Destination guide

Explore New South Wales in holiday homes to rent

Offering a landscape as varied as Australia itself, the south-eastern state of New South Wales offers everything from bustling metropolises to pristine national parks. Travellers who love adventures in the big city should visit Sydney, home to world-famous theatres and majestic gardens. Take a drive down the coast, pausing to soak up some rays on the beach or hop in the water to catch the perfect wave. New South Wales vacation rentals based inland may place you near some of the state's most varied landscapes, from mountains and rainforests to vineyard-covered fields and lush valleys.

Things to do

Attractions near New South Wales holiday homes

It's no secret that Australia offers a magical landscape of natural wonders and New South Wales is blessed with plenty. The state features hundreds of national parks, including Sea Acres National Park where you can stroll through seaside rainforests, and Blue Mountains National Park, home to the Three Sisters, Australia's iconic rock formation. Long for big city living? Then visit Sydney and tour the treasured Sydney Opera House, scale the arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and soak up the vibrant colours of the Royal Botanic Garden. View wildlife at nearby Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to koalas, wallabies and kangaroos.

Activities

Things to do near New South Wales holiday rentals

New South Wales vacation rentals cater to travellers in search of water-based activities. Spend your days whale watching in Port Stephens, surfing in Maroubra and snorkelling in Bondi Beach. Prefer the rush of a mountain adventure? Pay a visit to Kosciuszko National Park where, depending on the time of year, you'll find bustling ski resorts or mountain lakes filled with swimmers. The state hosts a series of major events throughout the year, including the Sydney Festival which showcases the world of music, theatre and art, and the Tamworth Country Music Festival; both festivals are held in January.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in New South Wales holiday rentals

It should come as no surprise that New South Wales' climate varies dramatically. The western portion of the state features an arid landscape, where summers are scorching and winters are biting. Conditions along the coast, however, are often sunny and pleasant, while the mountains provide snowy winters and tepid summers. Rainfall varies throughout the state, but if you're visiting the soggy coast it's best to keep an umbrella handy throughout the year. New South Wales vacation rentals on the coast often book quickly in the summer, while the mountains enjoy peak crowds during the winter season.

Natural highlights

From Kosciuszko to koalas – it gets wild in New South Wales

National parks highlight the state's diverse environments, from its arid deserts to its rugged coastlines. Climb to new heights in the Snowy Mountains, a mountain range that's home to mainland Australia's highest peak: the 2,228-metre Mount Kosciuszko. Make your way inland to explore dense forests, some of which are home to one of Australia's most beloved residents – the koala bear. During the winter, you'll find pods of whales and dolphins just swimming off the coastline. Fertile farmland and lush valleys dominate the western slopes of the state, also known as Australia's agricultural centre and home to numerous vineyards.

Beaches

Beach areas near New South Wales holiday homes

New South Wales has pristine beaches for sunbathing, swimming and endless water sports. Holiday homes are available near places like Manly Beach, a bustling beachfront with tall trees and nearby shops, and Lord Howe Island, a picturesque island with white-sand beach, tropical forests and surfing. You’ll also like Shelly Beach, a sandy beach with snorkelling and turquoise waters.

Food & drink 

Sample regional cuisine in New South Wales

Cuisine in New South Wales reflects the state’s multicultural makeup, which includes Asian, European, African and indigenous influences. Fresh fish is a staple on most menus, particularly snapper and barramundi. You’ll also find rock oysters and tropical fruits like avocado and passion fruit. If you want to experience the distinctive flavours of New South Wales, visit a restaurant near your holiday accommodation.

Where to stay near New South Wales?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 19,553 holiday rentals near New South Wales. From 10,250 Houses to 1,295 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near New South Wales is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New South Wales?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in New South Wales. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Leura: 557 holiday rentals
  • Central Coast: 2,112 holiday rentals
  • Berowra Waters: 114 holiday rentals
  • Mount Victoria: 553 holiday rentals
  • Byron Bay: 573 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in New South Wales! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New South Wales?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in New South Wales with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Leura: 557 holiday homes
  • Berowra Waters: 114 holiday homes
  • Mount Victoria: 553 holiday homes
  • Byron Bay: 573 holiday homes
  • Mudgee: 119 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to New South Wales?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in New South Wales are:

  • Byron Bay, NSW (QYN): 1,197 holiday houses
  • Batemans Bay, NSW (QBW-Batemans Bay Heliport): 591 holiday houses
  • Sydney, NSW (RSE-Rose Bay Seaplane Base): 3,765 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New South Wales?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in New South Wales. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Darling Harbour: 1,390 holiday rentals
  • Hunter Valley Gardens: 519 holiday rentals
  • Australia Square: 3,743 holiday rentals
  • Market City: 3,676 holiday rentals
  • Yamba Beach: 356 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New South Wales listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around New South Wales

Leura
557 holiday rentals
Berowra Waters
114 holiday rentals
Mount Victoria
553 holiday rentals
Byron Bay
573 holiday rentals
Mudgee
119 holiday rentals
Coolangatta
777 holiday rentals
Sydney
3,081 holiday rentals
Moss Vale
345 holiday rentals
Nelson Bay
1,368 holiday rentals
Killcare
1,506 holiday rentals
Port Macquarie
319 holiday rentals
Kiama
495 holiday rentals
Cornwallis
50 holiday rentals
Kangaroo Valley
465 holiday rentals
Coffs Harbour
355 holiday rentals
Berry
903 holiday rentals
Broke
429 holiday rentals
Bowral
270 holiday rentals
Katoomba
564 holiday rentals
Newcastle
134 holiday rentals