Can you imagine a visit to majestic mountains, pristine beaches and stunning landscapes all in one place! NSW is the only State in Australia where you can ski down a mountain, surf a world-class reef break, visit a remote outback town and explore a temperate rainforest. The gateway to this magical state is Sydney, home to the famous Bondi Beach, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wineries, just two hours’ drive away. Drive north to the coastal jewels of Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Port Stephens where you can go snorkelling, sandboarding and enjoy beautiful national parks; head south to swim with dolphins in Jervis Bay. The Australian Alps, picturesque country towns and dramatic outback national parks can be found inland.
Famous Sydney Harbour is a sublime natural treasure that offers you the freedom to get away from it all. Enjoy a romantic stroll by the harbour, get onboard a luxury cruise to a secluded cove or take a twilight climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Superb dining, great nightlife and stunning beaches will ensure you fall in love with Sydney. If you enjoy fine dining with a beautiful view, treat yourself and your partner to lunch at Berowra Waters Inn, an iconic restaurant, accessible only by water. Board a seaplane in Sydney and fly along the northern beaches before arriving for lunch on the Hawkesbury River, just 30 minutes later. Here you can savour a stunning view of the water and the bush over a delicious lunch.
Within a few hours of Sydney, couples have an assortment of romantic getaway choices. The Hunter Valley, home to over 150 cellar doors and wineries, is a place to indulge in good wine and food – think boutique retreats and cosy guesthouses in winter and long summer days spent touring the world-famous wineries. Alternatively, just 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney is Australia’s original honeymoon destination – the beautiful Blue Mountains. It’s a seductive, captivating location with panoramic views, meandering walking trails and luxury retreats. Discover the wilderness on a guided tour along trails that criss-cross mountain streams. Stop for a picnic with a hamper full of delicious local food and wine next by a cascading waterfall and enjoy a dramatic sunset.
New South Wales is perfect for self-drive holidays. A classic driving holiday is along the North Coast from Sydney to Byron Bay, stopping along the way at coastal towns and beaches. In Country NSW, lovely countryside with small towns and friendly locals are welcoming.
If you’re planning a family holiday make sure Port Stephens is at the top of your list for a destination outside of Sydney. Port Stephens is a large natural harbour located around 2.5 hours’ drive north of Sydney. With 26 golden sandy beaches, a bay that is more than twice the size of the Sydney Harbour, and a mountainous, rainforest-fringed peninsula, it’s the perfect family holiday destination. Here you can go four-wheel driving in the sand dunes, swim with dolphins, surf and snorkel, or explore nature in pristine national parks.
South of Sydney is Jervis Bay, another popular family destination. With powder-fine sand and clear turquoise waters, the beaches of Jervis Bay are clean, quiet and beautiful. From marine creatures such as whales and dolphins to land creatures like kangaroos and wallabies, there’s wildlife to be found in this delightful region, just two hours’ drive from Sydney.
Whether you are a first time traveler to Australia or have visited before, you’ll love New South Wales. Come and pick one of the millions of experiences on offer from a varied range of options with Signature Holidays and enjoy your holiday with us!