New South Wales is the oldest and most populated state of Australia situated on the east coast with Queensland to the north and Victoria to the south. NSW is a home of the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and the major financial, political and cultural centre. Beyond Sydney you will find a wealth of sights both inland and along the coast, including the spectacular range of the Blue Mountains, the blue water paradise of the central and northern beaches, country vineyards and spectacular scenery all year round.
Explore New South Wales and you will be amazed at its rich history and natural wonders!
SYDNEY Built around one of the world's most beautiful and famous harbours Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is Australia's largest and oldest city. Founded in 1788 it now has a population of four million and covers almost 1120 square kilometres. Sydney's superb combination of modern city life and relaxed lifestyle, basking in a superb climate makes this great city simply irresistible. With its sparkling beaches, beautiful national parks, great shopping, restaurants and exciting life of a cosmopolitan city Sydney offers a wide range of interesting and exciting activities for all travellers.
With the exception of the white sandy beaches of Bondi and Manly, most Sydney attractions are situated close to the CBD and around the harbour. Some of the many highlights include The Rocks - Sydney's historic quarter, the architectural masterpiece of the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and the Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Centrepoint Tower and many more.
But there is more to New South Wales than Sydney and you will find a variety of interesting tours and accommodation options around Sydney and its surrounding areas on this website.
BLUE MOUNTAINS Just over 100km west of Sydney lies The Blue Mountains National Park, named as such because of the blue haze created by the eucalyptus oil evaporating from the many gum trees covering the mountains. Formed over several million years ago and still remaining largely untamed, this unique region is famous for its spectacular rock formations and abundant flora and wildlife. From the many lookouts you can see the blue ridges fade into the distance, walk amongst the roaring waterfalls and through canyons that remain unchanged since the Jurassic era. Ride the scenic railway, the steepest incline railway in the world, or enjoy the breathtaking views from the Skyway. Inspect the famous rock formations of the Three Sisters, The Ruined Castle and the Pulpit Rock and learn their Aboriginal legends. Jenolan Caves, located 76km from Katoomba, the capital of the Blue Mountains, is a spectacular conservation reserve with its nine showcase caves recognised as some of the best naturally decorated lime caves in the world.
THE HUNTER REGION
Some 2 hours north of Sydney, from a kaleidoscope of pristine beaches and rugged mountain scenery of Lake Macquarie, the maritime city of Newcastle, the vineyards of Hunter Valley to the pearly white beaches and crystal clear waters of Port Stephens lies The Hunter Region.
Hunter Valley Wine Country is Australia's oldest wine producing region with wine making traditions dating back over 150 years. The valley houses some of Australia's famous wineries. Pokolbin is the heart of the wine country, where warm welcomes abound and friendly conversations are aplenty. Tour the wineries and buy famous Australian wines from the very people who made them.
Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest coastal lake, four times the size of the Sydney Harbour. The area is famous for magnificent white beaches, rugged mountain scenery.
Newcastle, originally founded in 1797 as a penal colony, is now the second largest city in New South Wales with beautiful beaches, historic sites, the stately structure of Fort Scratchley and the Regional Art Gallery with one of the finest collections of Australian Art.
Travelling further along the coast line you will reach Port Stephens, acknowledged as one of the most spectacular holiday resorts on the east coast. The area offers stunning coastal scenery and natural bushland, which abounds in native flora and fauna. Port Stephens' most famous residents are the families of dolphins who follow the dolphin watch cruises into the port.