Must-see attractions in New South Wales

  • Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia

    Bondi Beach


    Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches. It’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre (8km away), has consistently good (though…

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    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


    A spectacular mix of sandstone, Australian bushland and tranquil water vistas, this 14,928-hectare park forms Sydney’s northern boundary. It’s located 20…

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    Watsons Bay


    Lovely Watsons Bay, east of the city centre and north of Bondi, was once a small fishing village, as evidenced by the heritage cottages that pepper the…

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    Taronga Zoo Sydney


    A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, this forested harbour hillside is full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians, plus numerous…

  • North Head


    About 3km south of central Manly, spectacular North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts, secluded beaches, pretty paths through the native scrub, and…

  • Montague Island (Barranguba)

    South Coast NSW

    Wildlife thrives on this small, pest-free island, 9km offshore from Narooma, where fur seals frolic and 90 bird species wheel overhead. Little penguins…

  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo

    New South Wales

    This is Dubbo's star attraction, not to mention one of the best zoos in regional Australia. You can walk the 6km circuit, ride a hire bike ($17 to $24 for…

  • Woman looks at the water pool in River Cave at the Jenolan Caves at the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.

    Jenolan Caves

    Blue Mountains

    Far from other Blue Mountains attractions, the limestone Jenolan Caves is one of the most extensive, accessible and complex systems in the world – a vast…

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Sydney NSW Australia - June 5th 2020 - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on a sunny winter afternoon

    West Head


    This central section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a spectacular wilderness, with awe-inspiring vistas over Pittwater and Broken Bay, hidden beach…

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    Cockatoo Island


    Studded with photogenic industrial relics, convict architecture and art installations, fascinating Cockatoo Island (Wareamah) opened to the public in 2007…

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    Centennial Park


    Scratched out of the sand in 1888 in grand Victorian style, Sydney’s biggest park is a rambling 189-hectare expanse full of horse riders, joggers,…

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    Brett Whiteley Studio

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. Many of his multimillion-dollar paintings were created in this hard-to…

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    The Farm

    Byron Bay

    This photogenic, 32-hectare green oasis outside Byron is shared by Three Blue Ducks restaurant, a produce store, the Bread Social bakery, an ice-creamery…

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    Manly Beach


    Sydney's second most famous beach is a magnificent strand that stretches for nearly two golden kilometres, lined by Norfolk Island pines and midrise…

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    Store Beach


    A hidden jewel on North Head, magical Store Beach can only be reached by kayak – you can hire them from Manly Kayak Centre – or boat. It’s a breeding…

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    Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains

    Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this vast national park has over 140km of walking trails.

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    New South Wales

    This National Heritage–listed park is the area's great attraction. Cut by the dramatic, volcanic Warrumbungles (the name means 'Crooked Mountains' in the…

  • Sydney Jewish Museum

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    One of Sydney's best museums revolves around a detailed and expertly curated exhibition on the Holocaust, with sobering personal testimonies and moving…

  • Ben Boyd National Park

    South Coast NSW

    Divided into two sections north and south of Eden is 104.85-sq-km Ben Boyd National Park. Boyd was a Scottish entrepreneur in agriculture and whaling who…

  • Booderee National Park

    South Coast NSW

    Occupying Jervis Bay’s southeastern spit, this sublime national park, jointly managed by the government and the local Indigenous community, offers good…

  • Wollongong Botanic Garden

    South Coast NSW

    In a region already awash in scenic spots, Wollongong's botanic gardens still delight visitors with their attractive lily ponds, manicured lawns and…

  • Australian Museum

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Closed for renovation at the time of research, this wonderful institution plans to reopen in mid-2020. Australia's first museum was established just 40…

  • Sydney Harbour National Park


    Sydney Harbour National Park protects large swathes of bushland around the harbour shoreline, plus several harbour islands. In among the greenery you’ll…

  • Nicholson Museum

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Within the University of Sydney's quadrangle, this is a great under-the-radar attraction. Combining modern ideas with ancient artefacts, it's an…

  • Silos Estate

    South Coast NSW

    Beautifully set on a verdant former dairy farm between Berry and Nowra, this crowd-pleasing winery makes a range of tasty drops. Swirl a glass of bright…

  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    New South Wales

    Part of the Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, this 1452 sq km National Park is cut by spectacular gorges, waterfalls and rivers, and is a…

  • White Rabbit

    Newtown & the Inner West

    In many ways Sydney's best contemporary-art gallery, White Rabbit is tucked away behind the Central Park development in Chippendale. It's the project of…

  • McMahons Point


    Is there a better view of the bridge and the Opera House than from the wharf at this point, a short hop by ferry northwest of the centre? It's all…

  • International Cricket Hall of Fame

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Bowral is where the late, great cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, Australia’s most legendary sporting hero, spent his boyhood. Incorporating the Bradman…

  • Seven Mile Beach

    South Coast NSW

    This superlative crescent of sand, stretching south from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads, is one of the South Coast's most memorable beaches thanks to its pale…

  • MAMA

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Following a $10.5 million makeover in 2015, Albury's art gallery is one of the finest NSW galleries outside of Sydney. Regular special exhibitions present…

  • Sublime Point

    Blue Mountains

    Southeast of Leura, this sharp, triangular outcrop narrows to a dramatic lookout with sheer cliffs on each side. It's much, much quieter than Katoomba's…

  • Heifer Station

    New South Wales

    Come for the chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris, merlot and shiraz – best enjoyed al fresco on a warm day or inside by the fire when it's chilly. In a…

  • Mt Canobolas

    New South Wales

    Southwest of Orange, this conservation area encompasses waterfalls, views, walking trails and bike paths. Swimmer-friendly Lake Canobolas is a great place…

  • Age of Fishes Museum

    New South Wales

    This intriguing exhibition unravels the mysteries of a fossil site found nearby which featured the preserved remains of long-extinct fish. These fossils…

  • Gulgong Pioneer Museum

    New South Wales

    This enormous, fascinating museum has one of the most eclectic and chaotic collections of artefacts in the state. Machinery, including a working 1869…

  • Shear Outback

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Shearers, rousies, wool classers, cooks and working dogs are all under the one roof in this historic working shearing shed where you can watch a shearing…

  • Tallow Beach

    Byron Bay

    Tallow Beach is a deserted sandy stretch that extends for 7km south from Cape Byron. This is the place to flee the crowds: much of the beach is backed by…

  • Newcastle Beach


    Surfers and swimmers adore this picturesque patrolled beach at the eastern end of the town centre. Nearby accommodation and eating options mean that you…