New South Wales 5 Must See Places
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On compiling a top 5 list for every state in Australia we are bound to upset someone. Somebody’s favourite destination will have been left off while another person may find the inclusion of one place over another outrageous.

New South Wales is no different than any other state and years can be spent touring and exploring every park, village, natural landform or destination.

By narrowing the list down to 5 essentials we hope to include 5 completely different experiences for each state.

So in no particular order and with no apologies:


1. Sydney Harbour is included because it is the hub that connects so many iconic Australian landmarks. From Circular Quay to The Rocks, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Taronga Park Zoo, Watsons Bay, the Botanical Gardens and more, this 54 square kilometre patch of water has everything going for it. There are few places that can encompass so much in one place. The harbours’ history lies in the origins of Australia while magnificent natural scenery, stunning architecture, culture, dining, activities and tours all contribute to make a complete package.


2. Mount Kosciuszko makes the list because there are few countries in the world where the summit of the tallest mountain can be climbed by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. It also makes the list because it rests inside Kosciuszko National Park, home to the Yarrangobilly Caves, waterfalls, walk trails, camping grounds and close to the skiing regions of Thredbo and Perisher.


3. Jervis Bay is another New South Wales province wrested from the state when the A.C.T. was annexed to create Canberra, the Federal capital. This essentially gives Canberra an ocean gateway but for all intents and purposes the look and feel is basically that of N.S.W. and in this instance, counts as such, politically correct or not. As stunning as Australia’s northern beaches are there are elements of the more southerly coastline just as inspiring. The sand of the beaches can be snow white and the water crystal blue and green above these sands. Jervis Bay is one such place. The sparse population of the region, due to the fact that much is under naval control or aboriginal land title, means it is easy to find a remote pristine beach for yourself or enjoy any of the marine or land based activities in the area.


4. Broken Hill lies next to the South Australian border and is about as far from the glitter and hustle of Sydney and the busy coast as you can get. Another iconic mining town that proudly traces its history back to the beginnings of the state and reflects this in the style and type of activities on offer it. The town also hosts world famous art, artists and identities. The surrounding landscape is typically Australian, welcoming exploration by 2 or 4WD, and provides the inspiration for these artists and has been used as the backdrop for a plethora of films and paintings.


5. Lord Howe Island is a two hour flight from Sydney (or Brisbane) and while it may seem strange to recommend getting so far from N.S.W. on a list of 5, it is because Lord Howe is such a special place. Generally if a location becomes World Heritage listed there is good reason and this island pays up in spades with stunning waters, classic green, towering island mountains and spectacular reef and marine systems. It is actually an eroded volcano and the 10 kilometre long landform creates a spectacular natural basin and lagoon. Just go.


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