Why you should visit New South Wales
- Take in an opera or ballet at the Sydney Opera House
- Learn to surf in Byron Bay
- Go bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
- Explore the vineyards of the Hunter Valley by bicycle
- Sea Kayak on Lord Howe Island
Our specialists 'Must Do'
It has to be Lord Howe Island, shaped from the remnants of a large shield volcano that erupted from the sea floor about seven million years ago. With visitor numbers limited to only 400 at one time, the scenery is stunning and it's like entering a magical, prehistoric world that you are one of a handful of people privileged to experience. There is a speed limit of 15 miles per hour, unmanned honesty golf courses, one policeman, 11 owned cars, the southernmost reef in the world, unique birdlife and world-class accommodation.
A little more about New South Wales
This area of Australia is fertile and well populated (by Australian standards). Beautiful beaches, temperate rainforest, the world heritage listed Blue Mountains and of course the fabulous city of Sydney all make up the area where Captain Cook first landed.
Beyond the maze of escarpments and gorges making up the Blue Mountains lie miles of undulating bushland, which are today known as the central tablelands. These rich pastoral lands are best explored by week-long safari and a stay on a private sheep or cattle station. The area is home to a multitude of wildlife from kangaroos and wombats to possums and platypus, while the spectacular coastline harbours whales, dolphin, seal and penguin colonies.
Located 600 kilometres northeast of Sydney lies Lord Howe Island, with rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, serene lagoons and encircled by the southern-most coral reef in the world the island was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982.
When to go to New South Wales
It is possible to visit New South Wales year round however the best time to visit this region of Australia is between October and March.