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New South Wales

The iconic Opera House on the Sydney Harbour

Home of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge, New South Wales is also a haven for nature watchers and a mecca for beach lovers. New South Wales offers you the widest range of activities in Australia. The State is rich in magnificent beaches, colorful rainforest and is a great place for skiing in the mountains. It encompasses the coastline, hinterland and outback and is a great place to relax and enjoy Australia's East Coast.

General Information: 
Average temp summer: 
32C
Average temp winter: 
18C
Population: 
7 million
Capital city: 
Sydney
New South Wales State Map
Regions within New South Wales
World Heritage Blue Mountains Region
Claustral Canyon in the Blue Mountains
Kayaking the mighty Murray River
Picnic on the banks of the Murray River
Rare Riverina forests at Cocoparra National Park
Country NSW
Some of Australia's most historic country towns dot this region. These quintessentially Australian settlements, founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers and chosen by artists for their special light, are loved by visitors today for their old-world general stores and friendly country pubs
The World Heritage Lord Howe Island is a natural paradise
Lord Howe Island
World Heritage listed for its remarkable geology and its rare collection of birds, plants and marine life, Lord Howe is surrounded by the world's southernmost coral reef. Crystal clear waters teem with marine life and rare coral, protected as part of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park.
Mungo National Park in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area
NSW Outback
Harsh but fragile, the rugged natural beauty of Outback NSW has been appreciated for millennia by the region's Aboriginal inhabitants. Aboriginal artworks, some 30,000 years old, adorn sites in Mutawintji National Park.
Take the Chairlift to experience panaromic views of Thredbo
Snowy Mountains
Mountain air doesn't come any purer than this. Adventure activities, from winter sports to cycling, caving, rafting, kayaking and horse riding - plus bracing mountain walks - make your stay exhilarating. Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, looks down on sub-alpine snowgum woodlands and tall forests of alpine ash and mountain gum.
Sparkling beaches, cliffs, caves and National Parks of the Sapphire Coast
South Coast
The unspoilt natural beauty of the southern coastline of New South Wales unfolds in a series of bays and coves. Little townships, many with interesting histories, are known for their fine food and wines, and great country markets. Superb local cheeses are a speciality.
Kayak with dolphins in Byron Bay
North Coast
An intriguing blend of old and new, the North Coast is where the world's largest expanse of subtropical rainforest meets mountains forged from ancient volcanoes
Sydney Opera House
Sydney & Surrounds
This region is a grand spectrum of delights. Here you'll find sparkling waterways, World Heritage-listed national parks, age-old mountains and ravines, cascading waterfalls and some of the most stunning beaches on the planet.