial title, Sydney also earns its reputation for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. As awe-inspiring as these glittering sights are, there’s so much more that Sydney has to offer, like their beaches. Beautiful beaches on the north, south and east sides. From smaller bays such as Mosman’s Chinaman’s Beach, to tourist-centric Bondi Beach, they’ve all got their own flavour. The top beaches to check out when in Sydney include, Avalon Beach, Balmoral Beach, Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, Camp Cove, Coogee Beach, Freshwater Beach, Manly Beach, Mona Vale Beach, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Tamarama Beach, Whale Beach Sydney stands out from the rest of the world’s top cities because of how close the Central Business District is to vast stretches of beachy coastline. A seaside stroll is just minutes away from city centre. Here are just a handful of the best that Sydney gifts its visitors Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay, Bundeena to Otford Coastal Track, Chinaman’s Beach to Balmoral Beach, Middle Head, Cockatoo Island, Bondi to Coogee.

Wollongong

Wollongong, AKA “The Gong,” is located on the south coast. It’s a go-to destination for an active getaway, with an array of activities on offer for the daring, including sailing, hang gliding, paragliding, cycling, abseiling and skydiving. For those after a more relaxed pace, gorgeous beaches and an inspiring art scene make Wollongong a thrilling destination for all travellers.

Blue Mountains

When one thinks of the Blue Mountains, it's hard not to lose yourself in the imagery of jagged cliffs, lush forests, crisp waterfalls and greenery galore. Katoomba, an artsy hub in the region, borders Blue Mountains National Park, whilst Echo Point is the perfect spot to capture sweeping views of the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.

Byron Bay

Hippies are alive and well in Byron Bay! Sport your patterned harem pants and dread-locks your hair as you attempt a surf lessons or camp out for music festivals like Splendour in the Grass. In essence, this holiday spot is known for its laissez-faire attitude and awe-inspiring wildlife spotting on the beach. Humpback whales which can be spotted from headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout and the iconic Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse in June and November.

About New South Wales

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    English
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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Sydney Opera House
    • Royal Botanical Gardens
    • Bondi Beach
    • Manly Beach
    • Jenolan Caves
    • Three Sisters
    • Darling Harbour
    • Taronga Zoo
    • Mount Kosciuszko
    • St Mary’s Cathedral
    • Sydney Olympic Park
    • Royal National Park
    • Circular Quay
    • Cockatoo Island
    • Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Bondi Beach
    • Taronga Zoo
    • Manly Beach
    • Balmoral Beach
    • Luna Park
    • Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
    • Wild Life Sydney
    • Centennial Park
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Sydney Cellar Door (TBA)
    • Mardi Gras (February/March)
    • Sydney Harbour Regatta (March)
    • Sydney Royal Easter Show (March/April)
    • Night Noodle Markets (October)
    • Mothers Day Classic (May)
    • Vivid Sydney (May-June)
    • City 2 Surf (August)
    • Sydney Running Festival (September)
    • Carols in the Domain (December)
    • NYE (31 December)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Chinaman’s Beach, Mosman
    • Paddington Markets
    • Dine in Glebe