New South Wales is home to one third of Australians and claims to have the biggest economy of all states and its capital is Australia's best known city, Sydney.
The 1000km eastern coastline offers a range of ports, beaches and tourist destination. Central Coast covering the Gosford and Wyong Shire offer an escape for Sydney dwellers. Other popular holiday destinations include Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay
Further inland is farmland extending to the dry western plains and desert. Broken Hill is the western-most town in NSW – further from Sydney than it is from Adelaide or Melbourne.
South of Sydney is the Illawarra, Shoalhaven & Southern Highlands Region
New South Wales operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time. They put their clocks forward each summer for daylight saving.
See BCL Sydney for a lot more statewide information pages
New South Wales Highways
- The Golden Highway runs from the Newell Highway at Dubbo east to meet the New England Highway between Branxton and Singleton
- The New England Highway runs from Queensland down through Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Muswellbrook to meet the Pacific Highway at Hexham. It is part of a popular inland route from Brisbane to Sydney.
- The Hume Highway (31) runs from Sydney to Melbourne and cuts across country to be the shorter route between the capitals at 870 km. NSW cities and towns on this route include Bowral, Goulburn, (turn off to Canberra), Yass, (turn off to Wagga Wagga), Holbrook and Albury.
- The Newell Highway is the longest highway in New South Wales. It runs inland from Tocumwal on the NSW/Victoria border to Goondiwindi on the NSW/Queensland border, passing through Moree, Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes, West Wyalong and Narrandera.
- The Princes Highway runs from Chippendale in Sydney, south along the coastline and across the Victorian border to Melbourne. (approx 1040 km). NSW coastal towns to stay at along the way include Wollongong, Kiama, Nowra, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Bega, Eden, Merimbula, Moruya, and Narooma
- Thunderbolt's Way runs from Port Stephens to Goondiwindi in Queensland, travelling north through Stroud, Gloucester, Novendoc, Walcha, Uralla (near Armidale), Bundarra and Inverell.
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