"THE WARATAH - STATE EMBLEM OF NEW SOUTH WALES" Top 5 Page for this destination State of New South Wales by balhannah

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In 1770, Englishman Lieutenant James Cook charted the Australian East coast in his ship "The Endeavour." Captain Cook claimed the east coast under instruction from King George III of England on 22 August 1770 at Possession Island, naming eastern Australia 'New South Wales'.

Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet, comprising 11 ships and around 1,350 people, arrived at Botany Bay between 18/ 20 January 1788. On arrival, they found the area was unsuitable for settlement and they moved north to Port Jackson on 26 January 1788, landing at Camp Cove, known as 'cadi' to the Cadigal people.

This is a lovely trip along the scenic coast of northern New South Wales. You can come with me as a virtual friend for a SEASIDE HOLIDAY.

Ballina, Evan's Head, Yamba, Maclean, Bellingen, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, South West Rocks, Stuarts Point, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, Red Rock, Grafton, Lawrence, Casino, and Lismore.
I hope you have enjoyed looking around this small part of Australia!

SYDNEY is known as one of the most beautiful harbours in the World, this is the city most visited by oversea's visitors.
Of course, this is where you will find the Harbour Bridge (the Coathanger) and the Sydney Opera House.

Nearby, are the heritage listed BLUE MOUNTAINS' a must visit if you have the time.

* CLIMATE....Temperate/ Humid, gets cold in Winter.
* SCENERY.... COAST.....Lush, Sub-tropical in the North of the State.
* FURTHER INLAND.... Dryer..... Grain/crop farming, Cotton, Pecan nuts, Sheep & Cattle.
* NEAR THE RIVER MURRAY....Fertile, grow Fruits, vegetables & more
* INLAND....very dry....desert like

New South Wales is the most populated State in Australia.
with 7million + people living here.

* DISTANCE FROM...Victorian Border to Queensland border is......
1400km from Eden in the south to Tweed Heads in the north
AND.... 1100km east to west from Sydney to Broken Hill

THE NEW ENGLAND HIGHWAY is an alternative route to the Pacific Highway that links Sydney and Brisbane.

Whilst a slightly longer route than going via the coast (by approx. 50 km), the New England Highway is often less busy and hence an easier and safer drive.
Allow 10 - 12 hours to complete the entire Sydney - Brisbane drive, depending upon traffic conditions.

The scenic alternative, THUNDERBOLT'S WAY, which passes through Gloucester and Walcha to Uralla is about 70 km shorter than the New England Highway.

I have travelled and seen the majority of New South Wales, trouble is, it was when I didn't have a digital camera, and I wasn't a member of this site.
So, some photo's are scanned, and tips are not written on a lot of places, as I want a photo to put with them.

This page is constantly being updated.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of interesting sights and scenery
  • Cons:Sydney has very, heavy traffic if you are driving.
  • In a nutshell:Something for everyone in this State!
  • Last visit to State of New South Wales: Oct 2013
  • Intro Updated Dec 11, 2013
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  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    After staying when I was a student in the old South Wales I wanted to have a look at the New South Wales. It seems indeed all very good!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Feb 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Thanks Eddy! Plenty of lovely spots in this state. Pity the towns are under states so you would know which ones.

  • JulieJueletha's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Brilliant photo of the Waratah flower. So colorful!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    I staid in South-Wales, U.K, and liked the people and seaside (Barry) there so that I was curious to see what New South Wales looks like.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Thanks Dee for an excellent view on what to do in NSW :-)) I found a lot for sis :-) Especially the free park guide they will love.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Some great info on the State of New South Wales. Good to see some roadside rest areas, as I'm sure there is great distances here as in our country of Canada.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    That's a very interesting page, Dee. I had to google Blue Heelers, as I had not known them. Beautiful dogs!

  • aannee's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    The free booklet for the National Parks is a good idea, didn't know there was one available.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    School of air reminded me of tv program skippy the bush kangaroo. was fascniated by freedom of school. nice tips and pics - nature and history together makes sense :-) i find it logical to begin reading about state / province 1st to get an idea.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 3:05 AM

    What an interesting tour through Australian history - I'd certainly follow that route if I had the chance!

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