Getting around New South Wales (NSW) is easy. Hire a car or campervan and take a road trip, book a no-frills flight to one of NSW’s major regional centres, or take a train or coach to where you need to go. NSW intercity trains go as far north as Newcastle, as far south as Goulburn and Bomaderry and as far west as Bathurst, with pre-booked NSW Trainlink services available all over the state.
Classics are classics with good reason; embark on a road trip of a lifetime following one of NSW’s tried-and-tested itineraries. From the Grand Pacific Drive on the South Coast, to Rainforest Way in the state’s north, there are some fantastic drives to discover. Don’t forget to check current road conditions across NSW before you travel.
Sydney’s public transport network makes it easy to get around. Sydney Trains operate metropolitan train services with a network that extends as far as the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, and the South Coast. Sydney Ferries offers regular services to Manly, Parramatta, Balmain, Watsons Bay, Sydney Olympic Park and Taronga Zoo, and Sydney’s light rail (tram) network currently operates between Central and Dulwich Hill, and will soon be extended to run from Circular Quay through the city to Randwick and Kingsford, with construction beginning in 2015.
Sydney also has a comprehensive bus network, with major bus thoroughfares in the city centre on Pitt, Castlereagh, Elizabeth and George Streets, around Circular Quay and at Railway Square, near Central Station. All city buses are PrePay-only between 7am and 7pm on weekdays, which means you will need to purchase a ticket before boarding.
Sydney has an integrated ticketing system across all forms of public transport. Pick up an Opal card from a registered retailer (usually a convenience store, newsagent or supermarket) for use on all public transport including trains, light rail, ferries and buses. Then just load value onto your card either online or in person and you’re ready to go. The Opal card is free and convenient to use, and you also get the benefits of cheaper fares, daily travel caps and a $2.50 cap on Sundays.
New South Wales has plenty of scenic tourist drives and road trips that let you explore at your own pace and take in the scenery around you. Check out the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, the Grand Pacific Drive and the Kosciuszko Alpine Way.
Backpacking is a fantastic way to explore Sydney and Regional NSW while meeting like-minded travellers and saving money. NSW boasts a strong network of accredited businesses catering to the needs of budget travellers, with hostels, hotels and budget travel companies all offering great deals.
Sydney has an integrated public transport and ticketing system, with Sydney Trains, Sydney buses, Sydney Ferries and light rail (trams) all using the same system - the Opal card. Pick up a card from a registered retailer and just top it up with value either in person or online. Using the Opal card can give you access to cheaper fares.