About New South Wales

About New South Wales

General Information

New South Wales (NSW) is located on the south-eastern coast of Australia. New South Wales has a population of 7.5 million people, making it the most populous state in the country.

New South Wales is home to the country’s largest and oldest city, Sydney. The state also encompasses the Australian Capital Territory, which is home to the country’s capital, Canberra.

Sydney and the coastal areas of New South Wales are the most popular tourist destinations, but the whole state offers experiences which will suit all interests and tastes. If you’re looking for a destination that has it all – white sandy beaches, historical and cultural sites, natural wonders and more – start planning your next trip to New South Wales.

Travelling in New South Wales

Public transport within Sydney is fantastic. Visitors can travel by rail, bus or on ferries in the harbour. Taxis are another option as are private cars, parking is just a bit difficult to come by in the central city.

Travelling outside of Sydney is a bit harder as public transport links may not exist, unless towns are on the same direct road on the way to Sydney.

Travel by air is also possible, with airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia along with a range of regional airlines making regular flights between cities and towns in the region.

Popular destinations include:

For more information on ways of travelling around New South Wales, please visit our New South Wales Transport page.

Time Differences

New South Wales is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +10) during winter when daylight savings are not being observed, and 11 hours ahead in summer when daylight savings are being observed.

New South Wales Weather

New South Wales has a mostly temperate climate and rarely experiences extreme heat or cold. The warmest area is in the north west and the coolest is the Snowy Mountains, where you can often find snow and cold frosty mornings during winter.

Rainfall varies throughout New South Wales. The average is around 1,100 millimetres, however north western New South Wales, on the edges of the Outback only receives an average of 180 millimetres each year.

During summer the average temperature ranges between 16°C and 26°C, while the winter temperature is between 8°C and 19°C.

Sydney’s Average Monthly Weather Statistics

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
High °C
26
26
25
22
19
17
16
18
20
22
24
25
Low °C
19
19
17
15
11
9
8
9
11
13
16
17
High °F
79
78
76
72
67
62
61
64
68
72
74
77
Low °F
66
66
63
58
53
49
46
48
52
56
60
63
Rainfall mm
101
119
129
129
121
131
97
81
69
78
83
78
Rainy Days
12
12
13
13
13
12
11
10
11
12
12
1
Hours Sunshine
220
194
198
192
183
165
198
220
216
223
234
236

Things to do in New South Wales

New South Wales has a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re into the outdoors, shopping or enjoy dining on fine cuisine, New South Wales has it all! 

Those who love the outdoors should try: 

For more information and ideas on what you can do in New South Wales, please visit our New South Wales Activities directory 

New South Wales also hosts many festivals and shows such as the Royal Easter Show, the Blues and Roots festival, Splendour on the Grass and the Tamworth country music festival.

Sydney is a food lovers’ haven and is the best place to seek international cuisine as well as gourmet foods. Coastal regions are a great place to try seafood and many towns in the central region specialise in food made from local produce.

If you’re looking for inspiration on your next meal in New South Wales, please visit our New South Wales Cuisine and Dining directory.

If you enjoy shopping, have a look at the Queen Victoria Building, Strand Arcade, Centrepoint and Skygarden in Sydney. All have a range of stores selling clothes, jewellery, gifts and more.

There are also excellent markets to be found in Sydney as well as other towns, so have a look around and you’re sure to find a bargain!

Things to see in New South Wales

While staying in New South Wales, there are a few things you absolutely have to see!

A trip to Sydney Harbour should be on your list of things to see while in New South Wales. Take a ferry ride to get the best views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and more.

You can also see the Sydney Botanic Gardens from the ferries, but it’s best to go explore them on foot. Explore the stunning feature gardens and keep an eye out for the native birds and animals that make the gardens their home.

The iconic Luna Park is a fun place to visit. Entry into the theme park is free, so you only pay for the rides you go on. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re young or young at heart, Luna Park is the place to be!

The Australian Reptile Park is another place to visit. The park is home to some of Australia’s largest reptiles and other animals such as koalas, wombats, echidnas and kangaroos.

Taronga Zoo, Featherdale Wildlife Park or the Western Plains Zoo are also great places to see and learn more about wildlife.

A dolphin or whale watching cruise in Jervis Bay is another great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in New South Wales, please visit our New South Wales Activities directory.