New South Wales is the home of many of Australia's tourist icons. This is the place where European settlement first happened in Australia and where the first fleet arrived to establish the first European settlements. Today, the city of Sydney is the capital and one of the world's most vibrant cities. It is the home of one of the world's most recognizable buildings in the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a close second. The year 2000 Olympic Games were held here and millions of overseas visitors flock here every year to share in its beauty. Other Australian icons like Bondi Beach are a small part of the total experience that Sydney provides. To the west lie the Blue Mountains and this region provides some spectacular mountain scenery with massive sand stone escarpments and magnificent lookouts over deep and inaccessible valleys. Janolan caves are also located in this region and these are truly magnificent.
To the north of Sydney lies the Hunter Valley which is one of Australia's premier wine growing regions and a true tourist icon. Here there are lots of fabulous resorts and cellar doors that are really popular with domestic and international tourists alike. The wineries through this region produce some of the world's best wines and the varietal flavor of Hunter Valley wines is particularly distinctive. To the south of Sydney lies the Snowy Mountains and this is the home of some of Australia’s premier ski resorts. Here both Australian and international skiers gather every year during the southern winter to experience the ski slopes and the ambience of fantastic skiing resorts like Thredbo and Perisher Valley. These resorts have all the modern ski facilities that you would expect including plenty of lift capacity, ski hire, ski schools restaurants and fantastic skiing and lots of quality snow accommodation.
The beaches along New South Wales north and south coasts are legendary. There are hundreds of beaches that are all of unbelievable quality with fine white sand and great surfing. Some of these have a fantastic reputation among the surfing fraternity and overseas enthusiasts can come and experience the very best surfing conditions imaginable. The tourist icons of New South Wales should all be part of your next Australian holiday.