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The beautiful beaches, city attractions and lifestyle in Sydney convince many people migrating to Australia that living in New South Wales holds the key to their new life down under. As the state capital, Sydney is renowned around the world as the bustling, cosmopolitan gateway to Australia. But there’s more to living in New South Wales than the iconic landmarks, vibrant cultural scene and sunny lifestyle in Sydney.
Australia’s most diverse state, New South Wales has a huge amount to offer its residents and visitors alike. In addition to five World Heritage sites, including the famous Sydney Opera House, the State boasts a vast array of safe beaches stretching from the Queensland border in the north, past Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour, and all the way through to the border with Victoria in the south.
People living in New South Wales also have more than 780 national parks and reserves to explore and enjoy. In fact, they cover more than 8% of the State. You’ll find rainforests and spectacular waterfalls, rugged bush, outback deserts and marine wonderlands, not to mention Kosciuszko National Park. As New South Wales' largest national park, Kosciuszko is home to the Snowy Mountain range, world-class alpine ski resorts and Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko.
The lifestyle in Sydney
There are almost 4.5 million people living in Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, and it’s little wonder. Sydney was voted ‘the world's best city’ by readers of US travel magazines Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller. The lifestyle in Sydney was also acknowledged in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007, ranking as the number one city in the Asia Pacific for quality of life.
Economically resilient and politically stable, Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city, renowned as both dynamic and cosmopolitan, with excellent services, facilities and infrastructure. While a majority of New South Wales has a semi arid or arid climate, most of the eastern portion has a temperate climate. Sydney therefore enjoys cooler winter months but generally sunny, moderate weather the rest of the year – all the better to enjoy the myriad attractions that make living in Sydney such a privilege.
Sydneysiders: spoilt for choice
From the world-famous harbour, bridge and opera house, to its glamorous sandy beaches, lush mountainous hinterland and inviting wine regions, multi-cultural Sydney is an exciting blend of contrasts and cultures. You’ll find harbour-side villages, coastal suburbs and chic inner city districts, each with their own distinct character. Moreover, a host of galleries, theatres and cultural delights await, with an equally diverse restaurant and entertainment scene and an impressive range of sports venues and leisure facilities.
For more information about the many natural and cultural attractions in New South Wales, explore the Visit NSW website. You can also discover more about the lifestyle in Sydney on the New South Wales Government’s dedicated website. Alternatively, take a look at the rest of our site to find out more about migrating to Australia and view our Australian climate map to learn about the climate in New South Wales and across the country.