New South Wales Travel Guide

About New South Wales

New South Wales lays claims to being Australia's most diverse state, filled with outback vistas, alpine territory, verdant rainforests, golden beaches and the bustling metropolis of Sydney.

New South Wales is home to many of Australia's internationally recognised icons, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and is the gateway for most visitors. As Australia's fourth largest state NSW can, be broken up into four main regions: the coast (NSW has over 1460km of coastline); The Great Dividing Range; The Blue Mountains; and the Snowy Mountains (The Snowy Mountains region has the highest peak on the continent, Mount Kosciusko, standing 2228m high). The climate is generally free from extremes of heat and cold. The greatest heat is usually experienced in the northwest. The coldest region is the Snowy Mountains, where winter frosts and snow are experienced.

The majority of people in NSW live in the three main cities - Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. Over half of the population lives in Sydney and it's surrounding suburbs. Sydney is Australia's largest and oldest city, and the economic powerhouse of the nation. It is effectively the country's capital in everything but name. The city was founded in 1788 as the first penal settlement of Australia. Its name was taken from a cave named for Captain Cook's patron, Viscount Sydney. Sydney blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions. The famous Bondi Beach is located here alongside skyscrapers (Centerpoint Tower is Australia's tallest building), delicious and daring restaurants, and superb shopping. Sydney was also the site of the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000. Take a detour from the city hype to soak up the local flavour of the regions of New South Wales.

Laze on a long, sandy beach, hike in the high country, make a journey to the red outback or follow the leisurely drives through the country New South Wales, stopping at small towns and villages along the way.

Regions of New South Wales

  • Sydney Travel Guide

    Sydney

    The capital of NSW is the oldest and the most beautifully situated city in Australia. A fashionable and stylish city, images...

  • Blue Mountains Travel Guide

    Blue Mountains

    Located less than two hour's drive from Sydney, the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains attract thousands of vi...

  • Capital Country & Southern Highlands Travel Guide

    Capital Country & Southern Highlands

    Capital Country is one of the oldest established areas in the country. Close to Sydney and wra...

  • Central Coast Travel Guide

    Central Coast

    With its golden beaches the Central Coast is a great weekend escape or an ideal holiday destination. One hours drive ...

  • Central NSW Travel Guide

    Central NSW

    From humble slab huts to the lavish hotels and mansions built during gold and farming booms, Central NSW is a region wh...

  • Wollongong & The Illawarra Travel Guide

    Wollongong & The Illawarra

    Just an hour and a half south of Sydney, stretching along the New South Wales coast from the Royal Natio...

  • Lord Howe Island Travel Guide

    Lord Howe Island

    With its abundance of rainforests, coral reefs, beaches & volcanic peaks, this World Heritage-listed island is...

  • New England North West Travel Guide

    New England North West

    This is Australia's big outdoors where the stars seem to touch the earth. A chance to take the road less...

  • North Coast NSW Travel Guide

    North Coast NSW

    Stretching from Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour and inland to Dorrigo, North Coast NSW offers a unique taste of New ...

  • Northern Rivers Travel Guide

    Northern Rivers

    Discover an endless stretch of Pacific Coast; lush rolling countryside dotted with quaint and quirky townships; rug...

  • Outback NSW Travel Guide

    Outback NSW

    A trip to Outback NSW is one of those rare experiences that taps into the very essence of the Australian heritage. Disc...

  • Riverina Travel Guide

    Riverina

    From some of the nation's best food and wine, to the widest, most breathtaking horizons filled with wonderment, the Ri...

  • Snowy Mountains Travel Guide

    Snowy Mountains

    Home to spectacular peaks, clear mountain streams & cool, crisp air, The Snowy Mountains make for an ideal holi...

  • South Coast NSW Travel Guide

    South Coast NSW

    A few hours south from Sydney, you'll find a strip of un-spoilt coastline offering pristine beaches, spectacula...

  • Newcastle & The Hunter Travel Guide

    Newcastle & The Hunter

    Great wines, gourmet food, superb restaurants, rustic cottages & romantic beachside retreats are all her...

  • The Murray Travel Guide

    The Murray

    Tumbling from its source in the High Country, the Murray is one of the world's great rivers, flowing through river r...

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