Rich with natural resources, regional NSW produces one-third of the total NSW gross state product, with thriving agricultural and mining industries and strong manufacturing, energy, tourism and service sectors.
Home to about 40 per cent of the state’s population, regional NSW is diverse, with high levels of natural beauty and accommodating a range of lifestyles and regional locations and attractions.
Part of a World Heritage area, the vast sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains offers bushwalking, delightful gardens and fine guesthouses. 13 percent of the known species of eucalyptus around the world are found in the Blue Mountains making the Greater Blue Mountains Area a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in November 2000.
A favourite escape for Sydneysiders, this region is endowed with magnificent beaches, coastal resorts, lakes, waterways and national parks. At Distillery Botanica, you can taste and buy award-winning liqueur made with plants, such as aniseed and lemon myrtle. Gin is made with Australian natives.
Here, visitors can experience quintessentially Australian settlements founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers and loved by visitors today for their old-world ambience and friendly welcomes. Don’t forget the observatories located in rural New South Wales.
A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale watching and playful dolphins. Artists, writers and musicians perform at local festivals across the region. Too cool for surfing? What about a round of golf on Long Reef Golf Course arguably the best site of any golf course in Sydney.
A notable landmark in outback NSW is the Yarriambiack Shire Silo Art Trail, Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim, Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.
The unspoilt beauty of the southern coastline unfolds in a series of pristine beaches and bays backed by a hinterland of more than 30 national parks. Go camping in the hinterland or explore an underwater world of soft coral, tropical fish and cheeky fur seals at Montague Island in Narooma.
The Hunter Valley and Newcastle
At the Hunter Valley, indulge in great wines, gourmet delights plus a host of activities from hot-air balloon flights, championship golf courses and pampering spas. The city of Newcastle offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan ambience with its emerging restaurants, bars and cafés.
Year round, the Snowy Mountains provides a great choice of activities. Winter sports of skiing and snowboarding give way to a raft of warmer weather activities such as kayaking, rafting and mountain hiking.
Wollongong & Illawarra
Unwind at your own pace at idyllic seaside villages and beautiful beaches scattered amongst spectacular coastal scenery, all accessible via the Grand Pacific Drive.