Kanangra Falls Blue Mountains. Credit: Chris Jones; Destination NSW
Pagoda Lookout, Wollemi National Park. Credit: Evolving Images; Destination NSW
World heritage and history
Sydney Opera House
Echoing the sails of the boats floating on the stunning Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece that is one of few contemporary buildings to receive a World Heritage listing. Join a daily backstage tour to discover the stories and history of the building, plus see the extraordinary interiors of some of Sydney's most magnificent theatres and performance spaces.
The World Heritage-listed convict sites in NSW reveal a colourful time in Australian history. For a fascinating peek into the past, follow in the footsteps of convict workers who carved out the road overlooking the Hawkesbury River on the Old Great North Road World Heritage walk. The Devines Hill and Finchs Line sections of the road became World Heritage-listed in July 2010.
New South Wales features six World Heritage-listed sites. All but two, the Sydney Opera House and four Australian convict sites, are natural attractions. The remainder include parks and reserves managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Expect spectacular scenery among the subalpine woodlands, eucalypt forests, swamps and grasslands of Barrington Tops National Park. Carved from ancient volcanic flows, the landscape here provides an ideal destination for nature lovers. The Gloucester Tops, Barrington Plateau and Williams Rivers sections of the park provide some short, easy treks.
This World Heritage-listed island paradise is only a two-hour flight from Sydney, and is famous for its breathtaking twin peaks and pristine beaches. The island lies on the worlds southernmost coral reef, home to 500 species of fish and more than 90 species of coral. Enjoy the stunning beauty of this idyllic island that accommodates up to 400 visitors at any time.
For a trip way back into Australias past, visit the historic Willandra Lakes, home to Mungo National Park. The region consists of a system of ancient lakes formed over 2 million years and Aboriginal people lived here for at least 50,000 years. Explore the unique beauty of the dry lake bed and magnificent sand dunes, and take a tour to learn about the areas rich cultural identity.