New South Wales is the best destination in the world for diverse terrains, beautiful beaches, great surf breaks, special underwater worlds and magnificent national parks, including UNESCO World Heritage wilderness. You’ll be thrilled with the fun, exciting, intriguing and delicious events, too.
Enjoy a spectacular array of NSW events, from the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival to tasty festivals in the wine regions. There are wonderful art exhibitions and fabulous concerts, bustling farmers markets and traditional agricultural shows, as well as thrilling sports and much more.
The most visited state in the nation is home to Sydney, Australia’s most beautiful capital city. Year-round you’ll find festivals, shows and markets in the vibrant regions along the coast, in the sylvan countryside, the splendid Blue Mountains, the towering Snowy Mountains, and the striking outback.
On the South Coast is Wings Over Illawarra, a spectacular air show in Albion Park. Farther down the coast is Eden where you can celebrate one of the great natural wonders – the annual migration of whales. The Eden Whale Festival is held at a time when whales in large numbers visit Twofold Bay.
Music festivals are popular across the regions and cater for fans of classical, country, jazz, blues, rock and electronic dance. There are concerts in lovely vineyards in the Hunter Valley and other wine-producing areas. Byron Bay, on the North Coast, hosts Splendour in the Grass and Bluesfest.
In the snow season, enjoy great skiing in the Snowies and then have more fun at the Perisher Peak Festival, which features hundreds of concerts. In the warmer months, try your luck casting a line in the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, and watch thrilling rodeo and mountain-biking contests.
The fertile landscapes of Country NSW grow all kinds of fresh produce. Join in the celebrations at harvest festivals, rural shows and farmers markets. And there are thrilling sports, such as the Bathurst 1000, a V8 supercar event held every year in Bathurst, which has a rich colonial heritage.
The following pages will also help you plan your holidays, short breaks and weekend escapes:
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.