About New South Wales

Rich with natural resources, regional NSW produces one-third of the total NSW gross state product, with thriving agricultural and mining industries and strong manufacturing, energy, tourism and service sectors.

Home to about 40 per cent of the state's population, regional NSW is diverse, with high levels of natural beauty and accommodating a range of lifestyles and regional locations and attractions.

Blue Mountains


Part of a World Heritage area, the vast sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains offers bushwalking, delightful gardens and fine guesthouses. 13 percent of the known species of eucalyptus around the world are found in the Blue Mountains making the Greater Blue Mountains Area a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in November 2000.

A photograph of the Blue Mountains taken on a clear day under a bright blue sky. In the foreground is rocky cliff face, surrounded by native eucalyptus trees, and the Blue Mountains are in the background. They are dark blue colour because of the eucalyptus oil-filled mist that fills the air around them.
A photograph of the Central Coast under a cloudy sky, framed by two large trees and green grass. A sandy beach stretches up toward the coastal headland. The sun shines brightly through the clouds above the headland.

Central Coast


A favourite escape for Sydneysiders, this region is endowed with magnificent beaches, coastal resorts, lakes, waterways and national parks. At Distillery Botanica, you can taste and buy award-winning liqueur made with plants, such as aniseed and lemon myrtle. Gin is made with Australian natives.

Country NSW


Here, visitors can experience quintessentially Australian settlements founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers and loved by visitors today for their old-world ambience and friendly welcomes. Don’t forget the observatories located in rural New South Wales.

A photograph of several cows in a field around large native gum trees. The sun is rising in the background, casting soft orange light over the scene.
A photograph of the North Coast. A beachside walkway is in the foreground, and the beach and ocean in the background. Port Macquarie is in the distance.

North Coast


A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale watching and playful dolphins. Artists, writers and musicians perform at local festivals across the region. Too cool for surfing? What about a round of golf on Long Reef Golf Course arguably the best site of any golf course in Sydney.

Outback NSW


A notable landmark in outback NSW is the Yarriambiack Shire Silo Art Trail, Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim, Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.

A aerial photograph of three large grain silos painted with images of a man using water divining sticks, which he holds in front of him. He is shown wearing jeans, a blue button-down shirt, and an Australia Akubra hat.
A photograph of two people around a campfire in the evening. A man crouches tending to the fire, smiling at a seated woman, who is smiling back at him. Two white tents are visible in the background.

South Coast


The unspoilt beauty of the southern coastline unfolds in a series of pristine beaches and bays backed by a hinterland of more than 30 national parks. Go camping in the hinterland or explore an underwater world of soft coral, tropical fish and cheeky fur seals at Montague Island in Narooma.

The Hunter Valley and Newcastle


At the Hunter Valley, indulge in great wines, gourmet delights plus a host of activities from hot-air balloon flights, championship golf courses and pampering spas. The city of Newcastle offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan ambience with its emerging restaurants, bars and cafés.

An aerial photograph of the Hunter Valley region, taken at dawn. Green fields and lines of trees dominate the photo. A large hot air balloon floats above them. The scene is lit with the yellow light from the rising sun.
A photograph of a ski lift on a snow-covered mountainscape. A family ride the ski lift toward the camera, whilst skiers and snowboarders pass below.

Snowy Mountains


Year round, the Snowy Mountains provides a great choice of activities. Winter sports of skiing and snowboarding give way to a raft of warmer weather activities such as kayaking, rafting and mountain hiking.

Wollongong and Illawarra


Unwind at your own pace at idyllic seaside villages and beautiful beaches scattered amongst spectacular coastal scenery, all accessible via the Grand Pacific Drive.

A photograph of Wollongong harbour taken from above. On the left several boats are moored in bright blue water, with a community ocean pool on the right.

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TSG Papers and Posters processes opens01-Mar-23
Second Announcement01-May-23
Proposals for Workshops open01-May-23
Congress Registrations open01-Jun-23
Solidarity Fund Applications open01-Jun-23
Proposals for Discussion Groups and Workshops close01-Nov-23
Applications for support from Solidarity Fund close30-Nov-23
Full Congress Program released on website and smartphone app01-June-24