If the Northern Territory is Australia’s Outback, New South Wales is the nation up front. Bondi Beach and Byron Bay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, the Blue Mountains and Kosciuszko – this is one state that loves the limelight.

Cliché it may sound, but New South Wales really does have whatever action and attractions you might be after. Party hard in Sydney’s heaving nightclubs or take time out in blissful Mollymook (a place as adorable as it sounds). Sip the wines of the Hunter Valley or snorkel the reefs around Lord Howe Island. Whiz down the slopes of Perisher or see desert landscapes and millennia-old rock art in Mutawintji National Park. Yep, NSW even has a patch of the outback as well.

New South Wales travel highlights

Our New South Wales day tours

Flurescent signs on Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Sydney

Kings Cross – Crime & Passion

Scratch the (dirty) underbelly of Sydney's notorious red light district on this sin-drenched Sydney tour. Hear about the notorious figures and big-time pimps who made 'the Cross' what it is today: a gritty, urban hub of vices that come in many guises.

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Sydney Convict Tour

Sydney with Conviction

Get real! Skip the superficial and dive deep into this Sydney tour that reveals the bizarre backstories and incredible histories of the city's icons. Behind the froth and bubble of sexy Sydney lies the stories of the winners who made it big... and those who didn't.

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View over The Rocks in Sydney

When Rum Ran the Rocks

Step back to a time when rum was currency and Sydney's harboursides overflowed with the stuff. See local drinkers in their natural habitat, join them in their revelry and learn why rum was worth rebelling for.

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Rainbow crossing in Darlinghurst, Sydney

Forbidden Sydney

Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the culmination of 200 years of gay and lesbian history, culture and identity. From the gay governor whose conduct scandalised the British Empire to the bright lights and sequins of Oxford Street, these are the sites and stories that have made Sydney one of the world’s queer-friendliest cities.

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Lion statue in Sydney's Chinatown, Australia

In Focus: Tastes of Chinatown

Chomp your way through the flavours and spices of multiculturalism on this tasting tour through Sydney’s vibrant Chinatown. Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc. is a social enterprise that builds connections across cultures through food. In sampling the culinary contributions of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino migration, you’ll be helping to train people up for careers in hospitality.

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New South Wales facts

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