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Looking for a glitzy romantic city getaway, a family beachside reunion or want to traipse around an arts trail in the Outback – it’s all possible in NSW.

The expansive state that’s nestled between Victoria and Queensland has much to offer thrill seekers, adventurers, romantics and families alike, no matter what type of holiday you are seeking.

Why the name New South Wales? It seems Captain James Cook first named it New Wales as it reminded him of the south coast of Wales – then later changed it to New South Wales.

The capital is stunning Sydney, where the harbour dazzles and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, opened in 1932 bridge is an icon. Aussie personality Paul Hogan was a rigger there before he made his mark with the famous Crocodile Dundee movies.

These days you can cruise under it, drive across it and scale it with Bridge Climb Sydney where the views are impressive.

There’s also nothing like seeing it from the air when you fly into Sydney.

The Sydney Opera House is another showstopper.

Its sculptural elegance has made it one of the most recognisable buildings of the 20th century and Sydneysiders never tire of it.

Designed by Jorn Utzon who left midway, it is Australia’s number one tourist attraction.

There’s so much to see and do in Sydney, wander among the beautiful, landscaped gardens, take a dip at famous Bondi beach and ride the quaint ferries and you will soon fall under its spell.

But there’s a lot more to the state – the outback with the red dirt, blue skies and country hospitality is just as endearing.

Whether its Broken Hill or Birdsville there are characters in every pub, local store and petrol station who have stories to tell.

Country towns have big hearts and most people love a chat.

It’s the landscape here that takes centre stage and there’s no where else quite like it.

The extensive coastline is also a great place to discover the wonders of the state – do a coastal trip and you will discover quaint towns with seaside vibes and interesting attractions.

Watch for dolphins surfing the waves and in whale season you’ll see these amazing marine mammals breaching and swimming along the coast.

The Blue Mountain is another special place that gets your heart pumping. It’s that magical blue tinge across gigantic pleated rock faces that leave you speechless.

New South Wales lives up to its reputation as a holiday reputation as having something special for everyone.

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