About New South Wales (NSW)
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.