- Destination NSW
Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Work Study Play

Whether you’re planning a trip to Australia for a gap year, a working holiday, to study, to backpack around the country or just for a holiday, the state of New South Wales (NSW) and the city of Sydney offers the ideal blend of adventure, excitement, new experience and laid-back, no-worries lifestyle.

Australia's Working Holiday Maker Program means that if you’re eligible, you could work your way around Sydney and NSW to fund your trip, staying for up to 12 months. Backpacking is a great way to see Australia, and NSW has plenty of friendly hostels and budget motels for you to stay in on your adventure.

There’s a whole world to discover in NSW. Touch down in Sydney and you’re well on your way to a fantastic travel experience. From Sydney’s iconic harbour, to the beaches of Coogee and Bondi, to the bustling restaurants of Chinatown and the hip cafes of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, there’s more than enough to fill a few days or a few months in Australia’s largest and most beautiful city.

Wider NSW has you more than covered for all things nature and adventure. From the spectacular views of the Blue Mountains, to the pristine oceans of Byron Bay and surrounds, to the rolling hills and vineyards of the Hunter Valley, down to the rainforests of the South Coast, whether you’re keen for a road trip or looking to explore by bus or train, there’s plenty to see and do. The tricky part? Deciding where to begin.