It is amazing to think that despite having Sydney as its capital, New South Wales is still overlooked by travellers heading Down Under. More often than not, visitors get flights to Sydney, see the sights and then head to Uluru in the Northern Territory or the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Which is why at DialAFlight, we are focusing on the New South Wales highlights and urging visitors not to miss out but use Sydney as the gateway to exploring other areas just a short drive from the city. [caption id="attachment_1928" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Blue Mountains"][/caption] Top of everyone’s wish list should be a trip to the Blue Mountains, a stunning World Heritage site packed with gorges and bushwalks and home of The Three Sisters, a famous rock formation on the edge of the escarpment at Echo Point Katoomba, offering breathtaking panoramic views into the Jamison Valley. Hunter Valley has just been voted the number one wine destination in the South Pacific and produces some of Australia's finest wines. But it's not just wine tasting and cheese tours that attract visitors, Hunter Valley is steeped in history and boasts an abundance of wildlife and one of Australia's most scenic golf courses. [caption id="attachment_1929" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="There are masses of surf spots in NSW"][/caption] Further up the coast lies the vibrant town of Byron Bay, packed full of great restaurants and lively nightspots. It also offers hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches along with superb surf and diving. Just in case you weren’t tempted enough in the first place in Australia to see the warm rays of the sun each day! With everything in easy reach of Sydney, we recommend self-drive tours for anyone with a bit of time to explore. Affordable day trips and excursions are available for anyone keen to base themselves in the city but take in some of New South Wales’ often overlooked gems. Below are just a couple of our New South Wales itineraries and anyone booking a holiday before the end of November 2012 with Etihad Airways will have a chance to be entered into our prize draw and win two flights to Australia for just £10 each! There really is no excuse not to visit now… [caption id="attachment_1930" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Kangaroo"][/caption] Australia’s ‘big five’ - koalas, kangaroos, platypus, emus and wombats - can all be found in the countryside of New South Wales. We are offering a packed one-day wildlife tour of farmland and Australian Bushland in the South Highlands, just 90 minutes from Sydney. Participants will enjoy walks through the forests of Grey Gums in search of koalas, platypus-spotting on the riverbanks and a drive through woodland and pastures to watch kangaroos and emus feed. With lunch and a ‘country style’ dinner included this must-do tour is from £148pp. The Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens are three of New South Wales’ highlights and we are offering a three-night trip to this trio of must-see sights for £499pp. A scenic drive is the best way to experience the majesty of the Blue Mountains, so named because of the blue haze caused by the sun’s rays piercing the droplets of eucalyptus oil in the air. Anyone joining the tour will stop to taste some of the country’s finest vintages in Hunter Valley before watching a pod of resident dolphins from a cruise of Nelson Bay.