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The Blue Mountains, New South Wales

New South Wales vacations

The Blue Mountains, New South Wales

New South Wales cradles some of the brightest stars in Australia’s firmament — Sydney, and the vineyards of the Hunter Valley — but there are many other sides to this state’s personality. North of the ‘Harbour City’ lie the bronzed beaches and Pacific rollers of Coffs Coast, to the south the bucolic dairy farms, lagoons and white sands of the Sapphire Coast. Our specialists know Sydney extremely well, and are brimming with ideas for how to maximize your time there. But, they’ve also explored widely within the state, and can suggest quieter experiences and ways to stray from the usual routes.

You could hike the Blue Mountains, just an hour’s drive from Sydney, with their placid eucalypt forests and waterfalls. Coastal life is a huge part of the state’s culture. As part of your vacation to New South Wales, our specialists can point you toward their go-to beaches and local Surf Life Saving clubs (where you’ll be warmly welcomed). They can also recommend specific destinations, such as Port Stephens, with its volcanic peaks and dolphin residents, or UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, the world’s most southern coral reef. This state also encompasses Byron Bay, whose food scene and local artisan ‘providores’ attract gastronomists from all over the globe.

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Places to visit in New South Wales

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting New South Wales, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring New South Wales

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in New South Wales, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around New South Wales

    Accommodation choices for New South Wales

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit New South Wales. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.