Pix by Out&About with Dayv
Pix by Out&About with Dayv
Lieutenant James Cook named the east coast of Australia, South Wales when he said up the coast in 1770. Later, he renamed it New South Wales in his official journals.
The traditional owners of Australia
As an Australian Welshman, I’m quite proud of this but I also appreciate two important things. The first is that, as much as I like New South Wales, it doesn’t really remind me (personally) of the original lands in South Wales, UK. The second is that these lands were very much occupied by others (its Traditional Owners) long before the Chinese, the French, the Dutch or even the English came to these shores.
Additionally, and to continue the history lesson, the colony of Victoria separated from New South Wales in 1851 and the colony of Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859. Later, in 1909, the areas of the Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay were also carved out of New South Wales. Perhaps, all this goes some way to explain much of the interstate rivalry we know today.
That’s not to say that those of us from other states don’t covet what’s left of New South Wales. Its northern beaches are fantastic, its northern rivers can be remote and wild, its southern beaches offer seclusion, its snow lined mountains are awe-inspiring up close, its bush is enticing and Sydney itself is addictive (for short periods).
With the exception of a trip to the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), when Sydney-siders contemplate a holiday for their travels or camping, they can generally take a two-day trip before they leave the state. They can travel to the snowfields, mountains, rivers, dams, beaches and the outback in their own state.
Sydney itself is right on the beach and its not unusual to see people carrying surfboards alongside commuters on the ferries and trains. Additionally, the foothills of the much revered Blue Mountains come down to the western suburbs of Sydney.
So, for people travelling out of Sydney, there’s a lot on their doorstep – it’s just the peak holiday traffic of so many people leaving (and returning) at the same time and all staying within that comfortable travel distance that makes it a little harder.
Come with me as we try to find those places that are a little different, unfamiliar and perhaps also readily accessible to those from her neighbouring states.
Covid19 has changed the way we travelled this year, with many of the borders being closed. Restrictions are now being lifted (at the time of writing Nov 2020).
The country regions have suffered particularly during this period, so make sure you get some money back into the regional areas and have some fun at the same time.
Wet your appetite and follow part of my Trip through some of the amazing countryside of NSW.