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Views over Barrington Tops Barrington Tops Over 1,200 sq km of unspoilt wilderness, from subtropical rainforest to...

Spectacular scenery in Grose Valley, Blue Mountains (Photo: P. Hayson/Photolibrary)Blue Mountains Experience the spectacular blue-hazed cliffs and canyons of the Blue Mountains.

The Entrance. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast Central Coast Feeding the pelicans at The Entrance.

Tizzana Winery, Ebenezer, Hawkesbury Valley (Photo: P. Blackmore/Tourism NSW) Hawkesbury Valley The Hawkesbury River winds its way through a fertile valley.

Cruickshanks Vineyards, Callatoota Estate, Wybong, Upper Hunter (Photo: P. Quirk/Wildlight) Hunter Valley World-class wines complemented by superb cuisine and boutique accommodation.

Family fun in Kiama, Illawarra (Photo: A. Smart/Tourism NSW) Kiama Shellharbour and Surrounds A string of dazzling beaches at the end of the Grand Pacific Drive.

Yachts moored on Lake Macquarie (Paul Foley's Lightmoods P/L)Lake Macquarie and Surrounds A vast aquatic playground four times the size of Sydney Harbour.

Nobbys Lighthouse and Beach, Newcastle (Photo: M. Lauder) Newcastle A vibrant cosmopolitan city perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches.

Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens, Mid-North Coast (Photo: Hamilton Lund / Tourism NSW).Port Stephens, Forster and Surrounds Golden beaches, a picturesque bay and inlets

Corbett Gardens, Bowral, Southern Highlands (Photo: Susan Wright / Tourism NSW) Southern Highlands The Highland's gentle green hills produce excellent wines and beautiful formal gardens.

Segenhoe Horse Stud, Scone, Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Endowed with rolling plains and rugged mountains, the Upper Hunter has a taste for the good life.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive (Photo: Tourism Wollongong) Wollongong and Surrounds The State’s third largest city has reinvented itself as an escape...

 

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Why go there

This region is a grand spectrum of delights. Here you’ll find sparkling waterways, World Heritage-listed national parks, age-old mountains and ravines, cascading waterfalls and some of the most stunning beaches on the planet.

Freshwater explorations compete with marine delights. You can easily arrange reef- and game-fishing charters – or hire a sailboard, kayak or catamaran to get the feel of local lakes. Or you can ride a horse (or camel), play 18 holes of golf or tackle giant sand dunes on a quad bike.

The region has gentle, rolling green hills and little historic villages nestled between rainforest and beach. For simple relaxation, lie back and enjoy a luxuriant spa, try the largest ocean baths in the southern hemisphere, explore sleepy mountainside villages or laze on the beach with a good book. At sunset, dine alfresco. Sip some of the wine that has made the Hunter Valley famous.

Don’t miss

  • Walking on air, 270 m above the valley of the Kedumba River in a glass-floored, aerial gondola in the Blue Mountains.
  • Kayaking with dolphins at Nelson Bay.
  • Re-energising and relaxing at a luxury spa in the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains or Southern Highlands.
  • Tasting the world’s best Semillon in the Hunter Valley and the Southern Highland’s cool-climate varieties.
  • Driving the Grand Pacific Drive from the Royal National Park to North Wollongong – with its landmark Sea Cliff Bridge.
  • Cruising the laid-back Hawkesbury River on a houseboat.
  • Discovering Australia’s largest collection of reptiles at the Australian Reptile Park.
  • Relax and unwind at Audrey Wilkison, Hunter (Photo: A. Smart)

    Relax and unwind at Audrey Wilkison, Hunter (Photo: A. Smart)

Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive

Grand Pacific Drive

The name says it all. End to end, Grand Pacific Drive is sensational...

dining in the Blue Mountains Food and wine in Sydney Surrounds

Enjoy world-class wines, gourmet delights and succulent fresh produce

Areas within

Views over Barrington Tops Barrington Tops Over 1,200 sq km of unspoilt wilderness, from subtropical rainforest to...

 

Spectacular scenery in Grose Valley, Blue Mountains (Photo: P. Hayson/Photolibrary)Blue Mountains Experience the spectacular blue-hazed cliffs and canyons of the Blue Mountains.

 

The Entrance. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast Central Coast Feeding the pelicans at The Entrance.

 

Tizzana Winery, Ebenezer, Hawkesbury Valley (Photo: P. Blackmore/Tourism NSW) Hawkesbury Valley The Hawkesbury River winds its way through a fertile valley.

 

Cruickshanks Vineyards, Callatoota Estate, Wybong, Upper Hunter (Photo: P. Quirk/Wildlight) Hunter Valley World-class wines complemented by superb cuisine and boutique accommodation.

 

Family fun in Kiama, Illawarra (Photo: A. Smart/Tourism NSW) Kiama Shellharbour and Surrounds A string of dazzling beaches at the end of the Grand Pacific Drive.

 

Yachts moored on Lake Macquarie (Paul Foley's Lightmoods P/L)Lake Macquarie and Surrounds A vast aquatic playground four times the size of Sydney Harbour.

 

Nobbys Lighthouse and Beach, Newcastle (Photo: M. Lauder) Newcastle A vibrant cosmopolitan city perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches.

 

Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens, Mid-North Coast (Photo: Hamilton Lund / Tourism NSW).Port Stephens, Forster and Surrounds Golden beaches, a picturesque bay and inlets

 

Corbett Gardens, Bowral, Southern Highlands (Photo: Susan Wright / Tourism NSW) Southern Highlands The Highland's gentle green hills produce excellent wines and beautiful formal gardens.

 

Segenhoe Horse Stud, Scone, Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Endowed with rolling plains and rugged mountains, the Upper Hunter has a taste for the good life.

 

Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive (Photo: Tourism Wollongong) Wollongong and Surrounds The State’s third largest city has reinvented itself as an escape...

 

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