The glorious landscape of New South Wales boasts rising tree-studded peaks, emerald rainforests, and some of the best beaches in Australia. Towns and cities pepper the coastline, and reach a cultural peak with Sydney, the sun-splashed capital that straddles a spectacular harbour. Choose a luxury holiday in New South Wales for your next adventure!
As Australia's oldest and most populous state, New South Wales promises a getaway filled with historic, cultural, and natural attractions. Start in Sydney, a city famed for its dazzling, infectious character, and enjoy the nightlife in Oxford Street, the cafes of historic Newtown, and the upscale restaurants of Circular Quay. The unspoiled coastline is equally attractive, with hotspots such as Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach and the magnificent Darling Harbour.
Beyond Sydney, you’ll discover impressive stretches both north and south - find your feet on impressive beaches in Port Macquarie, or in the secluded stretches of bohemian Byron Bay. And whilst it is easy to stick to the excitement of the marvellous coast, it's worth exploring the natural attractions inland too. Visit the Great Dividing Range, boasting Australia's tallest peak, and the ethereal Blue Mountains.
Then satisfy your cravings for fine wine by spending some time in Hunter Valley, where you can indulge in a gastronomic tour of the fine wines and restaurants here. This entire state is rich with exclusive experiences that are simply ideal for luxury travellers.
During spring (September - November), New South Wales becomes lush with greenery. This is a great time to hike the Blue Mountains, or unwind on the beach. Summer (December - February) is the beach season, with plenty of festivals and parties.
Autumn (March - May) provides the ideal climate for hiking in the Snowy Mountains or capturing the beautiful Blue Mountain leaf displays. Winters (June - August) are mild, but this is a great excuse to visit the Hunter Valley for wine tasting in cosy settings.
Dining in New South Wales is world-class, and thanks to cosmopolitan cities like Sydney you can find every kind of international cuisine during your stay. Duck into Japanese sushi bars, Greek tavernas, and American-style diners.
However, if you’d like to stick to some Australian classics, you can expect fine dining menus to be packed with excellent seafood, and Australian-raised beef steaks. On the sea shore you’ll find staples like gourmet fish and chips, and lots of gelato and ice cream parlours.
Be sure to keep hold of your identification at all times. It's a good idea to have a photocopy of your passport just in case. For entry you'll need a tourist visa. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.