New South Wales has endless unspoilt beaches, breathtaking natural treasures and one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge or take the ferry past the Opera House to Manly. Do a day trip to the Hunter Valley vineyards or the romantic Blue Mountains. Restore your zen on the beach in Byron Bay & see dolphins play in the clear waters of Jervis Bay. Bike ride and dive on Lord Howe Island and visit the world’s oldest ceremonial burial site at Mungo National Park. Horse ride, hike or hit the snowfields in the Snowy Mountains or head west for Tamworth’s country music and Moree’s natural artesian spas. Whatever you do in New South Wales will be an investment of time you definitely won’t regret.


Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. Take a stroll through The Rocks, the site of the first European settlement. Don’t miss The Rocks markets held every Saturday & Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts & crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises on offer or jump on a passenger ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly beach. Sydney’s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harbor’s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight. 

The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains in New South Wales embrases 26 townships in an area of 1433 square kilometres. The townships are situated from 50 to 120 km west of Sydney and are within 1,000 square kilometres. The region was declared a World Heritage park in November 2000. It was nominated for its outstanding natural values, including the biodiversity of its plant and animal communities, its vegetation, which is dominated by Australia's unique eucalypts, and for the beauty of its natural landscapes.

The 'mountains', as they are commonly called, stood between the still fledgling settlement at Sydney and the agricultural and grazing country to the west. The conquest of the Blue Mountains opened up the vast grain growing and sheep grazing areas of New South Wales. 

The Blue Mountains are so named because, from Sydney, they look blue. They are clad in vast forests of eucalypts (commonly called gum trees), which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance. That same oil makes the Australian bush as volatile as a pine forest in a bush (forest) fire. The vapour explodes, causing the fire to race through the canopy.

The Three Sisters, viewed from Echo Point at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, is a strong focal point for visitors. The rock formation rises steeply from the floor of the Jamison Valley just south of town. There are giant stairs at the Three Sisters which one can traverse, with an awesome view of the valley below.

The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that three sisters, 'Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo' lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle. As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.

The region offers a myrad of activities for the visitor from bush walking, to browsing for antiques, adventuring through lime stone caves, with the Jenolan Caves with its 40 kilometers of multi level passageways as a spectactular example, enjoying the native gardens, travelling on the zig zag railway, taking one of the many Eco Tours or just lazing about one of many tranquil townships dotted throughout the region.

The Hunter Valley
The Hunter offers visitors the choice of coast and country, beaches and mountains, wilderness and wineries, peaceful country towns and charming cities. Entering the Hunter from the south along the coast, you will come to Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest coastal salt-water lake; featuring expansive surf beaches and the beautiful Watagan Mountains.

The city of Newcastle offers pristine beaches and scenic coastal walks, an active harbour playground with unsurpassed views, historic streets and buzzy cafes - visit Newcastle and you too can discover … Beach Days, Harbour Sights, City Nights! A short trip across the harbour takes you to the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes. Take a 4WD, sand boarding or quad bike tour on the largest moving coastal sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere.

In Maitland, Hunter Valley, visitors can explore rolling green hills, rich agricultural lands and pastures, wilderness areas, bushland reserves and the majestic Hunter River. Experience living history in Maitland and Morpeth or visit Maitland Gaol and find out what it's really like on 'the inside'. Panoramic views abound in the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops, an 80,000 ha reserve. Witness Australian fauna in its native habitat, experience the peace and tranquility of ancient forests canoe in the pristine rivers or ride a horse through spectacular bushland. The townships of Gloucester and Dungog offer country charm and warm hospitality.

Upper Hunter Country is genuine Aussie Country Life. Historic Towns and Tiny Villages. Experience world class wines, stroll through National Parks, enjoy the thrill of a country rodeo, hunt wild trout in the high country, tour fabulous horse studs to see world champion track stars, mountain bike in real mountains or just relax along the shores of magnificent Lake Glenbawn.

Singleton is an area rich in history and natural beauty and is well known for the quality wines produced. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, visit the wineries, Aboriginal cave paintings, aquatic paradise Lake St Clair, three National Parks and spectacular viewing points. Singleton is also home to the open cut Coal Mines and solar energy farm.

Over 100 wineries offer some of the finest vintages in the world in Hunter Valley Wine Country. Welcoming wineries, fine art galleries, craft stores and some of Australia’s finest dining, typify the Wine Country experience. A feast of festivals focusing upon the great local wines, food, and music is on offer throughout the year.

