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Make your memories in Sydney and NSW

Three Sisters, KatoombaCREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic views across Blue Mountains National Park and the Three Sisters in Katoomba.

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Make your memories
in Sydney and NSW

Three Sisters, Katoomba CREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic views across Blue Mountains National Park and the Three Sisters in Katoomba.

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Travel is about the moments that bring us closer to each other, fill us with awe and help us reclaim our calm. And whether you’re visiting Sydney and New South Wales for a long-weekend or taking your own sweet time on a big adventure, you’ll collect memories to carry with you forever. Here’s where to get started…

Hydrate your soul

It’s easy to stock up on Vitamin Sea in Sydney. Dive into one of 35 ocean pools, like Bondi Icebergs, Bronte Baths or Freshwater Ocean Pool, where sparkling seas have revitalised Sydneysiders since the 19th Century. The rejuvenating moments continue on Sydney Harbour, too – join the locals in their favourite playground and learn to sail with EastSail. Surrounded by countless yachts on the glittering harbour, you’ll feel part of a living postcard.

Conquer the world together

For romantic moments that’ll bring you closer, take your love sky-high. With Sydney Seaplanes you’ll enjoy spectacular views over the harbour and coastline en route to the lush Hawkesbury River, where you’ll find treasure at Broken Bay Pearl Farm. And an adventure with Bridgeclimb will get your hearts pumping as you stand atop the Harbour Bridge, hand in hand. Afterwards, cosy up together in a restaurant in The Rocks for a date night you’ll never forget. 

Be moved by powerful stories

Whether they make us laugh, cry or wonder, our stories bring us together – and seeing a live show in Sydney will add memorable moments to yours. Take in a Bangarra performance, where 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture spring to life in contemporary dance. Catch Hamilton at the Lyric Theatre, or a wide range of comedy, music, dance and more at the Sydney Opera House.

See the light in Sydney

Sydney’s heart shines bright – and its colours are inspiring. The Vivid Sydney festival transforms winter nights into a mesmerising kaleidoscope of light, music and ideas. All year round, you can become part of the glittering skyline at one of the city’s rooftop and harbourside bars, including Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge, Smoke at Barangaroo House and Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade. Sipping a cocktail as the city twinkles around you, it’s impossible to ignore its effervescence – or feel energised yourself.

Connect with something bigger than us

Some moments make us realise this world is bigger than us – like when you’re discovering Mungo National Park for the first time. Best explored by 4WD tour, Mungo lies outside Mildura in south-western NSW and its otherworldly formations are like nowhere else on Earth (in fact, this is where the 42,000-year-old remains of the Mungo Man and Woman were found). Mungo’s sacred atmosphere feels older than time itself and a walking tour with an Aboriginal ranger will connect you to its spiritual heart. 

Reconnect with nature

You could spend years exploring the Blue Mountains and still find new vistas to stop you in your tracks. An hour west of Sydney, this World Heritage-listed wilderness features waterfalls, rock formations and ancient rainforests to refresh your soul. Plus, there’s a hiking trail for everyone from beginners (try the 800m Three Sisters walk) to seasoned trekkers (join a guided three-day hike on the Six Foot Track) – and every adventurer in between. And spend a night at Capertee Bubble Tent Australia, near Lithgow, where you can gaze upon a billion stars from your transparent tent. 

A feast for your senses

With its impressive menu of multicultural cuisines, and everything from food trucks to fine dining to choose from, it’s no wonder Sydney’s known as the Flavour Capital of Australia. Plus, the mealtime views are as tantalising as the produce. Up for laidback pub grub, great beer and alfresco dining? Check out the Endeavour Tap Rooms in the picturesque Rocks. Fancy seafood in the fresh air with ocean views? Look no further than Coogee Pavilion, Watson’s Bay or the BoatHouse Balmoral. Bon appetit, mate!

Free your mind on the open road

Head to the South Coast to choose your own adventure. From Sydney, follow the Grand Pacific Drive over the Sea Cliff Bridge to the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay, where you’ll find friendly kangaroos, white sandy beaches to call your own and sacred mountains to hike. Then follow the Oyster Trail south to Pambula, where Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours will transport your tastebuds. The possibilities along this stretch of coast are as plentiful as the memorable moments you’ll make along the way.

Make memories worth bottling

Ready to explore cellar doors with your favourite people? You’ll have the (wine) time of your life in Country NSW. In Orange, join a winery tour to sample cool-climate varieties like pinot noir and chardonnay, and reconnect at the award-winning Lakeview luxury couples retreat. At nearby Mudgee, stock up on Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, and enjoy a hot air balloon flight over rolling hills and vineyards – guaranteed to leave you happily breathless.

Press play on your new passion

Nestled amongst the North Coast’s rivers, rainforests and reefs, the Tweed Area’s natural playgrounds invite you to reconnect with yourself and discover what makes you feel most alive. Breathe in the beauty of Gondwana forests during a Rainforest Revival Yoga Retreat; discover a new rush as you learn to surf; paddle in peace along the Tweed River, or explore your creative side in Murwillumbah. The invigorating beauty of this wild playground rubs off on you – even if you just want to kick back and do nothing at all.

