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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.

Map of New South Wales

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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.

    • Lidgbird suite deck, Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island

      Capella Lodge


      Perched above the spectacular Lover's Bay, Capella Lodge commands stunning ocean and mountain views, and offers a stylish and sophisticated escape.

    • Spicers Guesthouse, The Hunter Valley

      Spicers Guesthouse

      First Class

      Spicers Guesthouse has a great location in the heart of the Hunter Valley, close to many established wineries. It has good facilities, including an infinity pool and electric bikes, and exudes a restful and refined air.

    • Deluxe Safari Tent, Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

      Paperbark Camp

      First Class

      Just two hours south of Sydney, Paperback Camp preserves the essential elements of the bush whilst illustrating that style and sophistication can also be part of the equation.

    • The Anchorage, Port Stephens

      The Anchorage

      First Class

      Perched on the edge of the quaint marina, the Anchorage occupies a superb position offering lovely views across the brightly colored fishing boats that dot the Port Stephens bay.

    • Spicers Vineyards Estate, The Hunter Valley

      Spicers Vineyards Estate

      First Class

      Located on a private vineyard in Pokolbin, with views rolling out to the stunning Brokenback Mountains, the Estate is the ideal base from which to explore the Hunter Valley.

    • The Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains

      The Old Leura Dairy

      First Class

      The Old Leura Dairy offers a unique boutique experience in the heart of the stunning Blue Mountain landscape.

    • Bondi Beach Penthouse, Sydney

      Bondi Beach Penthouse


      For proximity to Bondi Beach and for unbroken ocean views from your balcony, this self-catering apartment is matchless. Decorated in a tasteful, minimalist contemporary style with some fun, shouty artwork, it’s ideal for a beachside stay away from central Sydney.

    • Studio suite, Harbour Rocks Hotel, Sydney

      Harbour Rocks Hotel


      Located in Sydney’s iconic Rocks district, this hotel offers a comfortable and characterful place to base yourself while you explore this world-famous city.

    • Little Albion, Sydney

      Little Albion

      First Class

      Boutique in size and feel, Little Albion hides from the busyness of the CBD (central business district) in Sydney’s residential suburb of Surry Hills. A youthful-feeling hotel, it can make for a refreshing change from the big-name hotels of the CBD.

    • Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney

      Ovolo Woolloomooloo

      First Class

      Located on the waterfront in Sydney, the Ovolo Woolloomooloo is a quirky yet sophisticated hotel offering a unique, first class experience. 

    • Spicers Potts Point, Sydney

      Spicers Potts Point

      First Class

      Combining a prime location in Sydney, Spicers Potts Point combines Victorian heritage features and slick, modern interiors.

    • The Langham Sydney

      The Langham


      One of Sydney's finest hotels, The Langham is perfectly positioned near the historic Rocks district, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and all of the city's main highlights whilst being tucked away on a quiet street, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle.

    • Lobby at Amora Jamison Hotel, Sydney

      Amora Jamison Hotel

      First Class

      A high-rise hotel with slick contemporary design, spacious rooms and a wide range of facilities, the Amora Hotel Jamison offers good value for money and a convenient central location.

    • Opera Room, Park Hyatt Hotel

      Park Hyatt Hotel


      With a fantastic location on the harbour front, the Park Hyatt Hotel has superb views of the Sydney Opera House and is close to the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.