What to do and see in New South Wales, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

July 25, 2017 Mollie Coke

New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In March 2017, the population of New South Wales was over 7.8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 4.67 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 9240 8500
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Sydney Harbour

Secluded Beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.

Reviewed By Graham59Buderim - Buderim

Fantastic place to visit, has great harbour views, cafes, fast food, restaurants and more. Great busking from local musicians adds to the ambience. Regular ferry services to take you all over the harbour. Our hotel was within walking distance to the harbour as is many of the hotels in this area. Cruise ships frequent the international cruise terminal opposite the Opera House and by Sydney harbour bridge, great tourist destination. Recommend on your bucket list!!

2. The Grape Escape

209 Old WIngello Road Tallong, Mittagong, New South Wales 2575, Australia +61 407 677 066
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The Grape Escape

Let The Grape Escape take you on a bespoke wine tour and more, experience our beautiful Southern Highlands for yourself and all it has to offer, join us at some of the fantastic cellar doors and vineyards, take advantage of the many special events throughout the year like Tulip Time, Food & Wine Festival, Jazz in the vines, and many many more! Hope to see you on one of our tours soon! Cheers, Scott and Mira

Reviewed By Rmb1067

This was our second booking with the lovely Kate on The Grape Escape, and it more than lived up to expectations!
Three of us were on a “mini break” in the Southern Highlands, and had a wonderful day out - Kate arranged the trip according to our interests, and was totally flexible. We visited Artemis winery, welcomed with a warm fire, a wine tasting and a cheese platter. On to the beautifully restored Old Bank at Mittagong for lunch in the dining room, and the friendly staff there were kind enough to show us through some of the stunning accommodation available.
In the afternoon we went to The Chinoiserie Gardens in Mittagong, perfect timing for the stunning collection of tree peonies and herbaceous peonies, set amongst other beautiful plantings. Kate is a delightful guide and companion with a comprehensive knowledge of people and places in the region, and she will tailor your trip to suit you. Thoroughly recommended for anyone visiting the area!

3. Historical Aircraft Restoration Society

Illawarra Regional Airport | Cnr of Boomerang and Airport Roads, Albion Park, New South Wales 2527, Australia +61 2 4257 4333
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society

HARS is a museum of Australian Aviation History. Where possible aircraft are recovered and restored to flying condition and maintained there.

Reviewed By Kallie1983 - Australia

We visited with international visitors and everyone was impressed with the exhibits. There are many different types of aircraft on display and the tour is very interactive. Our guide Ian was very knowledgeable and friendly. We attended the onsite cafe for a tasty cheap lunch....MoreDear Kallie HARS is pleased that your tour was a good experience and that your guests were impressed. Our volunteer guides strive to provide the best possible experience for everyone who visits. Thanks for coming and please tell your friends and family.

4. Altina Wildlife Park

Sturt Highway, Darlington Point, New South Wales 2680, Australia +61 412 060 342
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Altina Wildlife Park

Reviewed By margotb228 - Molong, Australia

Bookings are a must. We booked 38 seniors in for the tour which was on horse and cart. This is one of the best experiences the group could have had. The jeep went ahead of the carts and feed the animals so they were all out when we got to them. The zoo keepers are so passionate and knowledgeable about their jobs its a credit to them and the owners of the park. Angus was one of our guides along with 3 other ladies who just love their jobs. The animal park you walk around is great. They looked after the less abled bodied seniors so well, thank you all so much for making this a memorable experience in a park that is in the middle of no where and full of wonderful animals

5. Tomaree Head

Tomaree National Park | 2 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia +61 422 372 273
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Tomaree Head

Reviewed By Amanda L - London, United Kingdom

Well worth the stairs and the walk....husband managed to have baby in a harnessed backpack and walked up with only one rest. Easily marked walk so no risk of getting lost. All worth the magnificent scenery up the top.

