3 Hours from Sydney
Published: January 2013 – Destinations Magazine
New South Wales is much more than Sydney with its iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge set amongst the mecca of restaurants, bars and cultural attractions. If you travel just three hours outside this humming harbour city you will find a region just as diverse. It gives that sense of getting away for a short break, while still staying close.
The New South Wales coastline stretches 2000 kilometres from the Queensland border to Victoria in the South and boasts stunning scenery, gorgeous beaches, small fishing villages and resort towns.Part of this is the Central Coast, just a short drive from Sydney, and offers some of the most accessible coastline in Australia, with national parks, nature reserves and headland lookouts.
Attracting more visitors than any other wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley is a gem in regional New South Wales and the perfect gourmet getaway destination to indulge in spa treatments, dine in acclaimed restaurants set amongst the vineyards or tee off at one of the golf resorts with green rolling landscapes.
North-west of Sydney lays the scenic Blue Mountains with their picturesque landscapes fit for a painting and abundant in walking trails of natural beauty. Venture south from the Blue Mountains and the range continues to the Southern Highlands and Snowy Mountains that inspired the legendary poems and stories of the mountain horsemen who were famously immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s ‘The Man from Snowy River’.
Proud of its colourful past, Goulburn, in the south-west region of New South Wales, holds a history that includes explorers, gold-diggers and bushrangers. Known as Australia’s first inland city, it was settled by colonials who forged a city from the bush and today displays an array of historic buildings mixed with an energetic rural culture and country cuisine.
The New South Wales region is more than just a destination. It is getting back to nature and exploring the area’s many walking trails, camping grounds and national parks. It is relaxing with a local glass of wine and sampling local culinary delights while simply enjoying the stunning scenery. It is learning the country’s history, diving into cultural attractions to enrich the soul. It is time on the beach, exploring the coastline’s wonders. It is a selection of sights, activities and attractions to keep even the most discerning traveller entertained.
By Kate Webster