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The Best Summer Things to Do in New South Wales
November 21, 2022 • Tom Lanauze
4 min read
NSW might be on the coast, but it's the beating heart of modern day Australia and as such has something for everyone. With its secret beaches and rock pools, its stunning coastal scenery and vibrant culture, NSW is a perfect summer destination.
You can see and book more experiences via our New South Wales Experiences Page.
Sydney is built around its beaches, which means some are more visited than others. Bondi is an awesome place, packed with things to do, but also packed with people. While we can’t guarantee you’ll have this spot to yourself, if you want to have a swim and find a beach side, shady place for a picnic without the crowds, then check out the gorgeous Parsley Bay.
2. Byron Bay - The Capital of the Aussie Summer!
For many, Byron Bay is a pilgrimage location for those looking for the best surf breaks around the world.
Others visit for the abundance of culture and the hustle and bustle of a place that always has something on - whether it be live music, a market or a festival.
For everyone else, they go in search of a coastal paradise to swim and relax in, enjoy yoga sessions, explore the world heritage listed rainforest or tuck into the award-winning cuisine.
Check out our Guide to the Best of Byron Bay for more information on the area.
3. Lord Howe Island - Just Paradise
National Geographic named Lord Howe Island one of the world's best destinations - and we agree!
Often referred to as “Just Paradise'', this World Heritage listed stunner welcomes just 400 people on to the island at any one time, to join its 300 permanent residents.
This tiny island of the pacific is jam packed with things to do, with numerous tour operators on the island offering everything from fishing and bird watching tours to diving trips and guided hikes, so no matter what your travel style, there will be something there for you.
Just enjoying a day at the beach here is an experience in itself. One of our favourite activities on the island is feeding wild coral fish by hand at Ned’s beach
4. Watch the Stars Under the Stars at a Moonlight Cinema
The best way to escape the sun is to venture out at night! You can watch the biggest movies of the summer under the stars in an open air theatre. Moonlight Cinemas offer a relaxed movie atmosphere in a unique park setting where you can a picnic and your friends and catch a film and some fresh air in the heart of Sydney.
5. A Hidden Gem on the Sapphire Coast
Uncrowded, untouched and undiscovered is how most view the stunning Sapphire Coast. From its wilderness feel and gorgeous beaches to its incredible First Nation culture. while it is a popular region, there are still a few hidden spots we can let you in on, our favourite being the stunning Bermagui Blue Pool, an ocean fed rock pool where you can escape the heat and enjoy an epic sunrise to start the day.
If you’re looking for an easy beach summer holiday spot on the Sapphire Coast, NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort is just the place. With cliff top views and golden beaches, your backyard never looked better.
6 Roar and Snore - Camp With the Locals at Taronga Zoo
Perhaps one of the most unique accommodation options in all of Australia, the warm nights of summer provide the perfect time to stay and play at Taronga Zoo.
Picture a safari taking place in the heart of Sydney. Your stay will be in a glamping tent with spectacular views of the harbour. The food is delicious, the stories from the guides are fascinating and your night time safari lets you see the animals in a whole new light - or lack of!
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