Sydney Harbour at dawn Image courtesy Destination New South Wales

About NSW

NSW is on the east coast of Australia. Sydney is the state's capital and the largest city in Australia.

New South Wales (NSW) has a clean and pleasant climate with over 300 sunny days a year allowing a outdoor lifestyle. The average temperature in NSW is between 12°C and 25°C. 

Sydney is the capital city of NSW. It has a maximum temperature of 25°C in summer and 17°C in winter. 

Since Australia is in the Southern hemisphere, our Summer is the opposite to the Northern hemisphere. Summer is from December to February and Winter is from June to August.


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Sydney is one of the most internationally recognised cities in Australia. It is highly rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world and is known for its beautiful harbour, stunning beaches and picturesque landscapes. 

Sydney is also modern, cosmopolitan, multicultural and peaceful. Its relaxed and friendly lifestyle offers world-class recreation, shopping, transport and telecommunication facilities. 

Bondi Beach

Sydney is also famous for its beaches, especially Bondi Beach (pictured here) and Manly Beach.

Other Sydney landmarks include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour.


Image courtesy Destination New South Wales.

Find out more here: Sydney CityInner Sydney, Sydney EastSydney NorthSydney South, and Sydney West.

Multicultural Sydney

Sydney is one of the world's most multicultural cities, with its population made up of people from more than 120 countries. This includes a large international student population.

This broad ethnic mix, with local communities from many cultural backgrounds, means there is a wide range of delicious international foods, grocery stores and restaurants, as well as community newspapers and magazines in many languages.

Coastal towns and inland cities

Many students prefer our coastal and inland cities and towns as a fantastic alternative to living in metropolitan Sydney. The regions outside Sydney offer a range of attractions such as national parks, spectacular coastlines and beaches and country scenery. You can enjoy skiing in the Snowy Mountains, walking in beautiful national parks, exploring the outback at Broken Hill or surfing on the North Coast. 

Tree-lined path

Our friendly local communities welcome international students and the cost of living is generally lower.





Image courtesy Destination New South Wales.


Find out more about the NSW regions here: Blue MountainsHunter ValleyLord Howe IslandNorth Coast, Country NSWOutback NSWSnowy MountainsSouth Coast


There are many beautiful places to see and interesting things to do while you are here. Visit the NSW government visitors website to learn about: Arts and cultureFood and wineNature and parksFashion and shoppingBeaches and surfAdventure and sportsTours and drives and Family activities

View the events calendar to see what is happening in NSW.

Public holidays and school terms are listed on our Calendar

NSW Public holidays

Public holidays calendar


NSW Public holidays


New Year's Day

1 January

Australia Day

26 January

Good Friday

30 March

Easter Monday

2 April


25 April

Queen's Birthday

11 June

Labour Day

1 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

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New South Wales


NSW lies on the east coast of Australia.
Sydney is the state's capital and the largest
city in Australia.

To find a school go to School locations.

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