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Sydney & New South Wales

Sydney & New South Wales

Home to shimmering Sydney Harbour, red earth deserts, glorious mountain ranges, stunning coastlines, captivating rainforests and pristine beaches, New South Wales offers the essential Australian experience in just one state!

Only in New South Wales can you experience two of Australia’s most celebrated icons; the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can even climb to the top of the bridge with BridgeClimb for a bird’s eye view of Sydney Harbour - if you’re brave enough that is. New South Wales is also home to Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, which is just a two-hour drive away from Sydney and is known for its local Semillon variety.

New South Wales has six World Heritage Areas, including the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park, where you can immerse yourself in nature by hiking, cycling or driving around the region. Witness the blue haze from the eucalyptus forests that give the Blue Mountains their name. Or perhaps plant yourself by the sea on golden sand beaches, Byron Bay on New South Wales’ north coast is one of the most popular places to sit back and relax.

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The Blue Mountains

Experience the beautiful Blue Mountains, a World Heritage-listed landscape that earns its name from the natural blue haze created by the vast eucalypt forests that cover the area. Just a 90-minute drive from Sydney will bring you to Katoomba, where you can view the Three Sisters at Echo Point, take a tour of Scenic World or set off on a hike along one of the region’s many walking trails.

The Hunter Valley

Explore Australia’s oldest wine-growing region by visiting the Hunter Valley, just a two-hour drive from Sydney. Tour the vineyards and sample local wines at cellar doors, including Tyrrell’s, Brokenwood and McGuigan – the region is particularly famed for its acclaimed Semillon. Beyond the wine, there’s plenty to enjoy from ballooning over the vineyards to a round of golf or pampering yourself in a day spa, not to mention the region’s excellent dining and fresh local produce.

The South Coast

Head south from Sydney and be greeted by pristine white sandy beaches, abundant wildlife, succulent seafood and impressive local wines. Start along the Grand Pacific Drive, which winds through the Royal National Park before continuing to some of New South Wales’ beautiful small towns, such as Kiama and Jervis Bay. Enjoy a dolphin or whale-watching tour on the turquoise waters or head a little inland to see wombats and kangaroos in the Kangaroo Valley.

The North Coast

North from Sydney takes you along the stunning Pacific Coast. Make a stop at Port Stephens for golden beaches, dolphin-watching and quad-biking along the Stockton Sand Dunes. Make your way to Port Macquarie to see cute koalas at the Koala Hospital and humpback whales on tours running from May to November. Coffs Harbour greets you with kangaroos at Emerald Beach and a chance to hike through Australian rainforest at Dorrigo National Park. It’s worth spending a few days at your final stop in Byron Bay to soak up the laid back Aussie lifestyle, including a surf lesson at Main Beach.