Syd­ney and be­yond

The splen­dour of New South Wales ex­tends be­yond the cos­mopoli­tan al­lure of its spec­tac­u­lar har­bour cap­i­tal.

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SYD­NEY is one of the most fa­mous cap­i­tal cities around the globe.

The Har­bour City is home to some of the world’s most iconic struc­tures, such as the Syd­ney Opera House and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge.

What’s more, the city is pep­pered with so­phis­ti­cated din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, gal­leries and mu­se­ums.

Away from the buzz of its cen­tral business dis­trict, you can al­ways take the ferry to Taronga Zoo and Manly Is­land.

Of course, Syd­ney rep­re­sents just the tip of an abun­dance of ex­pe­ri­ences that New South Wales (NSW) has to of­fer. Drive out of the city and rugged cliffs, pic­turesque vine­yards, and stun­ning beaches will wow you.

Strap on those seat belts as we bring you on a road trip to ex­pe­ri­ence NSW.

The Blue Moun­tains

Sweep­ing un­ob­structed views of eu­ca­lyp­tus forests alone is worth the jour­ney to the Blue Moun­tains. How­ever, there’s more in store. You can see the world-fa­mous Three Sis­ters from Echo Point. Al­ter­na­tively, take a short hike down to Hon­ey­moon Bridge where you can cross over to the “First Sis­ter”!

Stay the night and catch the sun­rise at var­i­ous amaz­ing lookouts the next day. The moun­tain range lights up as the sun casts a beau­ti­ful golden hue over the mag­nif­i­cent lime­stone cliffs at places like Sub­lime Point and Govetts Leap.

Be sure to get the Un­lim­ited Dis­cov­ery Pass to ex­plore the mag­i­cal Scenic World. Or you can al­ways take the world’s steep­est Scenic Rail­way right into Jami­son Val­ley.

It’s also quite an adren­a­line rush glid­ing above lush canopies in a Scenic Sky­way glass-floored cable car. You’ll find that Aus­tralia’s high­est cable car is strung across steep lime­stone cliffs.

Best of all, the Blue Moun­tains are only a 90-minute drive west of Syd­ney.

Port Stephens

This is Aus­tralia’s “dol­phin cap­i­tal”. In other words, you can ex­pect plenty of in­ter­ac­tion with the friendly an­i­mals here. One op­tion is to board a dol­phin-watch cruise to spot some of the 150 res­i­dent bot­tlenose dol­phins frol­ick­ing in the wa­ter. Dur­ing the whale mi­gra­tion sea­son from May to Novem­ber, you may even see play­ful hump­back whales breach­ing the wa­ter!

Port Stephens also has the largest coastal sand dunes in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. Those look­ing to fill their time with more ad­ven­ture can spend hours sand­board­ing or quad bik­ing through the golden sands. Vis­i­tors can also treat them­selves to a 360º, panoramic view of the land­scape and fresh wa­ter la­goons, from the top of the sand dunes.

Hunter Val­ley

Two hours’ drive north of Syd­ney will lead you to one of Aus­tralia’s old­est wine re­gions – Hunter Val­ley – that is also home to charm­ing towns and quaint vil­lages.

The re­gion’s rich his­tory of Aus­tralian wine in­cludes the fa­mous Au­drey Wilkin­son wines. The Wilkin­son win­ery is named by Gourmet Trav­eller to be among the top 10 winer­ies to visit in Aus­tralia.

There’s noth­ing quite like strolling through the vine­yards, fol­lowed by an after­noon pic­nic with a bot­tle of the re­gion’s well-known Semil­lon or Shi­raz. If you would like to take your ex­pe­ri­ence to the next level, go on a sun­rise hot-air bal­loon ride over the rolling vine­yards of the Hunter.

Grand Pacific Drive

Look­ing for one of Aus­tralia’s best coastal routes? Well, the Grand Pacific Drive is it, when­ever you are in NSW. Hop into a car and drive through na­tional parks and past the beau­ti­ful sea­side towns of Shell­har­bour, Kiama and Shoal­haven.

The route also weaves through dra­matic cliffs on the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. It’s a great view­ing plat­form to spot mi­grat­ing whales head­ing north/south dur­ing the mi­gra­tion sea­son.

Once you’re out of the car, pre­pare your­self for plenty of amaz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Sky­div­ing, surf­ing and ap­ple pick­ing are just a few of the ex­pe­ri­ences you can en­joy. Don’t for­get to check out Kiama’s Blow­hole, the world’s big­gest blow­hole. Your In­sta­gram feed might just “blow up” as it’s a spec­tac­u­lar spot for a photo op­por­tu­nity.

— Photos: Des­ti­na­tion NSW/Tourism Aus­tralia

Take a 90-minute drive out of Syd­ney to see the mag­nif­i­cent peaks of the Three Sis­ters at the Blue Moun­tains.

Dur­ing the whale mi­gra­tion sea­son from May to Novem­ber, you may get to see play­ful hump­back whales breach­ing from the wa­ter at Port Stephens.

What’s an epic way to see the sun­rise? A hot-air bal­loon ride above the Hunter Val­ley, of course.

Life will feel like a movie as you drive along Sea Cliff Bridge with beau­ti­ful coastal views in the back­ground.

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