New South Wales
Population: Circa 7.3 Million
Climate: Temperate with warm to hot summers and cool winters
Great for: Surfing, Winter sports, Horse riding, Bike tours
Climb the iconic Harbour Bridge and watch the sun go down. Hit the many shopping malls and arcades before taking the ferry to Manly Beach, leaving the impressive Sydney skyline behind you.
This is paradise for surfers, so whether you are looking to take your first lesson or are mastering the waves already, the beaches along the North Coast are the perfect place to do so. If you prefer to stay out of the water, go horse-riding along Seven Mile Beach or wind down with a massage or yoga session at one of Byron’s many rainforest-fringed spas.
Perfect for hiking, kayaking, fishing and horse-riding in summer, the ‘Snowies’ are all about hitting the slopes in winter. If you’re into night skiing, downhill or cross-country skiing or snowboarding, this is the place to head to. The resorts all cater for new skiers and families as well.
Head’s top tip
"Visit the Hunter Valley and vineyards to the north west of Newcastle – nice wine, cheese, olives and chocolate with beautiful views!"
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