Sydney, June 20, 2018: with its spectacular kaleidoscope of colours, incredible Vivid Music acts and engaging Vivid Ideas program attracted 2.33 million visitors last year, and travellers can make the most of their Festival visit this year by spending some extra time exploring NSW in Winter. From stunning national parks and historic towns, to fabulous food and wine trails, wonderful whale watching, super snowfields and outstanding Outback adventures, there is something for everyone in NSW.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said Vivid Sydney was an opportunity to showcase not only Sydney, but the entire State.
“Last year, nearly 38,000 visitors to Vivid Sydney chose to extend their stay in NSW and travel beyond the fringes of Sydney, staying more than 94,000 nights and injecting over $16 million into the State’s regional economy,” Mr Marshall said.“For those who come for Vivid Sydney, we encourage them to make the most of their trip by staying on for a memorable holiday in Australia’s most geographically diverse State. Exciting experiences await beyond the city limits and Winter is the ideal time to experience many of them.”
There’s something to suit every taste and sense of adventure in NSW, from whale watching on a leisurely coastal trip, to exploring the grand canyons of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Winter is the perfect season to hit the road to the Outback, reach new heights in the Snowy Mountains, explore ancient Gondwana Rainforests, or follow tempting food trails through agricultural heartlands and wine growing regions.
Some of the many destinations and activities on offer in NSW include:
Just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, the Blue Mountains are magical in Winter, a treasure trove of World Heritage trails and natural attractions. Bushwalks, mountain-bike trails, historic villages and botanical wonders await. Visit The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba and take in dramatic views over spectacular deep valleys created over millions of years. Venture further and discover nearby wonders, including the Jenolan Caves, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves.
For mountains you can ski on, head to the Snowy Mountains, one of Australia’s most picturesque destinations with alpine vistas, lakes and forests and a collection of small towns. NSW’s snow resorts – Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass – are all located within Kosciuszko National Park, with skiing, snowboarding and snows sports on offer to suit all levels of experience. The 2018 snow season officially begins on the June long weekend (9-11 June).
NSW Food and Wine Trails
Central NSW is a prized agricultural region and home to three designated wine regions around Orange, Mudgee and Cowra. Enjoy a different taste of country life in the vibrant city of Bathurst, Australia’s oldest inland European settlement.
Adventurous foodies can follow food and wine trails, with delicious experiences in bountiful agricultural regions including wine tasting at cellar doors and dining at acclaimed restaurants. Browse local fresh produce at farmers markets and farm gates or tuck into hearty meals in heritage pubs.
Discover the beauty, heritage and tastes of Country NSW, from World Heritage wilderness, spectacular national parks and outdoor adventures, to acclaimed wine regions and historic towns that shaped Australia. Ride a paddle-steamer on the iconic Murray River, meet exotic animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visit the famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, or explore 430 million-year-old caves.
Winter is prime time for a holiday even further inland in Outback NSW, with cool nights, warm, sunny days and wide-open spaces offering breathtaking panoramas, historic colonial towns, rich indigenous culture and World-Heritage national parks. Discover wonders from Aboriginal rock art to historic paddleboat towns or camp under the stars.
South of Sydney
Discover fine regional dining and local wineries, the old-world charm of historic villages, great golf courses, beautiful parks and gardens and national parks in the Southern Highlands. Head to the South Coast for more delectable food and wine, savour freshly shucked oysters on Australia’s Oyster Coast, stroll along beaches with some of the whitest sand in the world and see kangaroos in the wild. For a taste of adventure, try water sports, cycling and bushwalking and tours to see dolphins, whales, fur seals and little penguins.
North of Sydney
Just north of Sydney, explore the playground of the Central Coast. Beautiful beaches and waterways, national parks and hinterland make it a haven for outdoor adventures, from hiking and horse riding to mountain biking. The area is home to wonderful wildlife, with a Pelican Feeding held on The Entrance waterfront each day.
The Hunter Valley is renowned for its fine wines, local produce and quality dining, and offers an array of activities, from early-morning hot-air balloon flights to championship golf courses. Newcastle is a thriving coastal city that combines a rich cultural and natural heritage with beaches and Port Stephens is an aquatic wonderland, offering bay and ocean beaches, playful dolphins, and whale watching tours throughout Winter.
Discover uncrowded beaches, tranquil rivers and lakes, World Heritage rainforest and dramatic volcanic hinterland on the North Coast. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are a World Heritage jewel, home to the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world.
Lord Howe Island
Leave the mainland to explore the world’s most southerly coral reefs, giant rock pools and exotic migratory birds as you hike, snorkel, dive, cycle or just chill out at scenic Lord Howe Island. Only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time to experience the unique natural attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage paradise – less than a two-hour flight from Sydney.
Corporate Comm India(CCI NewsVoir)