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New South Wales

See Sydney’s world-famous attractions, then discover the rich diversity of “the First State,” known for its attractive beaches and breathtaking national parks.

New South Wales’ major attraction is its impressive coastline that includes the white sands of Jervis Bay, the rolling waves of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, the popular Central Coast and the endless golden beaches of the far north. The hinterlands are marked by majestic mountains, rivers and waterfalls in vast forests, while the Outback desert has its own surprises in store.

Dubbed “The First State,” this is where Australia’s colonial history began in 1788. In the state capital Sydney, climb the Harbour Bridge, tour the Opera House and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Swim or watch the surfers at famous Bondi Beach or Manly, which you reach by taking a scenic ferry ride from bustling Circular Quay.

In the Blue Mountains, see the peaks of the Three Sisters jutting out from a dense rainforest. Australia’s highest peak is Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains. Ski the slopes around the resort town of Thredbo in winter.

In summer, tour the Hunter Valley to sample eclectic food paired with fine wines. Just to the north of Newcastle, the state’s second-largest city, snorkel or dive with the marine creatures of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.

Nature also abounds in scenic Port Macquarie. Spot sleepy koalas in the eucalyptus trees that line the city’s tranquil bays or visit the Billabong Zoo.

Cross the Great Dividing Range to see another side of New South Wales. Tamworth is a farming hub and Australia’s “Country Music Capital.” All the way west, look out over the mining area of Broken Hill from the sculpture trail in the Living Desert Reserve then camp out in the desert in Mutawintji National Park.

Back at the coast, join the partying youth in trendy Byron Bay or visit the mellow seaside town of Yamba to experience a real surfer’s paradise.

Explore the state’s many national parks, with abundant rainforests, scenic rivers and waterfalls. Spot kangaroos, cockatoos and other precious wildlife in the New England Tableland, Northern Rivers and Tweed Valley regions.

All the way north, climb Mount Warning just before dawn to see the sun rise over the azure Pacific Ocean for a lasting memory of your New South Wales vacation.


Guide to Exploring New South Wales


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Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

8 Arrival Court, Mascot
4.3
of 5, from 1,222 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this luxury hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Marrickville Market. Enmore Theatre and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€147
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street, Sydney
4.2
of 5, from 1,031 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This darling Harbour hotel is also less than a kilometer from the restaurants, cafes, and bars of Cockle Bay and shopping at the Queen Victoria Building.

€95
Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

3 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
4.5
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Town Hall, and International Convention Centre Sydney.

€104
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Corner Of Robey And O Riordan, Mascot
4.2
of 5, from 881 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mascot hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Marrickville Metro, Supa Centa Moore Park and Enmore Theatre. Wildlife Sydney and Maroubra Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€141
The Westin Sydney

The Westin Sydney

1 Martin Place, Sydney
4.6
of 5, from 656 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on Sydney's Martin Place, this central business district hotel is less than 1 kilometer from Sydney Tower, Sydney Parliament House, and Darling Harbour.

Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Obley Street, Dubbo
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dubbo, this lodge is 0 mi (0 km) from Taronga Western Plains Zoo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubbo Visitors Information Centre and Dubbo Observatory. Macquarie Regional Library and Old Dubbo Gaol are also within 3 mi (5 km).

€71
ibis budget Sydney Airport

ibis budget Sydney Airport

5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
2.9
of 5, from 603 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Enmore Theatre. Marrickville Market and Carriageworks are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€150
Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney
4.5
of 5, from 1,386 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 25-story hotel has pedestrian links to 2 of the city's most popular shopping precincts, the Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.

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