New South Wales' top 12 must-do experiences

by Brittany Wheeler

Boasting breathtaking beaches, stunning national parks and a lively harbour city, there’s so many reasons to #LoveNSW. Whether you want to hit the road and explore or uncover the local gems in your area, we’ve rounded up 12 of the state’s must-do experiences in partnership with Destination NSW. From a secluded eco pod getaway on the Far South Coast to a thrilling canyoning and abseiling adventure in the Blue Mountains, make a pledge to #HolidayHereThisYear and #SupportLocal by adding these experiences to your travel hit list. All vouchers are valid for 5 years with free exchanges.

Seaplane flight over Bondi Beach, Sydney
Sydney: Seaplane flight over Sydney Harbour and Palm Beach

Revel in uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour from the comfort and style of a seaplane. This exciting aerial tour showcases some of the best of the coast, venturing from Rose Bay to Palm Beach, and concludes with 2 orbits over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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Catalina Rose Bay
Sydney: Catalina Rose Bay 3 course lunch or dinner – for 2

Treat yourself to an unparalleled dining experience at one of Sydney’s most renowned hatted restaurants. Perched on the edge of the water in Rose Bay, indulge in delicious fare paired with panoramic views of the harbour. This experience is best paired with the seaplane flight above, taking off and landing just metres from the restaurant.

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The Langham Hotel, Sydney
Sydney: Romantic overnight package at The Langham Sydney – for 2

Pack your bags for a 5 star sojourn at The Langham Sydney. Located in the historic Rocks precinct, you’ll enjoy the city’s attractions and sights at your doorstep. After a busy day of exploring, enjoy some quiet reading by the indoor swimming pool or pop open your bottle of complimentary bubbles!

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Learning to surf in Bondi
Sydney: Private surfing lesson at Bondi Beach

It doesn’t get much more iconic than learning to surf at Bondi Beach! This private surf lesson covers all the basics from paddling and surf etiquette to standing and catching waves.

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Hot air balloon over Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley: Hot air ballooning flight – for 2

One of the best ways to experience the beautiful, bucolic landscapes of the Hunter Valley is to soar above the region in a hot air balloon. This sunset flight is an hour in duration and finishes with a celebratory champagne breakfast at Peterson House.

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Couple enjoying picnic in the Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley: Picnic among the vines with wine tasting masterclass

When it comes to views from the ground, it doesn’t get much better than this picnic among the vines experience. After a guided tasting session with the sommelier at the cellar door, you’ll be handed a gourmet picnic hamper and bottle of estate-made wine to enjoy within the 270 acre property.

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Horse trail ride Central Coast NSW
Central Coast: Horse riding guided trail

Explore 50km of pristine Australian bushland and lush green valleys on this guided horseback tour. Just 1 hour from Sydney or Newcastle, you’ll meander along the banks of Popran Creek and have the chance to spot an abundance of wildlife including wallabies and lyrebirds.

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Swim with wild dolphins Port Stephens
Port Stephens: Swim with wild dolphins

Enjoy the rare opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. You will be immersed in the breathtaking world of bow-surfing dolphins and be gently pulled through the water amid their pod.

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Boat and breakfast stay in Port Stephens
Port Stephens: Midweek boat and breakfast stay – 2 nights

Pair your wild dolphin swim with this unforgettable 2 night stay on a 35ft Beneteau cruiser. Lap up the breathtaking scenery of Port Stephens, relax on the upper deck and wake up to breakfast each morning. Sounds idyllic right?

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Canyoning and abseiling adventure in the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains: Canyoning and abseiling adventure

Gear up for an action-packed canyoning and abseiling adventure in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Led by professional guides, you will abseil, climb, jump and swim through spectacular wilderness locations.

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Darley's Restaurant, Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains: 5 course degustation with bottle of wine – for 2

Be sure to add this 5 course degustation dinner at Darley’s Restaurant to your Blue Mountains mini-break. The acclaimed hatted restaurant heroes local and regional suppliers and uses fresh, seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden. A beautiful bottle of wine will complement your meal.

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Turon Gates glamping, Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains: Romantic weekend glamping getaway – 3 nights – for 2

If a glamping getaway is on your bucket list, look no further than this 3 night package at Turon Gates. Decked out with a king bed, ensuite bathroom and indoor log fire, it’s a peaceful (and grammable) retreat from reality.

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Tandem skydive over Wollongong
South Coast: 15,000ft skydive over Wollongong Beach

Freefall from up to 15,000ft for over 60 screaming seconds and be rewarded with 360 vistas of Wollongong and beyond. After the parachute is pulled, you’ll float serenely back to earth for 5 minutes and have the chance to take control and steer the parachute.

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Eco pod getaway in Tilba, NSW South Coast
South Coast: 2 night eco pod getaway with gourmet hampers

Escape the daily grind and go off the grid with this 2 night eco pod getaway nestled between the mountains, lake and sea in Central Tilba. Spend your evenings cooking dinner on your private fire pit and admiring the starry night sky and your days exploring the wonders of the region.

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Batemans Bay Marine Park Half Day Kayak Tour
South Coast: Batemans Bay Marine Park half day kayak tour

Get back to nature and explore some of New South Wales’ remote and rugged coastline during this half day kayak tour. Keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and whales as you leisurely glide through the pristine waters.

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If you’re looking for more things to do in NSW, browse our entire experience range here.

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