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14 Reasons to Dream about NSW

Curracurrong Falls, Royal National ParkCREDIT: 

New South Wales is home to some of the most beautiful and Instagrammable waterfalls in the country, including Curracurrong Falls, located an hour’s drive south of Sydney in the Royal National Park.

14 Reasons to
Dream about NSW

Curracurrong Falls, Royal National Park IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

New South Wales is home to some of the most beautiful and Instagrammable waterfalls in the country, including Curracurrong Falls, located an hour’s drive south of Sydney in the Royal National Park.

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There’s no end to the list of incredible experiences available in NSW. From stargazing in a dark sky park, to hiking through a snowy wonderland, surrounded by gum trees, to tasting exceptional wine with the friendliest winemakers – let us inspire you with some of NSW’s most spectacular images. 

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Ocean pools are quintessentially New South Wales: about 100 line the state’s coastline, and there are 35 in Sydney alone including this dreamy one in Cronulla, South of Sydney.

Cronulla Beach Ocean Pool, Cronulla NSW IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

Ocean pools are quintessentially New South Wales: about 100 line the state’s coastline, and there are 35 in Sydney alone including this dreamy one in Cronulla, South of Sydney.

Mungo National Park, Mungo CREDIT: Tyson Mayr

Immense, surreal Mungo National Park is the centrepiece of one of the outback’s great road trips. Home to Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, this fossilised lakebed in western New South Wales is a 42,000-year-old cradle of Australian Aboriginal culture. Plan a visit to wander around one of this continent’s most photographable phenomena — the Walls of China — and to witness an unparalleled, unabridged natural history of Australia.

Mungo National Park, Mungo CREDIT: Tyson Mayr

Immense, surreal Mungo National Park is the centrepiece of one of the outback’s great road trips. Home to Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, this fossilised lakebed in western New South Wales is a 42,000-year-old cradle of Australian Aboriginal culture. Plan a visit to wander around one of this continent’s most photographable phenomena — the Walls of China — and to witness an unparalleled, unabridged natural history of Australia.

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A New South Wales road trip offers a great sense of freedom, natural beauty and charming towns to explore at every turn. From well-known driving routes like the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, Grand Pacific Drive (crossing the pictured Sea Cliff Bridge) and Legendary Pacific Coast, to lesser-known drives such as High Country to Cruising Coast, Kamilaroi Contrasts and Stargazing and Storytelling, New South Wales has an adventure for every road tripper to plan.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

A New South Wales road trip offers a great sense of freedom, natural beauty and charming towns to explore at every turn. From well-known driving routes like the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, Grand Pacific Drive (crossing the pictured Sea Cliff Bridge) and Legendary Pacific Coast, to lesser-known drives such as High Country to Cruising Coast, Kamilaroi Contrasts and Stargazing and Storytelling, New South Wales has an adventure for every road tripper to plan.

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Dream of the starry skies of Warrumbungle National Park, the southern hemisphere’s first and only Dark Sky Park. This area is recognised internationally for its outstanding nocturnal environment and clear, dark skies. The Warrumbungles are an unspoiled wonder located a six-hour drive from Sydney, where the lack of light pollution means the stars shine brighter.

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Dream of the starry skies of Warrumbungle National Park, the southern hemisphere’s first and only Dark Sky Park. This area is recognised internationally for its outstanding nocturnal environment and clear, dark skies. The Warrumbungles are an unspoiled wonder located a six-hour drive from Sydney, where the lack of light pollution means the stars shine brighter.

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Luckily for surfers, the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea deliver some of the most consistent waves in the country, in some of the most beautiful locations. It’s no surprise then that New South Wales has produced most of Australia’s surfing world champions. Whether you’re a surfer or a swimmer, or just like to hang out on the sand, put Nobbys beach in Newcastle on your list.

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Luckily for surfers, the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea deliver some of the most consistent waves in the country, in some of the most beautiful locations. It’s no surprise then that New South Wales has produced most of Australia’s surfing world champions. Whether you’re a surfer or a swimmer, or just like to hang out on the sand, put Nobbys beach in Newcastle on your list.

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New South Wales is home to more than 870 national parks and reserves. Make a plan to venture beyond the big-hitters and you’ll find an array of lesser-known parks that offer incredible bushwalking, swimming, Aboriginal history, and more. Tooloom National Park is especially unique, as it forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and offers incredible views across the Great Dividing Range.

