New South Wales and Sydney Travel Information
New South Wales is much more than just Sydney and within a few hours you
will find fabulous vineyards, coastal towns and mountain resorts just
waiting to be explored.
New South Wales offers some amazing scenery and countryside from the
dramatic rock formations in the Blue Mountains to the vineyards of the
Hunter Valley region.
Sydney Opera House
New South Wales
Sydney is probably the most visited city in Australia - With its unique
experiences and vibrant lifestyle.
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New South Wales
New South Wales
often referred to as “NSW” is the most heavily populated state in
Australia located in the south-east of the continent. Bordered to the
north by Queensland, the west by South Australia and the south by
Victoria the eastern seaboard borders the Tasman Sea.
Wales is also home to 2 Federal enclaves, Australian Capital Territory
and Jervis bay Territory. The state covers an area of 309,130 sq mls
(800,642 sq km). Most of New South Wales has a dry or semi-dry climate,
cooler and wetter on the coasts to a more tropical-like climate further
north towards Queensland.
The population is around 7,099,700 and the
state capital is Sydney where more than 61% of the populace live. Sydney
is often incorrectly thought of as the capital of Australia by
New South Wales attracts a huge number of visitors
every year, many of them arriving in the state as a starting point for
backpacking and travelling throughout Australia. Known predominantly for
tourism, New South Wales is also known for wool production, its famous
wines, and agriculture.
The Blue Mountains
A spectacular and captivating National Park, lies just 90 minutes drive
west of Sydney. Here you can visit the famous 'Three Sisters' rock
formation and take a trip on the scenic railway 300 metres above the
serene Jamison Valley.
The Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine growing districts
boasting over 70 wineries. The outstanding scenery makes this the ideal
place to unwind, relax and to enjoy a superb selection of Australia's
Port Stephens is known as the 'Blue Water Wonderland'. Here you can take
a cruise to see the dolphins, relax on the sheltered white sand beaches
or wander round the small fishing villages.
Sydney - New South Wales
City centre covers around 6.5 sq km and is
divided into districts. The northern tip of the promontory known as The
Rocks is the main tourist area. From here visitors can enjoy the
restaurants or boutiques and visit landmarks such as the Opera House
across Circular Quay and Harbour Bridge.
South of Circular Quay,
the CBD (Central business district) runs for about 1.6km with its huge
office blocks and grand Victorian sandstone buildings. East of the CBD,
the Royal Botanic Gardens, Domain and Hyde Park provide some green, open
spaces. Hyde Park is probably best avoided after dark.
Darling Harbour, just southwest of the CBD, packed full of shops,
restaurants and bars, is a picturesque must-see area near Sydney's
theatreland and Chinatown with entertainment and exhibition centres
Greater Sydney has a population of 4 million and is
really a collection of villages with separate identities. It
incorporates the southeastern city suburbs of Surry Hills, which is
hilly but more Greek than English in character, and Elizabeth Bay, an
old, leafy residential suburban area.
Between these two is the
infamous Kings Cross – known locally as "the Cross". Not unlike its
London namesake, it is sleazy, but lively, full of small restaurants and
alternative entertainments. Known as a gay-friendly area, transvestites
and prostitutes cruise the streets openly in the Darlinghurst area of
Oxford Street. At night, visitors should keep their wits about them.
Elsewhere, especially in the main central areas, Sydney is considered a
On the southeast coast of
Australia. 750km south of Brisbane. 700km northeast of Melbourne. 15km
north of Kingsford Smith International Airport. Position: At the mouth
of the Parramatta River, Greater Sydney and its extensive suburbs
surround one of the world's greatest natural harbours with dozens of
bays and inlets. The city centre lies on a promontory on the southern
bank of the harbour, between the smaller inlets of Darling Harbour to
the west and Elizabeth Bay and Rushcutters Bay to the east.
