New South Wales
New South Wales
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New South Wales is home to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the vibrant harbour city of Sydney, with its iconic landmarks, inspiring galleries and museums and some of the best cuisine in the world. With six of Australia’s World Heritage areas, venture beyond and you will be surrounded by one of the countries most accessible World Heritage Listed sites, the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park, home to the famous Three Sisters. The sweeping landscapes of the Hunter Valley – Australia’s oldest wine region, the spectacular coastal towns with their beautiful white-sand beaches and the jaw dropping beauty of the Snowy Mountains, home to Australia’s highest mountain, makes New South Wales a must-do holiday experience.
The vibrant capital of New South Wales, Sydney is a stunning city. From Circular Quay – gateway to the harbour, bordered by botanic gardens, great dining, The Rocks – colonial history, Australia’s oldest pub, breathtaking views of the harbour, Darling Harbour – amazing entertainment, museums, incredible wildlife, waterfront restaurants, Potts Point & Woolloomooloo – harbourside, hip bars & boutiques, theatre. With more than 100 beaches lining the coast – iconic Bondi, Manly, Bronte, Shelly to name a few, you can enjoy swimming, surfing, snorkeling and water sports or enjoy the many coastal walks from Cronulla to Palm Beach.
Home to some of the most stunning natural attractions in Australia the Blue Mountains has so much to see and do. From the Scenic Railway at Scenic World Blue Mountains, which has the world’s steepest incline railway, you can descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Scenic Cableway, and discover Jurassic rainforest, to exploring the Jenolan Caves, a must do experience and regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular cave systems and among the oldest in the world. To the grandeur of the Three Sisters, rising nearly a kilometre above sea level, with its family-friendly walk you will pass through soaring eucalypt and take in all that fresh mountain air.
The North, Central and South Coasts of New South Wales are scattered with spectacular white-sand beaches, pristine national parks and adorable native animals. From the popular eclectic vibe of Byron Bay in the north with its iconic lighthouse, Patonga along the central coast – a secluded beach town along the Hawkesbury River to Hyams Beach in the south located in Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach is famed for its dazzling stretch of fine white sand, one of the whitest in the world. From resort towns to fishing villages Coastal NSW is charming and picturesque and well worth a visit
Charming towns, cultural attractions and heritage and ancient sites are here to be seen throughout Country NSW. An abundance of world-class food & wine and walking trails through World Heritage wilderness are also here aplenty. From the world-famous country music festival in historic Tamworth, the gold rush history and stunning natural beauty of Parkes (not forgetting the Parkes Elvis Festival and The Dish, which helped broadcast the Apollo II Moon landing), through to the Southern Highlands where you will see picture perfect villages set amongst rolling hills and forests. In the Central Tablelands is Bathurst with its pristine bushland and spectacular limestone caves and the iconic Mount Panorama, home to the internationally renowned Bathurst 1000.
Producing spectacular wines the Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine region. With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia the Hunter is world-famous for its semillon and shiraz. The region is also home to acclaimed restaurants, local produce, festivals and ancient rainforest. Trace colonial heritage on the convict-built Great North Road and explore ancient Aboriginal rock art and other indigenous heritage on the Finchley Cultural Walk. Also located in the Hunter Valley is Barrington Tops National Park, a spectacular destination and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area, where volcanoes shaped this ancient wilderness millions of years ago.
The ruggedly beautiful Outback has so many experiences on offer with its unique rock formations and landscapes and its rich Aboriginal culture. It’s home to seven stunning national parks, from the ancient dry lake basins of Mungo National Park to the majestic river red gums of Kinchega National Park. Discover underground art caves and rare opals at Lightning Ridge, here you can visit the first licensed opal mine that was open to the public, tour a real working opal mine and you can also have a go at fossicking.
Follow the Bourke Town Trail and see historic landmarks from the Cobb & Co stagecoach days and visit Broken Hill, another stunning part of Australia full of federation heritage, great eateries and inspiring art galleries, set against a spectacular desert backdrop.
The Snowy Mountains is a year long outdoor adventure destination. You can experience fantastic skiing and snowboarding at Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass during winter but after the snow melts the Snowy Mountains transforms into a different outdoor adventure playground with mountain climbing, bushwalking & hiking, mountain biking and horse riding through untouched bushland. Full of country pubs, wineries and craft breweries the Snowy Mountains isn’t all about the snow. Located in the Snowy Mountains is Kosciuszko National Park, and the home of Australia’s highest mountain. Here you can experience breathtaking panoramic views on the summit and discover natural beauty walking through towering snow gums. Wildlife is aplenty and you may just get the chance to see echidnas, wallabies and wombats as well as spotting platypus at the Bombala Platypus Reserve.
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