World class cities and towns

A modern, urban landscape

Investors in New South Wales (NSW) 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.

Aerial view of Sydney harbour


Sydney, Australia's largest city and the capital of NSW, is an international city that's recognised as a world leader in:

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.

NSW regions

Outside Sydney, NSW's coastal and regional cities and towns support major growth industries including:

  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology
  • Renewable energy

These regional centres have benefited from infrastructure initiatives undertaken by the state and federal governments.

Regional areas

Harvesting wine grapes

NSW is divided into ten major regions, each rich in natural and human resources:

  • Central Coast
  • Central West and Orana
  • Far West
  • Hunter
  • Illawarra
  • Murray-Murrumbidgee
  • New England-North West
  • North Coast
  • South East & Tablelands
  • Sydney

Newcastle and Wollongong

Map of NSW Coast

NSW's second- and third-largest cities respectively, Newcastle and Wollongong, are both located  in the Sydney basin.

Newcastle is 162 km north of Sydney and is the gateway to the Hunter region, renowned for its coal mining, tourism and wine making industries. Red ship in dock

Wollongong, 84 km 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.

Coastal scene