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New South Wales Sports
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Water sports

The coastline of New South Wales, stretching for over 2000 kilometres (1250 miles) to the north and south of Sydney, has brilliant conditions for all kinds of water sports including windsurfing, surfing, sea kayaking and scuba diving.

In the Sydney area, the surf beaches of Bronte and Coogee to the south and Collaroy and Palm Beach to the north are predominantly popular. Byron Bay, 800 kilometres (496 miles) north of Sydney, has excellent surf conditions.

Sydney Harbour has facilities for all kinds of maritime sports and there is a yearly yacht race from Sydney to Hobart in Tasmania, starting on 26 December each year, covering over 2000 kilometres (1250 miles).

The finest beaches within easy reach of Sydney are at Bondi and Manly. Along the coast on the Pacific Highway, Port Stephens, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Sydney, offers safe swimming beaches and a range of water based activities.

Further north still, the Great Lakes district and its most popular resort, Port Macquarie, is particularly well known for windsurfing, fishing and houseboat holidays (exploring the Great Lakes). A further 250 kilometres (150 miles) along the coastline is Coffs Harbour, a tropical resort town, famous for its fishing, sailing and swimming facilities, and adventure sports like sky diving and scuba diving.

Kayaking and whitewater rafting enthusiasts may head to the Gwydir and Nymbodia rivers in the north west region or the streams of the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains. Several companies offer scuba diving or snorkeling trips on purpose built boats to a choice of destinations along the New South Wales coast and as far as the renowned Great Barrier Reef in the neighboring State of Queensland.

Good dive sites can be found at Byron Bay, Jervis Bay, Lord Howe Islands and Coffs Harbour. Specialist charters also offer whale and dolphin watching trips as well as great white shark encounters and reef education tours. The best time to watch dolphins and whales is from May to December.

Port Stephens is well known for the bottlenose dolphins which live and play in the bay all year round. Most dolphin cruises depart from the region’s biggest township, Nelson Bay. Migrating whales can be seen from Cape Byron between May and October.

Urban Climbing

It is possible to climb the Harbor Bridge in Sydney using a network of archways, catwalks and ladders. The resulting view of the harbor is amazing. The whole climb takes around 3 hours and is open to those over 12 years old.

Climbs necessitate special clothing and are in guided groups of 10 climbers. Further information is available from Bridgeclimb or the tourist board (see Addresses - Contacts section).

Mountain Sports

South of Sydney are the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko (which is 2230 metres / 7314 feet high).

The Snowy Mountains, 526 kilometres (329 miles) south west of Sydney, are a popular destination for skiing, cross country skiing and snow boarding, the season generally runs from June to October.

The summer offers activities such as riding, mountain biking, fishing and canoeing are available. About 104 kilometres (65 miles) west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains consist of a landscape of forests, valleys, waterfalls, canyons and cliffs. Popular activities in this region include abseiling, canyoning, scenic flights, climbing as well as bush walking, with many hidden trails for walkers to explore.


The state has many international standard courses, including 2 of Australia’s best known golf courses, Riverside Oaks and The Lakes are situated in New South Wales.

Tour operators can organise golfing trips to the province’s finest courses. For further information, contact Tourism New South Wales (see Contact section).