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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.

New South 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 foreigners.

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 finest wines.

Port Stephens

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.
Bustling 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 nearby.

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 safe city.

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 acceptable 4-stars.

Daytime: 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).

Endless 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.

Various 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 restaurants.

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 musical entertainment.

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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