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Sydney Surrounds

With so many tourists and business visitors coming to Sydney every year, few realise the joys of visiting the rest of this spectacular state of New South Wales:

Sydney Surrounds

NSW Best Places to Visit

Aboriginal tours, art galleries and cultural centres in New South Wales. The best way to experience Australian Indigenous Arts and Culture:

NSW Aboriginal Tours

The Blue Mountains, NSW offer Sydney’s most spectacular views and great walks in the bush. Here you can find excellent restaurants, accommodation to suit any budget, mysterious vast forests, native wildlife, Australian history and outdoor adventure. 1.5 hours drive from the centre of Sydney.

The New South Wales region surrounding the Australian Capital Territory and Canberra, encompasses mountains, historical country towns and gorgeous national parks:

Central NSW: Rare forests, strange rock formations, colonial historic sites, Aboriginal history, festivals the year round. There’s a whole lot to see and do in Central NSW.

Located just north of the Sydney Region, the Central Coast of NSW is a great place for visiting National Parks, boating, fishing and stunning white sandy beaches. While there, check out the historical museums, art and craft galleries and the many markets, offering all sorts of locally made goods.

This region was first seen by the colonial explorers Blaxland, Wentworth, and Lawson in May 1813. Located from Springwood in the Blue Mountains to the central West:

Central Tablelands of New South Wales

An hour’s drive North West of Sydney will get you to the historic and picturesque region of the Hawkesbury. Explore the many Heritage buildings and towns as well being near the National Parks of Scheyville, Cattai NP, Blue Mountains NP, Wollemi NP, Yengo NP and Dharug NP.


The Hunter is a diverse region with lakes, beaches and secluded bays while the Hunter Valley is famous as Australia’s oldest wine growing region. More about Hunter Valley Wineries:

Illawarra, NSW - South of Sydney. The escarpment and the NSW coastal area of Illawara has dramatic views of the coast and out to sea, with long scenic drives and pretty beaches along the way:

Macarthur, NSW played an important part in early Australian history. Places of Interest here include Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly:

Macleay Valley has been called ‘Nature’s Retreat’ and rightly so. The NSW coast here is essentially unspoilt, if you love the sun and surf lifestyle this is a great destination, with plenty of things to do for the whole family:

Vast desert region parks, snowy mountains, rain forests and coastal region parks. Learn about our many NSW National Parks:

Located in the north east of the state, New England, NSW has some of Australia’s most beautiful National Parks, offering world renowned trout fishing, hiking, camping, nature tours and kayaking:

New England NSW

The North Coast, you’ll find, is perfect for a grand seaside holiday. Explore the coastal rainforest walks, relax on a secluded beach, take in a whale watching cruise and sample sensational food. Covers places of interest like Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie to Newcastle.

On the Queensland border, the Northern Rivers has Cape Byron, 37kms of untouched coastline and stunning national parks with World Heritage listings:

The Outback NSW - Experience the Far West of New South Wales. Opals, vast deserts, Aboriginal Heritage and historic mining towns:

The The Riverina is one of the major wine producing regions of Australia. A region filled with a rich history, natural attractions, great food and wines, outdoor adventure and scenery:

The Snowy Mountains, known for its skiing and snow sports in winter, is popular the year round for fishing, hiking and watersports. To the southwest of Canberra, the highest mountains in Australia are situated here but it also has wild forests with beautiful lakes, rivers and streams:

The South Coast NSW is largely undeveloped and shows the natural beauty of Australia in all its splendour with its stunning lakes, waterways, beaches from the mountains to the sea. Made up of three distinct regions:

The Southern Highlands of NSW - Places of Interest. Different from any other region of Australia, yet close to Sydney, Canberra, the South Coast and the Illawarra:

Touring the NSW Coast - Touring the 2000kms of New South Wales coastline. Gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery, small fishing villages and resort towns:

NSW Coast


More About the Outer New South Wales Regions

Further Reading New South Wales Regions including:


Festivals, Events and Things to Do around the country:

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