New South Wales has an array of activities on offer. With climatic variations that allow for ski and snow activities on the breathtaking peaks of the Snowy Mountains, swimming, surfing and water sports on the pristine, unspoilt beaches, through to wine tasting in the beautiful vineyards of the Hunter Valley.

It is home to one of the world’s most famous and vibrant cities, Sydney, where the cosmopolitan mix adds to the experience that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the iconic Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge during your unforgettable stay.

A Few Facts
Area: ............................................................................. 800,642 km²
State Capital: ..........................................................................Sydney
Metro Population: .............................................................. 4,608,900
State-wide Population: ........................................................ 7,218,500
Coastline: ............................................................................2,007 km
Time Zone: ...............GMT +10 hours, daylight saving time is observed
Phone Dialling Code: ..................................................................+612
Average Daily January (Summer) Temperature: ........................ 25.9°C
Average Daily July (Winter) Temperature: ................................. 16.3°C
Distance of Airport to CBD: ..........................................................8 km
Driving a Vehicle: ................................................. www.rta.nsw.gov.au
Public Transport Services: ............................... www.transportnsw.info
State Tourism Website: .......................................... www.VisitNSW.com
State Education Website: .................................... www.det.nsw.edu.au

Public Holidays for 2015
New Year’s Day.................................................. Thursday 1st January
Australia Day ....................................................Monday 26th January
Good Friday ................................................................Friday 3rd April
Easter Saturday ......................................................Saturday 4th April
Easter Monday......................................................... Monday 6th April
Anzac Day ............................................................Saturday 25th April
Queen’s Birthday..................................................... Monday 8th June
Labour Day .........................................................Monday 5th October
Christmas Day................................................. Friday 25th December
Boxing Day................................................... Monday 28th December

Government School Term Dates for 2015
Term 1: ........................................................ 28th January - 2nd April
Term 2: ............................................................21st April - 26th June
Term 3: ................................................... 14th July - 18th September
Term 4: ................................................ 6th October - 16th December

Shopping Hours
General shopping hours on weekdays are from 9.00am - 5.30pm. Many shops open for extended hours on Thursday and Friday – usually until 8.00pm or 9.00pm. Most stores are open on the weekend and many supermarkets, fast-food stores and petrol stations are open 24 hours.