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Encompassing a diversity of snowy mountain ranges, ancient rainforest and coastal playgrounds and a world class city within one state, a New South Wales holiday brings together a range of contrasting elements to offer visitors a truly unique holiday experience. Begin in Sydney, amongst the spoils of one of the worlds most cosmopolitan destinations; a well connected metropolis of shopping, dining and entertainment districts perfect for an NSW city break

Just outside the limits of the capital city of NSW, the Blue Mountain region hosts three National Parks resplendent with waterfalls, cave systems and deep gorges complemented by a haze of eucalypt forests; a veritable playground in which to stage a family holiday in New South Wales or romantic vacation. The Blue Mountains Scenic World showcases views of the Jamison Valley via the steepest railway incline in the world. Wander bush tracks that traverse World Heritage Listed rainforest, before celebrating your NSW holiday at one of the coffee shops or award winning restaurants that pepper unique mountain townships of Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls.

Typified by antique shops, local galleries and excellent restaurants, the Hunter Valley region offers an indulgent romantic or family holiday in New South Wales to experience a plethora of wineries, with a smattering of boutique breweries.

When pioneer viticulturalist George Wyndham built Dalwood house in 1829, little did he know that his home would crumble while Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Verdelho wines flourished for the perfect wine lovers New South Wales holiday. Now restored, the house is a romantic dwelling nestled beside an award winning vineyard. The creative vision of those who established early plots is echoed by the community today, who exhibit glass blown objects in the Ogishi Craft Centre and contemporary art in the Butterflies gallery. The Buchanan gallery space breathes fresh life into an old sandstone schoolhouse constructed in 1883, which now exhibits sculptural ceramics.

New South Wales romantic Hunter Valley gardens present 25 cultivated acres at the base of the Brokenback Ranges. A quality olive oil squeezed from Italian and Greek fruits, chocolate coffee beans from the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, and a selection of unique cheeses from the Binnorie Dairy make for excellent fare to enjoy amongst the grounds while enjoying a romantic NSW honeymoon. After a picnic, gather your wits and check yourself in at the Maitland Gaol for a sleepover. Ex prisoners of the 168 year old building are available for enlightening tours of the cells with gory commentary.

Too harrowing Then perhaps end a romantic day of wine tasting across the valley by taking dessert while the air hangs heavy with scented oil at the Lavender Gate Farm. Spanning one acre, thousands of the vibrant plants have been cultivated to date.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park, and discover why this section of the earth is being protected. Situated at a 1,600 metre high peak of the Great Dividing Range, sub-tropical rainforest sprawls over the forgotten caldera of a retired volcano. Get outdoors during your active NSW family holiday and make use of the extensive network of walking trails that snake through the park. In the romantic winter months hikers can see potoroos and wallabies shuffle through piles of freshly fallen snow.

Bathers Way connects three of Newcastles best sandy beaches, and makes for a great route for those who wish to meander along the coast during a family holiday in New South Wales or romantic break away. Pass some prime surfing spots, beside salt water ocean baths filled by the swell. Work up an appetite before tucking into brunch on Darby Street; from here browse the boutiques along the strip. Newcastles regional galley hosts a diverse collection featuring Indigenous bark paintings to Japanese ceramic works, and a smattering of private spaces can be explored before lunch at The Junction.

The New South Wales Holiday Coast is a playground for travellers wanting a quintessentially Australian getaway. Watch 40,000 fruit bats ascend into the sky every night over the petite 3 hectare Bellingen Island, or browse the boutiques and galleries of cosmopolitan Coffs Harbour. A great destination for families, or anyone who enjoys getting outdoors during vacation, choose from a hearty menu of surfing lessons, kayaking and white water rafting.

Step onto the Skywalk over the Dorrigo National Park, and find yourself suspended over a canopy of World Heritage listed rainforest. Follow trails through the park to stand before waterfalls that drop through lush tracts of Gondwana forest for a truly unique NSW holiday experience.

Ecologically unspoilt and home to a creative, laidback community, Byron Bay protects a unique part of the New South Wales coastline. With a lifestyle that pays homage to hippie movements of the 70s, a holiday here will see visitors feasting on organic produce, chilling out at one of the Bays music festivals, surfing the breaks at Main Beach or paddling a kayak amongst dolphins at the Cape Byron Nature reserve.

A landmark of the tropical north coast, the caldera of Mount Warning rises out of a landscape of thick, temperate rainforest. Now extinct, the area around the volcano has been recognised for its ability to sustain threatened bird species in one of the countrys great Gondwana forests. Hike to the peak during your New South Wales vacation for stunning views over an ancient part of the earth.

Once a year, the scenic vista of New England is serenaded by the strains of plucked banjos and strummed guitars, when artists from all over the world descend on Tamworths Country Music Festival. Tens of thousands of people book a holiday package for New South Wales to spend a vacation celebrating the second largest festival of its kind in the world, while the town itself offers punters a choice of pubs, clubs and theatres, with the added interest of a prominent horse racing industry.

Journey into the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park via the Green Gully track, and discover rainforest, deep gorges and stunning waterfalls on a unique holiday. Canoe, walk or horse ride various sections of the park, and encounter the 220 metre high Wollomombi Falls and 120 metre steep Dangars cascade.

While Australia may be best known internationally for its vast red deserts, visitors can still enjoy subzero temperatures on a NSW holiday in the Snowy Mountains. Spend a few days on the slopes at the Thredbo ski resort, where the alpine town established within the Kosciuszko National Park provides chilly.