Travel Planning
New South Wales
Travel Planning
New South Wales

New South Wales at a Glance

New South Wales is a land of beautiful contrasts. You could be on the beach, exploring Sydney, hiking through the rain-forest or discovering the Outback and the desert. 

New South Whales' Blue Mountains are 60km from Sydney. You can expect craggy rocks, waterfalls, lookouts and walking trails. Aboriginal people have lived here for thousands of years and you'll find important cultural heritage sites scattered throughout the park.  

For beach lovers, some of Australia's most famous stretches of sand await you. Head up the coast north of Sydney for fabulous surfing and for whale watching. The south coast has scenic headlands, pristine beaches and beautiful cliffs. This area is rich with Aboriginal heritage and is home to the aptly named Sapphire Coast. 

Mungo National Park is home to the wild landscapes of the Outback. This land of mining towns, ancient burial sites and desert sands is a place like no other. 

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Popular Places
  • Sydney Sydney
  • Central Coast Central Coast
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  • Major Airport Sydney Airport
  • Major Airport Newcastle Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather New South Wales has hot summers and cool winters. Occasional cyclones and severe weather can occur. 

Safety Concerns Safety concerns vary throughout New South Wales. It is important to stay alert while in Sydney. Pickpocket, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. Pay attention to lifeguards and warning signs on beaches as undertows, sharks and rip-tides can make the water dangerous. 

Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. Watch out for sharks in the ocean waters and pay attention to signs and updates about beach safety. 

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