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Things to do in New South Wales, Australia

Like the first European immigrants to Australia, New South Wales is the first port of call for many travellers to Australia and the attractions of this state are legion.

While living in the magnificent continent of Australia I managed to have quite a few adventures. I was based in the city of Melbourne and explored the state of Victoria extensively.


I’ve also experienced the Red Centre in ‘The Territory’; I’ve swum in warm blue water and walked on white quartzite sand; I’ve got up close and personal with the wildlife; I’ve toured the wineries and been to Outback pubs.

Uluru, Australia
Sunset at Uluru, in Australia’s Northern Territory

The next state on my hit list was New South Wales. So I looked at the map and found the best things to do in New South Wales.

Spectacular Sydney

Sydney is one of the world’s most iconic cities and a symbol of Australia for many. Of course there is the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay but don’t miss the Taronga Zoo and walking through the Botanic Gardens. Perhaps the biggest appeal is in the small city neighbourhoods like Surry Hills and Newtown, where you can find great cafes, funky shops and loads of character.

Beautiful Blue Mountains

Only a few hours’ drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains make a wonderful weekend trip and reward further exploration. The views of the Three Sisters and beyond will not disappoint and the quaint town of Katoomba is a perfect base. I’d love to go back to the Blue Mountains for some hiking and rock climbing adventures.

Blue Mountains, Australia
The iconic Three Sisters in Australia’s Blue Mountains

Basking in Byron Bay

One of the best places to enjoy Australia’s vibrant alternative holiday scene is around the sheltered beaches of Byron Bay. There are a number of simply ‘perfect’ beaches and a hinterland that’s ripe for relaxation.

Heritage and beaches in Kiama

South of Sydney (and Wollongong), there is a lot to do around the area of Kiama. From the famous blowhole to a colonial history and relaxed family beaches, this is an unheralded gem in New South Wales.

Australia’s Alpine Country

Then there’s the mountains, and you know I love mountains. New South Wales has Australia’s best alpine country, including the skifields of Thredbo and Jindabyne in the Snowy River area. Apart from the skiing in winter there is fabulous hiking all year around.

The Great Alpine Road, Australia

So there are my favourite things to do in New South Wales, useful for when you are planning your Australia travel itinerary!

By Natasha von Geldern

What can you recommend to see and do in New South Wales?

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  1. Hi Natasha,
    If you are really in search of such a place in Australia, i would like to suggest Tasmanian Bay of fires. Its amazing island to travel and completing the distance by walk is very famous and adventurous.
    Thanks for the post.

  2. You already used up my two New South Wales suggestions, so I’m sunk. Lisa and I spent her birthday in Katoomba and visited the Three Sisters and some limestone caverns that day. If you are pass through Sydney, have you done the Bridge Climb? It is a serious way to get a view of the harbour, the city and the Opera House like no other. As for other suggestions, I think you’ll need a local — coz I just sound like a tourist!

    • Natasha von Geldern

      Done the limestone caverns in the Blue Mountains already. Need something out of the ordinary. Mind you I’ve not done the Hunter Valley…

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