Sydney is the capital, it’s Australia’s biggest city and you could spend ages in this one town. There are surf beaches right in Sydney although all along the NSW coast the surf is fantastic and inland there are mountains, caves, wineries, festivals, the good old Aussie bush and much, much more.
Byron Bay is a backpacker haven with loads of stuff to do and plenty of cheap accommodation and entertainment. Dolphins swim with kayakers up along the north coast around Byron Bay. There’s a pretty snazzy writers’ festival there too.
Coffs Harbour is a beach resort with some good rafting and popular with backapckers.
From Nelson Bay to the border of Queensland you will experience a slice of life not found anywhere else in Australia. Surfers travel from all over the country for the opportunity to camp at Seal Rocks, Crescent or South West Rocks.
The Hunter Valley is north of Sydney and famous for wine, food and national parks.
Newcastle is the oldest city in this region and not far north of Sydney.
The south coast offers National parks, coastal villages and beaches.
Outdoor adventures in the Snowy Mountains. Great ski-fields and fabulous spots for hiking, kayaking, cycling, horse-riding and more.
An area of historic towns situated at the base of the Snowy Mountains where all the rivers run. Rivers, lakes and waterholes provide an abundance of activities such as canoeing and whitewater rafting and with mountain ranges nearby.
The Blue Moutains are just inland from Sydney and a popular area to explore. The Jenolan Caves are the oldest in the world and an underground tour is something to remember. Concerts are often held there and you can even get married in the caves.
Broken Hill is at the centre of a large wilderness and desert area.
A little more about New South Wales
The Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January has more guitars and big hats than you can poke a fiddler’s bow at. Great fun for Country and Western lovers. New Year’s Eve anywhere around Sydney Harbour will usually be balmy and surely spectacular with one of the world’s best firework displays.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is out in the Aussie bush. Safari type zoo with some 1500 animals. Dubbo is the local town if you want ountry hospitality. Great too for wineries and gliding at nearby Narromine.
Captain Cook arrived in New South Wales around 1770. He liked it. Millions have since done the same and like all Australian states, NSW has mountains, bush and beach. Take your pick.
There are camping grounds, caravan parks and backpacker hostels in many parts of Sydney and New South Wales. Inter-city trains are a good way to move around the state. Remember it’s big. If you haven’t got a lot of time, flying between states is the best way to travel with cheap one-way flights the best option. Australian summers are hot but Sydney in winter is mild and NSW is a state you can visit pretty much any time of the year.
New South Wales offers many varied activities ranging from canyoning and white water rafting, surfing, abseiling into underground caves, skydiving, horseriding and the list goes on and on. This state is as large as it is diverse. The coastal towns to the South and North of Sydney are great for surfing and a lot quiter than the busy city beaches of Bondi or Manly and for this reason alone, it's worth hopping on a train for the short 1 to 2 hour journey or perhaps taking a day tour.
Storing luggage at your hostel when your out on a Sydney day tour isn't always an option - you will need to consider which type of backpack will suit your holiday and also which type of day pack will be best to carry on day tour and to store your valuables. Not sure what type of backpack will be the most convenient for your holiday? Have a look at our backpack tips.
New South wales has many popular locations which everyone says you just have to experience and without a doubt, Byron Bay is one of them but don't forget to do a little research to find those hidden places where the buses don't arrive 4 times a day to unload passengers and you don't have to wait in queues to order a cold beer....plan well, take your time and see as much as you can.....who knows when you'll be back? If you are into wine why hot stop over at the Hunter Valley.
To venture away from the so called "backpacker highway" with the usual stops between Sydney and Cairns -Hire a Australian Campervan have great short and long term deals that make 'doing it your own way on the highway" cheap and easy. With a Camper you'll be ready for a seriously wicked Australian adventure!!!