New South Wales

New South Wales is one of Australia's most beautiful and diverse states. Home to the cosmopolitan capital city of Sydney, with its great shopping, gourmet restaurants and internationally renowned icons - The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The 16 major regions of New South Wales include…

  • Sydney
  • The Blue Mountains
  • Capital Country (including Canberra)
  • The Central Coast
  • Central New South Wales
  • Hunter
  • Illawarra
  • Lord Howe Island
  • New England North West
  • North Coast New South Wales
  • Northern Rivers New South Wales
  • Outback New South Wales
  • Riverina
  • Snowy Mountains
  • Southern Coast New South Wales
  • The Murray

New South Wales lies in the moderate temperate zone and so the winters are mild and the summers warm. During summer Sydney will have an average maximum temperature of 27 degrees C with an average minimum temperature of 17 degrees C. During winter the average maximum temperature for Sydney is 16 degrees C whilst the average minimum temperature is 7 degrees C. Areas such as Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains have much colder winters, experiencing snow which makes this area great for skiing in winter.

So whether it be relaxing on the uncrowded beaches of the south coast, taking adventure hikes through fresh mountain air, visiting the remote towns of outback New South Wales or spending some time in the nationals capital Canberra (in the Australian Capital Territory), some of Australia's best experiences can be found in New South Wales.

If you are visiting in winter, leave space for a jacket or sweater. Australian lifestyle is generally informal.

Recognised as the shining star of the southern hemisphere, New South Wales' instant icons are unforgettable. There are cosmopolitan Sydney and its stunning harbour, famous bridge and Opera House, miles of sunny beaches, historic Outback towns, Australia's oldest wine region and World Heritage listed mountain ranges.


  • Sydney - Australia's most beautiful harbourside city, sunny, sexy, sophisticated. Sydney basks as the shining star of the Southern Hemisphere.
  • World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and its canyons, gum trees and mountain towns.
  • The country's oldest wine region, Hunter Valley.
  • Scenic Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney to Brisbane.
  • Accessible Outback towns like Broken Hill.

Must do activities


  • Sail or cruise Sydney Harbour.
  • BridgeClimb Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House.
  • Taronga Zoo's wildlife and amazing views.
  • Walking tour of historic Rocks area.
  • World famous Sydney Aquarium.
  • Spend the day at one of more than 30 beaches, including Manly and Bondi Beach.
  • Scenic seaplane flight departing from Double Bay.
  • Sample Mod Oz cuisine at the city's many fabulous restaurants.


Blue Mountains - 1.5 hours drive from Sydney:

  • 4 WD or motorcoach tour to the canyons and towns.
  • Visit Scenic World Skyway and Railway and walk on the rainforest floor.
  • Go deep into the ancient Jenolan Caves.
  • Stay at luxury mountain resorts and retreats and have breakfast with the Kangaroos.

Hunter Valley - 2 hours drive from Sydney:

  • Cellar Door wine tours and samplings.
  • Golf and Spa packages.
  • Hot air balloon ride over the vines and champagne breakfast.

Coastal Drives - 2 hours from Sydney:

  • Take a coastal drive through the Central Coast.
  • Port Stephens for fishing, dolphin watching,swimming, 4WD in the sand dunes.

Outback - beyond Sydney:

  • Experience rugged Outback Australia.
  • Vibrant mecca for artists.