About New South Wales
NSW: Australia's premier state
New South Wales is located on the southeast coast of sunny Australia. The state traverses a vast area of more than 800,000 square kilometres – making it far larger than many European countries.
You will discover some of the world's finest beaches, seaside towns and cities on the eastern coast, including Sydney, the state's cosmopolitan capital and Australia's most vibrant city.
Travel inland and you will encounter welcoming country towns, lush pastoral countryside and grazing lands, which give way to the rugged Australian bush. Here, residents combine a relaxed rural lifestyle with progressive farming and agricultural practices.
Venture to the state's west and you will meet the arid Australian outback, famous for its majestic desert landscapes. Major regional centres and small rural villages in the heart of outback NSW also offer world-class opportunities in resources and renewable energy.
To the state's south lie snowy alpine regions that beckon ski and snowboard enthusiasts in winter, and the north coast offers seeming endless beaches and sub-tropical rainforests.
NSW's majestic terrain borders the states of Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south and South Australia to the west, while the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean fringes the state's spectacular eastern coast.