Living in NSW

Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales and is on the east coast of Australia.


Australia: 22.3 million
NSW: 7.25 million
Sydney: 4.3 million

Climate (weather)

New South Wales has a pleasant climate which allows a year-round outdoor lifestyle. The average temperature in NSW is between 12°C and 21°C.

Sydney has over 300 sunny days a year. The average maximum temperature in Sydney is 25°C in summer and 17°C in winter.

The seasons in Australia are opposite to the northern hemisphere. Summer occurs in December, January and February; Winter is in June, July and August.


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

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan, multicultural and peaceful cities in the world. It is the largest and most internationally recognised city in Australia.

Sydney was voted the world's best city for a record-breaking 10th year in a row in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader's Choice Awards in 2011.

TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel site, named Sydney in the top 25 for the 2011 Travellers' Choice Destinations awards. Millions of TripAdvisor travellers ranked Sydney ahead of global cities including Paris, New York, London, and San Francisco.

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Famous landmarks

Bondi Beach

Some of Sydney's famous landmarks include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour.

Sydney is also famous for its beaches, especially Bondi Beach and Manly Beach.

Image courtesy Destination New South Wales.

Modern and safe city

Sydney has a friendly and relaxed lifestyle in a clean and safe environment. The city offers world-class recreation, shopping, transport and telecommunication facilities.

Multicultural city

Sydney is also 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 international foods, grocery stores, restaurants and community newspapers and magazines in many languages.

Coastal and inland cities and towns

Tree-lined path

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 through beautiful national parks, exploring the outback at Broken Hill or surfing on the North Coast.

Image courtesy Destination New South Wales.

Many students prefer our coastal and inland cities and towns as a fantastic alternative to living in metropolitan Sydney. The cost of living is lower, there is plenty of part-time work and there are excellent opportunities to meet local residents.

Most importantly, friendly local communities welcome international students.

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Places to go...things to see

There are many beautiful places to see and interesting things to do while you live in Australia. For more information, visit the NSW Government Visitors website to learn about:

Look at the events calendar to see what is happening in NSW.

NSW Public holidays


Holiday Date
New Year's Day 01 January
Australia Day 26 January
Good Friday 30 March
Easter Monday 02 April
ANZAC Day 25 April
Queen's Birthday 11 June
Labour Day 01 October
Christmas Day (25 December) 25 December
Boxing Day (26 December) 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 campus go to TAFE NSW Institute locations.

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