New South Wales Overview

New South Wales is the most populated state in Australia with a population of around 7 million.

The climate and size of the state allows for a diverse range of activities. Explore wine regions, beautiful beaches, National Parks, go on outback adventures or perhaps try whale and dolphin watching.

The capital of New South Wales is Sydney. The city is a popular base for visitors to New South Wales as the city offers so much and is within a couple or so hours of popular tourist spots such as the famous Hunter Valley wine area, the Blue Mountains and the softly rolling hills of the Southern Highlands.

Sub Tropical North

The Northern end of New South Wales borders on Queensland and has a sub tropical climate. The town of Coffs Harbour is ideal for growing bananas ('Coffs' is known as 'The Big Banana') and Byron Bay is the most easterly point in Australia.

These north east coastal towns are popular with holiday makers from the south who temporarily escape the relative cold of winter.

To the north east are also lush agricultural areas and in the Moree region grain crops are cultivated on a massive scale; this is also the largest pecan and cotton producing region in the Southern Hemisphere.

Skiing To The South

The south of the state borders Victoria and offers relatively mountainous terrain. New South Wales also boasts excellent skiing in the winter (May to September typically) at the 'Snow', located south of Canberra in The Snowy Mountains region.

The towns of Thredbo and Perisher are home to the larger of the resorts and have been carefully developed with extensive ski lift networks, an interconnecting 'Ski Tube' railway and snow-making facilities on an industrial scale.

During the rest of the year the ski resorts are popular bases for mountain biking, white water rafting, bush walking and other outdoor pursuits.

The Mighty Murray

To the south of New South Wales the mighty Murray Rivers starts its long journey travelling thousands of kilometres near Albury-Wodonga and flows westward into South Australia, forming part of the border with Victoria. The water creates fertile agricultural areas where crops such as wheat, rice, soya, fruit and vegetables are grown.



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New South Wales Accommodation

Hotels and Accommodation of all types can be found throughout the state.

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N.S.W At A Glance

Climate:Temperate/ Humid

SIZE:802 000 Sq Km

It is ~1400km from Eden in the south to Tweed Heads in the north and ~ 1100km east to west from Sydney to Broken Hill.

Land Form Interior Desert, Lush Coast


POPULATION:Circa 7 Million

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The Eastern Beaches

To the eastern border are thousands of kilometres of beautiful beaches and coastline. Ninety percent of Australians live within an hour of the beach so it is not surprising that beach culture is synonymous with Australia.

The New South Wales Coast stretches from the Sapphire Coast (which is known for its Whale watching) and takes in Jervis Bay, Sydney, The Central Coast, Port Stephens (famed for its dolphins), Port Maquarie, Byron Bay and up to the Gold Coast (which straddles the Queensland border).

Out West, The Outback

The West borders South Australia and here in the 'Outback' time stands still.

This is rugged territory, home to resource mining and typified by resilient towns such as Broken Hill which incidentally was featured in the classic Australian film 'Mad Max'.

Driving in Outback Australia can be hazardous and is not recommended for the inexperienced or un prepared. To experience the Australian Outback why not consider an organised tour?

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Humpback Whale Breaching a few km off Sydney coast. Taken by auinfo July 2007
Viewing platform at The Blue Mountains
The Outback Of New South Wales is home to resource mining
The Hunter Valley is one of Australias premier wine areas
Four Mile Beach Port Douglas from Lookout
New South wales has thousands of miles of beaches and coastline
Longreef Golf Course, Dee Why. Sydney has many Golf Courses
Sydney CBD and view of the Centre Point Tower
Palm Beach, the most northern of the Sydney beaches
Macquarie Street Sydney
The Rocks
Surfing at one of Sydney's beaches
Darling Harbour Sydney
Pelican sat Narabeen
The Queen Mary is one of the many cruise liners which stop at Sydney
The Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour
Woolloomooloo, near Botanical gardens
Sydney Sea Planes fly from Rosebay