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!

beaches

Pollution is possible, take care.

beaches

Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today!

Air quality Last updated at 8:00 pm, 29 May 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 Poor
  • Sydney South-West Good
  • Sydney North-West Good

THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Washpool walking track

Revel in the timeless wonder of ancient Gondwana Rainforest along Washpool walking track. Photo: R.Cleary

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Mount Kaputar National Park

Mount Kaputar is a fantastic wilderness escape in NSW. Photo: R.Cleary

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Saumarez Homestead

A rural property from the 1830s once owned by the White family, it can also be hired for functions. Photo: Destination NSW

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Kunderang East Homestead

The beautifully restored Kunderang East Homestead once formed the heart of a large isolated pastoral station. Photo: M.van Ewijk

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Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale contains World Heritage listed rainforest, historic sites and waterfalls. Photo: G.Koertner

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Ottery Mine

This abandoned mine was one of the oldest arsenic mines in Australia. Photo: D.Barnes

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