Interesting New South Wales facts
New South Wales is Australia’s oldest state. It was named in 1770 by Captain James Cook who, after falsely proclaiming that the land was uninhabited, claimed it for Britain.
The Blue Mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage Area. The ancient land offers breathtaking views, beautiful walking trails and astounding botanical and cultural treasures.
The capital of New South Wales is Sydney, the site of the country’s oldest European settlement and its largest and most cosmopolitan city, with ethnic communities from more than 100 countries.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel bridge and connects the Sydney business district with the North Shore commercial and residential areas.
This is the birthplace of modern Australia, where Captain Cook and the first settlers came ashore. Home to Sydney, one of the world’s favourite cities, it has a host of other charms. Over 100 wineries in the Hunter Valley region; outstanding scenery in the Blue Mountains, skiing in the Snowy Mountains and some fantastic surfing from stunning beaches in laid back resorts.
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Sydney's many attractions are some of Australia's most recognised landmarks, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House. Add to that the famous Taronga zoo, fabulous picturesque beaches, world-class restaurants, and amazing markets, and Sydney is a one-stop destination.
The Blue Mountains are just 90 minutes by car from Sydney, and have some of the country’s most stunning natural attractions. Jump aboard the Scenic Railway and take a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley, or take a ride on the Scenic Skyline to journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond.
Hunter Valley has it all: Australia’s oldest wine region and UNESCO World Heritage wilderness. Try delicious locally-sourced food paired with delectable wines, and do it all as you look out across beautiful rolling vineyards, mountain ranges and ancient rainforest. Want to do something different? Try a hot air balloon ride.
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage paradise 700km northeast of Sydney. Only 400 visitors are allowed on the treasured island at any one time to experience the unique natural attractions, from the vivid coral reef to the famous twin peaks - so your experience will be unique one.