From Sydney harbour to Byron Bay snorkelling: the best things to do in New South Wales
With its buzzing city life, beachside living, iconic landmarks and stunning natural scenery, New South Wales is any traveller’s playground.
You’ve got just about everything here from the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests, outback towns, famed surfing beaches, and The Hunter Valley region playing host to dozens of world-class wineries. So much to choose from, so how do you find the best experiences?
Tripadvisor has narrowed it down to the top 5 things to do in New South Wales thanks to votes and reviews from you, the travellers, so you can make sure you’re experiencing the best of everything.
1. Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour
The vibes of Byron Bay have lured many travellers, peace seekers, soul searchers and coastal hunters over its time, putting it on the map as a hot spot for any visitor and a must on the best things to do in New South Wales.
This tour will have you experiencing just how dazzling the coastal town is as you kayak alongside bottlenose dolphins and soak in the scenery. You’ll learn about the protected habitat of Cape Byron Marine Park, snap a shot of the iconic Cape Byron Light and get educated on the area’s cultural and Aboriginal history from knowledgable guides. You may also spot some sea turtles or migrating humpback whales, but the true selling point of this is the up-close experience of the playful local pod that inhabits the area.
2. 3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay
Who doesn’t want to swim alongside some of the sea’s most beautiful creatures?
No amount of expertise is required for this snorkelling adventure as you journey to The Pass and dive underwater to marvel at small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, colourful fish, and three different kinds of sea turtles. You’ll have a qualified dive instructor with you at all times, and the option to take a free 30-minute snorkelling lesson before the tour if you need it.
3. Opera on Sydney Harbour: The Phantom of the Opera
The dramatic performance is hailed as one of the most successful musicals of all time, following The Phantom; a man and a mystery, a deformed genius, who finds his angel of music in Christine Daaé: the young woman he would make a star. But how many lives will he sacrifice to make the music of the night? The epic new staging includes special effects and a world-class orchestra, promising to be bigger and better than ever. It’s a night not to be missed for musical fans or non-musical.
4. All Inclusive Full-Day Blue Mountains Trip from Sydney
You can combine all of the highlights of the Blue Mountains in one single day.
The stops of this tour include Scenic World with a scenic cable car ride and the world’s steepest incline railway, Echo Park’s Three Sisters, the Featherdale Wildlife Park, and a cruise along the Paramatta River where you can catch glimpses of some of Sydney’s most impressive real estate.
5. Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour – Lunch Cruise
Gourmet lunch and spectacular views of the harbour- what could be more Sydney?
You’ll cruise around in style and enjoy sights of iconic locations such as the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Luna Park while feasting on an à la carte lunch, featuring Hunter Valley beef and fresh seafood alongside beer and local, sommelier-picked wines.
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