Nowhere is Australia’s incredible diversity more apparent than in its premier state, New South Wales. Most visitors enter the country through scintillating Sydney, with its world-famous Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and assortment of idyllic beaches. And while Sydney is a must on any first-time visit to Australia, there is so much more to experience in New South Wales than its most famous city.
Head just a few miles beyond Sydney, and you’ll find an abundance of truly world-class attractions. To the west are the Blue Mountains, a region of breathtaking beauty named after the blue haze emitted by the dense eucalyptus forests that swathe the area.
The Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains. Credit – Sally Mayman; Destination NSW
To the south you’ll find the Grand Pacific Drive, characterised by endless miles of gorgeous coastline, punctuated by charming towns, like Wollongong, and exciting places of interest, like Kangaroo Valley.
Head north and you’ll find equally impressive coastline and top stops including Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and the iconic Byron Bay.
Sunset at Main Beach, Byron Bay, NSW. Credit – Destination NSW
If you’re feeling really intrepid, the New South Wales Outback beckons, a place of spellbinding vastness and rugged wilderness. The other-worldly landscapes are the true draw of this region, but there are some towns well worth stopping in, including Bourke, Lightning Ridge (famous for its opal mines) and the arty Broken Hill.
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Enjoying sunny Bondi Beach. Credit – Destination NSW
More advice and inspiration for New South Wales
If we’ve whetted your appetite for Australia’s ultimate state and you need more info, check out the selection of articles below. We’ve covered everything from how to explore in a motorhome, a guide to the Grand Pacific Drive and tips on the best way to experience Byron Bay and surrounds.