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If we’re talking world-class museums, bustling cities, incredible wildlife – on and off land – and glorious weather, then New South Wales definitely got the lion’s share. Regardless of the season, there are always plenty of unique and amazing experiences to be had on your holiday in New South Wales. Below is a breakdown of the best events, festivals and nature encounters you can enjoy throughout the year.

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Fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge at New Years Eve

Summer: December to February

Summer showcases New South Wales at its best. There’s the blissfully warm temperatures of course – sitting around 26ᵒC on average – but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Visitors will also enjoy a huge range of events and festivals, not to mention the surf is at its best, everyone is riding on the high of Christmas and New Year celebrations (which you can participate in while on the beach, not wrapped up next to the fire), and it’s also the perfect time to hit the crowd-free beaches.

Best places to visit in summer:

  • Sydney for the New Year’s Eve fireworks
  • Bankstown for the Australia Day Concert
  • Newcastle for Surfest
  • The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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Hot-air balloon Hunter Valley

Autumn: March to May

Autumn in New South Wales is nothing like autumn in the UK and Ireland. Thanks to pleasant temperatures in the late teens and early 20s, you can still very much get away with summer-wear – be sure to bring a brolly just in case though. This is the perfect time to embark on an Outback adventure. Join a 4X4 tour across the rugged crimson landscapes or even consider an overnight camping trip; the conditions are ideal for stargazing in the bush.

Best places to visit in autumn:

  • Blue Mountains Music Festival
  • Monument Hill in Albury to mark ANZAC Day
  • Sydney for Vivid Sydney – a festival of music, light and ideas
  • Hunter Valley for its Wine and Food Festival

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A whale tail breaching out of the water

Winter: June to August

Average temperatures in New South Wales in the winter are still fairly mild, in excess of 7ᵒC and sometimes even getting up to the mid-teens. So while the locals will be wrapped up in thermals, you can still get away with single layers. And although it may be cooler than summer, the benefits include lower humidity and fewer tourists. Plus nature lovers will be spoilt by a plethora of whale watching opportunities.

Best places to visit in winter:

  • Sydney for Vivid Sydney festival
  • Port Stephens for Naturefest
  • Katoomba for the Winter Magic Festival
  • Jervis Bay for whale watching

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A wallaby with a baby joey in her pouch

Spring: September to November

Spring is a wonderful time to visit New South Wales, especially Sydney where the city’s parks and gardens are brought to life by technicolour flora and fauna. Temperatures hover between 15-20ᵒC in the daytime, making for prime strolling weather. For even prettier flowers, dancing in the refreshing springtime breeze, head for the Blue Mountains or one of the state’s other national parks.

Best places to visit in spring:

  • Woolgoolga for Curryfest
  • Eden for its Whale Festival
  • Sydney for the Australian Open Golf
  • Taronga Zoo to see baby animals

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