South Wales tourism attractions are plentiful.
is where most
of international travellers first head on their trip
for a good reason - Sydney.
But there are other great
places in this state like Byron
Bay and Hunter
Valley, and national parks
Mountains, Royal, Ku-ring-gai
Chase, Mutawintji, Mungo
Kosciuszko. Along the coast
are some great beaches and popular small places like Jervis Bay,
Bateman’s Bay and Coffs Harbour. Inland are Broken
Hill and Silverton; and
Australian capital Canberra
is not far from Sydney.
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New South Wales Tourism - Early Convict Colony
NSW is where the European colonialisation of Australia started. After
Captain James Cook explored the east coast of Australia in 1770,
it was decided that Botany Bay (just south of Sydney, where Sydney
Airport is today) was the place to send the first convicts and start a
Seventeen years later (Captain Cook had by then been killed
by natives on Hawaii), the “First Fleet” of 11 ships full of convicts,
lead by Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived in Botany Bay.
Arthur Phillip didn’t like Botany Bay and ventured into a nearby
harbour, docked his ship where Sydney’s
Circular Quay is today,
and started a city. The date, 26 January, is now celebrated as
Australia Day. NSW is a good place to start your Australia trip too.
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Sydney Travel Information - New South Wales Tourism
Sydney is one of the greatest cities in the world, with much more to
offer than the world-famous Sydney
Opera House and Sydney
Quay where Captain Arthur Phillip docked the boats is today a transport
hub with a train station and a ferry terminal. The convicts started
building the city west of where the Sydney Harbour Bridge is today – in
the historical quarters called The Rocks.
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Sydney Travel Information - New South Wales Tourism
West from here is Darling Harbour
with the famous Sydney Aquarium,
many museums and outdoor restaurants. East of the Circular Quay (and
the Opera House) are Sydney’s famous Botanic Gardens, Kings Cross, the
trendy Paddington and the wealthy Eastern Suburbs; and south is the
busy CBD with George Street; and the inner suburbs Glebe and
Around Sydney - New South Wales Tourism
Sydney is surrounded by some great outdoors: north of it is Ku-ring-gai
Chase National Park. South is the second oldest national park in the
(after Yellowstone in the USA) – Royal
National Park - with many
opportunities for bushwalking.
Mountains National Park west of Sydney is huge – it contains
small towns Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath, many long bushwalks and
famous lookouts like Three Sisters. About three hours drive south-west
from Sydney is Canberra
Kosciuszko National Park -
one of the most popular national parks in New South Wales. During the
winter, it's popular with skiers, and summer time it is a great place
to hike up to Australia's highest mountain.
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One of the most popular
things to do on the south coast:
Northern and Southern Coast - New South Wales Tourism
South of Sydney, Princes Highway is a beautiful drive along the southern
NSW coast - past Wollongong, Jervis Bay, Ulladulla, Bateman’s
Bay, Bega and Eden, each with lovely coastal views and a beach, often
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North of Sydney, a
similar drive along the northern
NSW coast takes you to Gosford, Newcastle,
Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.
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Take a convinient Hunter Valley tour
Enjoy samlping wines and on a tour, you don't have to worry about
driving or how to get there and back..
Hunter Valley Wineries - New South Wales Tourism
Inland from Newcastle is Australia’s oldest wine district Hunter
Valley where you can tour
many wineries, test free samples and have nice meals.
It’s a lot of fun
but the only problem is the vineyards are not within walking distance
to each other, so if you want to swallow your samples, soon you need a
sober driver. There are several tours available that can take you
around, some can even pick you up from Newcastle, and some tours even
take you here from
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Byron Bay Australia - New South Wales Tourism Byron
Bay used to be a sleepy old town with a beach and a
until Paul Hogan decided to marry his Hollywood beauty here in 1990.
Little Byron was suddenly world-famous. People started to visit, hotels
started to rise, and today Byron
Bay is a not-to-miss
destination, particularly for younger travellers and backpackers.
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beautiful white-sand beaches, lively night-life and streets full of
diving shops and centres for alternative therapies have hold many
people here until their visas run out, and - the hippie-vibe is still
here although the fattest joints are now rolled in the neighbouring
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Outback New South Wales Tourism
The cities and
coastal towns are fun, but the really unique part of
Australia is in the inland. I warmly recommend you not to miss our
deserted countryside called "the outback". There is the historical
Hill, the one-pub ghost town
National Park - the site of Australia's oldest archeological
find and some great Aboriginal
history. Bring your
camera - the sunset views are magnificent.
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Map of New South Wales Tourism
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