Bound by the ocean and the outback
It might be home to Australia’s most famous city, but Sydney, is just the start when it comes to a holiday in New South Wales. Sydney is the gateway to a diverse array of natural attractions, from the gourmet food and wine getaway of the Hunter Valley (Australia’s oldest wine region) to the vast World Heritage-listed landscape of the Blue Mountains. Head north of Sydney and you’ll experience beautiful beach towns, including the golden sands of Port Stephens and Port Macquarie, the rainforest of Coffs Harbour and the laid-back vibes of Byron Bay. Drive south of the city and explore the unspoilt South Coast region or head inland to the lush landscapes of the Southern Highlands. With five World Heritage Areas, 14 official wine regions, 850 national parks and reserves, and with everything from reef to outback, there is no shortage of possibilities for your Australian adventure in New South Wales.
Just a two hour drive from Sydney brings you to the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. With more than 120 wineries welcoming visitors for wine tastings and top restaurants offering up fine local cuisine, it really is a food and wine-lover’s paradise! Plus, experience breath-taking countryside views, spot native Australian wildlife, take a hot air balloon flight, or go horse-riding or cycling through the region.
Lord Howe Island
World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a unique, natural paradise. In less than two hours’ flight time from Sydney, you could be one of just 400 people that are allowed on the island at any one time. Being only 11km long, Lord Howe is easy to explore, whether by hiking, cycling or kayaking. Plus, with completely unique plant, animal and marine species calling the island home, it’s a must for wildlife fans.
The jewel of Sydney is its sparkling harbour, which is overlooked by the city’s architectural icons and surrounded by beautiful beaches. The city’s climate is ever-temperate, making it a brilliant place to visit all-year-round. Visit it on your next Australian adventure, and experience one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world.