New South Wales Australia Holiday Dates And Tour Ideas

New South Wales Australia has a huge range of destinations to visit, Sydney is always a great place to start.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are 'must see' attractions also there is Taronga Zoo, Bondi Beach and take a cruise or jet boat ride on the harbour.

Near Sydney are the stunning Blue Mountains, beautiful beaches are all the way along the coast.

The Outback has a special appeal you can visit unique towns like Broken Hill, Cobar and explore the Corner Country.

The Snowy Mountains are spectacular and perfect for the thousands of skiiers and snowboarders that visit Thredbo and Perisher Valley.

The list of things to do and see is endless - hiking, bushwalking, fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, visit galleries and museums, go for a drive, be amazed by natural wonders like rainforests and waterfalls, discover historic buildings and enjoy the wildlife and so much more.

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The popular Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains near Sydney NSW

These school holiday dates will help plan your own exciting road trip or holiday in New South Wales Australia.

Plan ahead if possible and book your accommodation, tours etc if you think it is necessary. Some accommodation places are so busy they require booking weeks or months in advance and others can be booked several days ahead or not at all.

The Australia school holidays dates can differ slightly between schools so please check the school holiday dates at your child's school.

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A beautiful day for a cruise around Sydney Harbour

"Cruising around the harbour is the best way to really appreciate the shoreline of scenic cliffs, parks, coves, stunning luxury homes, historic buildings like Kirribilli. There is also Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Fort Denison and of course the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

There are many companies that organise the cruises, they can vary from a sightseeing cruise for an hour to a very luxurious cruise and also very special cruises can be arranged for weddings or other special occasions.

If you are sightseeing for a day or two there is a 'hop on hop off' ferry that visits eight of the best attractions in the harbour. They are the Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Manly, Shark Island, Fort Denison, Watsons Bay, Circular Quay. This is an easy way to travel to each attraction, when you are finished move on to your next choice."

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New South Wales Australia Events

New South Wales Australia has hundreds of major and regional events happening in 2012 here are just a few of them that may interest you.

Sydney Festival

Mulga Bill Bicycle festival - Yeoval

Deni Ute Muster - Deniliquin

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Kosciuszko Fun Run - Kosciuszko National Park

Darling Harbour Fiesta

For more ideas of events see the New South Wales Events website

New South Wales Australia Attractions and Tours

Here are a few of the many Attractions in New South Wales Australia

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Merimbula's Magic Mountain

Western Plains Zoo - Dubbo

Dolphin Marine Magic - Coffs Harbour

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

Jenolan Caves- Near Katoomba

For more attraction ideas to visit in New South Wales Australia on your holiday here is a list of more New South Wales Attractions.

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The very unique Silverton Hotel near Broken Hill Outback NSW

"In the late 1800s Silverton was a very busy mining town with a population of about 3000 people. Today things are much different with a population of about 60, it isn't a mining town any more but it is rich with art, beautiful scenery, tourism, unique character and a very popular location for Australia films.

Silverton has become a very popular tourist town where visitors from all over the world visit Many Australian films have featured the 'Silverton Pub' and it has become home to many artists who have been inspired by the beautiful landscapes of the area. The artists are using the original buildings as their art gallerys.

When we were there a few years ago I absolutely loved it, the old original buildings all had a character of their own and it was a bit like a 'ghost' town like in the old movies. The movie 'Mad Max 11' which was made in 1981 featured the Silverton Hotel. Since we were there a 'Mad Max' museum has been added which includes a replica of Max's vehicle the 'interceptor' which used to be parked out the front of the pub."

New South Wales Road Trip and Holiday Ideas

Both these tourism websites will give you a huge amount of holiday information, things to do and see in Sydney and New South Wales.

Visit New South Wales Australia Tourism

Visit Sydney Tourism

New South Wales Australia National Parks

Below is a variety of road trips that cover most of New South Wales going along the coast and inland including the Outback.

