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New South Wales

New South Wales

Travel Guide

Home to the show-stopping city of Sydney and the backpacker hotspots of Byron Bay and Bondi, New South Wales is Australia's must-see state. Head to the Blue Mountains for your share of breathtaking scenery, lap up the fine dining and local wines in Hunter Valley, and top up your wannabe surfer tan on Manly Beach. From the trendy restaurants of Darling Harbour, to bohemian festivals and adrenaline fuelled activities, New South Wales is a place that stays with visitors forever.

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Byron Bay

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Blue Mountains

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Work in New South Wales

Australia is huge (if you didn't know) - so to make the most of it you're going to need a fair bit of cash. Why not kill two birds with one stone and work AND travel in Oz? Fly in to Sydney, get a job, hang around a bit (we can think of worse places!) then head off to other interesting corners of the country. Image being able to say you've lived in one of the most exciting capitals in the world?!
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Getting around New South Wales

Campervan Hire
There's no better feeling than hitting the open road on an adventure with a couple of mates, and an Aussie road trip is no different. Discover the highlights of New South Wales, and get off the beaten track as you travel at your own pace. If you want flexibility, then this is the way to go!
New South Wales Rail
If you're looking for a rail adventure then go for the Xplorer, which goes to over 360 destinations in New South Wales.  It's a flexible, easy and versatile way to discover the New South Wales and goes to exciting places like the Hunter Valley (hello, wine!) and it's your ticket to the states' lesser known towns like Tamworth and Moree! Discover hidden gems, proper Aussie life (with legendary locals), beautiful beaches, and diverse landscapes.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Passes
Sometimes it's good to know your transport is sorted, but even then, you want a bit of flexibility. Well, in come the hop-on hop-off bus passes! You can choose from a more structured itinerary, all the way through to a bus pass that allows you to book each leg of your route as you go.

Tours and activities in NSW

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Most of the Coast - Sydney to Cairns
The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia – the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the Outback. You’ll get to try your hand at dozens of activities – everything from wine-tasting to sailing and snorkelling.
From £2,079
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Beaches and Reefs (start Sydney)| 14 days
If you love sun, water, fun & adventure then this is the perfect trip for you. Packed with loads of inclusions, you’ll experience the best of what makes the East Coast of Oz such a sought after place to visit.
From £1,849
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Sydney to Brisbane Experience - 7 days
Think Australia's out of your league since you're short on time and cash? This quick Sydney-to-Brisbane jaunt squeezes tons of excitement into a short time frame - learn to surf and sip Australias viticultural bounty on the coast, then move inland to the Outback. Its Oz in a flash for a fraction of the cost.
From £799
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When is the best time to visit New South Wales?

New South Wales truly is a year-round destination, with even the winter months (Jun - Aug) seeing balmy temperatures in the 20's, and the summer (Dec - Feb) can climb into the 30's. Summer is peak time due to the great weather, but come in Autumn or Spring and the weather will be good, and the prices will be lower. It’s not just the weather that’s great in Sydders – the state is home to a range of major events and festivals all year. See in New Year’s Eve with the iconic fireworks on Sydney Harbour and party with locals during January’s exciting Sydney Festival. Celebrate Mardi Gras at one of the most vibrant parades in the world, and witness awe-inspiring surf competitions along the pristine New South Wales coastline. This is just the beginning!

Looking for some more inspiration? Check out our STA Travel Blog!

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