History, Night Life and Beautiful Scenery - New South Wales Has It All

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History, Night Life and Beautiful Scenery - New South Wales Has It All


NEW South Wales is where Captain Cook first landed and it is still the gateway to Australia for many visitors.

In Sydney, it has the continent's largest and most historic city, whose landmarks - the beautiful harbour, the bridge and the iconic Opera House - are some of the world's most famous monuments.

Sydney's bars, restaurants, and beaches are a strong lure but, time permitting, look beyond the city where New South Wales' hinterland offers such gems as the Blue Mountains and the wine-growing region of Hunter Valley.

Or for the more active, why not try out some surfing at Bondi for a true Aussie experience.

When you are in Sydney itself, getting around can be one of the main pleasures. Climb the Harbour Bridge (from pounds 50 per person), or get out into the harbour itself, either by sailing, or by ferry from Circular Quay.

For a truly spectacular view, take a seaplane (from pounds 78 per person) or a helicopter (from pounds 60 per person) tour of the city.

Driving around Sydney can be one of the best ways to see the sights (for a thrilling tour, you can do this on the back of a Harley Davidson from just pounds 40 per person).

The two big events in the Sydney calendar are New Year and Mardi Gras - if you do want to travel at this time, you should book well in advance.

Sydney takes New Year very seriously and there is always a spectacular fireworks display launched from the harbour bridge.

Mardi Gras is one of the world's largest gay and lesbian festivals, with multiple events culminating in an enormous parade down Oxford Street.

Sydney is the ideal base from which to explore the diverse landscapes of New South Wales - just an hour and a half away are the breathtaking Blue Mountains, a spectacular region of national parks and picturesque towns. …

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