Now’s the time to love NSW, and as travel restrictions ease, it’s time to explore our own backyard and reboot 2020. From 1 June to 31 December, there are exactly 213 days to make the most of this year. To help you out, we’ve created a list of NSW’s most memorable travel adventures across Only in NSW, Animal Encounters, Food & Wine, Outdoor Adventures, Art & Culture and Aboriginal Experiences.
Choose your adventure – it’s time to get out there and #LoveNSW.
ONLY IN NSW
- NSW is the most geographically diverse state in Australia. It’s also home to iconic experiences which you can’t do anywhere else on the planet.
- Sail Sydney Harbour at sunset with EastSail and enjoy the views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
- Head to Bondi, Australia’s most famous beach, for a surf lesson with Let’s Go Surfing and lunch at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar.
- Venture across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can walk and climb it, and during the Blackmores Running Festival you can even run across its broad expanse while it’s closed to traffic.
- Ring in the New Year on Sydney Harbour – there’s a reason why footage of New Year’s Eve in Sydney is broadcast globally on every news program. Nobody does NYE like Sydney.
- Walk on some of the purest sands in the world on the glorious White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast.
- Catch a ferry to Manly for a true Sydney Harbour cruise the way the locals do it.
- Lord Howe Island is one of the most unspoilt and sustainable paradises in the world. With pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and just 300 residents, this UNESCO World Heritage listed island is a unique and untouched destination.
- See the sunrise from Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron on the NSW North Coast.
- Do a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House then enjoy a drink admiring the sails from below at Sydney institution, Opera Bar.
- Jenolan Caves is one of the finest cave systems in the world. This labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone chasms, carved by pure underground rivers, is a three-hour drive from either Sydney or Canberra.
- Visit the highest peak in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, in the NSW Snowy Mountains. There are two ways you can reach the top and both offer spectacular views, with one beginning in Thredbo and the other in Charlotte Pass.
- Gaze over the second-largest canyon, by width, in the world (after the Grand Canyon) at Capertee Valley, between Lithgow and Mudgee in Central NSW.
- Take a selfie and become one of the millions who marvel in awe each year at the Three Sisters rock formation, the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark.
- Go on a stargazing adventure and explore Australia’s first Dark Sky Park in the Warrumbungles.
- See what lies beneath at Balls Pyramid – 23km southeast of Lord Howe Island, this is one of the only known places where the Ballina Angelfish can be sighted scuba diving at depths of less than 25m.
- Make like a Sydney local and do the famous Bondi to Coogee walk. Home to Sculpture by the Sea every October and November, it’s part of the 80km Bondi to Manly Walk.
- A running ‘hot lap’ race on a world renowned motor racing track? That’s the Panorama Punish in Bathurst on Mount Panorama.
- Get up close and personal with your favourite furry friends whilst spending the night at luxury eco lodge Wildlife Retreat at Taronga.
- No trip to the Coffs Coast is complete without a stop (and a photo) at the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour’s famous landmark.
- Visit the Silverton Hotel for a beer and a quintessential outback Australian pub experience, complete with resident donkeys.
Part 2 of this series: www.clarencevalleynews.com.au/reboot-2020-one-nsw-adventure-at-a-time-part-2
Stay tuned for parts 3 & 4!