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What to see in New South Wales


New South Wales is most celebrated for Sydney, which draws hordes of tourists with its many urban attractions. The city's most famous landmarks include the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Tower, but the city is also renowned for its stunning beaches, fun nightlife and great restaurant scene. Although Sydney is Australia's premier tourist destination, travellers would do well to investigate the state as a whole, as New South Wales certainly has a lot to offer beyond vibrant Sydney.

New South Wales is an outdoor adventurer's dream, with varied mountainous, coastal and desert landscapes providing a playing field for hiking, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, whitewater rafting and even skiing. Popular New South Wales destinations for adventurers, and those simply in search of natural beauty, include the Blue Mountains, the Snowy Mountains, Lord Howe Island, Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops National Park, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Jervis Bay, Jindabyne and Hawkesbury Valley.

Harbour Bridge

One of Sydney's most famous landmarks, the Harbour Bridge (known locally as the 'Coat Hanger') was completed in 1932 after claiming 16 lives during its construction. The bridge spans the 1,600-foot…

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The Rocks

The best place to start exploring Australia's oldest city is at The Rocks, a restored 19th-century village at the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was the site of Australia's first…

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Sydney Opera House

It may not be an ancient monument, but the architecturally distinctive Sydney Opera House epitomises the city as much as the Great Pyramid in Cairo or the Acropolis in Athens. Situated on Sydney's…

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Sydney's 'green lung' is a 30-hectare botanical garden, established in 1816 and containing more than 7,500 species of plant. Australia's very first farm was on the site where the garden now flourishes,…

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Darling Harbour

The waterside tourist precinct of Darling Harbour, close to the central business district, is crossed by a monorail and offers plenty of entertaining diversions, museums, carnival rides, restaurants…

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Sydney Beaches

One thing that is not in short supply in Sydney is beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. Anywhere in the city, except perhaps in the far west suburbs, you will never be more than half an hour away from…

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Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower, or the AMP Centrepoint Tower, is the tallest free-standing structure in the city, and one of the tallest in the country. Situated above the Centrepoint office building and shopping centre,…

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