New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Inland are the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests and outback towns where opals are mined. Along the coastline are long surfing beaches.
The Hunter Valley region, in the north, has dozens of wineries. You'll have plenty of opportunities to see native animals in the wild - from whales and dolphins to emus and kangaroos. Stop for a pub lunch in an outback hotel or enjoy freshly baked pies on the verandah of a heritage cafe. You can visit World Heritage sites throughout New South Wales. Mungo National Park is part of the Willandra Lakes area in Outback NSW, Lord Howe Island is less than two hours' flight from Sydney or Brisbane, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia include more than 50 parks and reserves stretching from Barrington Tops to Mount Warning, and the Greater Blue Mountains Area is just 90 minutes' drive from Sydney.