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From pristine beaches to the awe-inspiring Australian outback, New South Wales (NSW) is one of the most unique places in the world. Take advantage of the sunny season, get outdoors and enjoy the State’s beautiful beaches, national parks, bushwalks – and, of course, the great Australian barbecue!

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NSW is made up of a number of diverse regions. Summer in the Blue Mountains  region features breathtaking scenic views and historic landmarks, plus some of Australia’s finest hotels and guesthouses.

If it’s a relaxing beachside holiday you’re after, there are plenty of towns along the NSW North Coast that fit the bill. The Central Coast  region incorporates the major towns of Terrigal and Gosford, and as you travel further north you reach Newcastle , Port Macquarie  and Coffs Harbour . Don’t forget to extend your stay to Byron Bay , which is Australia’s most easterly town, and also famous for its artistic community.

Do grapevines feature in your summer dreams? The Hunter Valley  is a world-class wine region. A popular setting for weddings and honeymoons, the Hunter region includes Pokolbin, Singleton and Lovedale and offers fresh air, gorgeous scenery, fine dining and, of course, great wines. The refreshing Hunter semillons are perfect for those sultry summer evenings. Winery tours and wine tasting are popular with visitors.

The South Coast of NSW has plenty to offer visitors. Wollongong  is the largest town on the South Coast, drawing thousands of surfers, cyclists and bushwalkers every summer. Similarly, the towns of Jervis Bay  and Batemans Bay  are popular with campers and nature lovers.

Country NSW incorporates the State’s best inland towns – with rich histories, spectacular views and plenty of things to see and do during the warmer months. Bathurst , for instance, is a friendly country town that hosts a number of celebrations every summer. It’s also close to the famed Abercrombie and Jenolan caves, if you’re keen for a little adventure.

And sure, the Snowy Mountains  region may not sound like the ideal summer destination, but it is. Home to Australia’s best ski resorts, Thredbo  and Perisher , during the warmer months, this region turns into a haven for cyclists, campers, fishermen, hikers and bushwalkers as the summer kicks in.

For an authentic Aussie experience, you can’t go past a summer outback adventure. Broken Hill  is a truly incredible place – with its spellbinding landscape and unique wildlife.

And finally, how about an island adventure? Lord Howe Island  is only a short plane trip from Sydney. It’s a top destination year round for birdwatchers – with more than 14 species of seabirds. In summer  it’s also a great place for hiking and snorkelling.

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