There’s no better time than summer to dip your toes into shimmering, sparkling Sydney.

Begin your Sydney journey at Circular Quay, heading along the harbour foreshore to the famous Sydney Opera House. This World Heritage wonder is a short walk from the serene Royal Botanic Garden, a tranquil oasis for walking and picnicking. Stroll back towards The Rocks, the historic heart of Sydney, where you’ll see the cobbled laneways of the early convict colony. Weekly markets, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, walking tours and heritage pubs make this a fascinating neighbourhood to explore.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney before wandering around Sydney’s newest headland park at Barangaroo. Nearby the city’s newest food precinct – The Streets of Baranagroo – has an excellent selection of waterfront restaurants, cafes and specialist bakeries.

At Darling Harbour’s SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium you’ll be able to see penguins and sharks and get up close to koalas and a giant saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. 

In Sydney’s east, enjoy spectacular ocean vistas from the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, head to Double Bay to shop at elegant boutiques, and Watson’s Bay for lunch at a waterfront restaurant or a shady harbourside park.

Enjoy an exhilarating performance at one of Sydney’s acclaimed venues, admire cutting-edge art in a dynamic gallery, savour fabulous food, explore heritage and history, and discover hip bars and heritage pubs. For the hottest neighbourhood dining spots right now, head to King Street in Newtown, Spice Alley in Chippendale, Glebe's Harold Park Tramsheds, and Crown Street in Surry Hills.

North of the harbour, Luna Park is a great attraction for the whole family while neighbouring Mosman is home to one of Australia’s best zoos, Taronga Zoo. Wander along Military Road, Mosman to explore boutiques and cafes, before taking a dip in the harbour at Balmoral Beach.

Further north are two of the country’s most well-known beaches - Manly Beach and Palm Beach, both offering great surfing, walks, and alfresco dining.

West of the city, the beautiful Hawkesbury River is an ideal location to explore by boat or for an overnight stay in a cosy riverside boathouse.


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Central Coast


Just an hour’s drive north of Sydney, the Central Coast has beautiful beaches, inlets and lakes with lush hinterland areas that stretch along the coast to Newcastle.

Dotted along the coast is a string of pretty towns and beach villages. Some are well-known (Avoca Beach, Umina Beach and Terrigal) while others are more secluded (Pearl Beach and McMaster’s Beach). The Entrance is a popular holiday location, between the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake.



The area’s stunning natural scenery is the perfect setting for outdoor adventures which include bushwalking, kayaking through gentle backwaters, or cycling along bike trails. You can jump on a mountain bike trail through the Ourimbah State Forest, go horse riding at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, or diving at the wreck of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide at the nearby dive site.

The area’s national parks are a highlight for many visitors. Beautiful Bouddi National Park has dramatic landscapes which range from small coves and sandy beaches to rainforests and eucalypt forests. Look out for significant Aboriginal cultural sites at many locations on the Central Coast.

Brisbane Waters National Park is another gem, especially for bushwalkers. Follow the short Somersby Falls track through rainforest to see spectacular waterfall views. Don’t forget a picnic – there are plenty of shady spots to enjoy a relaxing break. The Mooney Mooney Nature Walk is another delightful trail through rainforest, grassy woodlands and casuarina forest. Keep your eye out for lyrebirds, kookaburras and shy koalas.

The beaches of the central Coast are a major drawcard for holidaymakers with excellent surfing conditions; some of the best breaks can be found at Terrigal and Soldiers Beach, Norah Head. And it’s not just surfers who are attracted to Avoca Beach; you can explore rock pools, kayak, fish and swim here.

Other things to do include visiting turn-of-the-century Norah Head Lighthouse for magnificent ocean vistas, seeing an awesome collection of snakes, lizards, crocodiles and other native animals at the Australian Reptile Park or exploring pretty Mt Penang Gardens.


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North Coast


The North Coast of NSW has a tempting mix of attractions for visitors - uncrowded beaches, pristine waterways, World Heritage rainforests and dramatic volcanic hinterland.

With more than 700km of coastline, this region offers limitless aquatic adventures. Visit epic surf breaks, swim or kayak with dolphins, join a whale-watching cruise or snorkel in crystal-clear waters. The hinterland forms a grand backdrop with national parks and small towns and villages dotted around the region.

