Accommodation in New South Wales
Because the city of Sydney is in New South Wales it is the state where the majority of foreign tourists arrive for the first time in Australia. New South Wales is located on the southeast side of Australia. Other popular cities in the state include Albury, Broken Hill, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Wollongong. In New South Wales you will find beautiful natural areas, such as the Blue Mountains, Barrington Tops, the Royal National Park and the Snowy Mountains.
New South Wales can be divided into four parts:
• A narrow coastal strip where the temperature ranges from moderate to extreme southern subtropical climate.
• The mountains which is one of the Great Dividing Ranges and the highlands that surround it.
• The agricultural plains which form a large part of the state. These areas are much less densely populated than the coast.
• The outback – dry, desert-like plains in the far northwest of the state, which are unsuitable for settlements of any size.
New South Wales with its diversity of climates is the birth place of the Australian wine production and is ideal for producing quality wines, dessert wines and fortified wines. New South Wales produces 25% of Australia’s wine production.
Highlights in New South Wales
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and accomodation in New South Wales for all budgets!
Harbour Rocks Hotel
“This hotel is a beautiful heritage building located in the heart of Sydney. You are a short stroll from many great restaurants and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house. ”
Arts Hotel Sydney
“This hotel is located in an unbeatable location on Oxford Street. The hotel has been recently refurbished. The management is fantastic here. You can’t go wrong.”
Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains
“Set on a stunning and secluded location in the Blue Mountains. Not only is it a vast hotel it is also an iconic symbol of the Blue Mountains for many generations. The hydro is scheduled to reopen July 2014. ”
The Carrington, Blue Mountains
“This heritage hotel has recently been restored to its former glory. Perfect for a romantic getaway. Handy location to the Blue Mountains. ”
More information about New South Wales
The Sydney Opera House is a must see during your time in NSW. Designed to symbolizing sailing, the building contains an opera house as well as other entertainment venues, restaurants and bars. The concert hall has one of the largest organs in the world with over 10,000 pipes. Find Out More >
2. NSW Beaches
Beach and surf is a big part of the laid back aussie culture and there are many stunning beaches to be found in New South Wales. In Sydney alone must see beaches include Bondi, Manly, Coggee and Bronte Beach. Other popular beaches outside of Sydney include Byron Bay, Batemans Bay, Nielsen Park and Seal Rocks. Find Out More >
3. Darling Harbor
Darling Harbor was once a trading port where warehouses and shipyards were based. Now the trendy area has shops, restaurants, Sydney’s National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and a fantastic aquarium located. The aquarium provides a perspective on the Australian ocean life and the Great Barrier Reef imitated. Find Out More >
4. The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
The rock formation The Three Sisters best seen from Echo Point is the most popular attraction in the Blue Mountains. The rock formation gets its name from an Aboriginal legend about three sisters. There are a number of fantastic hiking trails you can do in the area for all fitness levels. From one hour tracks to overnight. Find Out More >
5. Wine Trail in the Hunter Valley
The hunter valley is the oldest wine region in Australia and home to over 100 wineries. Grapes grown include Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling. Highlights include Allandale Winery, Arrowfield Estate, Muswellbrook and Tempus Two. Find Out More >
6. Sydney Harbor Bridge
The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor and the Sydney Opera house is an iconic image of Sydney and of Australia. The bridge includes a pedestrian and a cycle way across the bridge. For the adventure seeker a BridgeClimb should be on your list. Find Out More >
7. Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is the largest in Australia, located on the harbor it is best reached by ferry. From the zoo you can see the skyline of Sydney. Divided into eight zoogeographic regions the 21 hectare zoo is home to over 2,500 animals and 340 species. Find Out More >
8. Sking at the Snowy Mountains
In the winter months of July to September there are two popular ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains – Perisher Valley and Thredbo. Thredbo is a well-developed resort with many facilities and trails. Find Out More >
9. Attend a festival at Byron Bay
The relaxed seaside town of Byron Bay hosts a number of fantastic music events each year. Highlights include Byron Bay Blues Festival, Byron Bay Film Festival, Byron Bay Underwater Festival and the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Find Out More >
10. Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie
Very different but very nice is a visit to the Koala Hospital Koala Preservation Society in Port Macquarie. Here sick and injured koalas are cared for. The hospital is run entirely by volunteers. Find Out More >
Public transport within Sydney itself is fantastic. Bus and train is a popular and affordable way to make your way around the city.
Within the state though public transport is less frequent, so the best way to make the most of your time is to hire a car or campervan to see New South Wales.