New South Wales Australia
If you're heading to Australia for the first time, it's likely you'll arrive in New South Wales (NSW) - its capital city of Sydney, to be more precise. It's practically a pilgrimage for backpackers these days, iconic sights like the Opera House and Bondi Beach sitting high on many a bucket list. This is the most populated city and state in the country, meaning there are plenty of reasons for travellers both old and new to visit NSW.
You probably know plenty about Sydney already. It's a cornucopia of backpacker-friendly hostels, bars, restaurants, and more, as well as an ideal place to pick up some temporary work. Many first-time visitors travel to NSW and stay here a while to get used to the Aussie way of life, and are rewarded with things to see and do like climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, walking around the Royal Botanic Garden, and relaxing on previously mentioned Bondi Beach.
Outside of the city, New South Wales is the ideal state to get used to the size and variety of Australia's incredible natural spaces. Within its borders are outback deserts, rainforests, alpine regions, indigenous rock art sites, and more. It's no wonder many visitors stay here for months before feeling the urge to move on.
Our Favourite New South Wales Tours
Most tours in New South Wales will begin when you visit Sydney, including many tailored to first-time visitors to Australia. This means you can go pretty much anywhere and do pretty much anything in this amazing state. Highlights on various tours include stops in the beautiful Blue Mountains region, the vineyards of Hunter Valley and the laidback surfer town of Byron Bay.