Top Cities in New South Wales

Pocket Guide: New South Wales

The most populated state in Australia still manages to find room for the vast lunar-like landscapes of Mungo National Park. New South Wales offers the glamour and modern living of Sydney sitting side by side with the historic villages and country towns of the bush. Ski in the Snowy Mountains or surf on the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay. This huge state has got the lot. There’s even rainforests in the Washpool National Park and vineyards in the Lower Hunter Valley. Fertile, expansive, historic and mysterious, you could spend a whole Australian extended holiday based at a hotel in New South Wales and still not have time to see it all.

Where to Find the Best Hotels in New South Wales

Sydney - The largest city in the country, this major population centre is a cultural, gastronomic and business centre with major international landmarks. You’ll also find some of the best hotels in New South Wales here too.

Central Coast - Head north from Sydney and discover a country of stunning beaches and pristine bush. Book yourself a Central Coast hotel if you want to get away from it all.

Blue Mountains - To the west of the city, this region is blessed with spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife. It’s a genuine wilderness that’s begging to be explored. Your best bet is to book a hotel in Sydney, but there are a few hotels in nearby villages and town, like Katoomba

Southern Highlands - Vast tracts of forest are dotted with small traditional bush towns. Follow walking trails to small towns with pubs and country communities.

Illawarra - South out of Sydney, a region covered with bushwalking trails and the cities of Wollongong and Shellharbour.

How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in New South Wales

No visit here is complete without spending some time in Sydney, Australia’s biggest and most internationally recognised city. See the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, join the crowds on Bondi Beach or check out the superb restaurant scene. Meet the animals in the Taronga Zoo across the harbour from Sydney or head out into the bush to see wildlife up close. The Blue Mountains provide some of the state’s best scenery and the Snowy Mountains are known locally as the roof of Australia - and, as their name suggests, they are covered with the white stuff for much of the year.

Go whale and dolphin watching on the coast or surf your way up to Byron Bay on some of the world’s best waves. Relax on Bondi Beach and party the night away in the lively Kings Cross area of Sydney. You can also climb the Harbour Bridge for some of the best views of the city. Go skiing in the Snowy Mountains or bush walk your way around the Jamison Valley. If you love wine, then the Hunter Valley is one of the state’s best vineyard areas and you can camp your way across the state in National Park campgrounds. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities if you can escape the many attractions of Sydney!