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10 Best Places to Visit in New South Wales

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Guest Post by Kate from heregoeskate.com

Australia has various landscapes to select from, making it difficult to know where to begin. A location like New South Wales does really inspire wonder.

New South Wales boasts a wide range of landscapes, including the outback, rainforests, coastlines, and highlands, which means there are many bucket-list items to tick off. Hence, to appreciate just how magnificent this location is, I have put up a list of the best places to see in NSW.

Best Way to Get Around New South Wales

Even with its many distinct neighbourhoods and sights, New South Wales is an accessible city to navigate. There is an excellent system of public transportation, roads, and walking pathways throughout the urban region.

Take a bus, rail, or boat to go about. Driving yourself throughout the state is the best option if you’re looking for the most authentic New South Wales experience. In this way, you have the freedom to determine your own schedule and pace.

Best Places to Visit in New South Wales

It’s no secret that New South Wales has a lot to offer. From world-famous beaches to postcard-worthy scenery and a slew of fantastic day excursions, there’s no shortage. The most incredible spots to visit in New South Wales have been outlined here to help you plan your trip.

Port Stephens

At the summit of Tomaree Head

An important aspect of Australian life is spending time on the beach, no matter where you go. From the world-famous Gold Coast to the sleepy fishing villages of NSW, there is no shortage of beaches to visit.

Indeed, the beaches in New South Wales are the hub of activity. With everything from surfers cruising the waves to families playing fetch on the sand. You may even swim or surf or paddleboard or kayak or go snorkelling to relax. 

With that in mind, Zenith Beach is within a short distance of Shoal Bay in the Port Stephens area, known for its stunning scenery. Although it’s just a short distance from some of the more expansive beaches in Port Stephens, this beach has a lot of raw beauty.

If you’re up for a challenge, you can climb the Tomaree Head Summit Walk and witness from the summit the view of Port Stephens and the coastline. 

Blowhole in Kiama

Located in Kiama township, roughly 120 kilometres south of the city of Sydney, lies the Kiama Blowhole. The actual blowhole may be found at Blowhole Point, which is also home to a coastal walking path, lovely parks, and other tourist hotspots. As a natural wonder, it draws visitors not only across Australia but the rest of the world.

Best believe that the Kiama Blowhole is filled with rich scenery and easy treks, so there are plenty of things to do while you’re there.

Besides the blowhole, the 20-kilometre Kiama Coast Walk also has other geological marvels, beaked marshes, and vast expanses of sandy beach. 

Central Coast

More than just a scenic drive from Sydney, the Central Coast offers something for everyone. Indeed, the Central Coast has so many options to explore with horseback rides and quad bike trips. In fact, the Central Coast of New South Wales stretches from Sydney to Newcastle, the state’s second-largest city.

Moreover, the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park is located just north of Gosford, the Central Coast’s major commercial and retail district. Consider renting a cabin if you want to spend the night among the local fauna. 

Furthermore, you can also take advantage of the opportunities for water sports on Tuggerah Lake at The Entrance. You may even opt to play a game of golf at Shelly Beach Golf Club or feed the pelicans at Pelican Plaza.

Indeed, with its gorgeous harbour setting, beautiful beaches, and quaint local towns, the Central Coast is ideal for a relaxing vacation or weekend getaway in NSW.

Balmoral Beach in Mosman

Another amazing beach to add to this list is the Balmoral beach in Mosman. An expanse of 1.3-kilometre-long golden sand in Sydney’s Middle Harbour is bordered by magnificent homes. Not to mention, lush vegetation, and lush palms in the affluent Mosman neighbourhood of Sydney.

A small rocky point is an island that separates two sinuous beaches, Balmoral to the south and Edwards to the north. If you’re looking to get away from the tourists and enjoy a quieter beach experience, Balmoral Beach is your place.

Lake Macquarie

Caves Beach

A trip to Australia’s biggest coastal saltwater lake is a must for anybody visiting the country for the first time. Suppose you’re looking for an oceanside getaway.

In that case, the lovely Lake Macquarie is right close to some of the most magnificent beaches globally, including the appropriately called Caves Beach in Swansea.

On-site, you may choose between the Arboretum’s quiet forest or the resort’s picturesque beachfront as a venue for your event. In a seaside location about 30 minutes south of Newcastle, Raffertys offers a variety of event spaces.

In fact, it can accommodate parties of various sizes, from intimate gatherings to formal banquets for 150 people.

Toboggan Hill Park

An amusement park near Nelson Bay, Australia, Toboggan Hill Park has a range of thrilling and enjoyable activities. Many indoor and outdoor activities are available for all ages in this beautiful natural location.

In addition to the park’s well-known toboggan rides, Toboggan Hill also features a slew of other attractions for guests’ enjoyment.

On top of that, the 1km toboggan track contains 11 downhill twists and turns, allowing you to travel at your own pace. There are tractor rides, a labyrinth, and an indoor play area at Toboggan Hill Park for the kids.

Aside from that, the indoor activity zone includes an indoor rock climbing wall, “hot” skating on the ice, air hockey, and activities for kids of all ages.

Glow Worm Tunnel Walking Track

The Glow Worm Walking Track in Wollemi National Park is just a 2.5-hour trip from Sydney, but this circuit isn’t very challenging in terms of mileage or intensity. Family-friendly activities include a 1-kilometre hike to the tunnel’s entrance to see glow worms in their natural environment.

You might also want to look for lyrebirds, wallabies, and koalas as you make your way through an astonishingly lush forest before entering the tunnel.

Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a treasured Sydney landmark by both tourists and the city’s resident population of more than 4 million. During the New Year celebrations in the city, this iconic bridge has become the ‘standard-setter’.

The New Year’s Eve festivities are enhanced by the breath-taking pyrotechnics and vibrant colours that adorn this incredible building.

In addition to taking in the stunning views, there are several more reasons to visit the bridge. To reach the structure’s summit, many visitors choose the Bridge Climb.

Everybody is welcome to take a stroll over the bridge, completed in 1932. As soon as you reach the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, you’ll be able to see the city in all its glory.

Also, a visit to NSW isn’t complete until you have a chance to see the Opera. This architectural wonder from one of the many vantage points available around the harbour.

Best of all, the iconic Opera Bar next door and the Royal Botanical Gardens and a boat ride should be the highlights of your trip to Sydney’s Opera House.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains

The many national parks dotted across New South Wales provide even more spectacular trekking options. Australia is awash in natural splendour because of the country’s dedication to wildlife preservation and protection. 

This is why the Blue Mountains is one of Australia’s most treasured natural landmarks. Moreover, the world heritage-listed Katoomba is a great starting point for exploring the Blue Mountains.

Indeed, there are many things to see and do in this attractive town, such as the nearby Three Sisters and a bustling café scene. Not to mention, there are also many shops and art galleries to peruse.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Despite its skyscrapers and heavy traffic, Sydney’s combination of city and beach life creates a tranquil ambience that attracts visitors worldwide. Many beautiful beaches with crystal-clear water may be found along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, along Sydney’s eastern shoreline.

You won’t run out of things to do in this town, with five beaches, a heritage-listed cemetery, and steep, rugged sandstone cliffs. As a bonus, this beach stroll is beautiful all year long.

The best part about this beach stroll is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Consider your post-walk plans and the many public transportation choices available to get you home.

Australia, indeed, is a place full of wonder. From beaches to mountains, it got everything that you could possibly ask for. If you are looking for other places to add to your travel itinerary, check out the Best Places to Visit in Australia.

About the Author

Hello! I’m Kate from heregoeskate.com, a travel and adventure enthusiast now living in Australia. I have this insatiable desire for adventure and off-beaten track experiences.

I love to travel spontaneously and immerse myself in the beauty of this world. Let me take you with me on my adventures around Australia.

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