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Holidays to New South Wales

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Bordering Queensland to the north and Victoria to the south, New South Wales is an eclectic state on Australia’s east coast. As well as being Australia’s most populous state, it’s also the country’s most visited – and for good reason. A place of wonderful contrasts, New South Wales is home to pristine beaches, snowy mountains and one of the world’s most exciting cities

The beauty of New South Wales is that it’s vast enough to keep you busy for days or weeks, and it’s no exaggeration to say every type of traveller will find something to excite them. Culture vultures can’t help but be seduced by the dynamic capital, Sydney. The city is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and host to world class events including Vivid Sydney, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Mardi Gras and of course its New Years Eve celebrations. With botanical gardens and over 100 beaches, varied Sydney provides the perfect base for exploring the state.

Beach bums will be spoilt for choice in New South Wales, thanks to the sandy stretches that line the coast for hundreds of miles. Wine-buffs can set off on a road trip to Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, taking in wild and scenic views on the way. For nature lovers, meanwhile, bushwalks through the rugged Blue  Mountains offer some of the best wildlife spotting experiences in Australia, along with stunning viewpoints over the blue-hued valleys. 

On holiday in New South Wales, you can do as much – or as little – as you choose. Whether you long for lazy beach days, cultural sites or impressive natural spectacles, you’ll find it all in this diverse state.  

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Things to do in New South Wales

Sydney’s Bondi Beach is one the world’s most famous beaches and a must-visit, whether you want to swim, surf or take a dip in the Bondi Icebergs ocean pool. You can also stroll along the coastal path to Coogee. Meanwhile, Hyams Beach is an idyllic corner of New South Wales, fabled for having the whitest sands on earth.

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No trip to New South Wales would be complete with climbing to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The panoramic views from the peak of the arch will blow you away.

Elsewhere, get your snow fix in the Snowy Mountains or go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, home to world-famous Semillon grapes. Hikers should also head to the Blue Mountains, for some of the best bushwalks in Australia.

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Wildlife in New South Wales

Australia is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wildlife and New South Wales is the perfect place to experience Australia’s animals in their natural habitats. Every winter, tens of thousands of whales migrate along the east coast and New South Wales offers incredible spots to watch them frolic in the ‘Humpback Highway’.

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You can spot humpback and southern right whales in Jervis Bay between May and November, while Port Stephens has dolphins all year round. You can also see wild sea turtles in Byron Bay any time of year. Back on dry land, you have a good chance of spotting wombats, koalas, kangaroos and platypus. At Montague Island Nature Reserve in Narooma, you’ll also find big-eyed Australian fur seals and little penguins. 

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Beaches in New South Wales

The most famous beach in New South Wales, and possibly the whole of Australia, is undoubtedly Bondi Beach. Close to Sydney, it boasts soft white sand and irresistible blue-green waters. Bronte beach, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, is equally popular with tourists.

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But New South Wales’ spectacular beaches are not limited to the Sydney area. Head to Jervis Bay – on New South Wales’ placid south coast – to discover paper-white, crowd-free sands. Another blissfully unspoiled beach, Seven Mile Beach is situated in Gerroa, on the state’s south coast. The beach is untouched and protected from northern winds, creating a perfectly secluded spot. 

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Best time to visit New South Wales

New South Wales has a subtropical climate, with cool winters and hot summers. The state enjoys plenty of year-round sunshine and enough rain to keep the land green and fertile. You’ll find the coast is generally the warmest spot, while inland it’s not uncommon for the mountains to be coated in snow and frost in the winter. There isn’t a bad time of year to visit New South Wales, as the state doesn’t experience dramatic weather swings, but Sydney can get seriously hot during the summer – December to February – and surprisingly cool in winter, so spring and autumn are a good bet.

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Running from September to November, spring is the best time for whale-watching in Port Stephens and Byron Bay. Or, if you want to experience Mardi Gras – Sydney’s annual LGBT Pride parade – head to New South Wales in autumn. Keen skiers will want to visit in winter, between June and August. You’ll also be able to catch Yulefest – a sunny Christmas celebration in the Blue Mountains. 

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Things to do

Things to do in New South Wales

Sydney’s Bondi Beach is one the world’s most famous beaches and a must-visit, whether you want to swim, surf or take a dip in the Bondi Icebergs ocean pool. You can also stroll along the coastal path to Coogee. Meanwhile, Hyams Beach is an idyllic corner of New South Wales, fabled for having the whitest sands on earth.

Show More
Show Less

No trip to New South Wales would be complete with climbing to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The panoramic views from the peak of the arch will blow you away.

Elsewhere, get your snow fix in the Snowy Mountains or go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, home to world-famous Semillon grapes. Hikers should also head to the Blue Mountains, for some of the best bushwalks in Australia.

Show More
Show Less

Wildlife

Wildlife in New South Wales

Australia is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wildlife and New South Wales is the perfect place to experience Australia’s animals in their natural habitats. Every winter, tens of thousands of whales migrate along the east coast and New South Wales offers incredible spots to watch them frolic in the ‘Humpback Highway’.

Show More
Show Less

You can spot humpback and southern right whales in Jervis Bay between May and November, while Port Stephens has dolphins all year round. You can also see wild sea turtles in Byron Bay any time of year. Back on dry land, you have a good chance of spotting wombats, koalas, kangaroos and platypus. At Montague Island Nature Reserve in Narooma, you’ll also find big-eyed Australian fur seals and little penguins. 

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in New South Wales

The most famous beach in New South Wales, and possibly the whole of Australia, is undoubtedly Bondi Beach. Close to Sydney, it boasts soft white sand and irresistible blue-green waters. Bronte beach, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, is equally popular with tourists.

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Show Less

But New South Wales’ spectacular beaches are not limited to the Sydney area. Head to Jervis Bay – on New South Wales’ placid south coast – to discover paper-white, crowd-free sands. Another blissfully unspoiled beach, Seven Mile Beach is situated in Gerroa, on the state’s south coast. The beach is untouched and protected from northern winds, creating a perfectly secluded spot. 

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit New South Wales

New South Wales has a subtropical climate, with cool winters and hot summers. The state enjoys plenty of year-round sunshine and enough rain to keep the land green and fertile. You’ll find the coast is generally the warmest spot, while inland it’s not uncommon for the mountains to be coated in snow and frost in the winter. There isn’t a bad time of year to visit New South Wales, as the state doesn’t experience dramatic weather swings, but Sydney can get seriously hot during the summer – December to February – and surprisingly cool in winter, so spring and autumn are a good bet.

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Show Less

Running from September to November, spring is the best time for whale-watching in Port Stephens and Byron Bay. Or, if you want to experience Mardi Gras – Sydney’s annual LGBT Pride parade – head to New South Wales in autumn. Keen skiers will want to visit in winter, between June and August. You’ll also be able to catch Yulefest – a sunny Christmas celebration in the Blue Mountains. 

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Sydney’s coastal walk

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