Among the NSW destinations featured are Sydney Harbour, Enmore Theatre and Farm Cove. Sydney’s most recognisable icons and attractions are also featured as G Flip takes a boat ride solo with just their guitar, passing the iconic Sydney Opera House and underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge alongside fan encounters and live footage from their recent tour.
Inspired by a love for their home, ‘Australia’ is a heartfelt ballad that highlights G’s strong and vulnerable side of song writing.
“When I was thinking about this music video, I wanted it to be about my amazing times with fans this year in Australia. I went on a road trip across the country and met so many amazing humans and documented it. I also wanted to incorporate something cinematic and iconic to Australia.
“To me the Sydney Harbour is extremely breathtaking and almost surreal how stunning it is. When I have overseas friends come to Australia I have taken them on, or suggested going on, that exact boat I’m in in the music video - I’m now mates with the captain Mark, he is a legend. He got up at 4am to drive me around the harbour for it!
“’Australia’ was a bonus track on my album for anyone who bought the physical album. After singing it across Australia on tour, I knew I wanted to release it as a thank you to my beautiful home and the fans who have supported me there. Those fans gave me a #1 album, a sold-out tour, and every bit of success I’ve had in my career so this is really a thank you to them.
“Australia is such a beautiful and magical place and I’m so lucky to call it my home", they said.
The full video, showcasing Sydney’s iconic vistas and where so much of G Flip’s inspiration comes from is availablehere with shorter clips available here.
As spring turns to summer, NSW turns on holiday mode. Book a relaxing escape at a restorative retreat, get close to nature on birdwatching tours and wildflower walks, dive deeper into Indigenous culture through food and art, and see a NSW-first accessible hot air-balloon take flight.
A new place to switch off, let go and totally relax, Zensi Retreat opens this month just outside of Mudgee. Located on 33 acres of farmland, the luxurious accommodation includes a nature-inspired house for up to 10 people, a romantic villa for couples, teepees for glampers and a wellness space with a yoga room with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Art Deco apartments
Step back in time to the 1920s at the Riverina’s new boutique apartment hotel, Rooms of Renown. Located within a heritage building (the former Renown Refreshment Rooms of 1920) in the town of Leeton, the apartments combine Art Deco décor with modern and luxurious finishings – think jungle wallpaper, velvet furniture, gilded accessories – as well as deluxe kitchenettes and ensuites.
Escape to a nature haven at new Sapphire Coast retreat, The River. Located on 50 acres of land just south of Eden, and surrounded by national park, the secluded property caters for up to eight guests across three lodges. Each self-contained lodge features fully equipped kitchens, flax linen bedding, organic wool mattresses and firepits to enjoy the uninterrupted night sky.
A first of its kind in NSW, Balloon Aloft is taking wheelchair users to the sky. Its new accessible hot-air balloon flies over the Hunter Valley on a one-hour tour. It features an easy-access door and customised seating and harnesses for anyone with limited mobility. The tour also includes transfers from the meeting location at Peterson House to the launch site aboard a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
New tours for twitchers
Spot some of the Sapphire Coast’s 200 bird species on one of Tiny Zoo’s new birdwatching tours in Tathra. Find beginner bird-watching workshops, private half- or full-day tours, and a Birdwatching and Beers tour that includes morning tea and lunch at a local brewery. Tours include local ecologist guides and return transfers to your accommodation or cruise ship.
Balloon Aloft Hunter Valley
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Balloon Aloft, wheelchair accessible hot air balloon over the Hunter Valley
Mimosa Rocks National Park, Tanja
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Couple enjoying a morning walk along the Aragunnu Walking Track in Mimosa Rocks National Park.
Indigenous art in the Blue Mountains
Celebrating the beauty, richness and depth of Australia's Indigenous culture, Bilingarra is a new art gallery and cultural space in Lithgow by Wiradjuri artist Brett Groves. The space holds art workshops, displays original paintings by Groves, and sells native foods, Indigenous Nations maps and gifts.
Flower season in the Snowies
As the snow melts, the Snowy Mountains become carpeted in colour; wildflower season officially kicks off in Kosciuszko National Park in December. Head out on one of the park’s many summer hiking trails to see anemone buttercups, billy buttons, alpine sunrays and more in bloom, from the easy downhill Merritts Nature walk to the 19km guided Alpine Lakes Hike.
NSW Tourism Awards 2023
The NSW Tourism Awards for 2023 were announced this month, with some of the most outstanding winners in the state taking home an award. Contained In Nimbin won gold in the New Tourism Business category; Husk Farm Distillery won gold in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries category; and Crank It Up Festival, Batemans Bay was the recipient of the Judges’ Tourism Star Award, a special prize to reward resilience and innovation. The awards are managed by the NSW Tourism Industry Council powered by Business NSW, the state’s peak business organisation, and supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
The Diggings, Kosciuszko National Park
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Couple enjoying a scenic bushwalk by Thredbo River near The Diggings Campground in Kosciuszko National Park.