About New South Wales

New South Wales, founded in 1788, is Australia’s oldest state. Originally settled as a penal colony on the shores of Port Jackson where the bustling and vibrant city of Sydney now resides . The capital city Sydney, surrounding one of the world’s largest natural harbours comprises the most multicultural influences and populous city of Australia, with more than a third of Australians living in this grand city..

New South Wales located on the east coast of Australia, borders Queensland to the North, Victoria to the South, South Australia to the west and the Tasman Sea to the East. New South Wales enjoys a year round mild climate with plenty of sunshine and welcomes tourists to its city each year.

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New South Wales can be divided into four destinct areas, the coastal strip, the Great Dividing Ranges, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and the icy Mountains ranges in the South, with the Murray River and Darling River winding towards the west.

Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area is one of the country's most spectacular and majestic regions. The NSW Mountains or snowy mountains is home to Mt Kosciuszko, the continent’s five highest peaks and its only glacial lakes. Out on the  North Coast has some of the best beaches known in Australia, including Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens and Newcastle. The Hunter region includes the towns, vineyards and national parks of the Hunter Valley and Barrington Tops National Park. Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed nature lovers paradise on the  north coast of NSW. However,  if you're feeling like a short break out the city, the beautiful South Coast of NSW calls, with some spectacular scenery and adventure experiences.

Much of New South Wales'  exstensive wealth comes from the economy of Sydney as it is notably regarded as  the largest economy in Australia. The City of Sydney has maintained its pre-eminent role due to its large economic base, well-developed infrastructure, outstanding amenities and living environment that the city provides.

Size: 809,444 square kilometres (Britain is 245,000 km2

Population: 7,500,600

Industries: Services, mining, industrial, transportation, chemicals and steel

Main cities: Sydney (capital - 4,336,374), Newcastle (523,662), Wollongong (280,159), Tweed Heads (53,650)

Top 10 places to visit in New South Wales:

  • Sydney City
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
  • Darling Harbour
  • Bondi Beach
  • Hunter Valley
  • Byron Bay
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Port Stephens
  • Lamington National Park
  • Sapphire Coast 
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