About NSW

New South Wales
Sydney Sydney Surrounds North Coast South Coast Snowy Mountains Heart of Country Outback Lord Howe Island

Beautiful scenics hiking in the Snowy Mountains. Snowy Mountains Mountain air doesn’t come any purer than this.

Views from Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island (photo: Ian Hutton / Tourism NSW). Lord Howe Island is the last island paradise, music for the soul.

Lunar landscape, Mungo National Park, Outback NSW. Outback Awe-inspiring landscapes and memorable characters under blue skies.

Hathead, North Coast NSW (Photo: Don Fuchs). North Coast Classic Aussie surf culture meets World Heritage-listed national parks.

White sands of Jervis Bay, South Coast NSW. South Coast The unspoilt beauty of the South Coast unfolds in a series of bays and coves.

Relax and unwind at Audrey Wilkison, Hunter (Photo: A. Smart) Sydney Surrounds A grand spectrum of delights, all within two and a half hours' drive of Sydney.

Quaint views of Hill End, near Bathurst, Central NSW.Country NSW - Classic Australian towns founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers.

City views from Lavender Bay, Sydney. Sydney The laid-back outdoor lifestyle and natural beauty make Sydney a great city to visit.

New South Wales lies on the east coast of Australia, between Queensland and Victoria. Sydney is Australia’s premier gateway, the State capital and Australia’s largest city, and is easily reached by frequent flights from Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. NSW is also well serviced by a network of regional airlines, trains, buses and coach services.




Sydney is the biggest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia - and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Its sparkling harbour, dazzling beaches and sunny, Mediterranean climate are matched by an array of splendid museums and galleries, spirited nightlife, relaxed lifestyle and rich architectural heritage.

Sydney is also one of the most culturally diverse cities on earth. With a population of 4.34 million (June 2007), the accents of Asia, Europe and the Middle East intermingle on its streets, restaurants and festival calendar. 


Must-do Sydney experiences


The regions of New South Wales


The surrounding regions within three hours’ drive from Sydney offer a world of astonishing natural attractions - wine regions, beaches, World Heritage national parks and spectacular coastal and country scenery. 

The Snowy Mountains is an inspiring destination for winter sports and summer hiking.

Lord Howe Island a World Heritage-listed island, is a timeless, natural paradise.

Quintessentially Australian settlements founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers and now attracting lovers of food and history anchor the Heart of Country, stretching across the sunny western plains from north to south.

Farthest west is the Outback, rich with Aboriginal heritage and the magic of the desert.

The North Coast provides a taste of classic Aussie surf culture, while the South Coast has more than 30 national parks, marine parks and reserves.

Must-do NSW experiences


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