Moving Interstate: all you need to know about moving to New South Wales

Map of New South Wales

We understand that when you’re making the move interstate, your energy supply is just one part of a bigger picture. To help make the move to your new state as easy as possible, we’ve put together this guide. Here’s all you need to know about New South Wales in one handy place.

New South Wales State Map

1. Sydney
2. Sydney Opera House
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
4. Bondi Beach
5. Manly Beach
6. Sydney Cricket Ground

7. Newcastle
8. Wollongong


9. Blue Mountains
10. Snowy Mountains
11. Hunter Valley Wine Region
12. Taralga Wind Farms
13. Byron Bay

14. Boco Rock Wind Farm
15. Kosciuszko National Park
16. Gullen Range Wind Farm


17. Thredbo Ski Town
18. Wagga Wagga
19. The Big Golden Guitar
20. Coffs Harbour
21. Broken Hill
22. Bathhurst
23. Port Macquarie

New South Wales State Guide

New South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s most populous state and home to the country’s most peopled city, the cosmopolitan and financial hub of Sydney. 1 Like Sydney, many of the state’s bigger urban centres are coastal and share their seaside real estate with long surfing beaches and a plethora of national parks. Further inland, you’ll find the regional cities of the heartlands and the Great Dividing Range, encompassing the rugged Blue Mountains and the white peaks of the Snowy Mountains.  Further west again, and you meet the vast expanse of the outback, dotted here and there with mining towns.

Get the lowdown on some of New South Wales’ key points below.

New South Wales Fact Box

Capital: Sydney
Population: 7, 757.8 million3
State Flag5
State Animal: Platypus7

Size: 800,642 km22
Sunshine hrs/yr Sydney: 2,426 hours4
State Flower: Waratah6
State Bird: Kookaburra8

New South Wales Cities

Two-thirds of the state’s population live in Sydney, Australia’s biggest city. The 10 biggest cities and regions in New South Wales by population are:9

Central coast

Tweed Heads
Wagga Wagga


Port Macquarie

New South Wales Weather

Famous for its blue skies and sunshine, New South Wales overall enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters and hot summers. There are, of course, some rather large differences between different regions, and the general rule is that it gets hotter the further north you go. It’s humid near the subtropical Queensland border, arid in the far west and even snowy in the winter in the higher parts of the Great Dividing Range, where Australia's largest snowfields are located.10

Transport in New South Wales

New South Wales is connected by a network of trains, light rail, buses, coaches, and ferries, and boasts Australia's largest public transport system. Public transport services use the Opal smartcard ticketing system with smartcards available online, at main stations and in certain shops. SSydney Trains operates within Sydney, while NSW TrainLink operates intercity, country, and interstate services.11

Nature in New South Wales

Bordered by the Tasman Sea, the New South Wales coastline stretches for more than 2,000 km. Its hundreds of breathtaking beaches are just too many to name individually, but mention must be made of Sydney’s famous Bondi and Manly beaches; Jervis Bay, which is said to possess the whitest sand in the world; and the pale sands and colourful coral reefs of World Heritage Site Lord Howe Island, 600 km offshore. Inland, the Great Dividing Range spreads out to the atmospheric Blue Mountains in the northwest and the Snowy Mountains to the south, where the continent’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, can be found. The state counts more than 780 national parks and reserves protecting rainforests, waterfalls, marine areas, bush and outback desert. Other noteworthy natural attractions include but aren’t limited to:12

- The Royal National Park
- Booderee National Park
- Murramarang National Park
- Wollemi National Park
- Coffs Harbour
- Red Rock Beach
- Greenfield Beach
- Hunter Valley vineyards

- Wellington Caves
- Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
- Walls of China in Mungo National Park

- Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park
- Kiama Blowholes
- Wombeyan Caves
- ‘The Three Sisters’ in the Blue Mountains

New South Wales: What You Need to Know

  • New South Wales post codes begin with the number 213
  • New South Wales area calling code is 0214
  • The current Premier of New South Wales is Gladys Berejiklian, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party15
  • New South Wales celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday in October16
  • There are two main highways leaving Sydney. The Pacific Highway which leads north to magnificent beaches and pretty coastal towns, and the Princes Highway leading south towards the quieter coastal regions17
  • All toll roads are cashless in New South Wales. This means you’ll need an electronic tag or casual user pass to pay your tolls18

New South Wales Fun Facts

  • New South Wales is Australia’s oldest state. Falsely proclaimed as uninhabited, it was claimed for Britain by Captain Cook in 1770 and established as a colony in 178819
  • New South Wales imports 1500 MW and 1100 MW in energy from Victoria and Queensland respectively20
  • New South Wales originally contained more than half of the Australian Mainland. In the 19th century part of its lands were transferred to the other states and territories21
  • New South Wales gets 79% of its electricity from coal with only 14% coming from renewables22
  • The New South Wales border is the longest of all Australian state and territory borders, measuring a lengthy 4,635 km23
  • Thomas Wentworth Wills, the inventor of Australian Rules Football, was born in New South Wales24
  • The Sydney Opera House has one million tiles covering its roof25
  • The temperature can affect the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, making it rise or fall by up to 18 cm, depending on the heat of the day26
  • Cape Byron is the most easterly point on mainland Australia and the first place in Australia to witness the sun rising27
  • The Royal National Park on the southern outskirts of Sydney was proclaimed Australia's first National Park in 1879.  It was the second National Park to be established in the world after Yellowstone National Park in the US.28

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1 Population Australia
2 Australian Government Geoscience Australia: Area of Australia - States and Territories
3 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2016
5 NSW Government: State Flag
6 NSW Government: State Emblems
7 NSW Government: State Emblemsm
8 NSW Government: State Emblems
9 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 1368.1 - New South Wales Regional Statistics, 2006
10 NSW Government: Office of Environment & Heritage
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
11 Transport for NSW
12 Visit NSW
13 Postcodes Australia
14 Australian Government: Telephone country and area codes
15 NSW Government: Contact The Premier
16 NSW Government: NSW Public Holidays
17 NSW Government: Roads and Maritime Services
18 NSW Government: Roads and Maritime Services – Toll Charges
19 NSW Government: European discovery and the colonisation of Australia
20 NSW Government: Planning & Environment – Electricity Generation
21 NSW Government: European discovery and the colonisation of Australia
22 NSW Government: Renewable Energy Action Plan Annual Report 2016
23 Australian Government: Geoscience Australia
24 The Age: Tom Wills one hell of a story
25 Sydney Opera House Trust: Our Story
26 Australian Government: Sydney Harbour Bridge
27 Australian Government: Geoscience Australia
28 Royal National Park