New South Wales Vacations

New South Wales is an Australian state located on the southeastern coast. It is the home of the city of Sydney. When it was founded in 1788, it originally included New Zealand and parts of what would become the other states. Beyond the large stretch of coastline, you can also find rainforests, mountains and areas for wineries, as well as part of the outback. New South Wales consists of more than 10 percent of the total area of Australia. Of the areas in Australia, New South Wales is the most industrialized and most populated in the country. Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is the largest city in Australia with more than 100 countries represented in its ethnic communities. The 2000 Olympic Games were hosted here in Sydney. New South Wales is home to the Blue Mountains, and they have a distinct feature called the Three Sisters, which is a rock formation of three peaks. New South Wales also contains more than 700 national parks.

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Port Douglas is a small tourist town surrounded by beautiful beaches, tropical rainforest, and the Barrier Reef in Queensland Australia. This is the place to go if you want to get away from the crowds. Miles of beautiful sandy beaches and palm trees. The town is situated adjacent to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Although the town is small it is known for it's 5 star resorts and golf courses. During the gold rush of the 1800s was the pinacle of activity for this small town. Businesses grew and people came to the town. But the boom was short lived. And eventually the town reverted to a sleepy fishing village.

New South Wales is a province of Australia and it lies on the eastern coast of the mainland facing the Tasman Sea. South of New South Wales Province is the province of Victoria and north is the province of Queensland. The coastal area is heavily forested while inland the geography changes to agricultural and then arid plains area that covers almost two-thirds of the province. Running along the coastal area is the "Great Dividing Range" which creates a watershed for the agricultural areas. This mountainous area is also known as the "Australian Alps" or "Snowy Mountains" and also contains Mount Kosciuszko which is Australia's highest mountain.

Thanks to New South Wales’ varied climate and regions, there is plenty to do for anyone. If you like culture and music, the Sydney Opera House is a must see, not only for its gorgeous, iconic look, but also because of the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia. Other sightseeing spots include Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanical Gardens. In the Blue Mountains, you can hike the trails or ride the Skyway over the mountains in a glass­ bottomed box. New South Wales also has the Snowy Mountains, its highest mountain range, where you can go skiing. If you like wine, New South Wales has some of the best. Besides that, Australia has the best fresh seafood around with its large coastline and excellent fishing.


The first inhabitants of New South Wales were the indigenous groups that arrived in Australia 40-60,000 years ago. These indigineous natives are thought to have migrated from Asia. The British "discovered" the area when Captain James Cook landed in the area that is part of Sydney in the 1700s. During the 1850's with the discovery of gold, new settlers moved into the area. This influx of people caused the reorganization of the political boundaries of Australia into New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.


Culturally, the majority of the population in New South Wales are from Great Britain, with recent immigration including groups from Denmark, Netherlands, Italy and other European countries. The major cultural institutions of Sydney were established in the 19th century.


Solitary Islands Marine Park lies off the coast of Australia is is home to numerous coral reefs, fishes and mollusc.