Explore New South Wales from Sydney, where Bondi Beach is a day trip from the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wineries. Drive north for the coastal jewels of Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay, or south to swim with dolphins in Jervis Bay. Inland lies the Australian Alps, picturesque country towns and Mungo National Park.
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Explore Sydney, the harbour, beaches and coastal towns from the south coast to the north. Find wineries, mountains, desert and outback to inspire your vacation planning.
The Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route, New South Wales
Explore the sparkling beaches and lush hinterland of the Central Coast, the wineries of the Hunter Valley and the picturesque inlets of Port Stephens. Work on your swing in a rainforest golf course on the Coffs Coast and your aura on the beach in Byron Bay. Dive with brightly coloured fish in Solitary Islands Marine Park or into the bright lights of the Gold Coast. This scenic drive takes you from Sydney to Brisbane, offering sweeping beaches, sleepy villages, mossy rainforests, adventure and relaxation along the way.
Sydney's Great Coastal Walk
Traverse Sydney's entire, spectacular coastline - from Barrenjoey in the north to Cronulla in the south - on this unique week-long adventure. You can walk in either direction and hop on and off the trail as you wish. Do day walks, short scenic sections or any of the many walks looping off the main trail.
Unwind in Australia's easternmost town - home to sweeping surf beaches, lush rainforests, great regional dining and new-age retreats. Walk the Cape Byron Track to the trademark lighthouse, kayak with dolphins, trawl the markets and indulge in a day spa. Drive the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney or Brisbane, and explore the surrounding national parks on the Rainforest Way.
Breathe deep in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area - one million hectares of sandstone cliffs, bushland, waterfalls and eucalypt forest. Visit Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters and go underground in Jenolan Caves. Do short bushwalks or longer hikes such as the Kanangra to Katoomba Walk or the Six Foot Track to Katoomba. Enjoy restaurants, retreats, and vibrant arts and events.
Challenge yourself in the mountainous Australian Alps in south-eastern Australia. Climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak, in the Snowy Mountains. In Victoria's High Country, hit the snow slopes or visit gold-rush towns on the Great Alpine Road. Bushwalk and mountain bike in Namadgi National Park, near Canberra, or walk the alps end-to-end on the epic Australian Alps Walking Track.
With powder-fine sand and clear turquoise waters, the beaches of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world. At its southern end, Jervis Bay is enclosed by the pristine wilderness of Booderee National Park. From Wreck Bay village in the park's south, a walking trail circles the peninsula to St Georges Head, passing a succession of quiet beaches, cliffs and forests. Hyams Beach officially has the world's whitest sand. The many beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks of Jervis Bay are perfect for all types of aquatic activities.
New South Wales' Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest wine growing region. It is also renowned for its fine dining, cooking schools, galleries, health spa retreats and golf courses. Here you can sample local cheeses, hand-made chocolates, charcuterie, dairy goods, sourdough breads and olive oils direct from the producers. Join a wine tasting master class; or sample a broad selection of wines at one of more than 150 cellar doors. After your epicurean indulgence, escape to the great outdoors with a game of golf, hot-air balloon or helicopter ride or shopping for antiques and local artworks in the region's many galleries.
You can really get away from it all on the New South Wales Sapphire Coast, around six hours from Sydney and just three hours from Canberra. Vacations in this relaxed seaside are about soaking up nature and taking it easy - with sparkling beaches, rolling green hills and tranquil lakes, cliffs, caves, charming seaside villages and national parks. It's the a perfect destination for long, scenic walks, watersports and fine food and wine.
Lord Howe Island
‘Paradise' is a word often used to describe World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, which sits in the Tasman Sea, less than two hours' flight from Sydney or Brisbane. Only 400 visitors are allowed at any time, bicycles are the best way to get around and there's no mobile phone reception. Walk the white beaches, snorkel the world's southernmost coral reef and hike through palm forests to the top of Mount Gower. Leave modern stress behind in this natural paradise, while still enjoying modern comforts such restaurants, day spas and luxurious accommodation.
Sydney Harbour National Park
Beyond its landmark buildings, Sydney Harbour National Park shelters secluded beaches, picturesque islands and rare pockets of native bushland. Swim, picnic and bushwalk along the spectacular foreshore or visit harbour islands on a ferry. Go sailing or kayaking, get up close to wildlife and discover ancient rock art and convict-built buildings. The harbour's bays, parks and headlands are also natural grandstands for some of Australia's biggest events, from New Year's Eve fireworks to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Mountain biking in the Blue Mountains
Nothing beats the adrenalin rush of careering through the cliffs, deep canyons and pristine bushland of the Blue Mountains on a bike. The World heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains area takes up over a million hectares. What's more, the region is so densely forested that the world's oldest tree - the Wollemi Pine - flourished here undetected in a remote valley until 1994.
Mungo National Park
Discover lunar landscapes and more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture in World-Heritage listed Mungo National Park. You won't see many landscapes as starkly prehistoric as Mungo National Park. This crinkled landscape of outcrops and shifting sand is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, a series of desiccated lakes that once stretched between Willandra Creek and the Lachlan River.
Slow down and savour the good life in Orange, which sits at the foot of an extinct volcano, four hour's drive west of Sydney. Visit the cool-climate wineries and acclaimed restaurants. Sample the region's delectable food and wine at the Orange F.O.O.D Week in April or later in the year at the Orange Winefest in October. Wander through the Orange Botanical Gardens, walk the City Heritage Trail or enjoy the view over the city from Mt Canobolas, an ancient volcanic peak. Just beyond Orange lies one of Australia's first gold-mines, the limestone caves of Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve and charming historic villages.
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The Blue Mountains are 2 hours from Sydney by car or train.
Drive the Pacific coast Touring route from Sydney to Byron Bay or fly from Sydney to Ballina or Coollongatta.
A 7 day driving trip from Sydney to Brisbane.
Drive from Sydney to Melbourne along the spectacular south eastern coastline.
Drive the Rainforest Way through New South Wales and Queensland. It's 650km or 7 individual day drives.
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