ANZPT Sydney: There's more to NSW than meets the eye

Our regular visits to Sydney for ANZPT and APPT events tend to focus on the host city, but no state in Australia is more diverse than New South Wales. Much of the western half of the state can be consider "outback", ranging from dry eucalypt forests and plains to the harshest of desert environments.

But there's riches in that red soil at places like Lightning Ridge (home of the world's largest black opal deposits) and Broken Hill, where the world's biggest silver, lead and zinc ore body has been mined for more than 100 years.


The Silverton Hotel in outback NSW, part of the rich fabric of this diverse state

Australia's longest river, the Murray, forms much of the state's southern boundary, stretching east to the Snowy Mountains. Here you'll find Australia's highest peak Mt Kosciuszko, some of the nation's premier ski resorts and the only glacial lakes anywhere on the continent.

The New South Wales coastline stretches almost 2000 kilometres, from the whaling town of Eden in the south to the sub-tropical regions in the north, home to iconic towns like Byron Bay and Tweed Heads, World heritage-listed rainforests and some of the world's best surf beaches.

Closer to Sydney, tourists are spoiled for choice with great weekend getaways like the internationally-renowned wine producing region of the Hunter Valley, the spectacular Blue Mountains, the winding waterways of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, and the beaches of the Central Coast and Illawarra.

Or, as we did this morning, you can stroll out of Star City and soak up another magnificent autumn morning in Sydney. Fuelled by enough bacon to resuscitate the Australian pork industry, we're ready to rock for day two of the ANZPT Sydney main Event. Play starts at 12.30pm.