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Central West NSW [ View Profile ]

The Central West covers the geographic region further west of Sydney than the Blue Mountains, encompassing a total of 63,262km2 and boasting a population of around 175,350 people. Two of the most populous cities in the area are Bathurst and Orange, perhaps best known to many for being Charles Sturt University stomping grounds. Despite being one of Australia’s oldest inland settlements, Bathurst now boasts a thriving, young population with a median age of 34 and acknowledgement in the 2012 census as the seventh fastest growing regional city in NSW. The city’s best known landmark is Mount Panorama racetrack, which originally held the 1938 Australian Grand Prix. Bathurst is nicknamed...

Central West NSW

Blue Mountains [ View Profile ]

The Blue Mountains is a mountain range located north-west of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. The Blue Mountains region borders on the Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 km north west of the state capital city of Sydney. The region is bounded by the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers in the east, the Coxs River and Lake Burragorang to the west and south, and the Wolgan and Colo rivers to the north.  The Blue Mountains covers a range of mountains, plateaux and escarpments extending off the Great Dividing Range. Several towns are situated on its heights, including Katoomba, Blackheath, Mount Victoria, and Springwood. The Blue Mountains area includes the...

Blue Mountains

Byron Bay [ View Profile ]

Byron Bay combines surf, cool restaurants and an area of comparative underdevelopment. That last one could soon change.   In major news for a still medium-density town in NSW's north, the town which currently runs on its tourism economy of 520,000 domestic and another 160,000 international visitors each year, could soon become much bigger.   ABS data shows tourism in Byron, supports a medium-density but resourced tourism sector with an enviable reputation for quality.   Officially, there are only fifteen establishments in the region. But last September, overall, nearly 40,000 rooms were available, with the sector boasting healthy average occupancy rates of...

Byron Bay

Central Coast [ View Profile ]

The Central Coast is a region of NSW just north of its capital, Sydney, with a population of around 325,082 people. As the third largest urban population in NSW, it stretches from the north of Sydney to Lake Macquarie and west to the Watagan Mountains. The Central Coast’s local Guringai and Darkinjung people are among some of the first Indigenous cultures to encounter white settlers. Aboriginal Australian and historical figure, Bungaree was from this area; he became a famous community leader who accompanied Matthew Flinders on a circumnavigation of Australia as an interpreter and negotiator. A Queensland suburb, Bongaree, was named after him as well as Boongaree Island in Western Austr...

Central Coast

Greater Western Sydney [ View Profile ]

This area is made up of 14 local government areas and is a force of nature within the Australian economy, pumping out over $95 billion each year in Gross Regional Product. In fact, Greater Western Sydney boasts the third largest economy in the country, following the Sydney CBD and Melbourne. Despite being comprised of 14 different local government areas, the region is represented by a single member, the minister for Western Sydney, who is currently Stuart Ayres. The local authorities also split the region into three sub-regions: West Central and North West, West, and South West. The combined population of 1.5 million people is largely made up of vocational workers with predominant employment...

Greater Western Sydney

Hunter Region [ View Profile ]

The Hunter Region, also known as the Hunter Valley, is located north west of the capital Sydney.   One of the biggest river valleys on the NSW coast the Hunter is best known for its wineries.   The region includes cities Newcastle and Lake Macquarie with a great number of towns and villages scattered through the area such as Cessnock, Maitland and Pokolbin.   Attractions include world class golf courses, renowned wineries, gourmet produce and scenic drives. The Hunter is a popular destination for Sydney siders looking for a weekend escape.   The Hunter Valley will probably forever remind you of bucolic scenes and, of course, sumptuous food and wine...

Hunter Region

NSW South Coast [ View Profile ]

The South Coast is the coastal region of southern NSW from Wollongong south of Sydney to the border of Victoria. Containing numerous national parks including Jervis Bay National Park, Eurobodalla National Park and Ben Boyd National Park the region is best known for its coastal beach towns and crystal clear waters. A popular spot for whale watching the south coast of NSW boasts numerous attractions including bush walking in national parks, fishing and is known as the oyster coast due to its abundance of fresh oysters.   

NSW South Coast

Brisbane Central [ View Profile ]

Brisbane central is the capital of Queensland and the third most populated city of Australia. Latest estimates have the current population of the city at 2.3 million. As one of the oldest cities in Australia Brisbane was originally inhabited by the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples then settled by Europeans in the early 1800's.   The city was named after the Brisbane River on which the city is located - originally named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of NSW from 1821. Brisbane was originally a penal settlement for second offenders from the initital Sydney colony. It was opened as a free settlement in 1842 and adversly affected by the Australian...

Brisbane Central

Bundaberg [ View Profile ]

Bundaberg is one of Queensland’s natural gems but, like the reef it lays next to, its tourism industry believes it can be brought back to life with the right management.     For a town of only about 70,000 people with a reputation for a humid climate, sugar and rum, Bundaberg already punches well above its weight when it comes to tourism.   Already just a little less than one-third of the 520,000 domestic visitors who visit Bundaberg each year do so to visit the Great Barrier Reef.   But the region has less than one-tenth as many international visitors, a number that has flat lined since the 1990s.   But a strategy of doubling visitor...

