Celebrated American author Ray Bradbury once said, “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” Truer words have never been spoken. If you too are inspired by his words and want to see the world, then we suggest you start your travel journey by exploring the Australian state New South Wales (NSW).
Any voyager who has enlisted Australia on their bucket list must visit New South Wales, which is situated on the east coast with Sydney as its state capital. Dotted with scenic delights and modern marvels, it is Australia’s most populous state. Train travel is a quite fascinating and convenient way of discovering this vibrant coastal stretch.
The first city that you must visit is the capital city of Sydney. The Pylon lookout on the huge steel Sydney Harbour Bridge would give you an amazing view of the city. You could add the Sydney Opera House to your must-visit places list as it is one of the most iconic Australian landmarks. Visit the Taronga Zoo to meet over 340 species of animals, followed by a sun-soaked day on Bondi Beach. For guided walks, heritage tours, garden adventures and high-tea experience, reserve a day to visit the Royal Botanic Garden. To get up close and personal with Australia’s aquatic life, you should also include Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in your itinerary.
After exploring Sydney, hop on a train to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters. Take a train to Coffs Harbour, if you love waterslides, parks, and nature reserves. Coffs is home to many beautiful parks like Dorrigo, Bongil Bongil, Nymboi-Binderay and Bindarri, where you can enjoy a long walk or even set up a picnic and relax. If you are travelling with family and/or friends, then don’t miss the Big Banana Fun Park in Coffs Harbour that has ice-skating rink, mini-golf, waterslides, and laser tag.
With a Discovery Pass in your backpack, you can breeze through New South Wales without breaking a sweat. This pass would let you see the best of NSW in just £151 with a 14-day travel validity! Pass-holders can also travel on coastal coach connections that link the main east coast rail line with Australia’s famous tourist destinations like the seaside resort Surfers Paradise, coastal town Eden, beach paradise Port Maccquarie, and surf town Byron Bay.
If you plan to see the other parts of Australia, then Discovery Pass would come in handy. It’ll connect you to coach services that link other famous Australian cities like Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Canberra.