Sydney is the capital to which all the other Australian cities aspire. Encircling one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours, the city is flush with Aussie icons: the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney’s second-most-loved construction embodies both practicality and beauty. Views from the big steel rainbow are sublime, whether you’re on foot or on a bridge climb.
The Blue Mountains
On Sydney’s back doorstep, the World Heritage-listed Blue mountains are a must see. A dense green canopy gives way to deep valleys, chiselled sandstone outcrops and quaint mountain towns.
Canberra is a wonderfully green little city, with a lively and sophisticated dining and bar scene, interesting architecture and a smorgasbord of major institutions to keep even the most avid culture vulture engrossed for days on end.
The reputation of this famous beach town on the New South Wales north coast precedes it – as they say in Byron, it’s got a great vibe! Come to surf epic breaks at dawn, paddle through hazy beaches afternoons and sigh at the enchanting sunsets.
Coffs has a string of fabulous beaches and the famous Big Banana, it makes an easy base for exploring the quaint towns and beautiful drives of the hinterland, Nambucca Heads is about 30 minutes’ drive away just to name one place.
Wollongong and the Illawarra
80kms south of Sydney, has the laid-back ambience of a sizeable country town and is very likeable for just that reason, with two excellent city beaches and a pretty harbour.
The Hunter Valley
Fine wine, restaurants, beer, chocolate, cheese, olives to name a few. The Hunter wineries are welcoming to novices and refreshingly attitude-free.
The Central Coast
The largest town along the coast between Sydney and Newcastle is the transport and services hub of Gosford. Nearby, relaxing Avoca has a lovely beach and an old cinema, while Terrigal has a beautiful crescent shaped beach with good surf, a bustling town centre and a variety of top spots to refuel. A series of saltwater ‘lakes’ spreads north up the coast between Bateau Bay and Newcastle including deep, placid Lake Macquarie.
The Port city of Newcastle may be one 10th the size of Sydney, but Australia’s second-oldest city punches well above its weight. Superb surf beaches, historical architecture and a sun-drenched climate are only part of its charm. Fine dining, hip bars, quirky boutiques, a diverse arts scene and a laid-back attitude combine to make it well worth a couple of days of your time.
The shores of beautiful Lake Jindabyne are home to the town of Jindabyne, gateway to the alpine paradise of Kosciuszko National Park in the snowy mountains.
A volcanic caldera near Murwillumbah, Mount Warning (1157 meters) is the most prominent natural feature in the region. The core of an extinct volcano, the mountain towers over Murwillumbah and its caldera landform straddles the New South Wales-Queensland border. The traditional owners as the visitors do not climb the mountain; and enjoyable stroll is the Lyrebird Walk, which leaves from Korrumbyn Creek area and takes 15minutes.
A beach-chic sanctuary liberally dotted with golden shorelines and lush hinterlands, the town of Kingscliff is ensconced within the heart of the ‘Tweed Coast’ and is within easy reach of both the gold coast and laid back Byron Bay. Explore the exquisite beaches, local markets, festivals, scenic drives and excellent local restaurants.