What to do in NSW (New South Wales), Australia
"New South Wales" was actually the original name given to an area that nearly covered the entire Australian continent several hundred years ago, but was later reduced to the state in its current form that exists today. Home to Australia's biggest and perhaps most iconic city, Sydney, New South Wales has long been at the forefront of business and economic development throughout the country. Sydney's Harbour in particular is a picturesque drawcard due to its waterway and unique surrounding architecture including the Harbour Bridge and the famed Sydney Opera House.
A large state with atmospheres that differ from area to area and city to town, New South Wales combines coastal and urban development with a large amount of fertile farmland in its rural areas, and the weather and climate varies accordingly with a state of its size, from temperate in the East to arid in the West, and even alpine conditions around the Snowy Mountains areas, which are home to several popular ski fields. The ocean bordering the coastline is dotted with various beautiful bays, inlets and harbours that offer numerous opportunities for marine tours, whale watching and more. Some of the location-based highlights include:
- Sydney Harbour (and its CBD and shopping district)
- Byron Bay
- The Blue Mountains
- Jenolan Caves
- The Hunter Valley
- Jervis Bay
Bear in mind that these areas span the state from the North to the South and transport by plane may be required if you are operating on a limited time frame.
What is New South Wales Famous for?
As Australia's "First State", New South Wales has a lot of history behind it and has also had a lot of time to develop its infrastructure and establish sightseeing destinations that other states can not quite match, contributing to perhaps the widest range of things to do in any state of Australia.
The areas in and around Sydney Harbour are a good starting hub as they provide a central location to branch out from. Sydney also has a vibrant and varied nightlife, and its harbour cruises (especially at night!) are a famous way to enjoy yourself - the harbour is packed with boats of all sizes every New Year's Eve for the country's largest fireworks display.
Sydney is also Australia's technological and commercial hub where most head offices of major national and international businesses are based. The Northern part of the state is home to the town of Byron Bay, which can stake its claim to fame on being the most Easterly point of the entire Australian mainland continent, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. Head out to the greener pastures the state's countryside has to offer and you will have the chance to visit the famous Hunter Valley, which produces some of Australia's most famous wines that have become big international hits, or venture to unique geographic formations such as the Blue Mountains or Jenolan Caves. Lastly, its variety of zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks is also as wide as one would expect from a nation's most populous state. While there are far too many activities in New South Wales to list here, the "top famous features" are:
- The Sydney Opera House
- Centrepoint (Sydney) Tower
- Mountain and Cave Formations
- Winery Tours
- National Parks
- The Easter Show
- Sydney New Year's Eve
When is the best time to visit New South Wales?
The climate and weather on offer in New South Wales can differ greatly depending on whether you travel to the North (temperate) or South (slightly chilly); Sydney is fine to visit all year round, however beachside conditions can become chilly during Winter. For snow sports, the season from June to July generally offers the best ski conditions.
Who should visit New South Wales?
Anyone who wants to see a comprehensive summary of most things Australia has to offer while only touring around a single state and obtain as many postcard-worthy photos as possible!
New South Wales Accommodation
Some of the most popular places to stay in New South Wales include: