When travelling to or within Australia, everyone has often heard of Sydney with its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. However, there is so much more to do in New South Wales that is beyond the bustling metropolitan! Away from the city you’re going to get a taste of what Australia is really all about. You’re going to see the Australian outback, lush and green scenery, and experience humble Australian hospitality. So here are our top picks on places you simply cannot miss in NSW and why we love them!
The Blue Mountains is the perfect place for lovers of nature! Located only a 90 minute drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains makes for the perfect weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to reconnect with nature. In the Blue Mountains you’re going to really see the beauty of untouched Australian greenery.
Once you drive to the lookout point you’re going to see Australia flora as far as the eye can see, and let’s not forget the beautiful Three Sisters rock formation. Take a trip down the mountainside with Scenic World - which is always a hit with the kids! If you’re really into hiking then check out the Wentworth Falls Track which will have you hiking all the way down to the bottom of a waterfall!
Byron Bay is a surfer’s dream. In the beautiful Byron Bay you’re going to see everyone walking around with no shoes, sand in their hair, and fresh from the beach. A far cry from Sydney, it looks like no one is in a rush to get anywhere, no meetings, no lunches, and no calls. This coastal town is popular amongst everyone in all stages of life, from school leavers celebrating their freedom to retirees. It comes as no surprise that this free and relaxed lifestyle attracts meditation and yoga retreats, and a large variety of festivals like Splendour in the Grass.
Byron Bay is that is a 9 hour drive away from Sydney. The drive is beautiful and there are stunning stops along the way that feature secret beaches. However, if you’re not a fan of driving or simply just don’t have the time, it’s best to book a flight to Ballina. If you are making your way down from Brisbane though, the trip is only around 2 hours in the car!
Jervis Bay is a great weekend getaway destination. It has the same beautiful, chilled out vibe that Byron Bay has, except it’s only a two hour away from Sydney! In Jervis Bay, you’ll find crystal clear waters, and the finest, whitest sand you’ve ever seen. We love Jervis Bay for its small beach town atmosphere.
Our advice for visiting Jervis Bay is to honestly not plan anything at all and just go with the flow. Jervis Bay is the perfect place to disconnect, to lay around on the beach with a good book, and occasionally go for a quick dip to cool down. The only thing you’ll need to remember is the sunscreen!
There is no better way to describe Wattamolla Beach than a dream! Wattamolla looks like it was pulled straight from a book. Enjoy the hike down to the beach, and the national park surrounds, and general good vibes when you get there. The best thing about Wattamolla is that it is not only a beach but a lagoon, so pack an inflatable pool toy to spend the day floating around.
Be mindful that there are no cafes, or food outlets once you enter the national park, so come prepared and pack a picnic basket! There is also a barbeque picnic area where you’re able to cook up a storm before heading down to the beach, just be sure to take your rubbish with you and dispose of it thoughtfully.
While this is only a small snapshot of the best of NSW, there’s no denying that NSW has plenty on offer. From picturesque mountain ranges, to peaceful beachside settings, NSW has a destination for almost any kind of travel appetite. So next time you feel like packing your bags and hitting the road, be sure to put these NSW picks at the top of your list.
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