With the capital of Sydney residing within its borders, New South Wales has long been recognized as one of the most popular destinations among travelers visiting Australia. While it is hard to identify just a handful of “must-see” destinations when there are so many great places to visit throughout New South Wales, Australian travel expert Stuart Lyall was able to recommend three destinations he believes are most likely to hold the most widespread appeal for travelers with diverse interests.
Sydney Opera House
Perhaps the most recognizable sight among visitors to the country is the Sydney Opera House. Lyall suggests that travelers see the architectural marvel from as many angles as possible, including from the Sydney Harbour and, if possible, from its interior as well. Visiting the Sydney Opera House also means that travelers will have the opportunity to explore the downtown area and will also be able to get a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge.
Blue Mountains National Park
New South Wales is a wonderful place for anyone who appreciates the outdoors, and Blue Mountains National Park is a particularly beautiful example of Australia’s unique natural setting. With rivers and plateaus contributing to the spectacular view, Lyall sees Blue Mountains National Park as a place in which travelers can experience aspects of the Aboriginal culture while also communing with nature and viewing the famed Three Sisters up close and in person.
The entire coastline of New South Wales is known for its perfect surf breaks, and Port Macquarie is certainly not an exception. In addition to enjoying its thriving surf culture, visitors can relax on the beautiful beaches, try their hand at fishing or can simply keep a fixed gaze on the horizon with the hope of catching a glimpse of the whales that frequent the waters of Port Macquarie. For those interested in wildlife, Stuart Lyall suggests a visit to Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, where travelers can get an up-close view of some exceptionally lively Koalas along with an impressive array of other animals native to Australia and to New South Wales in particular.