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There's nowhere like New South Wales

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Underwater wonders, exquisite beaches, awe-inspiring landmarks, and glorious weather - holidays to New South Wales, Australia, are breathtaking.

Its sparkling capital, Sydney, is the star of the show, boasting a blend of soft sands, top snorkelling spots, world-famous attractions and hidden gems, and an upmarket dining scene. This southeastern Australian state is worthy of a place on any bucket list.

Here at Travelbag, we're always sending our team members on exotic trips away. So when they come back, they're more knowledgeable than ever and can provide first-hand information and insightful, up-to-date recommendations for your next holiday.

One of our Travel Specialists recently returned from a trip to New South Wales, Australia. And, of course, we're itching for the details – Suzanne, tell us everything we need to know...


If you're wondering what to pack for your holiday to New South Wales, my top three recommendations are as follows. 

First, a pair of decent walking shoes - after all, you will explore many captivating coastal cities and nature-filled national parks. And the last thing you want is aching feet when visiting Sydney’s iconic structures and botanical gardens or walking through Australia’s oldest wine region. Comfort is key to a great experience. 

Another must-pack is sunscreen - I visited New South Wales in April when the average daytime temperature was 19 degrees, reaching a high of around 23. Despite the glorious sunshine, my final recommendation is to pack a pair of long trousers for the long bushwalking trails here - you'll be much comfier and more protected if your legs are covered up.


As my first-ever long-haul journey, this was an unforgettable experience. Flights to New South Wales are approximately 21 hours, and I’ll be honest, the adrenaline and excitement of knowing I would soon land at an incredible destination kept me going!


It's hard to pick a highlight - there were so many unforgettable moments I'll treasure, but one of the most magical had to be dolphin-watching on a cruise along Jervis Bay – home to sapphire-blue waters, white sandy beaches, and lots of luscious greenery.

If you only had 24 hours to spend in New South Wales, I recommend kayaking with dolphins here, then a trip to Paperbark Camp to sit back and relax with a glass of wine or two and watch the kangaroos. And why not? You're on holiday!

The dolphin sightings were so spectacular that I want to return to New South Wales for the whale season, which typically runs between May and November. Over 40,000 humpback and southern right whales make their way along Sydney’s coastline during this time!


There’s a seemingly endless list of places to visit in New South Wales and plenty of exciting things to do. My favourite was the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb experience! Then, there’s the incredible Taronga Zoo – Sydney Harbour’s wildlife phenomenon and home to over 4,000 animals. The wildlife-filled and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains in west Sydney should also be on your to-do list, as a nature hike here is unforgettable. And, of course, kayaking at Jervis Bay. This entire itinerary was brimming with majestic attractions.


The food was out of this world! I would recommend the Acai Berry Superfood Breakfast – a delicious concoction of berries bursting with flavour. It's the perfect start to a sizzling day of exploring New South Wales. The cuisine reflects the state's multi-cultural personality with diverse offerings from across the globe. Fresh seafood, fruit, vegetables, beef, lamb, cheese, and olives are among the tasty staple ingredients.


If you're limited on time, my advice would be to embrace it. We managed to cram many unbelievable experiences into one six-night adventure, but this was only possible with plenty of preparation. Don't just book and go; organise excursions in advance or ask the Travelbag team for advice and recommendations for an action-packed schedule. Remember to spare some time for rest and relaxation, though.

Planning your trip is the only way to see and experience more during a short stay. I haven't seen all this incredible state has to offer, but I hope to visit more bucket-list attractions on my 50th birthday.


Looking for an epic holiday to Australia? Here’s my recommended New South Wales itinerary.  

1. Start your adventure with the Bondi to Bronte Walk – a stunning 2.3-kilometre walk between two of Sydney's legendary sites.

2. Then, visit the world-famous Taronga Zoo and see some of Australia's most iconic animals. Be sure to experience Taronga’s new immersive addition, Nura Diya Australia and nguwing nura – Nocturnal Country, which offers a 400-metre trail of up-close wildlife encounters.

3. Enjoy a gnarly surfing lesson on the world-famous Bondi Beach or swim in Bondi Icebergs – two bucket list-worthy experiences.

4. Then, delve into Sydney's intriguing culinary history on the memorable Rags to Riches tour.

5. Visit the exceptional Sydney Opera House and dine at the iconic Opera Bar.

6. After a good meal, you'll have enough energy to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

7. Feeling tired? Take some time to relax as you stargaze in the Blue Mountains – speak to our Travel Specialists for more information.

8. Stargazing is not the only activity here. Head out on the breathtaking Prince Henry bushwalk – a walking trail you'll never forget.

9. Two words sum up the sensational Southern Highlands - don't miss scenic views from Canoes and tucking into mouth-watering Canapés. 

10. If Taronga Zoo and the beautiful bushwalks aren't enough wildlife for you, don't worry; watch out for Australia's iconic species in Kangaroo Valley, then swim in Jervis Bay’s crystal, marine-life-filled waters and enjoy a stroll along the white sands.

11. End your adventure with the highlight of the whole trip. Enjoy kayaking with dolphins in Jervis Bay or spot these beautiful creatures from the comfort of a cruise.


You'll tickle your taste buds with delicious Australian food, sip world-class wine, climb the highest of highs, swim in crystal waters, and breathe in the freshest air, knowing you're on the other side of the world. If you're considering one of our Australia holidays, experience as much as possible.

My motto as a Travel Specialist is to 'experience, embrace, be inspired and enjoy'. And I pushed my limits on this trip, trying many new and exciting things.



Like the sound of Suzanne's adventure? Holidays to New South Wales, Australia, are a travel dream come true. Why wait? Plan your trip today - speak to our Travel Specialists or visit your nearest Travelbag Shop.



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