6. North Brother Mountain

Dooragan National Park, Laurieton, New South Wales 2443, Australia
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North Brother Mountain

Reviewed By blu_jane - Wollongong, Australia

A tourist spot to visit recommended by the visitors guide book. A steep incline to the top with a spectacular view. Long hike from the bottom. Best driven unless you're feeling energetic. Walked the rainforest loop as one of the walks available there. great spot for photos on a crystal clear day. Great service monument at the top of the look out. Has BBQ options if you wanted to stop and enjoy the view. parts of the walks unsuitable for disabled or parents with stollers

7. Newcastle Memorial Walk

Memorial Drive, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia +61 2 4951 2603
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Newcastle Memorial Walk

Reviewed By Mary G - Perth, Australia

I took the walk from Bar Beach to Newcastle. The views were gorgeous and the historical sign posting fascinating. There is a bridge and quite a steep climb at one point. There is railing all the way.
Thoroughly recommended if you want some breathtaking views of Bar Beach and Newcastle. Great photo opportunities.

2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah, New South Wales 2484, Australia +61 2 6670 2790
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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Surrounded by beautiful Gardens and lawns and offering panoramic views of the Tweed River, the Tweed Regional Gallery is the perfect place to visit to view first-rate Exhibitions. The Gallery's six exhibition spaces host a vibrant program of historical and contemporary touring Exhibitions of national significance, alongside curated Exhibitions of established national and regional artists. The program includes the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture. The Gallery's collection includes a world class collection of portraits representing Australians from all walks of life. Visitors can participate in the Gallery's exciting variety of programs including public events, Concerts, exhibition openings, artists' talks, demonstrations and workshops which cater for all ages. The Gallery also offers a workshop and education area, Gallery Café with indoor and outdoor Seating, Gallery Shop and research library. The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is a Tweed Shire Council Community facility, supported by Arts NSW, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Ltd., and private donations.

Reviewed By gbwhale - Yamba, Australia

The Gallery's setting is sensational for a start! The views across to Wollumbin/Mt Warning are worth going for in themselves.
This is an interesting collection, but without doubt the feature is the Margaret Olley Art Centre. It really seems as if she has just popped down the street, leaving her wonderfully chaotic rooms untidied. We had always liked her work, but came to a greater appreciation of her after visiting the gallery.
The gallery café is delightful, once again capitalising on the views over the valley, and serving good quality food.

9. Bilpin Cider Company

2369 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, New South Wales 2758, Australia +61 2 4567 0704
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Bilpin Cider Company

Bilpin Cider Co is a craft cider business based in the Blue Mountains region of NSW, about 90 minutes drive from Sydney CBD. All of our products are made from freshly crushed fruit and there is no added sugar, concentrates or syrups used in our production. We have a range of 5 alcoholic varieties and 1 non alcoholic variety and the visit to our Cidery includes a tasting across the range.

Reviewed By jennifer y - Sydney, Australia

Why not come here considering you’re already in apple town. I had a cider tasting here and the staff were super attentive and nice ?. Go for the original, pear and the mead my 3 faves, but each to their own. You can mix and...MoreHi Jennifer, Thanks for the excellent review and we hope to see you again on your next trip into the Mountains. Regards, Sean

10. Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre

Broken Hill Rd, Broken Hill, New South Wales 2880, Australia +61 8 8080 3714
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Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre

Come and visit the RFDS Visitors' Centre, named after local benefactor the late Bruce Langford. The Bruce Langford Visitors' Centre combines a museum, theatre and gift-shop, with interactive displays showing the history of the Service, as well as tributes to the doctors, pilots and flight nurses who work for us,the many community groups and benefactors who support us. So visit us now and...Tour a working RFDS Base. Enjoy a talk by our tour guide. View the aircraft in the hangar. Watch a unique film in our 44 seat theatre. Shop for special souvenirs. Explore the Mantle of Safety Museum. Today, Flynn's dream is a vibrant reality, with 23 Flying Doctor Bases and 66 aircraft around Australia. The Royal Flying Doctor Service Broken Hill Base, Bruce Langford Visitors' Centre is unique because it is one of the few working Bases, located at an airport that is open to the public daily. Visitors can tour the Base and explore the Mantle of Safety Museum which showcases over 88 years of remarkable outback history. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work. All proceeds from admissions and merchandise sales go towards the purchase of new aircraft and vital medical equipment.

Reviewed By Miss-Millie-23 - Broken Hill, Australia

RFDS has such a great history across Australia for helping people. Great to learn and see so much history in one place. Their work is amazing. The guide was informative and helpful. It’s dituated close to the airport so if you are flying out go an hour earlier than you. Red to and take a tour

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