The majority of the state, including Sydney, South Coast, North Coast, the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains, is now welcoming visitors and booking a holiday in NSW is one of the best ways to help support towns and people impacted by the pressures of recent bushfires and drought.
Tourism is a vital economic driver for the state with travel dollars providing benefits to entire local communities of accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes, visitor sites and small businesses which are both immediate and long-lasting.
When visitors stay local and buy local, it not only provides a financial boost to these areas but significantly boosts community spirit.
Here are some of the top reasons to take a NSW trip now and in the coming months that you’ll enjoy and give back:
- Australia Day Long Weekend, Fri 25 - Mon 27 January
From a South Coast road trip, to a Hunter Valley wine escape, a surfing safari along the North Coast or heading inland to the Tamworth Country Music Festival (17-26 Jan), the Australia Day Long Weekend is the perfect opportunity to jump in the car with your empty esky to stay locally and shop regionally.
- Valentine’s Day, Fri 14 February
Impress your true love with a romantic escape that gives back and book a weekend away at a cute bed and breakfast or Bubbletent, dine locally and stock the car with local produce and wine. For a relaxing nature filled escape, be sure to book a stay out in the gorgeous mountain villages of Leura and Blackheath, a beach escape to Port Macquarie, Yamba, Bermagui or Mollymook or for a true wine escape head to the vibrant wine making regions of Mudgee, Orange, Cowra, Lovedale, Southern Highlands and The Shoalhaven.
- Easter Long Weekend, Fri 10 - Mon 13 April
The South Coast areas of the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Sapphire Coast are always a hit with visitors so take advantage of the four day long weekend and explore the South Coast and its network of coastal villages.Go dolphin watching in Jervis Bay, snorkeling with seals at Montague Island, paddle boarding in Tathra and explore the Killer Whale Trail in Eden.
- Autumn leaves
The cooler weather is the ideal time to head to the Southern Highlands, Snowy Mountains, Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley. Be it truffle and mushroom hunting in Oberon, apple picking in Batlow or Bilpin or taking in the autumn leaves at Tumbarumba, Katoomba or Bowral.
- School Holidays
Relive the nostalgic family road trip these school holidays and pack up the family for a week or two of fun and adventure. Explore Outback NSW, ideal in April, June and September - visit the Artesian Spa Baths in Moree, go fossicking for opals in Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs, stargaze in the Warrumbungles, take a camel ride in Silverton and explore the iconic Broken Hill.
- Mother’s Day
Treat your mum to a weekend away, book a spa and wine filled weekend in the Hunter Valley, high tea and chocolate tasting in the Blue Mountains, visit the Koala Hospital and wildlife parks in Port Macquarie or get lost in the history and heritage of Armidale.
Whale watching season kicks off along the NSW Coast from May to November each year. More than 30,000 whales make their way along the Humpback Highway, and you can watch the spectacular show from clifftops, beaches and cruises. At Coffs Harbour, you can swim alongside whales with Jetty Dive, while in Port Macquarie Port Jet gets you out into open-ocean in under 10minutes. Further South, at Batemans Bay you can join Region X or Bay and Beyond for a sea kayaking tour, at Broulee Island you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the ocean and in Eden you can celebrate the whales at the annual Eden Whale Festival in November.
Visitors to NSW are reminded to always refer to NSW Rural Fire Service, Live Traffic and NSW National Parks for the latest information about local conditions.
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