Guide to New South Wales
A golfing holiday in New South Wales means discovering the spectacular harbour city of Sydney, endless unspoilt beaches and diverse natural treasures.
Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and see dolphins play in the clear waters of Jervis Bay. Snorkel from the world’s southernmost coral reef on Lord Howe Island, hit the Snowy Mountains snowfields or restore your zen at a retreat in Byron Bay. Inland, you’ll find rustic country towns, striking outback landscapes and a rich Aboriginal history. In NSW your outstanding golf experiences come with a holiday that’s guaranteed to be memorable.
The State’s Capital – Sydney
Sydney has a style all of its own. Endowed with natural beauty, inspiring arts and culture, a dynamic dining scene and an exuberant spirit, Sydney is an unforgettable place to explore. Its icons and famous places really make the heart leap. Many of Sydney’s top attractions can be found on the harbour foreshore, from Taronga Zoo and Sydney Opera House, to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World. Sydneysiders are also spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. Bondi – Australia’s most famous stretch of sand and surf – is just 30 minutes by bus from the heart of the city.
For most of the year, locals and visitors alike enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that Sydney is famous for. Where better to do this than on the harbour? Cruises run the gamut from the relaxing to the exhilarating, taking in views of the city, lush bushland and dramatic coastline.
The city also has a rich and fascinating history, from its Aboriginal beginnings to its more recent convict past. Learn about the Gadigal people who lived here more than 40,000 years ago on a cultural harbour cruise or a walking tour through the Botanic Gardens. Then walk in convict footsteps in the cobblestone streets of The Rocks, home to historic sandstone terraces and some of Sydney’s oldest pubs.
Sydney is rich in culture, whether you want to dress up for a sumptuous production at the iconic Opera House, be challenged by fringe theatre or experience the buzz of the world-renowned Sydney Festival or Sydney Writers Festival.
Sydneysiders love shopping. Whether you are looking for quirky local designs in Paddington, vintage clothing at one of the weekend markets or world-class fashion from international designers, you’ll find it all here. With its sparkling harbour waters, cosmopolitan café culture and mix of nationalities, it’s not hard to find fabulous meals in Sydney. From fresh seafood on the coast, to fine dining in Potts Point, this city has it all.
Sydney Surrounds are those regions within three hours drive from Sydney – the Central Coast, Hunter, Port Stephens, Illawarra, the Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains. Kayak on peaceful rivers, horse ride through eucalypt forests, enjoy beach getaways, dolphin watching cruises, sand dune safaris and wine trails. Each region makes for a perfect short break, boasting great cafès and restaurants, farmers’ markets, good shopping, golf resorts, bushwalking, beautiful parks and gardens, plus regular events and festivals.
From Sydney it’s a day trip to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, the long, white beaches of the Central Coast and the vine-lined Hunter Valley.
Stretching north from Terrigal to the Tweed Valley, the North Coast of NSW is famous for its pristine beaches, lush hinterland, colourful villages and thriving arts scene. Cosmopolitan chic and alternative lifestyles meet in the bohemian beach town of Byron Bay, the place to sample delicious local produce, wander craft markets, swim with dolphins or escape to a hinterland health retreat.
The South Coast of NSW is a region of unspoilt natural beauty with more than 30 national parks, marine parks and reserves. Crystal-clear waters and deserted beaches make it a great place for all water sports while the hinterland has wilderness areas, small villages and abundant offerings of gourmet food. Lord Howe Island is another treasure, surrounded by the southern-most coral reef in the world. Accessible from Sydney and Coffs Harbour, Lord Howe Island is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage register. It is a paradise for walkers, bird watchers and lovers of all water sports, especially diving and snorkelling.
In Country NSW, you can visit historic, character filled towns and drive some of the state’s best food and wine trails. The many natural attractions range from limestone caves, to volcanic national parks, rivers and dramatic waterfalls.
The Snowy Mountains region is an invigorating outdoor destination where there is plenty of year-round action. Ski and snowboard the winter slopes and hike, cycle, horse-ride and 4WD the wildflower-cloaked plains in warmer months
In the NSW outback, you can visit the world’s oldest ceremonial burial site at Mungo National Park or sleep underground in the quirky opal mining town of White Cliffs. Visit iconic outback towns such as Broken Hill, catch up with the locals in the pub or kick up your heels at a country racetrack.
Golf in New South Wales
By the coast or among the gum trees? A traditional links style course or a green groomed wonderland designed by one of the greats of the game?
Sydney has lots of stunning suburban courses, including The Lakes Golf Club, host of the Australian Open in 2010 and 2011 and the New South Wales Golf Club in La Perouse. Opened in 1928 the New South Wales Golf Club overlooks historic Botany Bay and is just 20 minutes by car from Sydney city. Perched atop the coastal headland, this Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed course is one of the six Australian courses ranked among the World Top 100. The inspiring layout is bounded by water on three sides and has many characteristics of true links golf. The undulating fairways and small greens call for great skill, particularly when the sea breezes blow.
Further north, enjoy ocean vistas from the Magenta Shores Golf Club on the Central Coast or experience the elite, top-ranking course of the Newcastle Golf Club in the Hunter Valley wine region.
On the South Coast there are lovely clubs on the green, seaside cliffs around Kiama, Gerringong, Mollymook and Batemans Bay. Head south from here to Pambula or Tura Beach on the Sapphire Coast, where the manicured courses are set against clean white beaches and national parks.
New South Wales has a temperate climate with warm summers (December to March) and cool winters (June to August). It is hottest in the state’s north-west and coldest in the Snowy Mountains. New South Wales is a year-round destination, so the best time to visit will match the activities you have planned. You can ski and snowboard in the high alpine country from June to September while November to March is best for a beach holiday.
Map of golf courses & other attractions in New South Wales:
- The Lakes Golf Club
- Fossick for Black Opals at Lightning Ridge
- Explore Ancient Aboriginal Culture at Mutawintji National Park
- Discover Waterfalls & Extinct Volcanoes at Nightcap National Park
- Explore the Beauty of the Blue Mountains
- Byron Bay & Ballina Surf Trail
- The NSW North Coast
- New South Wales Golf Club
- NSW Gourmet Food & Wine Trails