New South Wales
New South Wales, is located in the south-east of Australia, With Victoria to the South, Queensland to the north and South Australia to the west, New South Wales also encompasses the whole of the Australian Capital Territory, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island are referred to as the state of New South Wales.
The three largest cities are Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The Illawarra region is centred on the city of Wollongong, with the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast to the south. The Central Coast lies between Sydney and Newcastle, with the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions reaching northwards to the Queensland border.
Tourism is important for New South Wales coastal towns such as Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Nowra and Port Macquarie.
New South Wales has more than 780 National Parks and reserves covering up to 10% of the state. National parks range from rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, to rugged bush, marine wonderlands and outback deserts.
The Royal National Park on the southern outskirts of Sydney became Australia's first National Park in April 1879. Originally named The National Park until 1955, this park was the second National Park to be established in the world after Yellowstone National Park in the United Sates, Kosciuszko National Park is the largest park in New South Wales' alpine region.
Tourism has also become important, with Sydney as its centre, also stimulating growth on the North Coast, around Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. New South Wales Tourism is worth over $60 billion to the New South Wales economy and employs over 8% of the workforce. Sydney is a leading global events destination".
Tourism NSW is also focusing on developing partnerships with businesses outside the traditional tourism sector, which have the potential to benefit substantially from increased visitation to this State.
Tourism NSW works successfully with a range of government and industry bodies to develop and promote tourism throughout the state. Actively engaging tourism industry partners and other partners to work together in the State’s marketing programs yields greater results than if these initiatives were implemented independently.