At the mouth of the Parramatta River,
Greater Sydney and its extensive suburbs surround one of the world's
greatest natural harbours with dozens of bays and inlets. The city
centre lies on a promontory on the southern bank of the harbour, between
the smaller inlets of Darling Harbour to the west and Elizabeth Bay and
Rushcutters Bay to the east.
Mainly large, international-style hotels of high category in the city
centre, aimed largely at business people. But accommodation of all types
is to be found nearby, from backpacker hostels and simple motels to very
Sydney Tower Eye has impressive views of the city and beyond. Notable
attractions includes the Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour, Opera
House and Harbour Bridge. Other activities include visiting the
aquarium, galleries and museums, scenic clifftop hiking and sailing.
Nightlife: Plentiful bars and restaurants, with concerts, ballet and the
Opera House or theatres. Jazz and comedy venues are available. The are
regular fireworks in Darling Harbour and outdoor film and theatre events
during the summer.
Wealth of choice,
with many rooftop restaurants where you can admire the sweeping city
views. Many harbour- and beachside eateries area available. Cuisine
ranges from seafood and Mediterranean to Chinese, Thai and Japanese.
Sandwich bars and pavement cafes are plentiful. Many smaller restaurants
allow you to “BYO” (bring your own” wine and enjoy with your meal for a
small corkage fee).
opportunities to spend in Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Centrepoint and
others near the centre. Many tax-free shops offer worthwhile savings for
visiting tourists. For an uplifting historical experience, try the Queen
Victoria Building in George Street – a beautifully restored Victorian
edifice converted to several storeys of boutiques. Several department
stores are in the centre.
day and night cruises around the harbour and along the river. There are
seaplane trips to Palm Beach, "historic homestead" visits, wine-tasting
tours of the Hunter Valley, trips to the Blue Mountains, Illawarra and
the south coast. Many public areas have free barbecues. For the ultimate
Australian day out, grab some food and grill it near the beach.
Bondi is the name that everyone knows: closest
to the city (about 6.5km to the east), it comprises about 1km of fine
golden sand in a pleasing crescent with reasonable waves for surfing,
but gentle enough for swimming. As with many Australian beaches, a
seawater pool has been created at one end. No motorised water sports or
bars are available but the resort has plenty of shops, bars and eateries
fronting the beach.
There are plenty of other
beaches along the coast: Manly, on the north side of the harbour, the
easiest to access from the city by the frequent ferry service, is a 3km
long arc of sand and good surf, with calmer waters in the harbour beach
at Manly Cove. Harbour beaches, often easily accessible by ferry, are
worth exploring particularly when surf is too big for swimming. Worth
mentioning are Watson’s Bay, Blackburn Cove, Camp Cove and the oddly
named Shark Bay
Sydney is Australia's largest, liveliest and oldest city and enjoys a unique harbourside setting.
The Opera House and Harbour Bridge combine with miles of sandy beaches, a wealth of entertainment and restaurants, and a marvellous year-round climate to make Sydney one of the world's greatest cities.
Sydney, a city with a stunning Opera House, overlooking a vibrant
beautiful harbour. A city that has more than 30 golden beaches
stretching north and south, all within 20 minutes of the city centre.
With a climate that never really gets cold, life in Sydney is spent
outdoors walking, sightseeing and relaxing in beautiful cafes and
Sydney offers an endless array of sightseeing opportunities and
experiences; take a cruise on one of the world's most beautiful harbours;
a stroll around the many galleries, boutiques and antique shops or an
exhilarating climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for a spectacular
360 degree view of this stunning city. Alternatively, visit "The
Rocks" - Sydney's oldest settlement where history comes alive in
galleries, shops and outdoor cafes. Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay
Wharf, offer a colourful combination of al fresco dining, art and
Make sure you have a few days spare to discover the surrounding regions
of New South Wales. Hire a car or take a tour to the fine wine
producing area of the Hunter Valley, or to one of the most spectacular
and captivating wilderness parks - the Blue Mountains.
History, shopping, sightseeing and nightlife in abundance. Sydney is bustling, fascinating and great fun.
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