World class cities and towns
A modern, urban landscape
Investors in New South Wales can take advantage of a number of business and lifestyle opportunities across the state's cities and regional urban centres, all of which support major industries and are close to airports and rail links.
Sydney, Australia's largest city and the capital of NSW, is an international city that's recognised as a world leader in:
- Professional and financial services
- Information and communications technology
- Arts and creative industries
Sydney has world-class business and technology parks, educational institutions and a thriving central business district.
The city is home to the Australian Securities Exchange and has the largest number of regional headquarters for multinational companies or 60% of all Asia-Pacific regional headquarters are located in Sydney, the regional headquarters of more than 200 multinational corporations.
Outside Sydney, NSW's coastal and regional cities and towns support major growth industries including:
- Renewable energy
These regional centres have benefited from infrastructure initiatives undertaken by the state and federal governments.
NSW is divided into ten major regions, each rich in natural and human resources:
- Central Coast
- Central West and Orana
- Far West
- New England-North West
- North Coast
- South East & Tablelands
Newcastle and Wollongong
NSW's second- and third-largest cities respectively, Newcastle and Wollongong, are both located in the Sydney basin.
Newcastle is 162 kms north of Sydney and is the gateway to the Hunter region, renowned for its coal mining, tourism and wine making industries.
Wollongong, 84 kms to the south, is at the heart of the Illawarra region, home to significant manufacturing, mining, agriculture, aquaculture and engineering activities, including steel production.
NSW Department of Industry offers a range of services to assist potential investors in regional NSW. For example, the department can help you identify the best places to source products and services and to find relevant industry clusters and associations.