New South Wales

Mention Sydney, the capital of the State of New South Wales (NSW), and most people will think of the world famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, seen around the world each New Year’s Eve during its spectacular fireworks display.  Sydney is blessed as a major city with great natural beauty and the deep harbour and mild climate give it a Mediterranean air.

There’s opera, ballet, theatre and the wonderful Art Gallery of NSW.  Go sailing on Sydney Harbour or if you feel like a swim you can get to Bondi or Coogee beaches within 15 minutes of downtown Sydney.  It also has its world famous Mardi Gras every February which sees thousands of people from around the world enjoying themselves.

Whether you feel like Thai, Middle Eastern or Vietnamese food or freshly caught seafood eaten on the beach, good coffee or Italian ice cream you’ll find it here as Sydney is very multicultural.  It’s also Australia’s financial and business capital and that together with its casual way of life, mild climate, tolerant, clean environment make Sydney one of the most popular destinations for migrants as well as tourists.

Universities in Sydney rank highly around the world and so attract international students.  Sport is important here, like it is in all other Australian cities, and sailing is a popular past time on the Harbour-even for children.

The rest of the State has a lot to offer too.  You can experience: bushwalking in World Heritage national parks or the spectacular Blue Mountains; stunning beaches; or enjoy wine tastings in areas such as the Hunter Valley.

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