New South Wales is found on the east coast of Australia, boasting the beautiful city of Sydney at its heart. Called the Premier State, it is also the oldest, having been colonised in 1788 when Britain first established the area as a penal colony.
It has since blossomed to become one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the country. Some of the best surf beaches in the world and coral reefs border a chain of dramatic mountains, such as the famous Blue Mountains and appropriately named ‘Snowies’, which in turn give way to an agricultural expanse that dries out into the sun-baked sand dunes of the outback.
There’s also the lush vineyards of Hunter Valley, home to some of the oldest and most celebrated wine producers in Australia, a coastline dotted with laid back towns such as Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour, and a range of national parks encompassing rainforests, ski slopes, desert islands, Aboriginal cultural sites, deserts and islands.
When to go
New South Wales lies in the temperate zone so, generally speaking, the climate is free from extreme temperature and pleasant year round with warm summer months between December and February, cooling off in the winter from June to August, with the mountains seeing snowfall.