Bundaberg

Cairns [ View Profile ]

Cairns is situated in North Queensland, Australia - north of the city of Townsville. With lush, tropical surroundings it is considered the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef. With a population of over 162,000 residents, Cairns is a popular tourist destination known for its diving, snorkelling and adventure activities. A short bus trip and tourists can experience the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Park. Other attractions include Flecker Botanical Gardens, Cairns Rainforest Dome and the Skyway Rainforest Cableway – all easily accessible from the main city hub. With over 71,369 local jobs and 13,416 local businesses Cairns is growing at a rate of over 2%. According...

Cairns

Darling Downs [ View Profile ]

The Darling Downs reminds of a quaint existence on Queensland's western slopes. Yet, it is actually one of the fastest-growing tourism hot spots in a state glistening with competing attractions.   Just shy of six milion tourists came to the Darling Downs in the Year to September, the ABS said; a drive driven mostly by day trippers who were otherwise coming to the region in the order of 400,000 more than the past 12 months.   Day trippers came, research said for, food, wine and bucolic scene but ultimately pumped more than $1 billion to the local economy – making it the leader of a very competitive state. But national statistics show that the area's over...

Darling Downs

Gold Coast [ View Profile ]

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region to the south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. Famous for its long sandy beaches, surfing breaks and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways the Gold Coast remains one of the most pupular tourist destinations in Australia. From theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild to shopping centres and restaurants the Gold Coast offers something for everyone. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest. 

Gold Coast

North Queensland [ View Profile ]

Tropical North Queensland is the region of Australia that includes Cairns, Palm Cove Post Douglas, Daintree and Kuranda. Located in the northern part of the state of Queensland this region is considered a major tourist region due to its access to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach. First settles in 1861 gold was discovered in Charters Towers in 1871 leading to development of Townsville as a major port and service centre. The region also includes world heritage listed rainforests, Cape Tribulation and other tourist must sees with sustained links to indigenous cultures.

North Queensland

South East Queensland [ View Profile ]

South East Queensland is a region of Queensland in Australia from the Sunshine Coast including Noosa down to the Gold Coast/ Tweed Heads border with NSW and as far west as Toowoomba. It is estimated the population contains 3.4 million people of the total 4.8 million people in the state of Queensland.   Originally settled by Europeans who originally populated Brisbane and Ipswich, immigrants spread in all directions. Settlers quickly developed industries such as agriculture and timber cutting from the early to mid 1800's. The South East Queensland economy now thrives on tourism and agriculture with manufacturing also a key element. Transport and infrastructure now make this a...

South East Queensland

Sunshine Coast [ View Profile ]

One of Australia's most popular holiday destinations - The Sunshine Coast is an area located roughly 100km north of Queensland's capital - Brisbane. Growing in population this peri-urban area is the third most populatted in the Queensland state covering over 65 km of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin. The estimated population of Sunshine Coast is 330,000, making it the 10th most populous in the country. The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny...

Sunshine Coast

Mackay [ View Profile ]

Lying between its north and centre, Mackay is the underplayed card in Queensland tourism’s deck.     Visitor numbers remain small but their relationship to the region 1000km north of Brisbane is deepening. Queensland’s tourism touts the Mackay region’s natural assets. It has a sub-tropical climate (don’t mention the wet season) with dry, mild Winters. There’s also Australia’s largest sub-tropical rainforest and offshore islands with azure water.   Mackay has more than 55 large (over 15-room) accommodation operators. Accom Properties understand all licensed accommodation providers come in at double that figure, according to...

Mackay

Noosa [ View Profile ]

Noosa is situated on The Sunshine Coast north of the capital Brisbane. Famous for its beaches, cafes and above all shopping, Noosa provides all levels of accommodation from 5 star luxury to backpackers and hostels. The main strip to Noosa is Hastings street with an abundance of restaurants, designer label shops, cafes and bars can be found. According to Tourism Noosa tourism contributes over $700 million each year to the local economy rising through the increase in international tourists from China, the UK and USA. Noosa is also very popular with domestic tourists looking for short breaks from Sydney, Melbourne and also locals from Brisbane.

Noosa

Whitsundays [ View Profile ]

A tropical gateway to '74 island wonders', the Whitsunday region has long been a tourism hot-spot but it has become Queensland’s fastest growing destination for international visitors.   They come for the coastal hub of Airlie Beach, or to hop the archipelago’s eight developed islands including the iconic Hayman, Hamilton and Daydream. Not to mention sailing, beaches, snorkelling and the biggest tourist attraction of them all, the Great Barrier Reef.   The Whitsundays economy is the most dependent on the tourist dollar of all places in Queensland. That may be how a region of just 35,000 residents generates $700 million from tourism; a...

Whitsundays