Must-see attractions in New South Wales

  • Newcastle, New South Wales - February 1, 2019: Newcastle Museum in Newcastle New South Wales, Australia

    Newcastle Museum

    Newcastle

    This attractive museum in the restored Honeysuckle rail workshops tells a tale of the city from its Indigenous Awabakal origins to its rough-and-tumble…

  • Surfers catching wave at Bronte Beach.

    Bronte Beach

    Sydney

    A winning family-oriented beach hemmed in by sandstone cliffs and a grassy park, Bronte lays claims to having the oldest surf-lifesaving club in the world…

  • State Library of NSW

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Among the State Library's over five million tomes are James Cook’s and Joseph Banks’ journals and William Bligh’s log from the mutinous Bounty. It's worth…

  • Cape Byron's  historic 1901 lighthouse

    Cape Byron State Conservation Park

    Byron Bay

    The Cape Byron State Conservation Park is home to the Cape Byron lighthouse, plenty of stunning lookouts (including from the most eastern point of the…

  • Queen Victoria Building

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Unbelievably, this High Victorian Gothic masterpiece (1898) was repeatedly slated for demolition before it was restored in the mid-1980s. Occupying an…

  • Mungo National Park

    Outback NSW

    Remote and beautiful, Mungo National Park covers 27,850 hectares (68,790 acres) and echoes with over 400 centuries of continuous human habitation. A 33km …

  • Sydney Tower Eye

    City Centre & Haymarket

    The 309m-tall Sydney Tower (still known as Centrepoint by many Sydneysiders) offers unbeatable 360-degree views from the observation level 250m up. The…

  • Anzac Memorial

    City Centre & Haymarket

    This dignified art deco memorial commemorates WWI soldiers of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs). The interior dome is studded with 120,000…

  • Museum of Sydney

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Built on the site of Sydney’s first Government House, the MoS is a fragmented, storytelling museum, which uses installations to explore the city’s history…

  • Walsh Bay

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    This section of Dawes Point waterfront was Sydney’s busiest before the advent of container shipping and the construction of port facilities at Botany Bay…

  • Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

    South Coast NSW

    At the eastern edge of Budderoo National Park, 15km inland from Kiama via Jamberoo, this is a surprisingly lush subtropical rainforest. A 1.6km loop walk…

  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse

    Northern Beaches

    This historic sandstone lighthouse (1881) sits at the northern tip of the Northern Beaches in an annexe of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You've got two…

  • Powerhouse Museum

    Newtown & the Inner West

    A short walk from Darling Harbour, this cavernous science and design museum whirs away inside the former power station for Sydney’s defunct, original tram…

  • Coolangatta Estate

    South Coast NSW

    Founded on a 19th-century wine-growing estate, Coolangatta has been bottling its signature creamy semillons and stone-fruit scented savagnins since 1990…

  • University of Sydney

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Australia’s oldest tertiary institution (1850) has around 50,000 students and boasts its own postcode. You don’t need a PhD to grab a free campus map and…

  • Fitzroy Falls

    South Coast NSW

    Tumbling 81m from near-vertical sandstone cliffs, Fitzroy Falls can be a dramatic torrent or, in the heat of summer, a mere trickle. Regardless, you can…

  • Myall Creek Memorial

    New South Wales

    At least 28 members of the Wirrayaraay clan of the Gamilaroi nation were massacred on this site on 10 June 1838. Mainly women, children and old men, they…

  • Murramarang National Park

    South Coast NSW

    Stretching along a secluded section of coast, this scenic park offers excellent beaches, opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture, and plentiful…

  • Justice & Police Museum

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    In a sandstone building that once headquartered the Water Police, this atmospheric museum plunges you straight into Sydney noir. An assemblage of black…

  • Susannah Place Museum

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Dating from 1844, this diminutive terrace of four houses and a shop is a fascinating time capsule of life in the Rocks. A personable guide takes you…

  • CSIRO Parkes Observatory

    New South Wales

    Built by the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1961, this massive radio telescope (about 20km north of Parkes) is…

  • Bald Rock National Park

    New South Wales

    This gorgeous eucalyptus, wattle and blackbutt forest straddles the NSW–Queensland border about 35km northeast of Tenterfield. Its eponymous feature is…

  • Merewether Beach

    Newcastle

    South of the city centre, this magnificent, wide stretch of sand has excellent surfing conditions and is the home strand of the legendary Aussie surfer…

  • Wentworth Falls Reserve

    Blue Mountains

    The falls that lend the town its name launch a plume of spray over a 300m drop. This is the starting point of several walking tracks that delve into the…

  • Lowe Vineyard

    New South Wales

    You can follow a walking and cycling trail through the orchards and vines of this idyllic biodynamic farm, past donkeys and chickens to picnic grounds…

  • Dubbo Observatory

    New South Wales

    Advance bookings and clear weather are essential for this fascinating chance to stargaze, which features a 90-minute presentation by local astronomer…

  • North Beach

    South Coast NSW

    Stretching north from the harbour, North Beach is an excellent all-rounder: shallows for kids to splash in, breaks suitable for various levels and…

  • Yarrawa Estate

    South Coast NSW

    This family-run cellar door offers wine tasting with genuine hospitality. Swish a mouthful of the chardonnay, buttery as brioche, or the verdelho with its…

  • Evans Lookout

    Blue Mountains

    Signposted 4km from the highway in Blackheath, this lookout presents a magnificent perspective of sandstone cliffs dropping to the valley and canyon below…

  • Merewether Aquarium

    Newcastle

    Not an aquarium in the traditional sense, this pedestrian underpass has been charmingly transformed into a pop-art underwater world by local artist Trevor…

  • Cambewarra Lookout

    South Coast NSW

    Signposted off the Cambewarra Lookout Rd between Kangaroo Valley and Nowra, this vantage point (678m) offers a stupendous perspective over the winding…

  • Burribi Education Centre

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    This small volunteer-run centre takes in sick, injured and orphaned koalas from the surrounding area and does its best to rehabilitate them and release…

  • Avalon

    Northern Beaches

    Caught in a sandy ’70s time warp, Avalon is the mythical Australian beach you always dreamed of but could never find. Challenging surf and sloping,…

  • National Motor Racing Museum

    New South Wales

    With a focus on the history of Mt Panorama and the Bathurst 1000, this museum at the base of Mt Panorama celebrates the achievements of Australian motor…

  • Logan Wines

    New South Wales

    Started in 1997 as a father-and-son outfit, and now a husband-and-wife team, Logan's is an impressive, modern, cellar-door experience 15km southeast of…

  • Leura

    Blue Mountains

    Leura, 3km east of Katoomba, is a gracious, affluent town, fashioned around undulating streets, unparalleled gardens and sweeping Victorian verandahs. The…

  • Parsley Bay

    Sydney

    A hidden gem, this little bay has a calm swimming beach, a lawn dotted with sandstone sculptures for picnics and play, a little cafe and a cute suspension…

  • Shelly Beach

    Manly

    This pretty, sheltered, north-facing ocean cove is an appealing 1km walk from the busy Manly beach strip. The tranquil waters are a protected haven for…

  • Ross Hill Wines

    New South Wales

    Sample carbon neutral wine in a stunning, new-in-2018 courtyard and cellar door space, join a 10am wine tour, indulge in a regional tasting plate ($40 for…