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New South Wales

New South Wales

State guide and travel tips

New South Wales is an eclectic mix of vibes - from the show-stopping and cosmopolitan city of Sydney and the surf havens of Manly and the famous Bondi beach, through to the hippy vibes in Byron Bay. The state caters to the nature lovers and the foodies too, with breathtaking scenery in the Blue Mountains to fine dining and vineyards in Hunter Valley. When it comes to Australia, this state definitely brings its A game. 

Check out our favorite New South Wales destinations!

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Sydney

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Byron Bay

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Blue Mountains

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Surfing

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Work visa Australia

A working holiday in New South Wales is the perfect way to fund your travels around Australia, as well as boosting your CV. Build your own adventure and apply for a working holiday visa, or get some help from the experts with our work programs and placements. Already booked to go? Get a stress-free starter package and use your first few days in Oz to settle in.
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Getting around New South Wales

Campervan Hire
Head out on your very own New South Wales road trip. Discover the highlights and get off the beaten track too as you travel at your own pace. For those of you craving total flexibility in your travels, this is the way to go!
 From $33 per day
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New South Wales accommodation
Get your accommodation sorted before you go and get some great rates on top backpacker hostels and hotels in Sydney and New South Wales. From hippie hostels in Byron Bay to your budget dorm room in Sydney - we've got a range of options available at great prices.
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Passes
One of the most popular ways to get around Australia, hop-on-hop-off bus passes give you flexibility and stability. Get to travellers' favourite hangouts easily and conveniently with our range of Aussie bus passes.

Tours and activities in NSW

Australia Adventure Tours

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Ultimate Sydney - 5 days
You’ll climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, learn to surf on Australia’s most famous beach, experience the majestic Blue Mountains wilderness, touch and feed native Australian animals including koalas and kangaroos, take a classic ferry ride to manly Beach, ride a bike along beaches and dramatic cliff tops, and visit cool bars for free drinks. Interactive, inspiring, relaxing.
From £629
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City to Surf - 7 days
Want a taste of the big city but also lots of beachside action? City to Surf gives you a taste of both the buzzing city scene & chilled beach life, Aussie-style. Start off in Sydney & explore the iconic sites & maybe fit in some shopping before making your way to Coffs Harbour & our Surf Camp experience!
From $1,285
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Sydney to Brisbane Experience - 7 days
Think Australia's out of your league since you're short on time and cash? This quick Sydney-to-Brisbane jaunt squeezes tons of excitement into a short time frame - learn to surf and sip Australias viticultural bounty on the coast, then move inland to the Outback. Its Oz in a flash for a fraction of the cost.
From $1,249
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When is the best time to visit New South Wales?

New South Wales truly is a year round destination with even the winter months seeing balmy temperatures in the 70s. And it’s not just the weather that’s great – the state is home to a range of major events and festivals year round. See in New Year’s Eve with the iconic fireworks on Sydney Harbour and party with locals during January’s exciting Sydney Festival. Celebrate Mardi Gras at one of the most vibrant parades in the world. Witness awe-inspiring surf competitions along the pristine New South Wales coastline. Taste some the very best Aussie cuisine in the autumn Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. And this, is just the beginning!

Looking for some more inspiration? Check out our STA Travel Blog!

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Hunter Valley and Barrington Tops

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Sydney - from the climb to dream time

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Top Festivals in New South Wales

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