NEW SOUTH WALES TRAVEL GUIDE

Are you looking for expert advice and insider tips on travel in the NSW?

We were born and raised in Woy Woy on the Central Coast of NSW, but live in the USA.

New South Wales is a state we know a lot about - especially Sydney and surrounds. We fell in love with Sydney at a young age and have visited often over the years. Caroline went to University in Sydney.

It is what we consider one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's also Australia's biggest city.

We’ve also extensively explored both the north and south coasts, and to a lesser extent country NSW.

NSW is Australia's most populous state, so you are bound to find a lot of diversity of culture in this state.

From snowy mountains, to small dusty outback towns, rivers that meander beside gum tree lined banks, and spectacular beaches, NSW will delight and entertain.

Scroll down to find our tips on the best things to do in NSW including best beaches, suprising country towns, itinerary ideas, road trips and more.

NSW HIGHLIGHTS

Begin by discovering a few of the highlights of NSW including its many spectacular beaches. 

Greenfield Beach, NSW, Australia

11 of the Best NSW Beaches to visit

Growing up in NSW and having road tripped extensively both the north and south coast regions, I’ve been to most of the best beaches in […]

12 Places to Visit in NSW, Australia

12 Favourite Places to Visit in NSW

We thought that we’d already seen the best places to visit in NSW. But that was a bit premature, because we’d only ever really done […]

AWESOME BEACH DESTINATIONS IN NSW

The NSW coastline stretches for over 2,000km and has endless options for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and sunbaking.

I love the more cove style beaches of NSW with its golden sand and rolling surf. For beach lifestyle, you'll find some of the best beaches in the country.

And like WOW to Sydney. How can the biggest city in the country have endless stunning choices for beaches.

Kingscliff, NSW, Australia

The Sleepy Beachside town of Kingscliff NSW

Kingscliff is a sleepy beach side town on the northern NSW coast, only a fifteen minute drive from the Queensland border. There is only one […]

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

5 Stunning Byron Bay Beaches You Must Set Foot On

The Byron Bay Beaches are legendary in the surfing community. They draw thousands from around the world who come to ride their waves, many never […]

Best Things to Do in Coffs Harbour

To be honest, I’m actually not a big fan of Coffs Harbour. The town just doesn’t do that much for me. So why did we […]

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia

8 Things to Do in Jervis Bay, NSW

Jervis Bay is magical. Sure Australia has many beautiful beaches, and amongst the 10,000 of them, it’s rare to find an ugly one. BUT, many […]

Bouddi national park Central Coast

Top Things to do on the Central Coast of NSW

In 2010 we returned to our home town, Woy Woy on the Central Coast of NSW. It’s tucked away on a peninsula, just over an […]

Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia

Is this one of the best beaches in Sydney?

Each time I step foot off the ferry onto Palm Beach in Sydney I feel like I’ve arrived home. It might be because I watch […]

Surf beach kiama

Things to do in Kiama, NSW (surprising beauty!)

I’m not sure what I was expecting from Kiama, NSW. I had it in my head there would be lots of concrete, busy roads, and […]

Angourie Beach

Yamba NSW: Is this Australia’s best kept secret?

I feel like we have discovered Australia’s best kept secret. Actually we may be a little late in the discovery. I think the cat was […]

Big 4 caravan park South West Rocks

South West Rocks NSW and the Big 4 Caravan Park

One of the best ways to see Australia is to travel by car and stay in caravan parks around the country. This is really popular […]

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NSW ROAD TRIP IDEAS

Looking for a classic coastal drive, a food and wine trail, or an epic Outback adventure?

NSW has a road trip that will suit any kind of traveler and style?

The following articles will share things to do, see and eat along some of these famous NSW drives.