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Some of the highlights of this region include the Port Stephens area, just north of Newcastle. Famed for its 26 golden sandy beaches and many beautiful inlets, it has an endless choice of things to do in and around its two main towns; Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens. Make sure you try the fresh seafood feast at some stage in your visit.

With outdoor adventures, gorgeous beaches, delicious fresh produce, and beautiful rainforest walks, the Port Macquarie region is packed with plenty of things to see and do. A popular attraction is the local Koala Hospital, one of the world’s only centres dedicated to caring for koalas. Daily tours run at 3pm and it’s well worth a visit. Other things to do include exploring the region’s many national parks, following Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, boating on beautiful waterways such as the Hastings River and swimming at any of the 18 sandy beaches. Outdoor activities include skydiving, paragliding, horse riding, surfing, boating, cycling, kayaking, golf and fishing.

The Clarence Coast encompasses lush valleys, abundant national parks, white sandy beaches and excellent surf breaks. At Yamba, try the delicious local prawns before a swim or walk along the beach. Nearby is Angourie Beach, home to the world-famous right hand point break that was recognised as a National Surfing Reserve in 2007, where you can learn to surf.

At Iluka, follow the walking track beneath thick canopies of World Heritage forest, spotting dolphins or whales travelling along the coast. Whale-watching cruises depart from Yamba and Wooli, near the Yuraygir National Park.

While its lush wilderness is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals, that’s just the start of the Tweed’s charms. With more than 37km of coastline and a sub-tropical climate, the region is a haven for holidaymakers. Cabarita Beach is a great base from which you can head out to explore the region and its many natural attractions – World Heritage national parks, beach walks, river cruises and scenic drives. 


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Northern Rivers


Stunning natural attractions, delicious food and wine experiences, and vibrant festivals and markets ensure the Northern Rivers area is popular with holidaymakers. 

Lismore has a thriving arts community with great galleries and markets packed with the work of local artists. Visit the Lismore Regional Gallery or head out along the backroads to enjoy a meal beneath the jacarandas at historic Eltham Hotel.

Tucked away in the hills 30 km north of Lismore, is the colourful village of Nimbin, once a sleepy little dairying village. Today Nimbin is known as a great place for exploring alternative lifestyles after establishing its reputation when it hosted the 1973 Aquarius Festival. Set in a beautiful valley it’s well worth a trip from the coast to see the works of local artists, hang out at markets and explore the World Heritage rainforests.


Known as the gateway to the rainforests, Kyogle is located by the Richmond River and makes a great base for exploring World Heritage-listed national parks, where spectacular lookouts, picnic areas, and bushwalking trails are popular attractions. 

Located on the Richmond River, Casino is at the heart of a rich beef-growing region. Taste the local product in the town’s café and pubs, explore pretty river bank, including Platypus Pool or head to the Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands for a stroll.


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Byron Bay


White sandy beaches, great surf and year-round sunshine have been luring beach goers, surfers and alternative life-stylers to the Byron Bay region for a long time. 

One of Australia’s favourite holiday getaways, Byron Bay offers sophisticated luxury and alternative lifestyles, a thriving artistic scene and beautiful landscapes.



While Main Beach at Byron Bay is the most visited, there are plenty of other coastal gems in the area such as Lennox Head Beach or the 32 km stretch of beaches at Ballina. Cape Byron Marine Park, stretching from Brunswick Heads to Lennox Head, protects a huge range of marine life so grab your snorkel and check out the teeming marine life.

In the hinterland, subtropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls and diverse national parks offer the perfect environments for bushwalking, mountain biking or kayaking.

The Byron Bay area has a laid-back and creative approach to life with eclectic towns and villages sprinkled throughout. Mullumbimby is a 20-minute drive from Byron and the perfect gateway to the stunning rainforests of this World Heritage Area. Don’t miss the nearby Shambhala Gardens at Crystal Castle, a magical five hectare garden and rainforest to explore.

Regular farmers markets will give you a taste of the region’s fine produce. Byron Bay Farmers Market is held every Thursday while Mullumbimby Farmers Market is a haven for high quality local produce.

Byron Bay is now a major drawcard for music fans with Splendour in the Grass and BluesFest both drawing some of the best musicians in the world; the Mullum Music Festival is a more relaxed event with a community feel.


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