It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city life in New South Wales. No doubt the first thing that comes to a lot of people’s minds when it comes to Australia is the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Harbour Bridge. Beautiful? Yes. Crowded? Also, yes. There is so much more to experience in New South Wales than just the city, take a look at the Australian way of life, the landscapes, the people!
If you’re not from New South Wales, there’s a fairly big chance you’ve never even heard of Mudgee. And that’s a shame! Mudgee is a highly underrated town in New South Wales. Visiting Mudgee is like taking a walk back in time, the wide lane roads, the tree-lined streets, and the colonial houses. It feels somewhat as if time has been paused and there’s not a care in the world, it’s the truest reflection of the Australian country town way of life. Mudgee is also known for their award-winning wines and delectable food that champions the local produce of the area.
Next door to Mudgee is the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park where you’ll be able to get in touch with nature and explore the dramatic sceneries that make for the perfect Instagram shot or even proposal! The park offers trails and hikes, canoeing, camping, and scenic tours.
Royal National Park
Located just an hour and a half from Sydney, lies the Royal National Park. The national park makes for the perfect escape from the city, and embrace what nature has on offer. You’ll find everything from pristine beaches, small coastal towns, and undisturbed greenery as far as the eye can see. Get away from the city, and make camp for the multiple camping spots readily available. However, if you plan on visiting over a long weekend or during the school holidays, make sure you book in advance to avoid missing out on popular camp spots!
An added bonus to visiting the Royal National Park is you’ll get to drive along the Grand Pacific Drive, and stop by Stanwell Park where you can buy an ice cream and watch as the paragliders take off from the hill.
If your idea of perfection is a seaside getaway – then Jervis Bay is the place for you! This picturesque coastal region boasts crystal clear waters and whitest and finest sand. Located within the Booderee National Park, cruise along the winding roads and explore the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it beaches hidden behind the trees. Once you go beyond the popular beaches such as Hyams Beach and Chinamans Beach, it won’t be hard to find your own slice of paradise with many small beaches surrounding the area.
Jervis Bay is a very quiet town with not a whole lot happening, so it’s great for a disconnect and just enjoy yourself and your company away from the hustle bustle. For dinner, a popular destination is Huskisson. However, don’t expect the streets to be lined with dinner options, the town is still quite small and is a hub for the area so get yourself booked in!
Darling Harbour is a gorgeous area in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. With shops, great dining, function rooms and a bunch of fun activities the whole family can enjoy, Darling Harbour is a great place to visit. Be sure to pack your camera because its from here you can can capture the most magnificent view of the Sydney skyline.
Make sure you do your research beforehand, because in Darling Harbour there is always something happening! From Vivid, The Chinese Garden of Friendship, The Aquarium and Madame Tussauds, you won’t be short of ideas around here.
Book yourself in to one of the many restaurants in Darling Harbour for a bite to eat, sit back and enjoy the view.