NEW SOUTH WALES TRAVEL GUIDE
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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.
Begin by discovering a few of the highlights of NSW including its many spectacular beaches.
Growing up outside Sydney, I thought I had seen all the best places to visit in NSW. But that was a bit premature because we’d […]
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.
If you’re planning a visit to Coffs Harbour, you’re probably heading there to visit the beaches and grab a selfie with the Big Banana monument. […]
Jervis Bay is magical. It’s a small, seaside town with less than 400 permanent residents (according to the 2016 census), but you can still be […]
The Byron Bay Beaches are legendary. It’s not just Australians and the surfing community who know about Byron Bay, but people all over the world. […]
Kingscliff is a sleepy beach side town on the northern NSW coast, only a fifteen-minute drive from the Queensland border. Although it’s small in size, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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.
Arguably the best way to explore New South Wale’s South Coast is by car. A South Coast NSW road trip takes you past some of […]
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 900 […]
Whenever I tell people that Australia has snow-capped mountains, they are shocked! Australia is home to so many diverse landscapes, why not add snow-topped ski […]
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 […]
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.
Taronga Zoo in Sydney is a captivating haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated against the picturesque backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo offers an […]
I never get sick of seeing wild kangaroos in Australia, and I’m an Aussie, I see them all the time. I can’t imagine how excited a […]
When you visit Byron Bay – and you MUST visit Byron Bay – one of our top recommendations for things to do is an early-morning walk to […]
Sydney can be a glamorous place, but it’s also beautiful, as you discover on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. This easy and family-friendly walk […]
Man, I loved this coastal walk. It’s one of those trails I could have just kept on walking (even with a 2-year-old strapped on my […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of Sydney Harbour on an afternoon Sydney Tall Ships cruise that promises to […]
Taking a helicopter ride over Sydney is a unique and thrilling experience that will leave long-lasting memories. Not only do you get to enjoy breathtaking […]
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?
I don’t think you could get an any more Australian experience then learning to surf at Bondi Beach, Australia’s most famous beach. Surfing at Bondi […]
Looking for a unique adventure in Sydney? Then be sure to explore the hidden treasures of Middle Harbour in Sydney by kayaking. Kayaking on Middle […]
If you’re looking to explore one of Sydney’s most vibrant neighborhoods, you’ll find there are many things to do in The Rocks, Sydney. My first […]
Are you wondering what to do in Sydney in only 48 hours? Great question! It’s not easy to pack all the amazing sites into a […]
Sydney consistently ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, and that’s probably not news to most of you. The […]
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
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.
As you descend upon the glistening waters of Sydney Harbor, a curious sight catches your eye. A tiny isle, sitting atop the dark turquoise waves, […]
I am very much a feelings person. I trust my intuition and know in an instant whether something is right for me or not. As […]
Enjoy a weekend getaway at the heritage listed Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse in Seal Rocks, Australia.
If only all hostels had views like the Thredbo YHA Hostel in the Snowy Mountains, in Kosciuszko National Park. Especially in a town that is […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
You should always leave space in your travel itinerary for spontaneity. And that’s what happened to us when we landed in Kangaroo Valley NSW. A […]
The Hunter Valley Wine Region is one of Australia’s most famous and popular wine growing regions. As such, anyone visiting Hunter Valley should consider looking […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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