If Australia is on your travel bucket-list, then New South Wales should definitely top that list. NSW is Australia’s most populated state and sits along the East Coast of Australia. It is home to Australia’s largest city – Sydney, the beautiful sandy Bondi beach and the famous Hunter Valley vineyards. Not to forget the beautifully scenic Grand Pacific Drive and the magnificent Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains Region.
Our trip to NSW brings to mind the most vivid memories we have of Australia. So if you want to plan an experience of a lifetime, do check out my list of things to do in New South Wales.
Australia’s largest and most headline-grabbing city. It’s likely to be your first stop if you’re just arriving in Australia. The most livable city on Earth, Sydney is blessed with remarkably golden sandy beaches and iconic world heritage sites. Add to that an energetic multicultural population.
No trip to Sydney would be complete without seeing the attractions like the Sydney Harbour and Opera House. The Pylon Outlook steals the show with breathtaking panoramic views of the Harbour and the city in general. An evening spent around this region should be a must in your to-do list.
Australia is known for its totally relaxing beaches and Sydney is not a new player to the game. The Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, and Manly beach definitely are a must-have experience. We learnt a few basic lessons on surfing during our stay here. And now, I at least know how to balance on a surfboard.
If you want to visit some undiscovered beaches, then please try the Milk beach in Vaucluse or Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park
One of Sydney’s World Heritage Sights and one of the top places to visit in NSW. Located within an hour’s drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is perfect for exploring the best that NSW has to offer and is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway.
The natural blue haze created by the vast eucalypt forests gave the name to this place.
The Blue Mountains stretches north almost to the Hunter Valley wine region and the Three Sisters rock formation, south to the Southern Highlands and west beyond the ancient formations of the Jenolan Caves.
We stayed for a night in this region and it was definitely a great addition to our Sydney itinerary.
To marvel at this wilderness of a place from the cliff top with awe-inspiring panoramic views was something we still cherish. We did a day’s hiking to reach the Jenolan caves to experience the underground rivers and incredibly beautiful limestone formations.
But it’s not only hiking that you’ll come up here for; the food scene is great too! Also, there are excellent public and private gardens that allow you to soak in the beauty of the place. This place totally offers visitors a chance to unplug from the city and indulge the senses.
3Lord Howe Island
If Paradise had a destination, then it surely pointed to Lord Howe Island. One of the many World Heritage sights, Lord Howe Island is a rich, natural isolated spot that forces you to leave the pace of modern life behind.
We took a two hours’ flight from Sydney to reach the Lord Howe Island Airport. The airport is merely a strip of landing road which is surrounded by water on all the other three sides.
You can immerse yourself in the spectacular surroundings for months. Indulge yourself by hiking the many natural jungles and snorkeling in the rich coral reef. The raw beauty of this place is unexplainable and, so, I recommend a visit-&-experience!
Being a coastal town in South East NSW, Byron Bay is commonly known for its beaches, surfing, scuba diving sites, world-class festivals, and vibrant community spirit.
Recently crowned as the most expensive city to live in Australia, Byron Bay’s spectacular views and calmness will compel you to stay here for longer than you anticipated.
We planned to stay in Byron Bay for just three days, but extended our stay because we couldn’t let go of the aura of this place. Away from the bustling city life, the locals bring such calmness to the atmosphere of this place.
The view from Cape Byron Lighthouse was breathtaking. If you have time, do visit the Arakwal National Park which is absolutely spectacular too.
After exploring New South Wales so much, I would suggest you living the local’s life to admire the beauty this place and experience everything it brings to the table.
Australia is a vast continent and if you think we missed some really interesting places in Sydney, please do let us know! Also, if you feel the world needs to know of some really undiscovered experiences in this region, please comment below; we’d would want to experience them ourselves when we visit Australia again.