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The CBD of Sydney includes Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks; inner-city suburbs include Paddington, Balmain and Darlinghurst; Bondi, Coogee and Double Bay are in the east; to the north are Manly and the Northern beaches; in the south are Cronulla and Royal National Park; and Parramatta and the Olympic Park precinct are in the west.
The scenic NSW North Coast features sparkling beaches and lush river valleys, stretching from north of Sydney (The Central Coast) to the NSW border. Popular destinations include Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens, Gosford, Terrigal Beach and Woy Woy.
The NSW South Coast stretches more than 600km, from just south of Sydney to the Eden, near the Victorian border. The region includes Wollongong and surrounds, Kiama, Jervis Bay, Nowra, Bateman's Bay, Mogo, Bermagui, Bega, Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula.
The colder months are a popular time to visit the Snowy Mountains with resorts at Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields and Thredbo. However, this area with towns such as Jindabyne, Adaminaby, Cooma and Dalgety, is popular all year around.
Mountains' Three Sisters is one of the most recognisable natural vistas in Australia. Picturesque towns popular with tourists include Blackheath, Katoomba, Luera and Lithgow. The Jenolan Caves are a must-visit destination.
The Hunter Valley region includes the towns, vineyards and national parks of the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter and World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. Towns include Maitland, Pokolbin, Cessnock, Singleton and Morpeth.
Country NSW is a vast region, with some of Australia's oldest country towns, including those along the Murray River. Cities and towns include Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Hay, Bathurst, Armidale, Tamworth, Glenn Innes, Inverell, Mudgee, Orange and Yass.
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed island about 650km off the north coast of NSW. Visit for scenic beauty and a relaxed get-away on the water and land. Mount Gower is the island's highest mountain.
Some of the most remote areas in NSW are in the Outback region, including Lightening Ridge, Broken Hill, Bourke and Corner Country, where the NSW, Queensland and South Australia's borders meet.
Images on this page were kindly provided by Destination NSW. Photos by Nick Rains (South Coast), Perisher (Snowy Mountains),Maxime Coquard (Outback), Legendary Pacific Coast (North Coast), Sally Mayman (Lord Howe), Paul Foley (Country NSW).