The diverse outback, country, alpine, coastal, island and subtropical areas of regional NSW are a huge drawcard for domestic and international tourists.
Visitor numbers will continue to grow due to investment in new tourism infrastructure that capitalises on the rich natural and cultural resources in regional NSW. Excellent business opportunities exist in accommodation, transport, experiences and tourism services.
The NSW Government is also committed to supporting tourism, jobs and economic growth across the rapidly expanding cruise industry, which draws countless domestic and international visitors to regional NSW.
NSW boasts three regional ports, at Eden in the south east, Wollongong 90 minutes south of Sydney and Newcastle just over an hour north of Sydney.
At a glance
We lead Australia for international and domestic overnight and day-trip visitors, nights and expenditure
Regional NSW leads regional Australia in share of all visitors
Visitor spend in NSW, 2022
Visitor spend in regional NSW, 2022
Visitor nights spent in NSW, 2022
Forecast annual visitor nights spent in NSW by 2028-29
Businesses involved in tourism in NSW, 2021
Transport and marine
“The Snug Cove Maritime Precinct initiative in Eden will increase the capacity for local and visiting vessels to safely moor in Snug Cove, enhancing Eden’s reputation as a boating and tourism destination, supporting tourism and boating jobs growth in south east NSW and the socio-economic development of Eden and the Bega Valley.”
Andrew Dooley, Project Director, Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office
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