Aquatic and Coastal Experiences - New South Wales
Sydney is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Its sparkling harbour, dazzling beaches, beach culture and sunny Mediterranean-style climate are matched by an array of world-class museums and art galleries, a 24-hour nightlife, relaxed lifestyle and rich architectural heritage.
Less than a two hour drive from Sydney lies the World-Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, perfect for walking, camping and canyoning on a short break. South from Sydney, starting at the Grand Pacific Drive, enjoy the beaches and small towns of the South Coast.
Heading north, on the Legendary Pacific Coast, discover stunning beaches, national parks and the world-famous Byron Bay. Off the north coast, explore one of the state’s most spectacular World Heritage-listed sites, Lord Howe Island, a pristine patch of paradise with secluded beaches and palm forests.
Surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of shoreline, national parks and historic sites, the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour are synonymous with the NSW capital city. Alive with the movement of ferries, yachts and kayaks.
Experience the beauty of the harbour on an iconic Sydney ferry. Passing by some of the harbour’s famed landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a ferry ride offers plenty of scenic vantage points. Follow the Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo ferry routes to enjoy panoramic harbour views.
During Vivid Sydney admire some of the city’s popular waterside icons illuminated at night. On New Year’s Eve enjoy a mesmerising fireworks display over the harbour.
Sydney’s famous harbour provides a dramatic backdrop for the city’s icons, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour is a natural playground for Sydneysiders and visitors who enjoy sailing and cruising, swimming at harbour beaches, walking the foreshore and picnicking on the many islands. Sydney Harbour is constantly alive with the movement of ferries, yachts and kayaks.
Some of Sydney's best beaches are within 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) of the city centre. Explore the popular beaches of Bondi and Manly or go further afield to Sydney’s Northern Beaches including Freshwater and Palm Beach. At popular beachside destinations, find great waterside dining, cafés and bars, plus great shopping and a vibrant nightlife.
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise, located 660km (410 miles) off the north coast of NSW. A holiday here is relaxing and unhurried, where getting around by bike or on foot is the way to go and there are plenty of activities to take part in. The island is an idyllic location for fishing enthusiasts as well as snorkellers and scuba divers. Cast off at Blinky Beach for Australian salmon or snorkel straight off the sand at Neds Beach. Lord Howe Island's famous twin peaks, breathtaking views and natural forest make it ideal for walkers and hikers to discover the island on foot. Lord Howe is also one of Australia’s premier birdwatching destinations.
The South Coast is a spectacular coastline with breathtaking scenery. The crystal-clear waters, quiet beaches and stunning national parks make it an ideal place to escape. Stretching over 600km (372 miles), from the Royal National Park just south of Sydney all the way to the Sapphire Coast in the state’s south, there's plenty on offer.
Visit the scenic North Coast and discover a hinterland of lush river valleys and a coastline of sparkling beaches. Byron Bay is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies, food, wine and indulgence. The laid-back towns of Brunswick Heads plus the arts-loving villages of Bangalow and Mullumbimby, combine the casual vibe of coastal retreats with a touch of style.
Heading north from Sydney along the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive, this scenic route takes in some of the most striking landscapes in Australia. Stretching 950 kilometres (590 miles) along an almost continuous line of surf beaches, national parks, plus the hinterland of rolling green hills and friendly villages make this a great drive. Discover golden sand dunes, majestic waterfalls, lush river valleys and incredible local produce.
Lord Howe Island
Legendary Pacific Coast