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Picturesque city and world-class attractions

New South Wales is on the east coast of Australia and Sydney is the capital city. Our most stunningly picturesque city is the home to many world-class attractions including Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and of course, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You are spoilt for choice for things to do in Sydney!

Once you have exhausted your Sydney activities, you will find beyond Sydney there are many fantastic locations such as the rugged Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley winery region, Port Stephens with its National Parks, beaches & dolphins, and many more diverse locations which include rainforests, outback towns and long surfing beaches.

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Sydney

Sydney is the oldest and largest city in Australia. This striking city is a visitor’s delight with so many iconic offerings including the picturesque harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, beautiful beaches, Hawkesbury River and rugged coastlines. Sydney dazzles with their annual New Year’s celebrations.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Marvel the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Catch the public ferry on the Sydney Harbour
  • Tour the Sydney Opera House
  • Catch Sydney sights on a bike tour

Blue Mountains

Located less than two hours drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains offers a natural wonderland of untamed bush, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife. This World Heritage Area is a unique environment. Highlights include many outdoor activities and picturesque villages with cafes, boutiques, and plenty of art galleries.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Enjoy the views of the Three Sisters
  • Catch the world’s steepest railway at Scenic World
  • Explore the spectacular Jenolan Caves
  • Appreciate the nature on the Wentworth Falls Walk

Port Stephens

Port Stephens is only two and a half hours drive north of Sydney. If you love being close to nature, then you will love Port Stephens! It’s a natural wonderland with plenty of Koalas, Dolphins and Whales (in season). Explore the nearby National Parks and the 26 beautiful beaches.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Catch a cruise to see Dolphins & Whales 
  • Go tobogganing on the sand dunes
  • Go Koala spotting in the National parks
  • Learn to surf at the local beach

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a popular beach resort and less than one hour from the Gold Coast Airport. Renowned for its gorgeous beaches and beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed lifestyle and offers numerous cafes, restaurants, markets and boutique shops for post-beach enjoyment.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Kayak with dolphins
  • Enjoy a beach day at Watergos or Tallows Beach
  • Soak up the local vibe in the many unique boutiques & cafes

Coastal Drive - Sydney to Melbourne

This coastal drive is well suited to young families. Expect plenty of nature and native wildlife on this 900km drive. Feed the kangaroos, camp in bush luxury, see the Penguin Parade, swim with wild Dolphins with Sea All Dolphin Swims, learn to surf, and enjoy the magnificent National parks & beaches. Not forgetting the fun to be had in both Sydney & Melbourne!

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Hand feed kangaroos at Pebbly Beach
  • Splurge on a glamping experience in the bush
  • Don’t miss the famous penguin parade
  • Drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road

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