New South Wales prides itself on being Australia's premier state where the first European settlement was established and which remains Australia's most populous state. The state capital, Sydney, is Australia's largest and best known city.
In Sydney, the Chinese New Year celebrations are centred in the Haymarket area, particularly along Dixon St, traditional hub of Sydney's Chinatown, which then become thronged with stalls, performances and merrymakers.
No snow, no sleigh. But there's Santa, stars, stores, trees, treats, and joy. It's summer in Sydney and that's when Christmas happens Down Under.
You can walk to it, take a bus, tram, ferry, taxi, or water taxi, or drive and park onsite or close by, or sail into it on your own or rented boat.
The New South Wales South Coast extends from just south of the greater Sydney metropolitan area all the way down to the Victorian border near the old whaling town of Eden.
Irish Australians (and Aussies of Irish descent a number of generations removed) make up a substantial sector of the Australian population. In Sydney, strong manifestations of Irish culture are evident in the festivities surrounding St Patrick's Day.
All along Sydney's eastern shore and around Sydney Harbour, Sydney's beaches provide day-out pleasures in swimming, surfing, or simply lazing away the day on brilliant white sand or in adjacent parkland.
Sydney landmarks are not only distinctive structures on the Sydney urban landscape but also assist visitors and newcomers find their bearings in the city. A number of these structures have become iconic symbols of the harbour city that is Sydney.
Each year, as Easter swings around, children's thoughts turn to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. But really it's an event that many grownups also enjoy, with car racing, woodchopping contests, horseback shows, farm animals and interesting agricultural displays.
The writers represented on Writers Walk include not only Australians but also those who lived in, or visited, Australia, such as D H Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.
Within walking distance of the Sydney city centre, you'll find one of the newest attractions at Darling Harbour — the city showcase of Australian wildlife that is Wild Life Sydney, formerly Sydney Wildlife World.