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New South Wales is the crown jewel in one of the world's premier tourist destinations. Where else in the world can you visit stunning city landmarks such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, then drive for only a few hours to take in breathtaking natural beauty accompanied by perfectly fresh produce?

More people visit NSW than any other State and Territory in Australia for holidays, business, events and visiting family and friends.

Visitors flock to the state for its brilliant climate, stunning natural wonders and world-class entertainment. Within the state's borders, visitors can find every type of landscape and climate, unique historic locations, and diverse towns and cities. It's no surprise that NSW receives more than half of all international visitors to Australia.

Australia's largest city, Sydney, has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's great destinations, and is consistently voted among the world's best cities by international travellers. Regions within three hours' drive from Sydney include the picturesque food and wine regions of the Hunter Valley and Southern Highlands, beaches on the Central Coast and around Wollongong, and World Heritage national parks in the Blue Mountains and Barrington Tops.

In addition, regional and rural NSW is criss-crossed with food and wine trails and touring routes amid striking natural landscapes. And the state's outback offers a mix of vast national parks, quirky towns, a thriving arts scene, rich Aboriginal heritage and the raw beauty of the desert.