Australia & South Pacific

New South Wales Holidays & Experiences


  • Sydney's most famous icon
  • Byron Bay lighthouse at sunrise
  • Wentworth Falls - Blue Mountains National Park
  • Lake Pinaroo in Sturt National Park - Outback NSW
  • An abandoned car in outback New South Wales near Silverton
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Bondi Beach in Sydney
  • Paraglider at the Grand Pacific Drive
  • Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
  • Waratah flowers. N.S.W.'s Floral emblem

New South Wales contains approximately 35% of the population of Australia. Its terrain is varied and includes the red outback, rainforests, unspoilt beaches, snow covered mountains, vineyards and of course cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities such as Sydney and Canberra.

Sydney is Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse city located in a fantastic harbour setting. A ferry ride from here can take you to small coves, beaches and interesting suburbs and provide you with amazing views of places like the legendary Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

A well worth out of town visit is to the wilderness, waterfalls and canyons of the Blue Mountains. Also worthwhile is the acclaimed wine country of Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine producing area with 140 wineries to choose from.

Broken Hill is known as Silver City due to the silver which is mined here. It is a town which still retains the traditional Australian culture which is fast disappearing elsewhere. 

The Snowy Mountains in the winter are an ideal winter sports centre and in the summer, offer nature lovers bushwalks and a chance to see Alpine wild flowers.

Along the coastline are numerous excellent white sand beaches, most not very far from Sydney.

It's almost impossible to not include at least one of our New South Wales holidays as most of our "Globetrotters" include a stop in Sydney when visiting Australia. You won't be disappointed!!

 

State of New South Wales Quickfacts

Origin of Name: Chosen by James Cook in August 1770. See "Mystery" below.
Capital: Sydney
Floral Emblem: Waratah
Faunal Emblem: Platypus and Kookaburra.
State Flag: The badge of a golden lion on a red St. George's cross within a white circle and a star at each extremity of the cross.
State Motto: "Newly risen, how bright thou shinst".
Location: New South Wales lies in the south-east of the continent on the Pacific Ocean, with Queensland to the North and Victoria to the South.
Area: It is the Fourth Largest State in Australia and is 801,600 km2 (Seven times larger than England).
Landform: Coastal Slopes, Plateaus and River Flats are bounded by the Great Dividing Range which runs North & South. West of the Dividing Range are rolling plains which deteriorate into semi-arid desert.
Population: 5,474,300 - The majority of people live in the three main cities - Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. More than half the people of the state live in Sydney.

Approximately:
  • Sydney - 3,358,550
  • Newcastle - 419,000
  • Wollongong - 235,900
  • Wagga Wagga - 49,650
  • Albury - 44,450
Climate: Temperate and slightly humid in coastal areas with the deserts of the interior experiencing cold nights and hot days. Irregular floods and droughts occur.
Mystery: Why was New South Wales named New South Wales? Captain Cook didn't use the name until he was writing his diaries on the voyage home from Australia. Unfortunately he didn't go into any details about his reasons and we can only assume he thought it looked like South Wales.
Sydney: The first visitors didn't have much choice. They travelled by steerage and on arrival in Sydney Harbor in 1788, they had to build the place. You can still see where the convicts carved the first town in Australia in the restored Rocks district, right under Sydney Harbour Bridge. The early colonial architecture now sits in the heart of one of Australia's largest cities.

The harbor is breathtaking, whether you're on it, in it or over it. Just hop on a ferry – any ferry – and go where it takes you. See some of the Pacific's most spectacular panorama for pennies, the harbour dominated by the 'coathanger' which is what the locals call the Harbour Bridge. The wonderful billowing sails of the Sydney Opera House, or go up Sydney Tower with its revolving restaurant and watch the scenery unfold on the horizon.
Food and Drink: Sydney boasts an astonishing variety of eating places. The small succulent Sydney rock oyster is prized as are John Dory and Snapper, both white-fleshed fish. Beef and lamb are high quality. The popular snack is the humble meat pie. Excellent wines are from the Hunter Valley and other regions.
Shopping: Sydney is a shoppers mecca with variety galore. Huge department stores, specialty boutiques and craft shops cater to Sydney's large cosmopolitan population. The main downtown shopping areas are the American Express Tower, Australia Square, Centrepoint, David Jones, Queen Victoria Building, Grace Bros, Mid-City Centre, Imperial Arcade, MLC Centre, Royal and Strand Arcades.

Normal shopping hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon-Fri, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday. Late night shopping is available on one or two evenings.

 


 

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