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A 6-Item Itinerary For Exploring New South Wales, Australia

By Kenin Bassart @Constantramble

While best known for its capital Sydney, there’s more to New South Wales than just the Opera House and the hustle and bustle of city life. New South Wales has the perfect mix of everything, from never-ending beaches to bushland. As to shopping and dining options, New South Wales doesn’t disappoint too. Combining all those makes NSW a worthy destination to add to your bucket list. 

A 6-Item Itinerary For Exploring New South Wales, AustraliaPuffing Billy vintage steam train with passengers in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne.

With that, it’s not surprising that there are a lot of activities and destinations you can include in your itinerary, from city to outback adventures. You’ll never be bored in New South Wales. The only problem is how to fit everything in one trip, especially if you’re short on time. 

To help you build those holiday plans, these items are worthy starters to include in your New South Wales itinerary. 

Hop Into A Vintage Train

How often in your life can you say that you’ve been on a vintage train journey? Be it a short ride to the next town or a longer one on a sleeper train, there’s something magical about being on a vintage train. The view is excellent, and it will be much more comfortable too. You can enjoy that road trip experience sans the bumps along the way (quite literally), all while taking in everything New South Wales has to offer. 

Fortunately, there are loads of options in NSW. You can start by choosing the vintage train provider. Then, you can select what destinations they cover. That way, you can include that in your itinerary. Trains from NSW service regional towns, cities, beautiful beaches, the countryside, and gardens and attractions. So, you’ll surely find a journey that fits your mind for the trip. 

Go On The Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip With Cruise 

Allocate a whole day to make this Blue Mountains cruise trip possible. Along the way, you’ll stop by the Featherdale Wildlife Park, see various native Australian animals, enjoy rides at Scenic World, and stop at Echo Point for its panoramic views.  

The great thing about this full-day trip is that you get the best in nature and city life. Once all the outdoor activities above are done, you can also stop at Leura Village for your own time to shop. It’s there where you can also hop into a ferry cruise that takes you along the Parramatta River to Circular Quay. 

End The Night With A Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise 

Depending on the type of harbor cruise you join, you can have varieties that are either a three-course or five-course meal. It’s not to be missed, as it gives you a fantastic view of the Sydney Opera and the rest of the harbor as dusk starts to fall. The city lights add to a romantic feel while enjoying your sumptuous meal. 

Most cruise boats start at the King Street Wharf and end there.  

Spend An Afternoon At The Taronga Zoo 

This fourth activity is something best enjoyed by families with young children. Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is a non-profit conservation society home to over 4,000 animals from 350 species. Situated among lush bushland, Taronga Zoo is perfect for seeing animals and a family picnic. You don’t have to worry about packing your own, as various food and beverage outlets are spread across the zoo grounds. 

To reach Taronga Zoo, take a short ferry ride from the Circular Quay. Entrance tickets to the zoo also include access to iconic Seals for the Wild Show and Free-Flight Bird presentations. 

Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour  

The Hunter Valley is also another must-visit from Sydney. Taste your way around with their wine, gin, cheese, and chocolate offers. Come in the morning to cap off the experience with a relaxed lunch with wine, cider, or craft beer in one of the most scenic spots in the Valley. 

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