New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, is home to our largest city, Sydney. Its temperate climate, with sunshine most days of the year, provides the ideal environment for visitors to this spectacular state.

The capital of NSW and Australia’s oldest and largest city, Sydney was established by Captain Arthur Phillip as a penal colony. The city grew in chaos for many years until 1810 when Governor Macquarie set about restoring order and improving roads and communications. The city soon became a major shipping and trading centre for the southwest Pacific. Today, Sydney has the world’s best natural harbour with 55 sq km of water catering for 4,000 vessels each year.



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  • Sydney City

    Sydney Harbour Bridge - aerial view

    A multi-cultural city of more than four million people, Sydney is a vivid metropolis built around one of the most stunning harbours in the world.

    The dramatic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House surrounded by the glorious harbour is an iconic image of Sydney and Australia. You'll no doubt have seen countless images of this stunning city but nothing quite compares to seeing it in real life. Wander around the foreshore or take a cruise on the water to see these two architectural feats from a whole new angle.

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  • Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach, Sydney

    One of Australia’s most famous beaches, iconic Bondi Beach, is located only 7km from the centre of Sydney City. "Bondi" or "Boondi" is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning the sound of breaking waves. Believe it or not, in the early 1800s swimming at Sydney's beaches was considered a controversial pastime due to the dangers of sharks and conservative views. Now, Bondi Beach is at the heart of Sydney’s relaxed outdoor lifestyle.

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  • Blue Mountains

    Blue Mountains Three Sisters

    Take a scenic three hour drive west of Sydney and discover the magnificent Blue Mountains, which were first crossed in 1813 by explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson. This World Heritage Listed National Park is recognised internationally for its incredible geographic, botanic and cultural values and boasts a stunning landscape of dense eucalypt forest, grand escarpments, waterfalls and cave systems.

    The area is home to 90 different species of eucalyptus trees and the greatest and most diverse concentration of eucalyptus trees in the world. Ever wonder why the Blue Mountains are called blue? The air is filled with several finely dispersed droplets of eucalyptus oil. These oil droplets not only delightfully perfume the air, but combined with dust and water vapour; they scatter rays of brilliant blue light earning this spectacular mountain range its name.

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  • Hunter Valley

    Hunter Valley Vines

    The world famous Hunter Valley is in the heart of Australian wine country with the region’s rich history stemming from the early pioneering era. Since its early beginnings, the Hunter Valley has produced many world renowned fine wines and has grown to boast more than 150 wineries.

    Not just famous for its wines, the Hunter Valley also has a growing olive industry, producing excellent cold pressed olive oil. Treat your tastebuds to local gourmet food and wine with the perfect backdrop of charming vineyard landscapes. You can also sample premium local beers and the unique alcoholic ginger beer at the boutique Bluetongue Brewery, opened in 2003 by four Hunter Valley locals.

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  • Port Stephens

    Port Stephens Dolphine

    A two hour drive north of Sydney is the picturesque coastal town of Port Stephens. Often referred to as Australia’s blue water paradise, Port Stephens’ tranquil waters are home to more than 140 resident bottlenose dolphins. It is Australia’s dolphin capital!

    A visit to Port Stephens is not complete without a dolphin watching cruise. Sit back and relax as you view the amazing nature that surrounds. It’s one of the best places to see dolphins in the wild and also the best place on the New South Wales coast for whale watching between May and November.

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