Recreation options in NSW

In Sydney and New South Wales you will be spoilt for choice with entertainment, cultural and recreation pursuits. You can dine in restaurants ranked in the world's top 50, immerse yourself in a thriving arts scene or embrace exciting outdoor activities and sports with NSW's stunning natural scenery as your backdrop.


Sydney and NSW are leading cultural hubs in the Asia-Pacific region, and are brimming with world-class galleries, museums and festivals dedicated to a diverse array of subjects.

Sydney is the state's undisputed cultural capital and home to a thriving theatre and performance scene. On any given week you can relax to the tunes of Australia's finest orchestras and musicians, watch the country's most talented dancers in the iconic Sydney Opera House and see famous actors, such as Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, live on stage.

Regional NSW is buzzing with cultural offerings all year round in both major centres and small country towns. Most areas throughout the state host their own festivals celebrating local art, music and heritage as well as fine food and wine.

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Leisure and entertainment

Sydney and NSW are home to some of Australia's finest dining, entertainment and shopping districts.

Throughout the state you can start your day with breakfast at a lively café; peruse designer stores, boutique shops and local markets; visit a fine-dining restaurant for lunch; stop for a sunset cocktail at a local bar; enjoy a movie, play or live music in the evening; then finish your night at a spirited alfresco pub.

People training on a beach

The great outdoors are also rich with recreational pursuits. Along the state's stunning coastline you can relax on beautiful beaches; swim, surf and play water sports in crystal-clear waters; hike and camp in national forests; and ski or snowboard in alpine regions during winter. Most towns and cities also have welcoming sporting clubs and live games for spectators, amateurs and professional players.

For more information visit leisure and entertainment.