New South Wales (NSW) is home to one of the world’s most vibrant and famous cities, Sydney. There is no shortage of breath taking natural treasures and unspoilt beaches waiting to be explored in New South Wales. Whether it’s an awe inspiring day trip to the Blue Mountains, or a visit to the romantic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination. That being said; below are some of the must-visit places in NSW that will make for a memorable trip.
The Blue Mountains
Some of NSW’s most spectacular views can be experienced at the Blue Mountains. There are great bush walks, accommodation and restaurants in the area to suit any kind of budget. The Blue Mountains are only a two hour drive from Sydney, making this an ideal destination for the avid traveler.
Home to the Amazement Farm and Fun Park, Yarramalong is the perfect destination for families traveling with kids. This 16 acre property is a must-visit, filled with activities for both children and adults. There are 3 mazes to explore including the 5 finger fortune maze, the mini stone labyrinth maze and rope maze, which are all hedge mazes and are waiting to be explored.
There are also plenty of farm animals to see including emus, alpacas, turkeys, chickens and guinea fowls among others. There are also plenty of puzzles, sports and activities including pedal cars, four wheeler bike tracks, as well as bikes that can be used to explore the property.
The Hunter Valley
The Hunter is the oldest wine growing region in Australia with plenty to see and do. Apart from touring the romantic vineyards, there are also secluded bays, lakes and beaches to visit. This charming area of New South Wales is the perfect spot for couples looking for some time away from the big city. The secluded nature of the place and breath taking views is the perfect way for couples to bond over some of Australia’s best wines.
With a beautiful view of the Newcastle Harbour, and the city as your backdrop, it is hard not to be charmed by the city. There is plenty to do including a tour of the harbour complete with pictures of the sights and scenes. For those looking for a little adventure, Newcastle is famous for paddle boarding. It doesn’t matter if you have never tried it before; there are plenty of qualified SUP (Stand up Paddle Boarding) instructors willing to show you the ropes. You can also try your luck catching the waves on your paddle board if you are looking for something extra-adventurous. Whatever you choose to do in Newcastle, you can only be sure that it’s going to be a memorable trip.
Inverell has all the hallmarks of a rural town. You can explore the arts and crafts shops and collectible shops while taking in the town’s autumn colors, parks and stately heritage-listed buildings. This region of country New South Wales is home to the prolific sapphire region, so there are plenty of gems to ogle over. Be sure to visit the Australian Standing Stones, Gibraltar Range National Park and the Wellingrove Fossicking Reserve which are just some of the region’s most notable attractions.
Most people will agree that if you want round-the-clock fun, Sydney is the place to be. The activities here are virtually endless. From hiring a catamaran to explore Sydney’s famous harbour, to visiting the Opera House, there really is something for everyone in Sydney. There are over 70 sparkling beaches dotted all over the famous city, endless boutiques, markets, pubs and cafes to keep you occupied throughout your visit. You can swim in the calm waters of Coogee or learn to surf at the Bondi Beach. Whatever you choose to do, you can be confident that you are going to have a superb time.
Located on the South Coast of NSW, Jervis Bay features endless pearly white beaches sure to inspire. There is a rich Aboriginal history and culture in the south coast for you to explore, 30 national parks, marine reserves and parks and the gorgeous beaches making this region hands-down one of the most beautiful places to visit in NSW. You can also see the dolphins frolic in Jervis Bay’s sparkling water or visit the Clyde River in the Batemans Bay to see grey Kangaroos. There are plenty of activities on offer here, each being as great as the last.
Home to the oldest ceremonial burial site in the world, the Mungo National Park is a must-visit. Located in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, there are plenty of activities coupled with the most inspiring sunrise and sunset you could ever hope to see. The White Cliffs is a quirky opal mining ground where you can explore underground, meet eccentric locals or finally get to see where black opal is mined. Broken Hill features an oasis of lakes amidst desert landscapes. The New South Wales outback is steeped in history including the old Silver City mining town.
Coffs Harbour is conveniently located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and no trip to NSW is complete without a visit to Coffs Harbour. You can expect tranquil rainforests, subtropical climate and clean, uncrowded beaches. Coffs Harbour is especially popular as a family destination spotting NSW ecology at its best.
Lord Howe Island
With a diverse natural composition, Lord Howe Island is a dream vacation spot. Take the bushwalk through the native forests, or trek to the top of Mount Gower. Reward yourself with quiet time on the areas white sandy beaches and you will never want to leave NSW. The temperate waters of the World’s most southern coral reef are perfect for diving and snorkeling. With over 50 sites for colorful coral, different species of fish and green turtles, time at the Lord Howe Island is never wasted. There is no mobile reception here, and endless unspoilt wonders for you to explore on your hired bicycle; it’s hard to imagine what could be better.
Most people visit Sydney while ignoring other areas of New South Wales. There is plenty to see and do, with some of the most memorable sites and activities you could get anywhere in the world. Don’t miss out on a chance to see Australia with a different set of eyes as there is always something that will strike your fancy.