800 642 kmē
8 802 kmē
809 444 kmē
6 657 400|
|Time zone||UTC+10 (except during daylight saving time—UTC+11)|
|Highest point||Mt Kosciuszko (2 228 m)|
|ISO 3166-2 code:||AU-NS|
New South Wales is known the world over for the picturesque harbour of its capital, Sydney. Sydney combines one of the twin hearts of the Australian financial sector with a population that loves the outdoor life from beaches to caving, to riding or sailing. Its three main cities from north to south are Newcastle, Sydney, and Wollongong which all lie along the coast. Other cities and towns include Albury, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Tamworth, Armidale, Ebor, Lismore, and Coffs Harbour.
New South Wales can be divided physically into three sections:
- A thin coastal strip, with climates warming from cool temperate on the far south coast to subtropical near the Queensland border.
- The mountainous areas of the Great Dividing Range and the high country surrounding them. Whilst not particularly steep, many peaks rise above 2000 metres, with the highest Mount Kosciuszko at 2228 metres (7308 feet).
- The dry, semi-arid to arid plains that make up the majority of the state, in which very few people live. Some parts of far western New South Wales are as remote as any in Australia.