Sydney & New South Wales

Your first glimpse of the Opera HouseBridge and Sydney Harbour will not be forgotten. In the city, grand preserved historic buildings nestle with glimmering, glass-clad towers, open squares and gardens create a special mix of excitement and colour that makes Sydney such a special destination.

Sydney’s beauty is matched by the spectacular scenery of the state that surrounds it. From 800 miles of pristine coastline to the enchanting Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wineries, New South Wales is a holiday destination in its own right, with scores of self drive and day touring options.

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Discover Sydney & New South Wales

A holiday to Australia would not be complete without time in its most iconic city.
Make sure to also explore further, New South Wales boasts sublime coastline and National Parks.

Things to do in Sydney

Many of Sydney’s famous attractions can be explored on foot, or take the ferry to the hidden beaches and coastal walks around the famous Sydney Harbour. There is always something to see and do in this city that never stops.

  • Climb the arch of famous Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Learn to surf at Bondi Beach
  • Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise around the Harbour
  • Hit the shops in the up-market Queen Victoria Building
  • Stay overnight in Taronga Park Zoo
  • Soak up the panoramic views from Observatory Hill
  • Enjoy the amazing flora of the Sydney Botanical Gardens
  • Dine al fresco style in the bars and restaurants of Darling Harbour
  • Visit the historical Hyde Park Barracks and Old Mint
  • Wander through the tranquil Chinese Gardens
  • Catch the Manly ferry for a glorious day by the beach
  • Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the city and Harbour
  • Explore the coastal path from Coogee to Bondi

Getting Around

Strolling through Sydney is a pleasure, with things to see and do around every corner, and plenty of open air cafés and restaurants to tempt you.

Taxis are everywhere or buy a local ‘Opal’ card for cheap, unlimited travel on busses, trains and ferries at a maximum daily rate.

Many day trips and activities can be booked in advance with Freedom Destinations.

Hotels & Experiences

Our diverse selection of hotels and apartments in Sydney and New South Wales are all chosen for their location and incredible value for money.
Add on a day tour or longer excursion to make your Australia holiday unforgettable.

Things to do in New South Wales

Australia’s oldest state rises from the warm waters and golden beaches of its South Pacific coastline to the tree clad mountains of the Great Dividing Range.

South of Sydney are quiet coastal towns and beautiful National Parks, as well as Canberra, the nation’s capital, within its own Australian Capital Territory.

To the north, the resorts of Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay lead you to the New South Wales border with Queensland.

Many of our self drives and tours include New South Wales in their itineraries.

  • Ride the Blue Mountains scenic railway and Skyways cable car
  • Discover 100s of beaches along New South Wales Pacific coast
  • Go wine tasting and touring in the beautiful Hunter Valley
  • Look for the koalas of Port Macquarie
  • Explore Windsor and Richmond on the enchanting Hawkesbury River
  • Horse ride through the scenic mountain trails
  • Surf with the locals at New South Wales best surfing beaches
  • Try kayaking in Kangaroo Valley
  • Look for whales and dolphins in Jarvis Bay
  • Bush walk through one of New South Wales 100 National Parks
  • Head inland to explore Waterfalls Way
  • Discover ghost towns around Broken Hill
  • Head to the ACT and the nation’s capital of Canberra

Getting There

By Road – 550 miles from Melbourne and 570 from Brisbane through captivating coastal and mountain scenery.

By Rail – day and night trains from Melbourne and Sydney or experience the Indian Pacific from Adelaide or Perth.

By Air – scores of UK routes via the Middle East, Asia or America and frequent flights from all parts of Australia.

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