|New South Wales
caters for all types of holiday, whatever the
time of year. Visits to the Hunter Valley wine district and the
Blue Mountains (a World Heritage Listed National Park), which
are to the west of Sydney, are greatly recommended.
The Hunter Valley is home to famous wine makers
such as Wyndham Estate, Rosemount and McGuigans, and has over
80 wineries and many restaurants.
Port Stephens is nearby, and is a great spot for water
sports and dolphin and whale
watching. Lightning Ridge, which is to the northwest,
is a frontier town where the world’s only source of black
opal is to be found.
The region of the Snowy Mountains in the southeast of the State,
including Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak, is
very popular during the skiing season (June to
October) as well as in summer for bush walking.
Resorts in the Snowy Mountain region include Thredbo and Perisher
Blue, the latter incorporating Perisher Valley, Guthega, Blue
Cow and Smiggins.
Uncommercialised and unassuming, Broken Hill and the surrounding
national parks of the New South Wales outback offer a taste of the
original Australian wilderness. Featuring ancient
landscapes, aboriginal culture and unusual flora and fauna, they
are amongst the highlights of the region.
The Menindee Lakes, 113 kilometres (70 miles) from the town by
a good road, cover an area of water 8 times the size of Sydney
Harbour with plenty of bird life and provide a major attraction
for motor boat and sailing craft