New South Wales
With buzzing cities and untouched wilderness, it's a traveller’s dream come true
In its far north, the coast of New South Wales meets the glorious Gold Coast. If you followed the coast south, you’d travel through Byron Bay, Newcastle and Sydney, all the way to the border of Victoria. That’s 2000km of some of the most gloriously scenic coastline you’ll ever see.
Beyond the surf breaks, NSW offers more than 180 national parks and reserves, from the majestic Blue Mountains to the adventure sports hotspot of Kosciusko National Park in the Snowy Mountains.
Then, of course, there are the cities. Sydney is Australia's largest, most famous and most international city, but some of the smaller centres are just as enticing. Whether you’re a wine buff who wants to explore the tastes of the Hunter Valley, you have kids who’ve always dreamed of whale-spotting, or you just need to slap your eyes on the Opera House and Sydney Harbour, New South Wales is a destination ripe for discovery.
If you only do one thing in the Sapphire Coast, make it this one
A glorious lake cruise and a gourmet feast of fresh-harvested oysters with a maverick tour guide proves to be one of the best things to do on the Sapphire Coast.
What it's really like to learn to surf in Byron Bay
Always wanted to learn how to surf? If not now, then when! It's time to say “carpe diem” and learn how to ride the waves in surf mecca Byron Bay.
Gourmet degustations for under $100? Yes, it's possible
Multiple courses of gourmet food at some of the city's finest restaurants don't have to cost the earth - these tasting menus all clock in at under $100.
Where to dine with a water view in Sydney
Whether it’s world class dining with a view of Sydney Harbour or delicious food on the Northern beaches, these are the best waterside restaurants in the city.
Guess where Beau Ryan's favourite cafe is!
Former rugby league player-turned-media personality Beau Ryan has whizzed around the globe as the new host of ‘The Amazing Race Australia’ but he still gets a kick coming home to Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.
Pssst! These are the best happy hours in Sydney's inner city bars
If you thought Sydney bars were too exxy, think again. You can find fabulous drinks and nibbles at prices that won't break the bank around the city, if you know where (and when) to go.
You need to hit up these cool cafes in Newcastle
From old favourite Goldbergs' to newbie Happi Kitchen, there are plenty of places to go for a great cup of joe when in the coastal city. Here is a local's guide.
These waterfront restaurants in Newcastle are not to be missed!
This coastal city has thrown off its industrial tag to become a thriving cosmopolitan culinary hub. Here's where to go for food with a (ocean) view.
The ultimate couple's getaway itinerary for Sydney
Planning a romantic weekend in Sydney? Here are the best places to wine, dine and indulge.
How to do Sydney with the family
Insider tips from a Sydney mum on where to take the kids on a holiday in the harbour city.
Hopping on board the latest wellness trend, SUP Yoga, in Byron Bay
One of the best places to master your pigeon pose on a paddleboard is in this NSW wellbeing hub.
These are the coolest bars and pubs in Sydney
From inner city classics to cool spots in the suburbs, these Sydney nightspots are not be missed.
Where to find the best happy hours in Newcastle
Get the lowdown from a local on the best spots to end a day in the harbour city - without breaking the bank.
Sydney’s best restaurants with a view
Australia’s most recognisable city doesn’t just look good, it tastes good, too. Here’s where to go when you want great food with great views.
The hottest brunches in Sydney
From gourmet spreads to eggs different ways, all with a side of great coffee, these are the best Sydney spots for a laid-back brunch.
Top 5 free things to do with kids in Sydney
Sydney is well known as an expensive city, but here are five things you can do that the kids will love … and they won’t cost a cent.
The hidden gems of Sydney, best explored by bus
There are treasures to be found riding the buses through Sydney’s CBD and suburbs. Keren Lavelle hops on and off three of the city’s busiest routes and explores Sydney by bus.
What to do in Byron beyond the beaches
Byron Bay is well known for its sparkling beaches, but there’s a lot more to the popular coastal town than just the sun and surf. Here are the top places to check out on a rainy day.
Where to find the best coffee in Newcastle
This coastal enclave just two hours’ drive from Sydney has transformed from industrial hub to cosmopolitan city – and it’s developed a thirst for great coffee.