New South Wales is Australias most populated state with over 6.2 million inhabitants. The state houses the countries largest and arguably the countries most well known city; Sydney, home to Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney is the place where over 4.50 million Australians call home. The state's area totals 802,000 square kilometres. New South Wales has wonderful scenery incorporating western plains, mountains and coastal views. It is divided into four regions.
The coastal region running from Queensland to Victoria is the home to many beaches, coastal lakes and National Parks. The Great Dividing range runs parallel to this, hosting the Blue Mountains, the Snowy Mountains, the wineries of the Hunter Valley and the New England Tablelands. This then leads into the farming land and dry western slopes, which in total occupies two thirds of the whole state.
There are two main highways leaving the lively city of Sydney. The Pacific Highway leads north to many magnificent beaches and pretty coastal towns. Heading north from Sydney you will come across the beautiful Port Stephens, which is less than a two and a half hour drive away from Sydney, great for dolphin watching, fishing and exploring the Hunter.
Nelson Bay is a real jewel in the crown of Port Stephens. The bay offers something for everyone, particularly those who enjoy fishing, surfing, and dolphin watching. The journey takes around 2 and a half hours from Sydney and is roughly 65 kilometres North of Newcastle.
The Princes Highway leads south towards the quieter coastal regions. There are also two main rivers; the Murray and the Darling. The climate is generally hotter the further north, dryer the further west and colder the further south. This makes it ideal for surfing, skiing, and bushwalking.
A Little History
The state is packed with history, mostly concerned with the gold rush, although just as significant was the brutality of the penal settlement. New South Wales is also the original landing of Captain Cook.
The first European settlement was built in 1788 at the Sydney Harbour where Captain Arthur Phillip arrived with 11 sailing ships. Captain Cook had originally planned on setting up a colony at Botany Bay, although Captain Arthur Phillip decided on the more suitable Port Jackson (better known as Sydney Harbour).
Tank Stream (Circular Quay) was home to the first white settlement in Australia, and from then on further development occurred around Sydney's natural harbour.
A Bit of Work
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