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Top 10 places to visit in New South Wales

Hi, I am Chantasinee La-ongsri or Jenny, originally from Thailand, I have been living in Sydney for almost 10 years. My passion in photography started here in Australia. At first, I enjoyed taking food pictures from where I ate in Sydney and sharing them. After travelling around Sydney, my passion in photography has gone far beyond that. I started shooting landscapes, seascapes, cityscape scenes and doing astrophotography, this changed my life and made me become a traveller.

New South Wales has many beautiful places that people are unaware of. These are my top ten favorite places that I’ve been and would love to visit again. I feel very lucky to be in such a wonderful country and to be able to share the magic of living here through images on my Instragram: @Jenny_chan_Travel

10. MOUNT WILSON, Blue Mountains

Mount Wilson in Blue Mountains region is a perfect place to escape the busy city life. It has a magnificent natural bushland and rainforest, avenues of trees and grand exotic gardens, some of which are open to public, such as Breenhold garden. You will enjoy a vibrant colourful maples leaves, rows of plane trees, limes, elms and pink cherries in this area.

9. LAUREL HILL, Bartlow

“Sugar Pine Walk”, located at at Larel Hill, Batlow is one of NSW’s best kept secrets. It is situated inside Bago State Forest. Driving along Batlow Road from Batlow town, turn left to Kopsens Road at the sign of Bago State Forest and drive around 400 meters inside and to your right you will see an enormous sugar pine plantation. This is a brilliant photography location all year round.


Spring is the time for golden fields. A golden yellow of canola field can be found everywhere from Southwest to Northwest NSW, from Wagga Wagga up to Cowra and Bathurst. However my favourite trail is in the Hilltop region which is Boorowa, Harden and Young. There are no hints to tell you exactly which fields you will be allow you access, however walking up to the farm owner for permission works most of the time as they are very welcoming.


Located between Kiama Downs and Kiama, Bombo Headland was quarried for blue metal before and it’s been closed for 77 years. The main attraction here are the enormous basalt columns standing to prevent the ocean water entering to the quarry. This location is a one of Australia’s most well-known seascape photography and astrophotography.


Palm Beach, the jewel of the Northern Beaches, is Sydney’s northernmost beach. It is surrounded by the pristine blue waters of Pacific Ocean on one side and the tranquil of Pittwater on the other. You can enjoy a range of water sports here, however I prefer hiking up to the heritage-listed Barranjoey Lighthouse enjoying the splendid views of the coast and star gazing after the sunset.


Located in Kiama Downs on the South Coast of NSW, this unique rock formation is a result of the ancient volcanic lava flew in the past. This spot fascinates travellers and photographers alike. The rocks are situated at the southern end of Jones Beach. Access to this place is very easy, just walk along the beach to the rock on the right. Don’t forget to check the tide timetable as some areas can be hard to access due to excess water.


This is the first place that Captain Arthur Phillip and the first fleet of convicts had landed in Australia before deciding to move on to Sydney Cove. La Perouse is a great place to spend your weekend off fishing and scuba diving with a groups of friends, enjoying a picnic with your family or simply watching sunset with a special someone. With an iconic and historic building of Customs tower and a stunning backdrop of Bare Island fort, this place is one of the Sydney’s most popular place for photography.


The walk starts from Raleigh Reserve in Dover Heights passing Diamond Bay in Vaucluse and finishing at Watsons Bay, it is called “Waverly Cliff walk”. However, my favourite parts of the walk are Diamond Bay, Macquarie Lighthouse, the Gap, Camp Cove and the Hornby Lighthouse in Watson Bay. Along this coastal walk, you can panoramic views of the Tasman Sea, stunning sandstone cliffs and historic lighthouses.


Of course, when you talk about the best places to visit in NSW how can you not mention the majestic Sydney Harbour. It is home to many iconic attractions including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Mrs. Macquarie chair. I love to spend my weekend around Sydney Harbour; strolling around the Rocks weekend market, relaxing at Observatory Hill, capturing the Opera House and amazing Sydney Harbour water traffic, and enjoying beautiful sunsets over the Sydney Habour Bridge - (As seen in Flightnetwork's Article - 72 hours in Sydney)

1. HORSE HEAD ROCK, Bermagui

As a traveler and photographer, I will say my top NSW destination and the place where I go back to very frequently is the “Horse Head Rock”. It is located in Wallaga Lake near Bermagui in the beautiful Sapphire Coast region of Southern NSW. Before arriving to Horse Head Rock, you will see a spectacular rock formation that looks like a camel which is called the “Camel Rock” and after climbing passed it for around 1.5 kilometres the gigantic rock formation of the Horse Head stands in the front of you. I’ve never seen something like this before. Even after visiting many times, this place still gives me goose bump. No words can explain the beauty of this place and it can only be experienced by visiting it.


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