Boulders Beach, NSW, Australia

North Coast NSW Road Trip – Lennox Head to Gold Coast

North Coast NSW is one of my favourite areas in Australia. It’s lush, hilly, filled with ancient rainforests, magnificent views, stunning coastline and beaches, and […]

Murrumbidgee River

Things to see and do on a Snowy Mountain Drive

When most people plan a trip to the Snowy Mountains they are heading straight to Thredbo or Perisher for some skiing action. It’s time to […]

2 weeks in South Coast NSW

2 Weeks in South Coast NSW – Travel Itinerary

South Coast NSW deserves a road trip. After having recently spent five weeks discovering the south coast for the first time, we usually head north […]

Terrigal - one of the best day trips from Sydney, Australia

Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip Highlights

The iconic east coast road trip from Sydney to Brisbane, known as the Legendary Pacific Coast, is one of Australia’s top road trips. Stretching 900kms […]

NSW ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

NSW has endless attractions and activities form surfing famous breaks to spectacular coastal drives, world class wine regions and national parks.

Here are a few of our favorites.

The Sydney Opera House during the Vivid Sydney Festival of lights.

How to Experience the Vivid Sydney Festival (with or without kids)

The Vivid Sydney festival has kicked off in Sydney, Australia. For the next three weeks, Vivid will dazzle and amaze over 1.7 million visitors flocking to […]

Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk, NSW, Australia

Hiking the Gorgeous Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk with Kids

When you visit Byron Bay – and you MUST visit Byron Bay -one of our top recommendations is an early-morning walk to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. In […]

Yarrangobilly Caves, Snowy Mountains, Australia

What to Do at Yarrangobilly Caves – Snowy Mountains

Recently we shared with you our relaxing retreat at Yarrangobilly Caves House in the northern part of the Snowy Mountains. I could have easily stayed […]

White Sands Walk, Seamans Beach, Australia

The Sensational White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay

Man I loved this walk. It’s one of those walks I could have just kept on walking (even with a 2 year old strapped on […]

Where to see Kangaroos in Australia

If you want to see wild kangaroos in Australia come here

I never get sick of seeing wild kangaroos and I’m an Aussie. I couldn’t imagine how excited a foreigner would be to step on our shores […]

The 5 Lands Walk, Central Coast NSW – connecting to land and culture

It’s strange to think that I discovered one of the most beautiful ways to connect people to land and culture in my own back yard […]

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia

Taronga Zoo, Sydney- A World Class Zoo

After spending so much time in the Safari Parks of Africa, visiting zoos does not hold a great deal of appeal to me. If I […]

Byron Bay Bluesfest in Pictures

Byron Bay Bluesfest in Pictures

We attended the 22nd Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest held over Easter. Bluesfest, held on a 120-hectare tea farm just outside of beautiful Byron Bay and […]

Tamarama Beach

Don’t Miss The Spectacular Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Sydney

I grew up only about an hour north of Sydney and have spent a lot of time in the city and surrounding areas. However, it […]

SYDNEY HIGHLIGHTS AND TIPS

No visit to NSW would be complete without spending time in this spectacular city.

Sydney is amazing. Everywhere you turn will be views to astound, the climate is spectacular, the culture diverse and sparkly, the food and wine sensational.

Don't forget to explore the areas surrounding Sydney for many hidden secrets.

Check out our most popular Sydney posts below.

Greenfield Beach, NSW, Australia

10 day trips from Sydney (or weekend getaways)

Looking for suggestions on day trips from Sydney? These coastal and inland destinations are within 3 hours from Sydney, perfect for a Sydney weekend getaway

Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, Sydney, Australia

15 Exciting Things to do in Sydney with Kids

The list of things to do in Sydney with kids could be endless. Caz and I both grew up an hour north of Sydney and […]

View of Sydney Opera House from the Manly Ferry

What to do in Sydney in 48 hours: An exciting 2 day Itinerary

What to do in Sydney if you only have 48 hours? Great question, and to be honest, I wish you had more time because Sydney […]

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge (it’s Free)

A few months ago Savannah and I were in Sydney and found ourselves with an hour to kill. It was morning, the sun was shining, […]

Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia

18 Free Things to Do in Sydney

Sydney consistently ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, that’s probably not news to most of you. The GOOD […]

Diving at Shelly Beach in Sydney, Australia

Learning to Scuba Dive at Shelly Beach, Sydney

Learning to scuba dive at Shelly Beach in Sydney with Pro Dive was awesome. It’s a perfect dive spot in Sydney for beginners and you’re right near Manly!

