NEW SOUTH WALES

Whether you’re planning a short getaway from Sydney or a longer east-coast road trip, you’ll find no shortage of attractions in beautiful New South Wales.

This is a state packed with amazing bright-white beaches, beautiful rainforest hikes, stunning mountain views and pretty holiday towns.

Since I live in Sydney, I’ve been lucky enough to explore New South Wales extensively over the last few years. Browse my destination guides below to start planning a trip of your own!

1. Sydney

Sydney is where I’ve called home since 2016, and with its abundance of national parks and beaches, it’s a nature lover’s dream. To discover what to see and do in Australia’s largest city, click the button to visit my Sydney page, or take a look at the guides below.

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Best Trips from Sydney

2. Northern Rivers NSW (incl. Byron Bay)

Home to Australia’s much-loved Byron Bay, the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is blessed with beautiful beaches, bohemian towns and a hinterland that’s pretty magical. It also has a milder climate than the more southern parts of the state, so great if you want to visit somewhere warmer.

3. North Coast NSW

If you’re looking for a scenic road trip with a choice of coastal towns to explore, North Coast NSW is a fantastic option. You can stroll along the hand-painted breakwall at Port Macquarie, drive through banana plantations or enjoy city life in Coffs Harbour or enjoy beaches and scubadiving in Southwest Rocks.

4. Central Coast & Hunter Region

For an easy-to-reach getaway from Sydney, head 90 minutes north to the Central Coast, where you’ll find a string of holiday towns, coastal walks and beautiful Bouddi National Park.

Slightly further on, you can enjoy beaches and urban fun in beachside Newcastle, wineries in the Hunter Valley or dolphin cruises and amazing viewpoints in popular Port Stephens.

5. Blue Mountains & Beyond

A classic destination for a short getaway from Sydney is the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park. In less than two hours by car or train you can be transported to a world of fresh air, stunning mountain scenery and a choice of walking tracks and interesting villages.

6. Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Heading south of Sydney takes you past the Royal National Park and over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge to the northern suburbs of Wollongong. Here you can choose from a number of beachside towns nestled between the ocean and the lush Illawarra escarpment. To venture further afield, continue south along the Grand Pacific Drive and stop at the pretty coastal town of Kiama.

7. Shoalhaven (incl. Jervis Bay)

My personal favourite region for a holiday in New South Wales is the much-loved Shoalhaven coastline in and around Jervis Bay. Said to have the whitest sand in the world, Hyams Beach and its choice of nearby rivals have a serene kind of beauty that would suit any nature-loving traveller looking for a more tranquil break.

8. Eurobodalla & Sapphire Coast

Heading down towards the cooler climes near the border with Victoria lie the stunning coastal areas of Eden and Batemans Bay. Enjoy whale watching, hiking through national parks or driving along the Sapphire Coast Drive, stopping at cute little holiday towns along the way.

9. NSW Road Trips

If you’re itching to hit the road for an epic New South Wales adventure, my Australian drive itineraries have got you covered! Complete with top attractions, distances and accommodation choices, they’ll help you plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip with ease.

Use this Melbourne to Sydney drive itinerary to plan your East Coast Australia road trip. Includes distances, drive time, stops & costs.

Melbourne to Sydney Drive Itinerary: Pristine Coastal Beauty

This Sydney to Brisbane drive itinerary includes drive stops, distance, driving time, costs & campsites for your east coast road trip.

Sydney to Brisbane Drive Itinerary: Amazing East Coast Adventure

10. Plan Your Trip – Best Travel Resources

If you're planning a trip in Australia, here are the travel companies I'd recommended using. Please note that if you book through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps me to keep producing free content for this website. Thank you!

Hotels Combined

HotelsCombined compares all the big hotel comparison sites and displays the cheapest offers for each hotel. You'll find a wide range of accommodation types too, including hotels, hostels, apartments, holiday parks and homestays.

Aussie House Sitters

If you'd like to stay in a local's home for free while they're away, in return for looking after their pets, house sitting is a great option. I secured plenty of house sits through Aussie House Sitters when I travelled Australia.

Get Your Guide

Rather than scour different tour companies, just search for your destination on Get Your Guide. It'll bring up a compilation of available activities and tours, so you can compare what's on offer and pick the best  option for you.

Trusted Housesitters

For worldwide house sitting, I'd recommend Trusted Housesitters. You can even choose a membership that includes house-sit cancellation insurance and accident and third party liability protection.

Wise Currency

For foreign currency transfers, I'd recommend using an online currency specialist to avoid hefty bank fees. I've been using Wise since I moved to Australia, as they're transparent with rates, simple to use and your money moves across quickly.

$10 off PetCloud

If you need a local person to take care of your pets during your holiday, use this link or the discount code LISA2754 to receive $10 credit towards your first booking with PetCloud, whether that's for a house sitter, pet visits or pet host.