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NSW Tourist Guide - Sydney Getaways - Places

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New South Wales in Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. It is home to a wide variety of attractions, including:

  • Sydney, one of the world’s most iconic cities.
  • The Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Hunter Valley, a world-renowned wine region.
  • The Snowy Mountains, a popular winter sports destination.
  • The Outback, a vast and sparsely populated region with a unique culture.
  • Lord Howe Island, a tropical paradise located in the Tasman Sea.
  • New South Wales is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. There are many opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and surfing. The state is also home to a variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and wombats.

    Why Visit NSW?

    Here are some of the reasons why you should visit New South Wales:

  • Sydney: Sydney is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. It is home to iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is something for everyone in Sydney, from world-class museums and art galleries to stunning beaches and lush parks.
  • The Blue Mountains: The Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that are home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia. The mountains are covered in lush rainforests and towering sandstone cliffs. There are many hiking trails that offer stunning views of the mountains and valleys.
  • The Hunter Valley: The Hunter Valley is a world-renowned wine region that is home to over 1,200 wineries. The region is also known for its beautiful countryside and charming towns.
  • The Snowy Mountains: The Snowy Mountains are a popular winter sports destination that is home to some of Australia’s best ski resorts. The mountains are also a great place to go hiking, camping, and fishing in the summer.
  • The Outback: The Outback is a vast and sparsely populated region that is home to a unique culture. The Outback is a great place to go stargazing, camping, and four-wheel driving.
  • Lord Howe Island: Lord Howe Island is a tropical paradise located in the Tasman Sea. The island is home to stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforests.
  • 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

    NSW Aboriginal Tours, Art Galleries and Cultural Centres

    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

    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.

    Capital Country

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

    Central New South Wales

    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.

    Central Coast 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.

    Central Tablelands

    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

    Hawkesbury Region

    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 Valley

    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

    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:

    NSW National Parks

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

    New England

    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

    North Coast

    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.

    Northern Rivers

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

    Outback NSW

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

    The Riverina

    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

    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:

    South Coast

    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:

    Southern Highlands

    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 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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