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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.


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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney €138
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 3,285 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of The Rocks, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks Markets and Circular Quay. Sydney Observatory and Customs House are also within 15 minutes. Wynyard Station is 8 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 10 minutes.

    Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport €61
    Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport

    Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport

    289 King Street, Mascot
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 952 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Westfield Eastgardens, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maroubra Beach and Moore Park Golf Course. Sydney Cricket Ground and Centennial Park are also within 6 mi (10 km). Mascot Station is 10 minutes by foot and Domestic Airport Station is 16 minutes.

      Four Seasons Hotel Sydney €161
      Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

      Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

      199 George St., Sydney
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 3,854 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay and The Rocks Markets. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Wynyard Station is 8 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 5 minutes.

        Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park €118
        Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

        Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

        161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 3,365 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sydney Tower, Royal Botanic Gardens and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Opera House and The Rocks Markets are also within 1 mi (2 km). St. James Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 6 minutes.

          Hyatt Regency Sydney €114
          Hyatt Regency Sydney

          Hyatt Regency Sydney

          161 Sussex Street, Sydney
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 6,898 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wildlife Sydney and Circular Quay. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are also within 2 miles (3 km). Wynyard Station is 9 minutes by foot and Town Hall Station is 9 minutes.

            Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport €78
            Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

            Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

            Corner Of Robey And O Riordan, Mascot
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 6,392 reviews
              4.5 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Mascot hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Sydney Park, Marrickville Metro and Supa Centa Moore Park. King Street and Enmore Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Domestic Airport Station is 11 minutes by foot and Mascot Station is 11 minutes.

              Swissotel Sydney €114
              Swissotel Sydney

              Swissotel Sydney

              68 Market Street, Sydney
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 4,264 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the business district, steps away from Westfield Shopping Centre, Sydney Tower and Queen Victoria Building. Strand Arcade and Pitt Street Mall are also within 5 minutes. St. James Station is 6 minutes by foot and Martin Place Station is 8 minutes.

                The Westin Sydney €114
                The Westin Sydney

                The Westin Sydney

                1 Martin Place, Sydney
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 3,122 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Circular Quay. Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are also within 1 mile (2 km). Martin Place Station is only a 4-minute walk and St. James Station is 7 minutes.