Reflecting the diverse landscapes of the country as a whole is the unique topography of New South Wales (NSW) which is a blend of urban lifestyle with natural treasures along its coastline. Sydney shines as the capital of this vibrant state of Australia with landmark attractions such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, top notch-restaurants, galleries, museums and beaches! But there’s more to this unique state than what meets the eye. Here are a few must-try attractions in NSW to make the most of your next trip Down Under.
The capital of NSW, Sydney, is one gorgeous looking city with alluring man-made and natural attractions! The crown jewel of the city is the massive Sydney Harbour which houses two of the iconic landmarks of the nation in Opera House and Harbour Bridge. To really appreciate the city and its breathtaking beauty, hop on a dinner cruise in Sydney Harbour which takes you past these illuminated attractions and more, along with a sumptuous menu of food and drinks! To even further heighten your experience choose a classic paddlewheeler as your vessel and be mesmerised by a live cabaret show as well! You can also choose a Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise if you prefer to witness these scenic vistas during daylight! Book early as these cruises are a popular leisure activity in the city, especially if you plan on going with large groups!
Next is a popular holiday destination on the North Coast of NSW, known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites. It is a hotspot for surfers and nature lovers. A vast stretch of golden beach fronts the ocean, and a lovely hike along the Cape Byron Track leads to the far easterly point on the Australian continent where striking views qand a famous lighthouse awaits! The waters in the area are abundant with whales and dolphins (seasonal) so keep an eye out for them! For a more nature-oriented experience you can head to the heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park in the hinterlands, rich with tranquil rainforests and waterfalls. Byron is also known for its vibrant markets scene as well as its mental health and yoga retreats, spa resorts and luxury boutique hotels. Celebrity spotting has become a thing in recent times and the likes of Chris Hemsworth and several other high-profile superstars have spent time here between shots.
The Snowy Mountains
The Snowies or The Snowy Mountains is a subregion of New South Wales and is the largest mountain range in mainland Australia, housing just everything you need for a perfect weekend getaway! There are numerous attractions here, including the Kosciuszko National Park which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a year-round popular recreational area. In summer the easily accessible alpine terrain of snow gum forests and glacial lakes attracts hundreds of bush walkers, climbers, adventurers, mountain bikers and water-sport enthusiasts. And during the snowy winters skiers from across the nation assemble! The region is also home to some of the nation’s best ski resorts, famous for serving as a base for trout fishing and alpine adventures, so it isn’t really hard to find a place to stay.
Coffs Harbour, the popular fruit-growing centre on the North Coast of NSW has also been cherished as an excellent holiday destination by families. This laid back town is famous for its monumental Big Banana, which is a homage to the local banana-growing industry, with interesting displays, sweet banana-inspired delicacies and kid-friendly attractions. About a two-hour drive north of Sydney, you can find Australia’s widely popular grape-growing region, Hunter Valley, which is an ideal weeknd escape, especially for foodies who can come here and indulge in farm-fresh produce, cooking schools, wine cellars and gourmet restaurants!