NSW Holiday Ideas
The state of New South Wales (NSW) occupies almost a million square kilometres in the south of Australia. Due to its natural attractions, NSW has positioned itself as one of the foremost destinations in the southern hemisphere. Read on to know why.
The climate in New South Wales can be extreme. During the summer, temperatures reach 40ºC, while in the winter they plummet well below 10ºC, with frequent snowfall in the mountain areas. Visitors to NSW need to remember that Australia lies in the southern hemisphere, so the best months for a beach holiday are between December and February, while August and September are ideal for a snow vacation.
The state's cosmopolitan capital is also Australia's oldest city: Sydney, a metropolis where 63% of the state's population lives.
Sydney's Harbour is the city's main landmark. Visitors can hop on a ferry boat at Circular Quay and sail past the iconic Sydney's Opera House and Sydney's Harbour Bridge, two of the most photographed constructions in the world. Ferries run to Manly Beach, a surfers' paradise, making for an interesting day trip out of central Sydney.
Australia's famous outdoors lifestyle is evident in Sydney's every corner. Despite it being a busy metropolis, the capital city offers numerous opportunities to practise sports like cycling, swimming, canoeing and surfing. The visitor walking through Sydney's parks will rejoice at the possibility of spotting kangaroos, possums, and exotic bird species.
Thanks to Sydney's multicultural flair, the visitor will be spoilt for choices when it comes to eating out. Italian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Lebanese ... whatever food tickles your fancy, you will find plenty of options in Sydney's restaurants and street markets. And if you are feeling homesick, there are dozens of welcoming tea rooms where you can spend the afternoon enjoying some of the world's finest infusions.
Just a train ride away from Sydney lies one of New South Wales' top destinations: the magnificent Blue Mountains National Park. Local and tourist buses service the main tourist routes, so that you can make the most of your time in this vast natural park.
Apart from the many lookout points, one of the park's principal attractions is the Giant Stairway, where you can descend to the bottom of an impressive gorge, and make your way back on a scenic railway.
Accommodation of all types is available at the park, although day trips from Sydney are also possible.
Not far from the Blue Mountains, the visitor will find the quiet town of Mudgee, gateway to some of the best wineries in NSW. Over 20 wine estates await the visitor, offering top-quality wine and cheese tastings. Mudgee is also home to the Honey Haven, which produces honey mead, thought to be the earliest fermented alcoholic drink in the continent.
Going north of Sydney will take the visitor to the dramatic Mid-North Coast. Here, 250 miles of coastline rest against the backdrop of forested areas and lush mountains. Typical destinations include Port Stevens, (where you can swim with the dolphins), Port Macquarie (famous among whale watchers), and the Coff's Coast, where some of the best seaside resorts are located.
Alternatively, the tourist could choose to go south and explore the stunning beaches and bays that pepper the South Coast. Here, your biggest problem will be deciding among the dozens of postcard-like, unspoilt beaches.
Those looking to get away from it all can head to the fishing town of Ulladulla. Although only three hours away from Sydney, Ulladulla is a haven of peace and quietness, where the visitor can enjoy spectacular sunsets over the harbour, and the best of local cuisine and wines.
If you want to have a white-sand beach all to yourself, head to Treachery Beach, where you can enjoy uninterrupted miles of white powdered sand and turquoise waters.
There is no reason to delay your next New South Wales holiday. Paradise awaits you in this corner of Australia!
Sitting on the coast halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, South West Rocks is a great stopover along the Pacific Highway.
Coolendel on the Shoalhaven River is a natural refuge from the demands of ordinary life. Once you're there, you won't want to leave.
Apart from being an oasis in the outback, Mutawintji is noted for one of the best collections of Aboriginal rock art in the state.
Seal whiskers taste like fish. It seems obvious, but it's not something you realise until some have been in your mouth.
Change is supposed to be as good as a holiday, but what if it's your fondly remembered childhood holiday spot that's changed?
Officially, the Central Coast Highway is one of Australia's newest tourist routes. A great Sunday cruise on a lot of tourists' schedules.
Walking to the summit of Mt Gower is not to be taken lightly. At grade 10, it may well be rated one of the world's best day walks.
When you stay with people who make their living from the land, you understand the true nature of the NSW outback.
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