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.
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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 is a sleepy beach side town on the northern NSW coast, only a fifteen minute drive from the Queensland border. There is only one […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Enjoy a weekend getaway at the heritage listed Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse in Seal Rocks, Australia.
“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 […]
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 took Kalyra for a daddy and daughter weekend getaway to Bathurst NSW, and what a pleasant surprise that trip was. No longer do I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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