New South Wales Holidays

New South Wales' iconic gateway is Sydney with its immediately recognisable sights – the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Venture outside the city and you'll be amazed by this country of outback sunsets, rugged mountains, snowy peaks, bush experiences, beautiful beaches and coastal lifestyles.

Relatively small, as great cities go, with a population of around 4 million, Sydney has it all; iconic structures, fantastic beaches, stunning vistas, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and fabulous weather. It is most definitely on the must-see list for any visitor to Australia and less than two hours from Sydney, is the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region. Named for the blue haze, caused by the fine mist given off by the eucalyptus trees, which frequently shrouds the mountains, it is one of Australia's most spectacular natural parks. It's the perfect destination for families, nature lovers and adventure seekers, with an enormous variety of activities to enjoy.

Another recommended region close to Sydney is the Hunter Valley, New South Wales' premier wine growing region. Encompassing charming towns and villages, rolling vineyards and olive groves, stunning World Heritage wilderness and quality restaurants.

The North Coast of NSW is the perfect place for fun and adventure with great surfing beaches, tranquil rivers and lakes, World Heritage rainforest and dramatic volcanic hinterland. The South Coast is a beautiful, rolling seaboard of breathtaking scenery, stretching south of Sydney to the exquisite Sapphire Coast. Explore the many towns and villages, enjoy bushwalking, fishing, surfing, cycling or simply spending a day at the beach.

Head inland and discover Outback NSW with its sunbaked sand dunes as well as lush wetlands teeming with wildlife, while in Country NSW you'll find some of the most stunning national parks in the state, including Mt Kaputar, Osley Wild Rivers, Cathedral Rock and the amazing Warrumbungle National Park.

The Southern Highlands region is renowned for its heritage villages, such as Bowral, Bundanoon or Berrima, and boasts an impressive range of walking trails, scenic lookouts and other natural marvels. The Snowy Mountains are a true alpine wilderness where great skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed.

Although not actually part of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, which houses the nation's capital, Canberra, lies within the borders of NSW. Equidistant between Sydney and Melbourne, it is a pleasant place to visit.

Why visit New South Wales?
  • World Heritage listed attractions
  • Intoxicating Sydney
  • Heritage towns
  • Amazing Blue Mountains
  • Enticing beaches
  • Savour wines in the Hunter Valley
  • Superb national parks
Essential facts about New South Wales
Local Time

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Travel information

Sydney is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover).

Best time to go

New South Wales enjoys warm semi-tropical summers, particularly in the lower central areas. Mountain regions in the west have a cooler climate, when snow can be expected in winter. Rainfall is heaviest from March to June.

Visa information

British Passport Holders require a visa to enter Australia. This is called an eVisitor and is an authority to visit Australia for tourism purposes for a maximum of 3 months. eVisitor can only be processed online.

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