A world of experiences in Sydney and New South Wales

Whether they choose to explore on an escorted tour or branch out on their own, your customers will be spoilt for choice when they head to Sydney and New South Wales.

Boasting world-class accommodation, restaurants and events alongside jaw-dropping natural wonders and cultural adventures, it’s no surprise the destination holds such allure for UK visitors.

They can get there in style with Qantas on either the Qantas A380 via Singapore or the Qantas Dreamliner via Perth, and once they land in Sydney, a wealth of premium experiences awaits.

If you’re looking for ways to inspire a booking, look no further than New South Wales’ incredible calendar of events, such as Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Beaches and beyond

When it comes to some of the world’s best-known beaches, Bondi and Manly are high on the list – but Sydney’s most famous stretches of sand are just two of many astonishing coastal wonders which run from Byron Bay on the North Coast to Eden on the South Coast.

New South Wales is rightly famous for its surf culture, and there are plenty of options for your clients to try their hand at this iconic Aussie pastime.

But if they prefer gentler pursuits, there’s no shortage of scenic drives, awesome coastal vistas and amazing wildlife to marvel at on land and sea.

For those wanting to enjoy the coast in style, recommend a private cruise around Sydney Harbour, or a stay at an upscale resort such as The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, The Anchorage at Port Stephens or even Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, 700km out in the Pacific Ocean.

A feast for the senses

From restaurants such as Sydney’s Quay and Sepia to simpler fare in regional NSW, your clients are guaranteed to be wined and dined in style.

Sydney is a foodie’s favourite, with top-end eateries rubbing shoulders with indie bars and restaurants in a city which makes the most of its multicultural influences.

Just two hours’ drive away, customers can experience the world-renowned wines and first-class dining of the Hunter Valley, or sample fine food and wine at the likes of Biota in Bowral in the Southern Highlands, or Subo in NSW’s second-largest city, Newcastle.

Many of NSW’s luxury and boutique resorts offer renowned cuisine, so recommend properties such as Château Élan at The Vintage or Spicers Vineyards Estate, both great bases to explore the tastes and sensations of the Hunter Valley.

Wild at heart

Home to astonishing flora and fauna including koalas and kangaroos on land and dolphins and migrating whales at sea, New South Wales is a natural wonderland.

With a wide variety of habitats ranging from deserts and mountains to rainforests and the world’s most southerly coral reef, it’s no wonder the state attracts lovers of the great outdoors.

There’s no shortage of ways to explore – whether on foot, bike or horseback or on a private seaplane or yacht – and no shortage of amazing places for your clients to rest and recuperate at the end of another rejuvenating adventure.

In the Blue Mountains, the acclaimed Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa blends eco-tourism with unparalleled luxury, while Kimo Estate’s luxury eco-huts have 360-degree views over the flood plains of the Murrumbidgee River.

Culture Club

New South Wales is Australia’s undisputed capital of festivals and events, ranging from history and music to sports and art.

Showpiece festival Vivid Sydney is an incredible celebration of light, music and ideas held annually, and customers can soak it all in while staying at hot hotels such as the much-anticipated Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour or the Spicers Potts Point hotel, set in a trio of Victorian townhouses.

In March and April, clients can experience Handa Opera – an open-air performance set on a floating stage overlooking Sydney Harbour which next year features its first musical, West Side Story. Or they can cheer on the participants in the 2018 Invictus Games, which take place this October.

And it’s not just Sydney. From outback NSW to the mountains and coast, visitors can explore a wealth of museums, galleries and regional events, including many chances to explore the ancestral stories of the indigenous people.