Bronte Beach and Baths CREDIT: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW

Bronte Beach and Baths, Eastern suburbs Sydney

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Bronte Beach and Baths CREDIT: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW

Bronte Beach and Baths, Eastern suburbs Sydney

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Sydney Seaplanes CREDIT: Sydney Seaplanes

A Sydney Seaplane flying over Sydney harbour

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Sydney Seaplanes CREDIT: Sydney Seaplanes

A Sydney Seaplane flying over Sydney harbour

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Tune in to an ancient heartbeat 

Beneath the buzz of the city, a sacred rhythm beats strong and proud. Aboriginal people have connected with this land for 30,000 years and their stories are dotted around the Harbour. At the Grotto Point Engraving Site, thousand-year-old rock engravings showcase their bond with nature. Nearby at Balls Head, shell middens reveal where the Cammeraygal people came together for meals. On a Dreaming tour of the Rocks you’ll see the city through Aboriginal eyes – and be moved by this timeless place’s pulsing energy. 

Feel on top of the world 

Mount Kosciuszko might be Australia’s highest mountain, but you don’t need to be a mountaineer to reach its peak – the intermediate 13km Kosciuszko Summit Walk starts near Thredbo and takes about five hours. Standing on the roof of Australia, that feeling of proud satisfaction is one you’ll hang on to. After all, it’s not every day you conquer a continent… 

Find your party people 

Despite its emptiness, the Outback knows how to bring people together. Cut a rug with glamorous drag queens at Broken Hill’s Broken Heel Festival; be moved by Aussie music royalty at the Tamworth Country Music Festival; or, pitch your tent at the Deniliquin Ute Muster, where you can laugh and play alongside your 20,000 new mates. 

Savour a new flavour 

From classic Vietnamese in Cabramatta to Afghani street food in Merrylands, Sydney’s multicultural neighbourhoods offer a mouth-watering menu of memorable meals – and a foodie tour will satisfy both your hunger and appetite for discovery. Keen to taste a new brew? The Inner West has unique craft beer experiences on tap; join Dave’s Brewery Tours to sample the best of them.  

Soak up a glamorous sunset 

There’s excitement in the air as the sun sinks down behind Sydney Harbour Bridge, setting the scene for a night full of possibilities. Take a dip in Crown Sydney’s infinity pool and catch the moment when the city lights glitter to life. Fill your glass with sparkles at Opera Bar as locals loosen their ties, then feast on fine fare at Bennelong. Wherever you take it in, the magic of a Sydney sunset is undeniable – and utterly unforgettable. 

Bond with a gentle giant 

Dive into a life-changing connection on the South Coast, where you can swim with a humpback whale in Jervis Bay. Looking into its ginormous eye, you’ll feel a moment of pure joy as you realise your curiosity is reciprocated. Prefer to start smaller? Head 210km south to Narooma, where you can swim with seals near Barunguba (Montague Island), or connect with cute seabirds on a penguin tour

Lap up the Royal treatment  

Choose your own adventure in the Royal National Park, just 50 minutes south of the city. Hire a bike or canoe near the Audley Visitor’s Centre and explore rainforests, rivers and secret beaches, or take a 26km guided overnight bushwalk along the Coast Track. With its towering waterfalls, mysterious rockpools and lush palm forests, there’s a natural surprise to stop you in your tracks at every twist of the trail. 

Switch off in paradise 

It’s easy to disconnect from stress on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island. The lack of mobile reception frees your mind to SUP with turtles, wander through rainforests, climb Mount Gower and swim with 450 different types of fish, surrounded by spectacular nature. As you snorkel around Ball’s Pyramid – the world’s tallest volcanic stack – you can’t help but marvel that this watery wonderland was born from fire 6 million years ago … and has barely changed since. 

Discover a new rush  

In Port Stephens, the Worimi Conservation Lands are a moving playground of towering dunes, sculpted by powerful winds. Join an adventure tour with Aboriginal-owned Sand Dune Adventures, and you’ll learn about the area’s rich First Nations culture, explore 10-storey dunes by quad bike, and feel your adrenaline spike as you bounce down them on a sandboard. That moment when you find sandy grains in your mouth from smiling too much? It’s as solid gold as this ever-changing sandscape.   

Recharge on the river 

Mighty rivers have carved their own paths across NSW, and going with their flow on your own houseboat is revitalising. Breathe in the tranquillity as the bush unfurls around your floating home on the Hawkesbury (near Sydney), or drive three hours further north and cruise Forster’s waterways. Want to get completely off the grid? Head to the Murray Region and explore Australia’s longest river by houseboat. Waking up each day to the chorus of birdsong, you’ll feel as peaceful as the glassy waters you’ve made your home.    

Go wild in the city 

Ever heard of a corroboree frog or bilby? They’re just two of many native critters you’ll find at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Wild Life Sydney Zoo, on the Harbour. On the city’s fringe, Sydney Zoo gets you close to kangaroos, Tassie devils and wombats, while at the Australian Reptile Park, you’ll encounter platypuses and crocs. And at each place, there’s a cheeky koala who’ll look you right in the eye as she steals your heart!  

Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko CREDIT: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Couple watching the sun set at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko CREDIT: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Couple watching the sun set at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Houseboat, Hawkesbury River CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoying a day out on the Hawkesbury River, Wisemans Ferry in their houseboat.

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Houseboat, Hawkesbury River CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoying a day out on the Hawkesbury River, Wisemans Ferry in their houseboat.

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