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Live the Life Aquatic

The state of New South Wales has 1,200 miles of coastline and more than 900 beaches to explore. From sightseeing on Sydney Harbour to encounters with marine life to waterfront dining, you’ll find that an astounding diversity of experiences are made even better by salt air and sunshine. Here’s a far-from-complete list of what to do along the beautiful coast of New South Wales. Before you dive in, take to the skies on Air New Zealand serving Sydney via Auckland from five North American gateways.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
Few harbors, or harbours, are more famous and breathtakingly beautiful than Sydney’s. First discovered in 1770 by Captain James Cook, and the site of the first colony in Australia in 1788, the harbor today is home to some of the city’s most iconic...
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Sydney NSW, Australia
One of the most appealing aspects of the aquatic lifestyle in New South Wales is the number of restaurants on the water’s edge, where your fresh-caught entrée will be paired with ocean breezes. Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and Air New...
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Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
Just over an hour’s flight, or an eight-hour scenic drive, from Sydney, will bring you up the east coast to the laid back beach town of Byron Bay. It’s one of the centers of surf culture in New South Wales—and that says a lot considering the...
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Lord Howe feels like an idyllic island lost in time, a World Heritage-listed paradise located 410 miles from the north coast of New South Wales and less than a 2-hour flight from Sydney. The peak of this volcanic remnant rises to an altitude of...
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Jervis Bay Territory, Australia
Many travelers head north after a stay in Sydney. That’s perfectly fine with those who appreciate the quieter charms of the wildlife-rich South Coast and want to keep it to themselves. During a snorkeling expedition at Montague Island, six miles...