18th International Conference on X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure

Just outside Sydney

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.

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.

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

This is a region of grand horizons, adventure, emus and opal mines. You’ll find some real Australian characters. Outback pubs quirkily decorated and built to quench legendary thirsts, are full of welcoming locals and memorable stories.

The Yarriambiack Shire Silo Art Trail
www.siloarttrail.com

The Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim, Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills

Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s.

The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region; meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town.

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.

Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley, north of Sydney in New South Wales, is one of Australia's major wine regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to numerous wineries, including world-renowned brands and family-run boutique operations. Most are located south of the Hunter River and offer cellar door wine tastings and vineyard tours.

Snowy Mountains

Enjoy fantastic skiing and snowboarding in the magnificent Snowy Mountains of NSW, home to Australia’s highest peak. The adventure wonderland is brimming with fun experiences, from thrilling downhill runs on pristine snow to music festivals, wine tasting, fascinating heritage and much more.

Newcastle

Newcastle on the NSW North Coast has become the new capital of cool. Once a working-class, no-nonsense destination, it’s now a culinary and artistic hot-spot that’s also home to some of the best beaches in the whole country. There’s plenty to do here, for both indoor and outdoor types

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