Overview

Surrounded by national parks, beaches and rivers, and home to a multitude of Aboriginal and multicultural heritage sites, Sydney offers unique opportunities to enjoy nature and heritage without leaving the city.


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Featured threatened species

Common name
Koala

Scientific name
Phascolarctos cinereus

Status in NSW
Vulnerable

Commonwealth status
Vulnerable


The Koala is an arboreal marsupial with fur ranging from grey to brown above, and is white below. It has large furry ears, a prominent black nose and no tail. It spends most of its time in trees and has long, sharp claws, adapted for climbing. Adult males weigh 6 - 12 kg and adult females weigh 5 - 8 kg. During breeding, males advertise with loud snarling coughs and bellows..


Beaches

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beaches

Pollution is unlikely, enjoy your swim!

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beaches

Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today!

Air quality Last updated at 9:00 am, 10 August 2020 AEST

Air quality index (AQI) values are updated hourly and a daily air quality forecast is made for the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Region at 4pm each day.

  • Sydney East Good
  • Sydney South-West Good
  • Sydney North-West Good

THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Mungo National Park

Explore World Heritage Mungo National Park, home of the famous Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, a place rich in Aboriginal history. Photo: D.Fuchs

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Palace Hotel Broken Hill

Visit Mario's Palace Hotel, a film location from 'Priscilla - Queen of the Desert'. Photo: Destination NSW

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Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps/Baiame's Ngunnhu

These Aboriginal fish traps are the largest and oldest known in Australia. Photo: B.Hanna

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Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site walking track

Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site walking track offers Aboriginal rock art and birdwatching in Gundabooka National Park. Photo:D.Finnegan

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Kinchega Woolshed Menindee

The vast size of this historic woolshed, built in 1875, provides some striking insights into NSW’s rural past. Photo: J.Spencer

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