Tens of thousands of Australians have responded to Destinations NSW’s #ILoveNSW call out to showcase New South Wales’ unique regions and experiences by capturing photos and videos of what they love about the State, and sharing on social media.
More than 16,000 photos and 630 videos from every corner of the State were posted across social media over an eight-week period, revealing a vast array of landscapes, experiences and attractions on offer in NSW.
From hidden gems to firm favourites, the most captured experiences and activities include remote beaches and surfing hotspots, treasured historic buildings, regional inland locations from mysterious valleys to stark outback vistas, and a plethora of events and festivals.
As part of the #ILoveNSW activity, the top four video and four photo submissions that showcased the unique regions and experiences of NSW, are to be highlighted in a series of eight curated short films.
Each film in the series showcases a different theme, such as Beach Breaks, Nature Escapes, and Road Trips, and has been created to provide to inspire would-be travellers to start planning their next getaway or short break in rural or regional NSW.
The eight winners are:
Jan Breckwoldt’s stunning image of the unusual Horse Head Rock in Bermagui, Southern NSW:
Gayle Wyborn, who shared beautiful images of Glen Innes, New England in Country and Outback NSW:
Dale Ketteringham, who captured the stark beauty of Broken Hill in Country and Outback NSW:
Shane Smith’s mysterious image of the rolling clouds across Jamison Valley in Leura, Blue Mountains:
Peter Whiter, who captured through video the natural wonders of Eden in Southern NSW:
David Stoelhorst’s vision of the astonishing Belmore Falls in Wildes Meadow in Southern NSW:
Lius Hanse’s video of Fingal Bay’s idyllic coast:
James Vodicka, who showcased the majestic wildlife of Lord Howe Island, located off the NSW North Coast, in video:
“I am delighted that so many people contributed to this popular campaign, shining a light on the scenery, experiences and attractions on offer in rural and regional NSW, and we hope that travellers are left wide-eyed and inspired to visit these unique parts of the State, and to continue sharing their experiences on social media with the world,” NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says.