25 Reasons to Love New South Wales
16. Boutique breweries: Try local beer made with foraged bacteria and wild yeast at Sydney’s Wildflower Brewery; opt for preservative-free, unpasteurised craft ales at Six String Brewing Co. in Erina, or taste limited release beers at Stone & Wood Brewery Byron Bay.
17. Wonderful wine: Admire the Hunter Valley from above in a hot air balloon while sipping on riesling or try cool-climate classics in Orange and Mudgee.
Hunter Valley. Destination NSW
18. Beautiful Byron: Surf, hike, eat, drink and explore stylish Byron Bay. Sign up for surfing lessons with Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay or kayak and see dolphins with Go See Kayak Byron Bay.
19. Starry nights: Just outside of Broken Hill you'll find the breathaking stargazing experience, Outback Astronomy. While the first fully steerable large antenna in the Southern Hemisphere, known as ‘The Dish’, makes for spectacular sky-watching.
20. Sensational seafood: Enjoy fresh prawns in Yamba, pop into Jim Wild’s Oysters near Nowra, or venture further south to the Sapphire Coast to sample blacklip abalone and Eastern Rock lobster.
21. Chasing waterfalls: Marvel at the 81m Fitzroy Falls in the rugged Southern Highlands, or take a drive along Waterfall Way, stopping off at Ebor Falls, Dangar Falls and Wollomombi Falls.
Dangar Falls. Destination NSW
22. Hidden underground: Walk through a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone chasms at Jenolan Caves, one of the best cave systems in the world.
23. Wildlife galore: Support the work of the Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie with a self-guided tour, or swim with wild dolphins at Port Stephens. Base yourself at the luxurious Anchorage Port Stephens to enjoy a signature sparkling wine breakfast before your adventures.
Anchorage Port Stephens
24. Capertee Valley: Admire the second-widest canyon in the world at Capertee Valley, where keen walkers will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
25. Delicious dishes: Independent restaurants celebrate the best in local produce – find the best at Fleet in Brunswick Heads, Pipit in Pottsville or Bannisters in Mollymook.
While regional NSW will welcome visitors with open arms from 1 June 2020, travellers must maintain physical distancing and good hygiene. Travellers from interstate will be able to visit NSW for a holiday but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.Before embarking on a trip, travellers should call their planned accommodation venues,attractions and tourism operators to ensure they will be open and confirm bookings before travelling. Go to visitnsw.com for the latest travel advice.