New South Wales is well-known for its sparkling capital of Sydney, its seemingly endless beaches and bushland, and its sophisticated dining scene. But combine the icons with lesser-known attractions, and this east coast state becomes a destination worthy of the bucket-list status.

Sydney is home to must-visit icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, but this Harbour City is constantly evolving. New rooftop bars, theatre shows and designer shops pop up at every turn, and the urban excitement is perfectly balanced by afternoons spent lying on the sand. Plus, with diverse destinations at its doorstep, Sydney is the perfect base for day trips and weekends away.
Bondi Beach
If you’ve never heard of the “Bondi bubble”, spend one day in this bustling, beautiful blue oceanside village and you’ll soon catch on. Even to locals, this slice of heaven is a real-life wonderland. Start your day watching the sunrise paint the ocean with a gorgeous glow before cooling off in an iconic ocean pool and filling up on a scrumptious brunch with a side of ocean views. Early birds and activity seekers will love the endless array of action – that starts before the sun’s up – while cruisers can chill out browsing boutiques or relax with a drink in hand. Keep an eye out and you may even see breaching whales and surfing dolphins across the one-kilometre (0.6-mile) stretch of glorious ocean. There really is nowhere quite like Bondi.
Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains, about a two-hour drive from Sydney, is best known for its soaring sandstone ridges blanketed in native bushland. Nestled within the wilderness lie charming mountain towns, ancient Aboriginal rock art and the iconic tourist attraction of Scenic World, where a suspended cableway and the world’s steepest train await. Expect to be enchanted by the natural beauty when you set out on foot to explore the walking tracks that loop around the verdant valleys and craggy cliffs. Find after-dark excitement spotting glow worms in an underground cave, or indulge in a touch of luxury at a wilderness retreat. Whether cloaked in clouds or glowing golden in the sunset, the endless vistas of the Blue Mountains will take your breath away.
Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley, only a two-hour drive from Sydney, is the birthplace of Australian wines. Known for its exquisite varieties of semillon and shiraz, the Hunter is renowned worldwide as a leading gourmet getaway. There are over 150 cellar doors and a growing number of innovative restaurants offering opportunities for indulgence across every pocket of the region. Its strong history of farming lends itself to incredible paddock to plate and biodynamic experiences, adding that extra satisfaction to your gourmet delights. Around your sampling, soak up the region’s natural wonders, unwind at one of the many day spas or sing your heart out with music between the vines.
Byron Bay
Look back a few decades and Byron Bay was known for its alternative culture, easygoing surfers and off-the-grid hippies. Now, Byron may be a bit more refined, but it’s no less beautiful. You’ll still find incredible surf breaks and tranquil yoga retreats that give a nod to Byron’s hippie history. You’ll also find newcomers including award-winning restaurants, luxurious beach houses and craft breweries. From barefoot backpackers to Hollywood celebrities, Byron Bay has retained its status as a destination for everyone.
Jervis Bay
Home to some of the world’s whitest sand beaches and azure waters teeming with marine life, Jervis Bay is no doubt one of Australia’s crown jewels. Enveloping the bay is breathtaking bush, including the Aboriginal-owned Booderee National Park where native wildlife, tranquil trails and an endless collection of secluded beaches are cherished by travellers and locals alike. Beneath the gentle surface of the bay lies the Jervis Bay Marine Park. It’s here where the town comes to life, as its playful residents – including dolphins, seals, fairy penguins and whales – frolic in the waters before you. Welcome to New South Wales’ pocket of paradise.



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