Experience Sydney, Australia by Helicopter

Experience Sydney by Helicopter

We’ve experienced Sydney in so many ways: walking across its bridges and around the foreshore, going on harbour cruises, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, taking […]

Sydney Harbour Bridge climb at Twilight

Would you do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb?

Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb worth it? One of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions and a world icon,but are the views worth it?

Kayaking on Middle Harbour, Sydney

It was hard to believe that we were paddling on one of the world’s busiest harbours. All that could be heard was the gentle splashing […]

Let's go surfing Bondi

Learning to Surf at Bondi With Let’s Go Surfing – Sydney

I don’t think you could get any more Australian then learning to surf at Bondi, Sydney’s iconic beach. This wasn’t my first attempt at surfing, […]

NSW ACCOMMODATION IDEAS

From unique lighthouse stays, to camgrounds on the beach and accommodation to suit al budgets in Sydney, we have a few NSW accommodation ideas for you.

Cuddle time at Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport – accommodation for stress free travel

You may have been following along on social media, but just before Christmas Caz and the kids flew from Sydney to the Gold Coast for […]

View of the Sydney Opera House from walking over the Harbour Bridge

5 best accommodation in Sydney CBD – from budget to luxury

Looking for a place to stay on your visit to Sydney? We have researched the best accommodation in the Sydney CBD to save you time! Let us know what you choose.

Mount Kosciusko, Thredbo, Australia

Thredbo YHA Hostel – Budget Accommodation in the Snowy Mountains

All hostels should be made with views like the Thredbo YHA Hostel. Especially in a town that is not cheap to stay in. It’s Thredbo, […]

Yamba YHA

A family stay at the Yamba YHA

We don’t stay in a lot of hostels anymore. But, it’s rare that I don’t walk into one without getting an immediate sense of returning […]

Billabong Yoga Retreat Sydney

Honouring my Spirit at Billabong Yoga Retreat – Sydney

The sun awakens to give light to the bush surrounding the billabong. The stillness wraps around me as I sit alone in a swinging hammock […]

Big 4 caravan park South West Rocks

South West Rocks NSW and the Big 4 Caravan Park

One of the best ways to see Australia is to travel by car and stay in caravan parks around the country. This is really popular […]

sugar loaf point lighthouse seal rocks

Weekend Getaway in a Historic Lighthouse Cottage – Seal Rocks, NSW

Enjoy a weekend getaway at the heritage listed Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse in Seal Rocks, Australia.

Cockatoo Island camping on Sydney harbour

Cockatoo Island – Camping on Sydney Harbour and historic tours

“It opened to the public in 2007. Ah! Now that is why I have never heard of this place. I was wondering how on earth […]

Sydney Harbour YHA rooftop views

Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel – The Rocks District

I am very much a feelings person. I trust my intuition and know in an instant whether something is right for me or not. I […]

NSW COUNTRY CHARM

Are you looking for quiet country charm, delicious food and wine, and kookaburras singing in some gigantic gum trees?

Don't overlook this charming region of NSW!

Adventure Playground, Bathurst, NSW

14 Awesome Things to Do in Bathurst, NSW with kids

I took Kalyra for a daddy and daughter weekend getaway to Bathurst NSW, and what a pleasant surprise that trip was. No longer do I […]

Tnings to Do in Armidale - NSW, Australia

Things to do in Armidale NSW in 48 hours

I really enjoyed Armidale in northern NSW. In a way, I kind of knew I would considering it’s a University town located in the picturesque […]

5 things to do in Mudgee, Australia

5 Awesome Things to Do in Mudgee NSW

Mudgee…why oh why did we wait 40 years to visit? And we grew up only 4 hours away. You’ve been calling us for so long […]

Things to Do in Orange NSW – F.O.O.D Week

You know a town is passionate about food, and really good at it, when the winner of Australia’s MasterChef and local town resident (Kate Bracks) […]

Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia

Why visit Kangaroo Valley in NSW

You should always leave space in your travel itinerary for spontaneity. A large focus of our Australian road trip is to ask for suggestions from […]

bike riding through the River Red Gum Forest

The River Red Gum National Park and the Riverina Experience – NSW

The fire crackles and pops beside me. Soon we will be cooking our evening meal over it and warming ourselves on an Autumn evening under […]

The Hunter Valley - one of the best day trips from Sydney, Australia

A Guide to Hunter Valley Wine Tasting and Tours

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous and popular wine growing regions. It is only a two hour drive north of Sydney, which […]

WHAT REGION IN NSW ARE YOU PLANNING TO VISIT?

