New South Wales

New South Wales

Things to do - general

New South Wales is Australia’s oldest and most populated state. It was originally settled as a penal colony on the shores of Port Jackson where the bustling capital city of Sydney now stands.

More than a third of Australians live in New South Wales, and Sydney is the nation’s largest city. Sydney, its relaxed capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Beyond the cities are the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests, outback towns where opals and silver are mined, and long surfing beaches. The Hunter Valley region, in the north, has dozens of wineries.

 

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Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedAustralian Dollar
Area (km2)Area • Total 809,444 km² (5th) 312,528 sq mi • Land 800,642 km² 309,130 sq mi • Water 8,802 km² (1.09%) 3,398 sq mi

Sports & nature

If you crave adventure in NSW, you've come to the right place. No matter what the season, you can choose from a wide variety of landscapes, climates, activities and experiences all with easy access to tour operators and local guides. For snow lovers, theres no better place than the Snowy Mountains. Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes for some downhill thrills in Kosciuszko National Park. Non-skiing adventure-seekers will enjoy hiking or snowshoeing. If water sports are more your thing, there are plenty of places to go. Surfers grab your surfboards and head to Byron Bay, Shellharbour, or Newcastle's Merewether Beach. To see spectacular marine life up close, visit Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage-listed destination for snorkelling and scuba diving. The oceans, lakes, rivers and estuaries around NSW offer a lifetime's worth of exciting fishing, boating and kayaking challenges. Want more? Experience the rush of whitewater rafting in Jindabyne and Penrith, or go parasailing in Port Stephens. For adventure in NSW, the sky's the limit! Book a hot-air-balloon or helicopter ride over the stunning vineyards of the Hunter Valley, go skydiving in Wollongong, or try hang-gliding in Stanwell Park. Get to know the State's unique and rugged terrain on a caving, canyoning, abseiling or rock climbing adventure. Four-wheel-driving and off-roading tours are popular in both Country NSW and Outback NSW. Or explore parts of the State on horseback - youll find great horseriding options in Sydney and throughout NSW.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

New South Wales is one of the world’s best destinations for music and nightlife. The bars and clubs in Sydney alone are worth the trip, but the rest of the State offers endless possibilities in live music gigs, evening activities and parties. With the emergence of small bars, re-generation of local pubs and explosion of nightclubs in Kings Cross, Sydney is rivalling other cities both domestically and internationally as a renowned nightspot destination. From A-list exclusive hangouts to tapas bars, wine gardens and jazz houses, Sydney has a fantastic selection of venues with something for everyone, day and night. There’s no excuse to be stuck alone at home or in a hotel room when the city is full of places to meet and greet new friends, old friends and future friends, so get out amongst the fanfare and enjoy all that Sydney has to offer.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

In 1770, the HMS Endeavour, captained by Lieutenant James Cook sailed into Botany Bay. Cook claimed dominion over the territory for Great Britain under the name ‘New South Wales’. The claim was formalised by the arrival of the First Fleet in January 1788; which led by Arthur Phillip, established the first European settlement in what is now Sydney. Phillip was appointed the first governor of NSW in February 1788, and the colony became a state in 1901 after Australia was officially declared a nation. The original inhabitants of NSW, the Aboriginal peoples, have lived in the area for more than 45,000 years and many reminders of this period still exist today. In Sydney and the surrounding areas, there are over 2,000 Aboriginal rock engraving sites and many of Sydney's suburbs have Aboriginal names such as Woolloomooloo, Parramatta and Wagga Wagga. Throughout the 20th century, New South Wales became a popular destination for an increasingly diverse collection of migrants from many nations attracted by the opportunities presented by the growth in the agricultural and mining industries. Today, it is the most populous state in Australia; a cultural and economic hub of global significance, and home to 7.3 million people. New South Wales is Australia's most culturally diverse state. The whole of the NSW landscape, from Eden to Byron Bay and Sydney to Broken Hill, is a mosaic of cultural meaning. People are as much part of the landscape as the plants, natural resources and the animals. The attachment of people to the land and waters of NSW makes the whole environment special. Culture and history image
Backstreets Of Sydney - Culinary History Walking Tour

Backstreets Of Sydney - Culinary History Walking Tour

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Bite The Tram Sydney Tour

Bite The Tram Sydney Tour

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Convict Trails & Adventures, Sydney Walking Tour

Convict Trails & Adventures, Sydney Walking Tour

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Dreamtime Philosophy Dinner (Korrobora) Aboriginal Experience

Dreamtime Philosophy Dinner (Korrobora) Aboriginal Experience

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Exclusive Groups - The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Walking Tour

Exclusive Groups - The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Walking Tour

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Forbidden Sydney Walking Tour

Forbidden Sydney Walking Tour

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Go Local in the Blue Mountains/Day Tour

Go Local in the Blue Mountains/Day Tour

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Kings Cross – Crime & Passion Sydney Walking Tour

Kings Cross – Crime & Passion Sydney Walking Tour

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SlyGrog Sydney Bar Tour

SlyGrog Sydney Bar Tour

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Sydney Express Photographic Tour

Sydney Express Photographic Tour

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Sydney Forsyth Coffee Hunt Walking Tour

Sydney Forsyth Coffee Hunt Walking Tour

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Sydney In A Nutshell-Private Sydney Tour

Sydney In A Nutshell-Private Sydney Tour

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Sydney Walking Tour- Hidden Laneways.

Sydney Walking Tour- Hidden Laneways.

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Sydney With Conviction Walking Tour

Sydney With Conviction Walking Tour

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Sydney, Walk on Water-Coastal Walk

Sydney, Walk on Water-Coastal Walk

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The Last Autocratic Governor Walking Tour

The Last Autocratic Governor Walking Tour

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The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Sydney Walking Tour

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Sydney Walking Tour

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The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Sydney Walking Tour Be touched by the most ancient human cult More info
The Ultimate Sydney Historic Pub Crawl Walking Tour

The Ultimate Sydney Historic Pub Crawl Walking Tour

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Twilight Walking Tour

Twilight Walking Tour

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When Rum Ran the Rocks Sydney Walking Tour

When Rum Ran the Rocks Sydney Walking Tour

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