Broken Hill & Outback
The NSW Outback is a landscape of great beauty which will take your breath away with its grandeur and its drama. It will wrap you up and persuade you to return over and over again because there is nowhere else on earth quite like it. Art, culture, history and waterways are a few of the surprises that can be found in places like Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge (Black Opals), Bourke, Cobar, Wentworth and Corner Country.

The 'backbone' of this wonderful region is the magnificent Darling River which provides the lifeblood for the unique flora and fauna in the area and was once the great inland highway running from Brewarrina to Wentworth.

Broken Hill gives true meaning to the expression ‘living outback’. Among the rugged beauty and dusty landscape of the region, the city is a soothing green oasis in the harsh desert, with lush green parks and gardens. Known as the Silver City, Broken Hill was the site of the world’s richest deposit of silver, lead and zinc. You can visit a simulated mine or the real thing where you don lights and helmets to enter the subterranean world that miners experienced. Added to the natural beauty are many man made attractions. Broken Hill, as one of Australia's oldest inland cities, retains much of its history by way of public and private buildings, museums and galleries. Art is celebrated in the form of the "Brushmen of the Bush", a group of outback painters who joined together to bring their distinct styles of this unique region to the world. The names of two of them, Pro Hart and Jack Absalom, have gone on to international fame while others like Hugh Schulz, Eric Minchin, Roxanne Minchin and more recently John Dynon and Peter Brown have made the name of Broken Hill famous world wide. At the International Sculpture Symposia there is the opportunity to view the work of local and overseas sculptors in a monument to the great Australian eye doctor Fred Hollows. Two of the Outback's great institutions, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air have bases in Broken Hill. The Flying Doctor providing routine and emergency medical treatment to remote communities whilst at the biggest classroom in the world, the School of the Air provides lessons by radio to these same communities.

South Coast
Walk pearly white beaches and see dolphins frolic in sparkling water in Jervis Bay. Meet grey kangaroos and cruise the pristine Clyde River in Batemans Bay. Try award-winning cheeses at Bega and watch whales in Eden on the Sapphire Coast, near the Victorian border. The South Coast has 30 national parks, marine parks and reserves, as well as gorgeous beaches and rich Aboriginal history for you to explore.

With powder-fine sand and clear turquoise waters, the beaches of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world. At its southern end, Jervis Bay is enclosed by the pristine wilderness of Booderee National Park. From Wreck Bay village in the park’s south, a walking trail circles the peninsula to St Georges Head, passing a succession of quiet beaches, cliffs and forests. Hyams Beach officially has the world’s whitest sand. The many beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks of Jervis Bay are perfect for all types of aquatic activities.

North Coast
Hang-glide and spot humpback whales in the new-age beach paradise of Byron Bay. See the Big Prawn in the bustling holiday town of Ballina and scuba dive off the Coffs Coast. In the Tweed Valley, you can fish the Tweed River and see the southern hemisphere’s biggest eroded volcanic crater. On the rainforest-fringed North Coast, classic Aussie surf culture mingles with World Heritage-listed national parks, hinterland villages and great food and wine.

Located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, the subtropical climate, tranquil rainforests and clean uncrowded beaches of Coffs Harbour make it one of the most popular family holiday destinations on the New South Wales north coast. The traditional owners of the Coffs Harbour region are the Gumbaynggirr people. Their nation stretches from the Nambucca River in the south to around the Clarence River in the north and to the Great Dividing Range in the west.

Lord Howe Island
Trek to the top of Mount Gower and bushwalk through native forests and over white sand beaches. Snorkel and dive in protected, temperate waters on the world’s southernmost coral reef. You’ll find more than 50 sites teeming with fish, colourful coral and green turtles. On World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, bicycles are the best way to get around and there’s no mobile phone reception. Even better, its unspoilt beauty is less than two hours’ flight from Sydney.

Snowy Mountains
Hit Australia’s highest ski slopes at Charlotte Pass and climb Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak. At the top you’ll find a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with 20 species of plants found nowhere else in the world. In winter, carve up the snow at fields such as Thredbo and Perisher Blue. In summer, take in the trout-filled streams and wildflower-coated plains going cycling, caving, rafting, kayaking, four wheel driving, horse riding and hiking. Whatever the season, the Snowy Mountains has endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.