Most of them are one way journeys which can be done in reverse or you can choose to do only part of them that interests you.

Pacific Coast Road Trip - Sydney to Brisbane
The Pacific Highway journey takes you north along the coast and past many beautiful beaches, through the Central Coast region, Hunter Region, North Coast region and the Northern Rivers region then you will cross the border to Queensland. You can also start in Brisbane and travel south to Sydney.

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive
This coastal journey is a stunning drive along the coast from Sydney to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. You will see amazing scenery, beautiful coastal towns, national parks, you can visit the many beaches along the way and see plenty of wildlife.

Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive
This road trip leaves from Sydney, goes to Canberra then you will travel to the Murray River, then to Bendigo and finishing in Melbourne. Along the way you will see many heritage and historical places of interest.

WaterFall Way - Coffs Harbour to Armidale
The Waterfall Way is a 191 kilometres trip that is a scenic drive from Coffs Harbour on the mid north NSW coast through the lush rainforest of the Great Divide to the New England Tablelands and it finishes in Armidale.

Snowys Valley Way - Gundagai to Beechworth VIC
The Snowy Valleys Way starts at Gundagai and continues to Beechworth in Victoria. It is a 300 kilometres drive of breathtaking scenery, landscapes and with many interesting things to see and do along the way.

The Fossickers Way - Northern New South Wales
The Fossickers Way is road trip loop in northern New South Wales south of Brisbane. The drive is a leisurely scenic drive that passes through many towns which are fairly close together. The trip starts at Nundle and then passes through Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba, Bingara, Warialda, Inverell and Glen Innes.

Kosciuszko Alpine Way - Canberra - Snowy Mountains - Albury
The Kosciuszko Alpine Way is a journey to and through the Snowy Mountains, the trip includes Kosciuszko which is scenic all year. In winter you will see snow everywhere and when the snow disappears you will see a beautiful display of blossoming wild flowers.

Darling River Run Drive - Outback New South Wales
The Darling River Run is a fascinating 730 kilometre road trip that follows the Darling River which is the longest river in Australia. The journey starts at the outback town of Walgett in north western NSW continues to Wentworth on the Victorian border.

Greater Blue Mountains Drive
The Greater Blue Mountains journey includes eighteen discovery trails that branch off the main route, each one taking you on a unique adventure. Along the way you can explore the world heritage listed National Park. You can make several day trips or travel for several weeks and see it all.

Rainforest Way - Northern NSW
The Rainforest Way is a collection of touring routes that take you to the Great Dividing Range, Richmond Range, Tooloom National Park, Lions Road, Tamborine Mountain, Boonah, Mount French National Park, Minyon falls, Tweed Range scenic drive with the highlight of the Pinnacle Lookout at 919 metres above sea level and see the amazing view.

Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond
The Grand Pacific Drive starts in Nowra or the Royal National Park. Follow the signs as it continues, along the way you will see beautiful beaches and rockpools, rainforests, coastal towns, green rolling hills and wineries.

The Kidman Way - Jerilderie - Cobar - Bourke - Barringun
The Kidman Way is a journey along the vast length of the stock routes developed by Cattle King Sir Sidney Kidman. So he could move his herds to and from major markets through the middle of New South Wales Australia between the Victorian and Queensland borders.

Here are a few road trip ideas and tips to help you plan your holiday.

Regions Of New South Wales Australia

Sydney and Surrounds Region

Blue Mountains Region
Including the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves and Katoomba.

North Coast Region
Including Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Country New South Wales Region
Including Dubbo, Griffith, Warrumbungles and Coonabarabran.

Outback NSW Region
Including Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill, White Cliffs and Tibooburra.

South Coast Region
Including Batemans Bay, Bega, Jervis Bay and Kiama.

Snowy Mountains Region
Including Kosciuszko, Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass.

Lord Howe Island
Including hiking, scuba diving, snorkelling, cycling and nature walks.

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