In New South Wales, hotels can also be found in gorgeous seaside towns and amid famous wine-growing regions...
New South Wales, an east-coast state of Australia, borders tropical Queensland to the north, South Australia to the west and Victoria to the south. The state completely encircles the Australian Capital Territory, which contains capital city Canberra.
Sydney is, of course, the star of New South Wales: a bronzed, beautiful and cultured star. With iconic landmarks shaping the cityscape and world-famous Bondi Beach attracting surfers and swimmers, Sydney is the perfect combination of city and coast and hotels are full of visitors looking to taste the zest for life that sun-kissed Sydneysiders show off.
Take a closer look at New South Wales though, and discover snow-capped mountain ranges, stunning natural monuments, rolling green lands and charming beach resorts.
New South Wales is guaranteed to tick your holiday boxes. Find out where to stay...
As well as the luxury hotels and boutique hotels of Sydney, you'll find plenty of hotels in the cities of Newcastle, Wollongong, and Coffs Harbour and the subtropical town of Lismore, while plenty of beach-side properties dot the picturesque coastline. The concentration of hotels also becomes denser just over the northern border, in Queensland's Gold Coast.
Greater Newcastle includes the cities of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland. Sitting two hours north of Sydney and within the famed Hunter Valley, hotels in these cities are well placed for explorations of the vineyards and tastes of the reds, whites and rosés that are produced here. Outdoor adventurers are also kept very happy in these cities, as the lakes, beaches and natural parks dish up plenty of opportunities to get active amid the sensational vistas.
Wollongong is the third largest city in New South Wales, after Sydney and Newcastle. Stay in hotels in Wollongong, which is just an hour south of Sydney, to enjoy yet another welcoming city on the sea, where the great outdoors keeps families happy.
New South Wales is brimming with attractions...
Active, romantic, family, shopping, beach - whatever kind of break you're after in this part of Australia you can find a host of attractions to make your holiday dreams a reality.
Top five attractions
You can spot the wildlife of Australia all around New South Wales, but if you're in Sydney with the family you should not miss the city's zoo, which offers fantastic views over Sydney Harbour, its iconic bridge and Sydney Opera House. You can cuddle a koala too: a priceless experience.
Grand Pacific Drive
Hire a car and hit the coastal road between Sydney and Nowra, passing through Wollongong. Highlights include Bald Hill Lookout, which offers amazing views of the coast, and dolphin- and whale-watching in Jervis Bay.
Bathers Way, Newcastle
This five-kilometre coastal trail should be explored if you stay in Newcastle hotels. Dive into the surf, see the lighthouse at Nobbys Headland, and find out more about this enchanting harbour city as the warm breeze carries off any worries.
Surfing in Byron Bay
This small town is a big favourite with travellers for its fantastic surf and laidback vibe.
Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
Day trips into the Hunter Valley are easy from Newcastle. Get your taste buds ready not only for the best of the vines, but the excellent gastronomic fare cooked up fresh in the region.
Find out what's happening and when in New South Wales...
Be a part of any of the annual events in New South Wales to explore the things that make this part of Australia truly great.
Sydney Festival; January: This major arts festival sprinkles a little extra magic on the city. There's a huge programme of exciting events taking place around Sydney, including music concerts.
Surfest; February: The biggest surf event in Australia, Surfest is a celebration of the men and women who ride and rule the biggest waves. It takes place on beaches in Newcastle.
CMC Rocks the Hunter; March: You might not think of putting Australia and country music in the same sentence, but there's a big country and roots scene Down Under and it's celebrated each year when big-name acts take to the stage in the Hunter Valley.