About Sydney, Blue Mountains and Surrounds
Sydney Surrounds (New South Wales)
New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Inland are the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests and outback towns where opals are mined. Along the coastline are long surfing beaches.
Sydney is the biggest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia - and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. The Harbour City, as it’s commonly called, is home to many of Australia's must-see attractions – such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach – but also abounds in sophisticated dining, secret harbour beaches and hole-in-the-wall coffee shops off the beaten path. Discover the hip inner city neighborhoods of Potts Point and Surry Hills, beach hop through exclusive Vaucluse and drink and dine in artsy Chippendale. You'll find cultural riches such as galleries, museums, theatre companies and alternative cinema, without ever being too far from those glistening million-dollar views.
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area has abundant natural beauty, and offers excellent hiking, spectacular scenery and quaint towns and villages, making it a popular getaway from the big smoke. Walk to the foot of the Three Sisters on the 998-step Giant Stairway, or glide between clifftops on the Scenic Skyway, 886 feet above ancient ravines. Stroll around picturesque villages Leura and Blackheath for antique stores, quirky cafés and top-notch restaurants, then spend the night in a luxury lodge or charming B&B. The Blue Mountains are only a 90 minute drive west of Sydney.
Other New South Wales Highlights:
- Byron Bay is world renowned for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and laid-back lifestyle. Domestic flights arrive at nearby Ballina Airport, and take about 1.5 hours from Sydney.
- Hunter Valley is home to more than 120 wineries, gourmet restaurants and luxury retreats, and is conveniently located just two hours’ drive north of Sydney.
- Jervis Bay is three hours south of Sydney, where the beaches are known for having some of the whitest sand and turquoise waters in Australia.