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


Sydney, NSW

Sydney is a vibrant metropolis and Australia’s largest city. For many travelers Sydney is often the first introduction to Australia. There is plenty to see and do in Sydney from the iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge to the popular beach areas such as Bondi Beach and Manly Beach to shopping and nightlife in Circular Quay.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains, NSW

70km west of Sydney you will find the Blue Mountains. A nature reserve with lush rainforest, waterfalls and stunning cliffs and rock formations.This is a popular spot with Aussies and tourists alike to enjoy peach and nature. There are many walking paths and you can also go mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing and rock climbing.

Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley, NSW

150km north of Sydney and just below Barrington Tops National Park you will find Hunter Valley, Australias oldest wine region. It is a wonderful place to spend a few days. With 100 plus wineries, beautiful landscaped gardens and historic townships there is plenty to see. Find Out More >

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie, NSW

With its central location along the Pacific Highway (between Sydney and Brisbane) it is a popular stop along the way. There are a number of beautiful beaches and it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea air. For the more active there are plenty of activities from parasailing, scuba diving to kayaking.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay, NSW

A relaxed seaside town in northern New South Wales. The great lighthouse marks the most easterly point of the Australian continent. The town is popular with surfers, hippies and backpackers. There are number of festivals in the town including the Byron Bay Blues Festival and the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains, NSW

On the border with Victoria, the Snowy Mountains are a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, nature and in the winter months skiing. This region contains the highest mountains in Australia, and during the winter months of July to September is a popular spot for skiing. There are two ski resorts in the area Perisher valley and Thredbo.



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

Harbour Rocks Hotel, Sydney, NSW
“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

Arts Hotel Sydney, NSW
“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

Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains, NSW
“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

The Carrington Hotel, NSW
“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

Sydney Opera House, NSW1. Sydney Opera House

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 >

Byron Bay, NSW2. 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 >

Darling Harbor, NSW3. 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 >

Blue Mountains, NSW4. 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 >

Hunter Valley, NSW5. 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 >

Sydney, NSW6. 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 >

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW7. 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 >

Snowy Mountains, NSW8. 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 >

Blues Fest, Byron Bay9. 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 >

Koala Hospital, NSW10. 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.