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Top Attractions in New South Wales – Australia’s Oldest State

New South Wales is considered the oldest established state in Australia. It is home to one of the most beautiful harbour cities in the world; Sydney and has so much more on offer for a visitor to explore. In this article, we will find out some of the top attractions in New South Wales.



If you are hoping to centre yourself in Sydney for the course of your holiday in New South Wales, consider staying in one of the central coast resorts.
Sydney should be the first item on your agenda. The city is utterly alluring and is home to so much wonder including a spectacular harbour and the icon that is the Sydney Opera House. Visit the historic Rocks, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour attractions, Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stay in utter comfort at resorts the likes of Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites overlooking the beautiful blue waters.


Explore the Blue Mountains

Located 65 km away towards the west of the city, the Blue Mountains have long been a nature lover's every dream and once you arrive you will be able to see why. The mountains rise suddenly on the coastal plains and are bedecked in deep gorges, dazzling waterfalls and interesting rock formations. There are also some sacred aborigine sites that you can visit to get a better understanding of what this land means to its indigenous people. The region that is home to the Blue Mountains is considered a World Heritage Site, so keep that in mind while exploring. There are plenty of things you can do like abseiling, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking. You can also visit Wentworth Falls, Jenolan Caves, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Three Sisters rock formation.


Byron Bay

A hot spot for surfers from all over the world, Byron Bay is well known for its golden beaches and water sports. You can also go dolphin watching or whale watching depending on the season and head out to a hike in Wollumbin National Park which is a World Heritage Site. Make it a couple of days so you can immerse yourself in rainforests and waterfalls. If you are feeling a little adventurous you can also check out the tiny village of Nimbin that has become the epicentre of the hippie movement in New South Wales.


Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is also listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a well-loved destination for both nature lovers and seekers of peace. The island is surrounded by a coral reef and is located 660 km off the northern coast of New South Wales. Please keep in mind that the island only allows 400 visitors at a time, so be sure to do your research before you visit. There are mountains to climb and water sports to engage in.


South Coast Beaches

Head to the south coast and find yourself a beach of your choice to just sit down and soak up the sun. It'll be a perfect ending to your trip to NSW.