"NEW SOUTH WALES..THE WARATAH STATE.." State of New South Wales by DennyP

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I would have to say one of the most attractive and robust of all the states different floral emblems..the Waratah is just such a beautiful iconic flower to represent the state see. Mostly found in the National Parks like all wildflowers in Australia it is protected in the wild.
The National parks in New South Wales number over 50 and are to be enjoyed by all residents and visitors where you can walk, hike and ( in some) camp. They are accessible and all info can be found at the New South Wales National parks and Wildlife service. Most are free .
The huge attraction for visitors is the many different popular animals. The wildlife is seen as really cuddly and everyone wants to pat, cuddle, hold, and photograph but this can only be done safely in a zoo or wildlife park environment. as they are wild life!!.. and some very dangerous.


Welcome to the state of New South Wales...my home state.! The birthplace of modern Australia. A really large state in area sandwiched between Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south , South Australia to the west. and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The state capital being the City of Sydney. Today one of the most popular cities in the world known for its diverse population with people from every country on the planet, living in a most cosmopolitan state enjoying its high standard of living, with its wonderful climate and wonderful lifestyle.
Sydney is today a far cry when first seen by Governor Phillip and the first fleeters from the decks of their ships on their arrival on the 26th of January 1788. Life then being harsh with cruel strict laws where a man could be hanged for stealing a loaf of bread (unless you were part of the aristocracy). Confronted with what was before him it was a neccesity to transform this virgin rugged bushland into a working settlement .The first problems were immediately apparent as there was little fresh water and it wasn't until it (the Tank stream) was discovered could they produce local fresh food(fruit and vegetables). The western part of Sydney was where the fertile land was and it here that the food supported and kept the colony from disaster. The fruit orchards were located there with vegetable gardens and were transfered to sydney by boat and horse and cart daily. The times saw the local aboriginal inhabitants as an obstacle to progress and were treated harshly many were killed. But you didn't have to be black to be treated with such harshness as "The Rum Corps" the local british soldiers stationed in Sydney to keep order where the discipline was brutal if you were a transported convict.. They became to be most hated for their cruelty along with their corruption which was blatant for settlers to see. Although most settlers to Sydney were free settlers who were able to obtain land and build a life for themselves and their families. The times must have been harsh especially for women and young children not used to such extreme temperatures and the wild animals.but within twenty five years there was alarge settlement built of over 700 wooden dwellings the architects of the day soon had Government buildings designed and built in the english Georgian and Victorian style some brick, mostly sandstone. Many of these early examples of early bridges, churches, military barracks, and Hospital buildings with their wonderful sandstone and marble masonary work are still standing today, and what fine buildings they are .
Located on the eastern coast of the nation New South Wales is as diverse as it is productive in all forms from the coastal beaches and cities to the mountains of the great dividing Range, the small large and small country towns to the dry western "outback". All playing their part in its large diversification of Agriculture, Fruit , Vegetable, sugar cane, sheep, wool , beef, dairy, wine, timber, coal, gas,and an array of minerals production.


The country areas in New South Wales have a lot to offer and differ widely. Country people are usually a friendly lot , providing you ask permission to use or cross their property (private land) and take your rubbish with you To travel and enjoy the New south Wales countryside can be done best by car ..fuel is realtively cheap and you must have a current drivers licence that is endorsed at the police station or pocess an International driving permit. We drive on RIGHT side of the road !! .Country driving can be very dangerous for the unwary visitor who is not used to the conditions..ie: wildlife on the road is a major cause of bad car accidents. Most petrol stations have local maps or they can be found at Information Centres...It pays to have a map always even if you have a "sat nav". Always carry plenty of fresh water when travelling inland or outback!!..always take notice of traffic safety signs.

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