New South Wales in Australia includes some of the most famous beaches in the world including Bondi Beach & Byron Bay. Not to mention some of the most beautiful and contrasting terrains including snow mountains, national parks, wineries, lakes & vast coastland. That's the landscape then there are the amazing people, the cafe's the restaurants and those little discoveries that just make you sing with happiness. From this journey of completing the Word of Mouth Guide NSW, here are my top 10 tips.
1. Snowy Mountains - I think this was my best trip because it was so unexpected. Firstly the snow, secondly it's a pretty long drive so it really feels like an adventure and thirdly how much fun you can have in the snow. There are two main ski resorts. Plenty of places to hire ski gear and lots of great places to get big feeds.
2. Saffire Coast - This area really took my breath away. 5.5 hours on Sydney you pass some amazing towns, some I knew, some I was visiting for the first time. By the time you get to the Saffire Coast, there are vast and beautiful beaches and everything is nice and empty. Tathra is a foodies heaven with amazing local produce, local restaurants and cafes it really does have it all.
3. Mollymook - 3 hours from Sydney this is a great coastal town on the South Coast. It has the famous Rick Stein fish restaurant and a great surfing beach. I have really enjoyed getting an Air BnB and spending a few weekends enjoying being away from the city and in a beautiful place. There are lots of places to stop up the coast of the way home to get in extra surfs or little excursions.
4. Jervis Bay - is probably one of the most well-known beaches in NSW and rightly so. It's white sandy beaches and blue seas really make you feel as though you are in a slice of paradise. Even in the cooler months its great to check out. There is a great camping site at Green Patch next to Hyams Beach. There's lots to do and explore in this beautiful area.
5. Blue Mountains - We are so lucky to have this beautiful area in NSW. It truly has so much to offer, I once got told it has a very high electromagnetic fields similar to Bali or Hawaii that makes it very relaxing. Not sure if that's true but there are some amazing hikes, canyoning, camping, pubs, climbing, it really does have a lot to offer the explorer and adventurer.
6. Bondi Beach and surrounds - Bondi has some of the best brunch spots as well as one of the most famous beaches in Australia. Personally, I find Bondi very beautiful. It has some amazing sunrises and sunsets. It's got real personality and liveliness with locals pounding the beach for the early hours, hundreds of swimmers each morning doing laps before work at Icebergs. It will always be my second home in Sydney as it was the first place I lived when I arrived and has many incredible memories with great people. My first venture into the Bondi Markets was selling Paleo Pecan Pie!
7. Hunter Valley - Like wine? Check. Like a lot of beautiful wineries spreading over a beautiful landscape? Check. Like amazing restaurants and indulging yourself? Check. The Hunter Vallery is the perfect weekend or even day trip escape from some places. They have an abundance of wine, cheese farms, chocolate factories, a beautiful variety of places to stay from swanky golf courses to chilled cosy Air BnB's. It's a really great weekend and you will learn something promise!
8. Seal Rocks - Had a few amazing trips up here, there's a great campsite and many other holiday houses you can rent. It's a really beautiful area, there is Blueys Beach and Boomerang Beach too very lovely beaches as well as the Seal Rock beaches, there's good places to eat, to walk and Booti Booti National Park next door as well. Plenty to explore as well in Myall Lakes, great for lots of activities.
9. Royal National Park - Royal Nascho Park was a blog written by a girl in our team in the book and when I saw her blog I loved it so much I asked her to be a part of the team. There are so many gems in the RNP from walking trails, to beaches, & beautiful landscapes perfect for photographers. It has big cliffs, interesting textures, animals, waterfalls and much, much more. We spend a lot of time in the book sharing some great tips on this part of NSW.
10. Byron Hinterland - When I first saw the Byron Hinterland I could not believe it, it was so unexpected the rolling green hills was so different to what I had expected I was just thinking about Byron Bay! Byron is full of wonderful delights from food to beaches to the culture. We discuss in the book some of the lesser known areas such as secret waterfalls and tips from locals to help you with some more ideas for your next trip.
These are some of the big things todo, each place has so many great places to explore and there are so many others we discuss in WOM Book!