Wedged in-between Queensland and Victoria, New South Wales is the most populous state in Australia with large cities like Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. Lord Howe Island, some 435 miles (700km) away, is also part of New South Wales. New South Wales was discovered by Captain James Cook in the 18th century but has been inhabited by Aboriginal tribes for more than 60,000 years. The main tribes in New South Wales include the Wodi Wodi and the Bundjalung.
The Great Dividing Range passes through New South Wales and its highest peak is Mount Koscuiszko at 7,313ft (2,229m). This mountainous range brings about two types of climate to New South Wales. To the west of the range, the climate is like a desert with scorching summers and freezing winters but to the east of the range that faces the coast, it is temperate and rains throughout the year.
Tourism plays a big role in the economy of New South Wales and there are more than 700 different national parks and nature reserves to explore. Tourists are spoilt for choice here with snowcapped mountains, forests, beautiful coasts, wine valleys, Australian outback, and metropolitan Sydney.
Spend some time exploring Sydney or head out to the beautiful Blue Mountains. The more adventurous can try a trip to the outback or for a relaxing time, head to Hunter Valley for wine tasting. Besides that, relax on wonderful beaches, snorkel, join whale watching trips or ski during winter.
Fly to Sydney Airport. Once in Sydney, there are connecting flights to areas like Byron Bay and also flights to Lord Howe Island. Alternatively, ground transport is easily available with bus and train networks and you could also rent a car.
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