New South Wales has so many attractions that you will need to boil it down so you can fit everything into your holiday. With everything from Sydney Harbour cruises to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Mountains and Outback, there is literally something for everyone.
From its natural attractions and history to the nightlife and shopping, Sydney is at the top of every visitor’s list. There is accommodation to suit every budget, from serviced apartments to luxury hotel suites and backpacker hostels, that put you within a stone’s throw of everything this iconic city has to offer. The only problem is fitting everything in such as harbour cruises, a visit to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, museums, historic sights, bars, restaurants, great shopping and a host of other activities.
For nature at its best then a trip to the Blue Mountains should be on every visitor’s list. Renowned for its spectacular scenery, the Blue Mountains is a haven for hikers who want to get close to nature. Of course you can’t go past a visit to the Three Sisters, a stunning rock formation that seems to change its appearance at different times of the day. There is also plenty to see and do in the towns of Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath.
This idyllic location on the NSW north coast has become a haven for urban refugees. It is a place where artisans find their inspiration from the beautiful beaches and lush forests. While it still has that chic feel, Byron Bay is also a hive of activity with festivals and other events occurring at various times of the year.
If it’s snow you want then the place to be during the winter months is the Snowy Mountains. Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snowfields are all a haven for snow bunnies of all persuasions, from families to serious skiers and snowboarders. In the warmer months hiking and adventure activities are a big drawcard.
Fine food and wine are at the heart of this picturesque part of country New South Wales. Some of Australia’s best wines are produced in this area but it is also home to other unique activities and attractions, such as hot air balloons and day spas. National parks also provide the opportunity for hiking and getting back to nature.
Lord Howe Island
Less than two hours’ flight from Sydney, this piece of Pacific Ocean paradise is renowned for its remarkable geology and rare collection of birds, plants and marine life. Only 400 visitors at a time are allowed on the island, meaning it is relaxing and unhurried.
Located on the idyllic south coast, Batemans Bay is the ideal family holiday destination. Stunning beaches and estuaries provide the opportunity for water-based activities while historic small villages are packed with arts and crafts and gorgeous cafes.
If you really want to get away from it all then the rugged natural beauty of the NSW outback is THE place. From spectacular scenery to remote towns such as Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill, White Cliffs and Tibooburra, the outback is like nothing else in the world.
Experience a safari adventure in the heart of NSW at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. With more than 700 animals and 3 square kilometres of nature to explore, it is a place the entire family will find hard to forget.
Located on the stunning North Coast, Coffs Harbour is full of family-friendly attractions. There are white beaches, water sports, adventure sports, quality restaurants and cafes and accommodation for all tastes and budgets.