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Mount Ginny, Namadgi National Park, Australia
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New South Wales and ACT (Australian Capital Territory) are located on the southeast corner of the Australian continent. This part of Australia has the earliest European settlement, which began in the 18th century around Sydney Cove.

New South Wales covers an area of 809,444 sq km (312,528 sq mi) and has a population of 7 million people, the majority of which are concentrated in the Sydney Metropolitan Area. The city of Sydney is the oldest European settlement in Australia, and it is today also the biggest city in the country.



Three Sisters, Katoomba, New South Wales
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Canberra, the capital of Australia, was established on 12 March, 1913. With a population of 345,000, it is the eighth largest city in the country. Canberra is located within the Australian Capital Territory, a 2,358-sq-km (910-sq-mi) area set aside as a national territory in 1911. It is 280 km southwest of Sydney and 660 km northeast of Melbourne.

Within New South Wales is Mount Kosciuszko, which at 2,228 m (7,310 ft) is the tallest mountain in Australia. It is located in the Snowy Mountains, within Kosciuszko National Park, on the southern part of the state, near the border with Victoria.

The geography of New South Wales is that of desert to the west and farmland to the east. The state is a major wine producing region of Australia. The main mountain range is known as the Great Dividing Range. It stretches from Victoria through New South Wales into Queensland. Within this area is the aforementioned Snowy Mountains, with many peaks rising above 1,000 m.



Chalotte Pass Ski Resort, New South Wales
Author: Pee Tern (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Sights by Region

  1. The Blue Mountains Area
    Coastal stretch of New South Wales with a rugged mountainous terrain as well as beautiful coastal sceneries.

  2. West of the Great Dividing Range
    The western part of New South Wales with an archetypal Outback landscape.

  3. South Coast and Snowy Mountains
    The southern section of New South Wales

  4. Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory
    National territory located on the southern part of New South Wales.


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