New South Wales is a state located in the south-east region of Australia. It is renowned for its stunning coastline, abundance of national parks, and of course the vibrant city of Sydney. NSW is justly one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Australia and even the world. The possibilities of places to explore in NSW are endless, and all regions are easily accessible by public transport or as a stop along your road trip. Here are some of the best backpacker regions in NSW that should not be missed during your backpacking expedition!
As an obvious first choice, Sydney is a must-visit during every backpacker’s trip to NSW. The glitzy city is home to some of the most iconic beaches and views in the world. But there’s more to Sydney than just Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour. Sydney offers great culture, arts, adventure, food and nightlife, and there are luckily plenty of ways to enjoy the city on a budget. You’ll be spoilt for choice with backpacker hostels, and jobs for those on working holiday visas are pretty easy to come by. There’s no doubt why many choose to stay a few extra weeks, months, or years! Some enjoyable and budget friendly things to do in the city include:
Hit the road and head north up the coast of NSW. Dotted with friendly beachside towns and pristine national parks, the North Coast is a quiet step away from bustling Sydney.
The South Coast of NSW is home to an endless number of dreamy little towns and hidden gem beaches. It’s an ideal location for camping and wildlife spotting and feels like a world away from the big city of Sydney.
If you’re seeking a little more thrills than a simple beach holiday, head inland to the Snowy Mountains and get amongst the action of the great outdoors. The vast region begins near Canberra and extends all the way down to the border of New South Wales and Victoria. Discover the beautiful Kosciuszko National Park, where you can hike to the top of Australia’s tallest mountain. Mount Kosciuszko is 2,228 metres tall and is a moderately difficult trek to the top, make it there and you will see some pretty spectacular scenery of the alpine wilderness.
In winter, make your way to Perisher Blue or Thredbo, and visit the skiing and snowboarding parks. You can stay in several snow resorts and ski lodges in the area, and there are prices to suit all budgets. Both regions are popular with youth travellers and have great entertainment and nightlife to get amongst after you’re finished hitting the slopes.