5 Things that Make New South Wales a Dream Destination

New South Wales is the oldest and the most populated state in Australia. It is home to many beautiful and breathtaking types of scenery that you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. It represents all aspects of Australia in one place. The Great Dividing Range runs through the state, separating mild oceanic coastal climate from the dry climate of the Outback desert. If you’re planning to visit this fascinating state, we bring you some wonderful NSW dream destinations you should take into consideration.

NSW Dream Destinations for your next holiday.

Byron Bay

This easternmost point of Australia, Byron Bay is known for its relaxed atmosphere, surf culture and breathtaking nature. The long golden beach is a great spot not only for surfers and skydivers, but also for yogists and meditation enthusiasts. Huge ocean waves, the sound of the wind, and whales and dolphins passing by create a unique atmosphere which makes this place perfect for new age nature lovers.

This beautiful little beachside town is also known for its dense rainforest, a beautiful lagoon pool, and a walking track to the Cape Byron with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

Byron Bay, NSW Dream Destinations, Australia
Byron Bay, NSW

The Blue Mountains

If you’re looking for regeneration and adventure, the Blue Mountains is the right place for you. It takes you around an hour and a half drive west from Sydney to get to this stunning destination. Rising above the coastal plain, this World Heritage site is named after a blue color reflected from eucalyptus trees.

You can explore more than 100 kilometers of walking tracks through the forest; admire the view of impressive canyons, gorges, and waterfalls. You should visit the Jenolan Caves, the most ancient discovered open caves in the world and enjoy in fascinating stalagmites and stalactites.

Cable Car Blue Mountains Australia Three Sisters,NSW Dream Destinations, australia
Cable Car in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Lake Cathie

This picturesque town on the Mid North Shore of New South Wales is a perfect vacation spot; if you’re looking for beautiful nature and the feeling of tranquility. There are beautiful beaches, a lagoon and a lake. The lake becomes closed a few times a year due to the shifting sands; and as a result, it changes its color.

Thanks to the beautiful surroundings and good climate, this part of New South Wales is a home to some of top of the line luxury retirement communities. Also, activities like fishing and swimming make it popular throughout the whole year.

Cathie Creek at the Perch Hole near Lake Cathie, NSW Dream Destinations, Australia
Cathie Creek at the Perch Hole near Lake Cathie, NSW: Photo Brian Tolagson / CC BY-SA 4.0

Sydney

If you’re traveling to Australia, this is most probably the first place you’ll encounter. Make sure to spend at least a couple of days to soak up this beautiful city. Take a harbor cruise or a ferry to experience the beautiful Sydney waterfront, and of course the Sydney Opera House. After the cruise, visit the second most famous attraction in Sydney: the Harbour Bridge, from which you’ll have a stunning view of the entire city.

Some other attractions you should visit include: the Royal Botanic Garden, Hyde Park (the oldest public parkland in Australia), Bondi Beach (the most famous beach in Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Rocks (historic area with old pubs).

City Boat Cityscape Skyline Sydney Cruise,NSW Dream Destinations
Sydney, NSW

Hunter Valley

One of Australia’s most prominent wine regions is located just two hours’ drive north from Sydney. This destination is a heaven for any wine enthusiasts, as you can taste Sémillon wine, Chardonnay or Sauvignon blanc in one of many cellar doors.

Besides wine, you can indulge in gardens, galleries, spa treatments, gourmet restaurants, and luxury hotels. Hunter Valley is home to some beautiful scenery, such as Barrington Tops National Park and Wollemi National Park. You can relish the ancient rainforest, waterfalls, and a wealth of wildlife; and engage in various activities, like canoeing, rock climbing, or hiking.

Sunset in the Hunter Valley, NSW Dream Destinations,Australia
Sunset in the Hunter Valley

New South Wales is truly a beautiful state offering a lot of different experiences. You can spend your time next to the shore, go swimming, sunbathe, and enjoy the local cuisine. Or, you can climb the mountains and admire the impressive forces of nature. Whatever you choose, a great experience is guaranteed.

About Olivia Williams Jones

Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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