There are many stunning NSW destinations, divided into different regions.

Whether weekend getaways, family holidays or adventure holidays, you’ll find plenty of points of interest and amazing attractions.

Click the image to head straight to our tips and resource guides for the region you are planning to visit.

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Check out all the fun you can have in Sydney, including our favorite - the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

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ALL NSW ARTICLES

Browse through all the content we have written on adventures, attractions and places to see in New South Wales. 

As far as picnic areas go, the views from this one in Warrumbungle National Park are pretty special

7 Spectacular Things to do in Coonabarabran, NSW

By Melissa Chambers | June 19, 2017

After spending a few days exploring Coonamble and The Pilliga, we headed east to Coonabarabran – the gateway to the Warrumbungle Mountains. Coonabarabran in Central New South Wales is a gorgeous little town. We had […]

Sculptures in the Scrub in The Pilligia Dubbo NSW

6 captivating things to do in Coonamble and the Pilliga in NSW

By Melissa Chambers | May 21, 2017

When I was younger, I remember hearing someone jokingly say that New South Wales stood for Newcastle, Sydney and Woolongong. Meaning that nothing interesting existed on the western side of the Great Dividing Range. But […]

Visiting the Taronga Western Plains Zoo is one of the best things to do in Dubbo with kids

Educational Things to do in Dubbo with Kids

By Leah | April 20, 2017

It didn’t take the kids much to twist our arms and have us agree to take a road trip with their cousins to Dubbo in central west NSW. It was, after all, the very location […]

Cuddle time at Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport – accommodation for stress free travel

By Craig Makepeace | January 2, 2017

You may have been following along on social media, but just before Christmas Caz and the kids flew from Sydney to the Gold Coast for a week long getaway to catch up with friends. I […]

Greenfield Beach, NSW, Australia

10 day trips from Sydney (or weekend getaways)

By Craig Makepeace | August 23, 2016

Looking for suggestions on day trips from Sydney? These coastal and inland destinations are within 3 hours from Sydney, perfect for a Sydney weekend getaway

Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, Sydney, Australia

15 Exciting Things to do in Sydney with Kids

By Craig Makepeace | June 20, 2016

The list of things to do in Sydney with kids could be endless. Caz and I both grew up an hour north of Sydney and have visited Sydney countless times as kids ourselves and now […]

The Sydney Opera House during the Vivid Sydney Festival of lights.

How to Experience the Vivid Sydney Festival (with or without kids)

By Caroline Makepeace | June 1, 2016

The Vivid Sydney festival has kicked off in Sydney, Australia. For the next three weeks, Vivid will dazzle and amaze over 1.7 million visitors flocking to one of the world’s most beautiful harbour cities. We partnered […]

View of the Sydney Opera House from walking over the Harbour Bridge

5 best accommodation in Sydney CBD – from budget to luxury

By Craig Makepeace | February 26, 2016

Looking for a place to stay on your visit to Sydney? We have researched the best accommodation in the Sydney CBD to save you time! Let us know what you choose.

View of Sydney Opera House from the Manly Ferry

What to do in Sydney in 48 hours: An exciting 2 day Itinerary

By Craig Makepeace | February 1, 2016

What to do in Sydney if you only have 48 hours? Great question, and to be honest, I wish you had more time because Sydney deserves longer than two days – I could spend two […]

Sunrise in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

22 Things to Do in Port Macquarie

By Craig Makepeace | September 4, 2015

I grew up holidaying in Port Macquarie and have fond childhood memories of camping at the Breakwall Caravan Park, visiting Fantasy Glades and riding the water slides at Peppermint Park. We loved those trips to […]

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