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New South Wales

New South Wales, with its capital city Sydney, is the most populous state in Australia, and a hub of cultural and holiday destinations and attractions.

 

Attractions in New South Wales include the multicultural and economic hub of Sydney, with its mix for everyone from nightclubs to relaxing beachside villages, the South Coast for its relaxed beaches and the North Coast for holiday destinations like Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. In between you will find the popular Wine Region of the Hunter Valley, the picturesque Blue Mountains and the English countryside of the Southern Highlands.

 

The countries capital Canberra, a state in itself, is also found within New South Wales, where national parliament can be found many national instiutions including museums and art galleries.

Sydney is Australia’s largest city, and home to its largest concentration of hotels and apartments. Visitors from across the globe visit Sydney for both business and pleasure, exploring Sydney Harbour, Chinatown, Circular Quay and the famous Bondi Beach.

Sydney receives over 3 million visitors annually, and is one of the most visited cities in Australia. Sydney also hosts most of the countries largest cultural events at the Opera House and large range of other theatres around the city. In Sydney you will also find Sydney Tower, Luna Park, and Taronga Zoo.

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The Hunter Valley located in New South Wales is famous for its vineyards and wine tasting tours. The Valley also holds as many outdoor festivals as any major city in Australia, including opera and many big name singers including John Farnham amongst others. Other activities include hot air ballooning, horse riding, cycling and the many art galleries and day spas scattered throughout the many towns and villages.

The Hunter is an ideal location for a countryside escape with all the amenities required for an enjoyable vacation. The Hunter Valley is one of the most visited areas in Australia and hotels book well in advance especially on weekends.

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The North Coast is a popular holiday destination scattered with many seaside towns and cities, including Newcastle, the largest city. Popular areas include Byron Bay and Ballina on the far north coast, offering an alternative holiday destination with an array of 5 star hotels and apartments to choose from.

Family destinations are also abundant on the North Coast, including Coffs Harbour and Port Stephens. Accommodation along the North Coast typically books out well in advance over the summer period, especially the school holidays. Beachside accommodation is most popular. 

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The Central Coast area is abundant with attractions including the Australian Reptile Park, Avoca Beach picture theatre, whale watching cruises and varying surf coaching schools. The area is also home to many light industries including mining and manufacturing.

Essentially the entire coast is made up of small towns and villages that link, with major centres such as Wyong, Lakehaven and Woy Woy along the coast. Most holiday makers travel by car through the varying towns. Railway stations also link many of the areas together and provide easy access back into Central Sydney or north to Newcastle. 

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The Blue Mountains is a collection of smaller areas – namely Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls. The region is popular with couples and families looking to explore the spectacular natural surroundings of the Blue Mountains – including the climbing tracks, waterfalls, and wildlife. There are numerous lookouts from which to view the ranges. Hotels tend to be at their highest rate on weekends – best rates can be achieved on weekdays or Sunday nights.

It takes over 3 hours to go up or down the smallest of mountains – and the region has extensive walking tracks, as well as some great restaurants and cafes to explore and enjoy in beautiful natural environment.

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Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale make up the main towns that are part of the Southern Highlands Region. These towns and villages are a popular destination for antique dealers and collectors – and those looking to explore the many wineries and 5 star resorts on offer in the region.

Bowral and its surrounds also offers an array of popular public gardens – the most popular being during September and the Tulip Time Festival, where the entire region is covered in tulips. Other popular attractions include the Donald Bradman Museum and Bong Bong Street with its collection of restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping.

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The Illawarra is a popular tourist destination located along the coast south of Sydney. Wollongong, one of the largest cities in the area, is a growing economic hub, and popular for holidays close to Sydney with a more relaxed beachside feel. Here you will also find the University of Wollongong.

There are many hotels and apartments to choose from. Kiama and nearby Gerringong are also popular destinations, many offering beachside accommodation. The area is easily accessed by car, with Sydney airport the most accessible domestic and International airport to the area. Train and bus transport is also available to and within the area.

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Canberra is a large area located in the Australian Capitol Territory, and home to many galleries, museums, and national institutions. Ideal for a short getaway, Canberra accommodation caters for everyone from 5 star hotels to budget accommodation.

In the winter months, Canberra can be very cold, and boutique hotels with fireplaces and an intimate setting are popular. During the summer months, many gardens open to the public, with Floriade the most popular being the biggest flower festival in Australia. 

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Shoalhaven encompasses the many beachside and country towns just south of Wollongong, including Sussex Inlet, Lake Conjola, St Georges Basin and Jervis Bay. These towns are particularly well known for being quiet and relaxing seaside or country towns. Jervis Bay is most known for being a popular dolphin watching destination, and the town of Kangaroo Valley and Berry for being quaint and interesting historical country towns with rolling countryside, waterfalls and national parks to explore.

Most accommodation in Shoalhaven is devoted to family accommodation, with cabins and motels being dominant. Some 5 star resorts and apartment style accommodation does exist mostly as boutique holiday options.

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The South Coast offers tourists an alternative to a city stay offering pristine beaches, quaint and quiet country towns and idyllic settings for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Many accommodation options in the small towns cater to families, and include cabins and motel rooms, usually at cheaper prices than similar options on the North Coast.

The South Coast is generally considered to be a quieter holiday destination with a smaller population and more disjointed villages along its coast. The South Coast offers a warm climate with winters usually very mild.

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