Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are hubs of waterside life, with the towering, arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Gardens nearby.
Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley
Close to Sydney you'll find the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, a dramatic region of thick eucalypt forests, waterfalls and lookouts. Eat at local cafes and restaurants, visit the Three Sisters and discover hidden treasures while wandering the local shops in Leura and Katoomba.
The Hunter Valley is also the most popular and especially pretty during autumn and winter, when vines turn a warm, orange-red and grapes are ripe for harvest. This pretty valley is Australia's oldest and continuously-planted wine region. Less than two hours' drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy some of the best food and wine in Australia.
Regions of NSW
Off the North Coast, Lord Howe Island combines natural beauty with endless nature experiences. For classic Australian heartland experiences, explore the Outback and Country New South Wales.
The time to experience New South Wales is now - the only problem may just be what to see first!