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Navigating New South Wales – Australia’s Oldest State

New South Wales - The Capital City, Sydney

New South Wales is also Australia’s most populous state – with most of the population living in its chic capital city. Come and explore the lively streets of Sydney and then see the mysterious Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. Feeling thirsty? Try some world-class wine in the Hunter Valley. And if you’re searching for the perfect beachy escape, look no further than Jervis Bay.

See the most iconic structures in New South Wales

A trip to New South Wales just isn’t complete without marvelling at the Sydney Opera House. Did you know that it has more than one million tiles covering its curved roof? The Opera House hosts more than 1,600 opera, theatre, comedy, musical, ballet and other performances each year! If you’re visiting in May and June, the sails of the Opera House also come alive with spectacular digital lightshows during Vivid Sydney.

And don’t forget about the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Towering at 134 metres, it stands as the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. Why not get a phenomenal view over Sydney with the BridgeClimb experience? There are a variety of climbs to choose from depending on the time you have available, and of course your budget. Not keen to splurge on sweeping views of Sydney? Then the Pylon Lookout is just for you. Learn about the history of the bridge inside a small museum before making your way to the observation deck to take in some incredible city views.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then make sure you hop on a ferry from Circular Quay. With multiple destinations to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To make your decision easier, we recommend a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cockatoo Island. This historic island was once a naval shipyard and penal colony where you can now have a picnic with a panoramic view, dine at a café or even opt to stay overnight.

If you’re wondering where to catch your breath after your jam-packed days in Sydney, Discovery Parks Lane Cove is conveniently located to suit your camping and caravanning needs. It’s far enough to feel like you’ve left the city, but just a short walk to North Ryde train station – making the shining lights of Sydney easily accessible on your adventure.

New South Wales has the Three Sisters – learn about their legend!

Travel west of Sydney to the beautiful Blue Mountains and visit Echo Point Lookout. From here you’ll be able to see the Three Sisters – the most famous landmark of these mountains. You can learn more about the legend behind these mysterious rock formations here. Once you’ve spent some time at the lookout, why not stretch those legs and embark on a bushwalk? With more than 140km of track, you won’t be short of options! Or how about seeing the Blue Mountains from a different angle? The good news is that you can do just that with Scenic World. Take a ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world. Or enjoy a view from above with the Scenic Cableway. Stay at the conveniently located Katoomba Falls Tourist Park, where you can appreciate views of the Three Sisters from just across the road!

New South Wales is home to the Blue Mountains and the mysterious rock formation, the Three Sisters.

Sip your way through the Hunter Valley’s Wineries

New South Wales is the birthplace of Australian wine, and with more than 150 cellar doors to visit in the Hunter Valley, you’ll definitely find a variety you love! In Pokolbin, you can visit historic vineyards like Tyrrell’s, which was established in 1858. You’ll need to try some of their most iconic wines, like the Vat 1 Semillon. How about a glass of De Bortoli’s ‘Noble One’? It’s lauded as Australia’s premium dessert wine with flavours of apricot marmalade and orange blossom honey. Yum! Move on to Lovedale, the less crowded region of the Hunter Valley, and drink to your heart’s content. Wineries like Lucy’s Run will make sure you’re well hydrated. Have a glass of their award-winning Shiraz or support PetRescue by purchasing their Woof Woof wine varieties. Looking for a place to park your caravan or setup camp? Then we recommend the Wine Country Tourist Park – the closest caravan park to the vineyards. They have the option to rent a bicycle for the day so you can explore the delights of the cellar doors without your car.

Uncover the wonders of Jervis Bay

New South Wales is home to exquisite blue waters and white sandy beaches in Jervis Bay, just 3 hours south of Sydney. One of the region’s most famous beaches is Hyams Beach, but there’s a plethora of others waiting to be explored that are equally noteworthy. Why not skip the summer crowds on Hyams Beach and head to Honeymoon Bay or Cave Beach instead? You’ll also want to get yourself a Park Pass to discover Booderee National Park. This Park is Aboriginal land, and Parks Australia works together with the traditional owners to manage the land. Get your blood pumping with spectacular walks, soak up the sun on one of the many beaches or enjoy whale watching if you’re visiting in June or July.

And if you’re looking for an extra touch of magic, then be sure to take a stroll on Jervis Bay’s beaches after dark. The shores glow an electric blue at night as a result of bioluminescence – the chemical reaction that occurs within plankton. Although this natural phenomenon is difficult to predict, it seems more likely to occur in spring and summer. Grab your camera and capture one of nature’s bizarrely beautiful lightshows. And we know you’ll be looking for a place to unwind after a long day of adventures, so we suggest staying at Myola Tourist Park for easy access to the wonders of Jervis Bay.

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