Breath­tak­ing beaches

Tra­verse New South Wales and take in the amaz­ing sights and sounds.

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IT’S very likely that vis­i­tors to Aus­tralia would have ex­pe­ri­enced the charms of New South Wales. And yet, the place man­ages to sur­prise time and again.

Home to the pul­sat­ing city of Syd­ney – where beach cul­ture, su­perb weather and a spec­tac­u­lar har­bour back­drop beckon – the state is blessed with a cli­mate that makes it ripe for ex­plor­ing all year round. But the me­trop­o­lis is just the tip of the ice­berg of what New South Wales has to of­fer.

To the west lie the Blue Moun­tains, which you can ex­plore on a day trip, over a re­lax­ing week­end or longer.

Head north and you’ll find spec­tac­u­lar se­cluded beaches, na­tional parks and the most- loved beach town in Aus­tralia: The world- fa­mous By­ron Bay.

Go south for a tour along the jaw- drop­ping Grand Pa­cific Drive, be­fore en­joy­ing the un­spoilt beaches and small towns of the South Coast.

Let’s start with Syd­ney. Ev­ery­one en­joys a stylish ar­rival but, in this city, you can take that con­cept to greater heights by fly­ing to lunch via sea­plane. Strap into your seat at Rose Bay and you’ll be flown past spec­tac­u­lar beaches, the Opera House and Har­bour Bridge.

It’s one thing to see the Har­bour Bridge from above, but quite an­other to sail un­der­neath it with your favourite drink in hand. Cruis­ing Syd­ney Har­bour is a much- loved lo­cal pas­time and you’ll un­der­stand why once you’re on deck, as the af­ter­noon sun warms your face and the salty breeze kisses your skin.

For a care­free vibe, check out the city’s many sun- drenched beaches. The white sands and surf are ob­vi­ous rea­sons to visit the fa­mous beach­side sub­urb of Bondi; its thriv­ing shop­ping district is an­other. Pop- up mar­kets are all up for dis­cov­ery on the re­laxed beach­front streets.

What’s bet­ter than vis­it­ing an Aussie beach? Wak­ing up just foot­steps away from one! By­ron Bay has an enor­mous va­ri­ety of hol­i­day houses for rent. Make sure you get up early at least one morn­ing and say hello to the many lo­cal birds called kook­abur­ras. Th­ese ter­res­trial tree king­fish­ers are al­ways up at sun­rise.

By­ron Bay is ac­tu­ally home to more than one bay – and def­i­nitely more than one beach! Jump into a hot- air bal­loon and, as you take to the skies, you can spot up to two dozen – from pa­trolled Main Beach and celebrity hotspot Wat­e­gos, to fam­ily- friendly Lit­tle Wat­e­gos, Clarkes and the se­cret par­adise of Whites.

While there’s plenty to do on the NSW main­land, one in par­tic­u­lar is on the bucket list of many Aus­tralians: Lord Howe Is­land. On this pris­tine patch of par­adise are many places for re­lax­ation. Try Neds Beach, fa­mous for its fish feed­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, splash in the re­fresh­ing waves dubbed “cham­pagne surf” at Blinky Beach, or head to the more se­cluded Lit­tle Is­land.

Be­fore you head home, make a stop at Al­bury. In this won­der­fully di­verse re­gional hub, you can hol­i­day on a house­boat. And the drive there from Syd­ney is filled with its own de­lights.

Sourced from Tourism Aus­tralia. Malaysia Air­lines has twice daily/ 14 times weekly flights be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Syd­ney. For book­ings, go to www. malay siaair­lines. com.

As the fur­thest point east on the Aus­tralian main­land, the Cape By­ron Light­house of­fers an iconic spot to start the day. — Tourism Aus­tralia

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