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  • 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 Sydneyand 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. C’mon say G’day Downunder. Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

 

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: 7,500,600 - 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 - 4,667,283
  • Newcastle - 523,662
  • Wollongong - 280,159
  • Wagga Wagga - 56,147
  • Albury - 44,787
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.

 

 


 

Australia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Australia. 

Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia vacations today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Australia vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Australia.

 

  • Classic Australia 12 Day

    Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,016
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Classic Australia 15 Day

    Enjoy Australia’s most famous sites from Sydney’s Opera House to an Aboriginal “Dreamtime” walk in Kuranda with stops at the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Darwin in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,733
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Waltzing Matilda - Holiday of a Lifetime

    Our fully escorted Waltzing Matilda tour is very different to the other programmes we offer to Australia and the South Pacific. It is one of Goway's specifically designated escorted HOLIDAYS OF A LIFETIME that carry a promise of something special! Our professional Tour Director will take care of all the day to day details allowing you to enjoy the history, culture and natural beauty of each of the countries visited on this trip.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,689
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • Best of Australia - Holiday of a Lifetime

    Experience the highlights of Australia in just two weeks on our fully escorted Holidays of a Lifetime. Visit major urban centres such as Sydney with its harbour and opera house, Melbourne and Adelaide. Get into the Outback with visits to Ayers Rock and Alice springs. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,349
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • Classic Downunder (ex Auckland)

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,308
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Classic Downunder (ex Cairns)

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,375
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Golden Triangle

    Visit the Classic Golden Triangle of Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. See the penguins of Phillip Island, swim in the Great Barrier Reef then get to know the historic side of Sydney.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,254
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic New Zealand

    This is the ultimate classic New Zealand tour. Begin in Auckland and then it’s on to Rotorua, next head south to the capital, Wellington before embarking on the scenic South Island.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,204
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Classic South Pacific

    Enjoy the Classic South Pacific by encountering Fijian, Maori and Aboriginal cultures. Travel from Fiji to New Zealand to Australia taking in fantastic sights and experiences on route.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,609
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Sydney, Rock and Reef

    Venture to three of Australia’s most famous spots. Get to know Sydney before catching the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then explore Cairns and the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,328
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Highlights and Wildlife

    Experience the historic side of Sydney before exploring the wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Visit Australia’s world renowned wineries followed by stops at Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,195
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Southern Explorer (Australia)

    Take in Sydney’s sights before venturing to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Drive from Hobart to the Cradle Mountains, and then get to know the Phillip Island penguins and Melbourne.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,897
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Three Capitals Classic

    Take the opportunity to experience three of Australia’s capital cities. See the sights of Sydney before heading to Canberra, the national capital, then visit the highlights of Melbourne.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 900
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Trans Continental Classic

    Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean (or vice versa). Visit Sydney and Canberra, spend time aboard the ‘Indian Pacific’ train, and explore Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,554
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Rail Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Afternoon City Harbour and Bondi Beach including Rocks Walking Tour

    Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places.
    Duration:
    3 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 43
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Aussie Adventure

    Explore the best of Australia combining the excitement of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with visits to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo and the amazing Blue Mountains. An ideal family vacation.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,182
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
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  • Aussie Kiwi Explorer

    An adventure to keep the kids amused while the grown-ups enjoy the ultimate Downunder holiday.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,025
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Family Vacations
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • Aussie Sampler

    With kids in mind, this introduction to Australia visits historic Sydney and the Gold Coast. It even includes a trip to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,143
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
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  • Australia’s Golden Triangle – Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef

    Ideal as either a first-time taste of Australia, or a return to some old favourites, this Australia vacation takes in the country’s two most exciting cities, and perhaps its most famous natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,959
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Bells at Killcare Wellness Experience

    An hour and a half north of Sydney is this luxurious boutique hotel located on a peninsula within a national park. Facilities include a day spa, an outdoor pool and an award wining restaurant. Nearby are walking trails and excellent beaches.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 588
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Blue Mountains - Hike the World Heritage

    Get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Travel through picturesque villages, see spectacular views and waterfalls. Enjoy some short walks to lookout points and hear about the unique Australian forest species.
    Duration:
    9 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 165
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Blue Mountains - Hike the World Heritage plus Breakfast with Koalas

    Goway's Blue Mountains - Hike the World Heritage plus Breakfast with Koalas
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 191
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley

    Venture to the Blue Mountains where eucalyptus trees help the mountains to appear a rich shade of blue. Next, explore internationally acclaimed Hunter Valley, Australia’s wine country.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 901
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience plus breakfast with Koalas

    Heading out of the city your first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you arrive early for an exclusive breakfast with Koalas and native Australian animals.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 240
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Blue Mountains Tour and Wildlife Experience including Cruise and Rides

    Explore the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Crisp, clean, fresh mountain top air with distant blue haze horizons overlooking deep ravines with rainforest carpeting the valley floor.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 117
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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