Tooloom National Park IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

New South Wales is home to more than 870 national parks and reserves. Make a plan to venture beyond the big-hitters and you’ll find an array of lesser-known parks that offer incredible bushwalking, swimming, Aboriginal history, and more. Tooloom National Park is especially unique, as it forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and offers incredible views across the Great Dividing Range.

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The New South Wales North Coast is fringed by hundreds of beautiful beaches and pristine waterways, whether you’re after a family-friendly stretch of sand or world-famous waves, there are plenty of options to plan for. Wallis Lake near Forster is the sparkling jewel in the crown that consists of the Great Lakes region in the Barrington Coast, and an epic place to try some aquatic activities such as paddleboarding.

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The New South Wales North Coast is fringed by hundreds of beautiful beaches and pristine waterways, whether you’re after a family-friendly stretch of sand or world-famous waves, there are plenty of options to plan for. Wallis Lake near Forster is the sparkling jewel in the crown that consists of the Great Lakes region in the Barrington Coast, and an epic place to try some aquatic activities such as paddleboarding.

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Dreaming of a magical winter escape? The Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, 450km south of Sydney has all you need. From caving to soaking in thermal waters, epic road trips snow-shoeing, you’ll find plenty to do when you can next visit.

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Dreaming of a magical winter escape? The Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, 450km south of Sydney has all you need. From caving to soaking in thermal waters, epic road trips snow-shoeing, you’ll find plenty to do when you can next visit.

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Spring and summer transform the Snowy Mountains into an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into hiking, canoeing, horse riding or cycling, this picturesque alpine wonderland should be on your list — and there are plenty of places to refuel on wine, truffles and trout afterwards.

Lake Jindabyne, Jindabyne IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

Spring and summer transform the Snowy Mountains into an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into hiking, canoeing, horse riding or cycling, this picturesque alpine wonderland should be on your list — and there are plenty of places to refuel on wine, truffles and trout afterwards.

Murrays Beach Sea Cave, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

New South Wales is home to some of the whitest sands in the world, which can be discovered on the White Sands Walk in the Shoalhaven region of the South Coast. The region is also home to postcard-perfect beaches, stunning bushwalks, relaxed villages, delicious local produce and fantastic wineries, so don’t forget to save a spot for it on your travel planning list.

Murrays Beach Sea Cave, Jervis Bay CREDIT: Jordan Robins

New South Wales is home to some of the whitest sands in the world, which can be discovered on the White Sands Walk in the Shoalhaven region of the South Coast. The region is also home to postcard-perfect beaches, stunning bushwalks, relaxed villages, delicious local produce and fantastic wineries, so don’t forget to save a spot for it on your travel planning list.

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New South Wales is a wine lover’s delight – not only can the country’s oldest vineyards be found in the Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive north of Sydney, there are 14 wine regions to plan a visit to. When planning your next adventure, why not consider taking off in a hot air balloon over the vineyards?

Ballooning, Hunter Valley. IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

New South Wales is a wine lover’s delight – not only can the country’s oldest vineyards be found in the Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive north of Sydney, there are 14 wine regions to plan a visit to. When planning your next adventure, why not consider taking off in a hot air balloon over the vineyards?

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New South Wales is one of Australia’s most diverse states, boasting outback plains to alpine high country and glorious pockets of rainforest. Woomagarma National Park is the largest protected area of forest west of the Great Dividing Range with fantastic camping and hiking and within close proximity to all that the Murray region offers.

Woomargama National Park, Wantagong IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

New South Wales is one of Australia’s most diverse states, boasting outback plains to alpine high country and glorious pockets of rainforest. Woomagarma National Park is the largest protected area of forest west of the Great Dividing Range with fantastic camping and hiking and within close proximity to all that the Murray region offers.

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Dreaming of a diving adventure? There are hundreds of fantastic diving and snorkelling spots along the coastlines of New South Wales. In the far northeastern corner of NSW, less than 1km off Fingal Head, Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is a haven for turtles (particularly green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles).

Cook Island, Fingal Head IMAGE ATTRIBUTION

Dreaming of a diving adventure? There are hundreds of fantastic diving and snorkelling spots along the coastlines of New South Wales. In the far northeastern corner of NSW, less than 1km off Fingal Head, Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is a haven for turtles (particularly green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles).

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