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Area: 800 642 sq km
Capital City: Sydney
Time Zone:
GMT/UTC +10 (Eastern Standard Time)
State Dialling Code: 02
National Parks: more than 140, covering about 4 million hectares
International Airport: Kingsford Smith, Sydney
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About New South Wales

New South Wales is made up of 17 diverse holiday regions, including:

Travel New South Wales and discover dense forests, golden sandy beaches, sun backed deserts, snow covered alpine regions or enjoy the art galleries, museums and shops of Sydney.

Each region has plenty to offer visitors in terms of accommodation, attractions and events. The state has a diverse range of native flora and fauna.


New South Wales is located on the eastern side of Australia between Queensland and Victoria. The east coast fronts the Pacific ocean.

The Great Dividing Range runs north-south down the eastern seaboard, separating the coastal plains from the drier inland areas.

The state flower is the beautiful waratah, and the state animal is the unusual platypus.

The Regions

Snowy Mountains
Located in the South Eastern part of NSW. Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain on the Australian continent is located in the Snowy Mountains region. The winter offers skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing activities from June to October. Summer offers an array of activities including fishing, white water rafting, hiking, bush walking and mountain biking. Read more

South Coast
Just a few hours south of Sydney the NSW South Coast stretches from Berry to Eden. Here you will find unspoilt beaches, seaside villages and rural towns offering local produce, crafts and industries. There are more than 10 national parks and marine parks. Enjoy whale watching cruises as the majestic Humpback whales migrate along the coast line. Read more

Located on the southern side of Sydney. the Illawarra is an 80km stretch of coast which includes the Royal National Park - the oldest National Park in Australia. For the adrenaline addict try parasailing or hang gliding. Read more

The oldest, largest city in Australia. It is well known for the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Built around one of the world's most beautiful harbours, there is so much to do and see here. Catch a ferry to Taronga zoo or spend hours in the Art galleries and museums, not to mention wonderful dining, and great shopping. Read more

Central Coast
Including 31 pristine beaches the central coast located just north of Sydney also has magnificent valleys, waterways, mountains and lakes just waiting to be explored. Enjoy fishing, boating, swimming horse riding and much much more. Read more

North Coast
The North coast reaching from Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour and inland to Dorrigo, offers a variety of landscapes ranging from golden beaches, remote coves and inlets, dotting the coastline to rich inland forests and wooded mountain ranges. Read more

Northern Rivers
This region stretches from the Clarence River up to Tweed Heads on the Queensland border and out to the foothills of the Great Divide. The Northern Rivers is a diverse area and is known for its 300kms of pristine beaches, World Heritage-listed rainforests, hinterlands, lush rolling countryside quaint townships, rugged cattle country and deep river gorges. Read more

New England
Enjoy cool summers in the tablelands, the brilliant autumn colours, the warmth of an open fire in winter and the fresh spring air. Known for its country music festivals Tamworth is a popular town for enjoying fishing, white water rafting or mountain biking. Read more

Hunter Valley
Abundant with vineyards, the Hunter region is a great place to sample Australian wines. Alternately relax at a nearby beach or, for a real thrill, try aerobatics at one of the local airports, or take a 4WD tour at Barrington Tops. Read more

Central NSW
Explore the old gold rush towns of Sofala and Hill End or visit a sheep stations. There are a range of activities including visiting the famous Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. There are 14 National Parks which include many caves, or lean about astronomy at one of the six observatories in the region including the Radio Telescope at Parkes. Read more

The Blue Mountains
Located on the western edge of Sydney The Blue Mountains National Park is Australia's most recent World Heritage area. It contains dramatic canyons, steep valleys, waterfalls and eucalypt forests. Recently the Wollemi National Park was added to this world heritage listing to preserve prehistoric Wollemi Pine. Read More

Southern Highlands
The Southern Highlands are close to Sydney and offer visitors a fascinating mix of heritage towns and villages, stunning country gardens and beautiful waterways. Enjoy local galleries, antique shops, and exquisite spring gardens. Read more

Capital Country
Capital country is wrapped around the Australian Capital Territory and offers the ideal destination to relax and explore local vineyards or the sights, art galleries, museums and shops of nearby Canberra.

In the Riverina you will discover national parks, heritage buildings, festivals, art galleries, historic trains and planes, walking trails, country music, agricultural shows, museums, producer's markets, rivers and ancient aboriginal culture. Enjoy sky-diving, gold fossicking, fruit-picking, and much more. Read more

The Murray is one of the world's great rivers, flowing through red river gum forests, wetlands teeming with birdlife, rich agricultural land and busy towns. Here is an opportunity to experience the old world charm of a paddle steamer or hire a houseboat or try catching a famous Murray Cod. Read more

Outback NSW
Vivid red earth, bright blue skies, endless horizons, prolific native wildlife and night skies filled with stars. The mining towns of towns of Broken Hill, Cobar and White Cliffs are located here. Visit the famous Mundi Mundi Plains or the Sturt National Park. Read more


New South Wales is located in a temperate zone and the climate is generally free from extreme heat and cold. That being said:

The Hottest temperature recorded is 52.8°C at Bourke
The Coldest temperature recorded minus 23.0°C at Charlotte Pass near Mount Kosciuszko.

Rainfall varies widely over the state.

Sydney has a mild, sunny, climate.

Getting there

The Kingsford Smith international airport is located in Sydney. This airport caters for Sydney's international and domestic air transport. It is relatively easy to access most of New South Wales via a domestic flight.

There are major highways crossing the state and car travel is the most popular way of getting around the country side.

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For more information about New South Wales visit the NSW Tourism web site