Sydney by Drone
Sydney is Australia's largest city and the capital of New South Wales, its largest state. It is widely considered to be among the world's most beautiful cities, part of the reason why it's also among the most expensive. Sydney hosted the the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Contributor Potent Sky used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to fly over this amazing metropolis. Highlights of this aerial tour include the Botanical Gardens, Observatory Hill, Barangaroo, South Head, Vaucluse, and Watsons Bay.
Aerial Views of NSW
The Australian state of New South Wales is the largest state in Australia by population. It occupies most of the southern half of its endless eastern coastline, between Queensland to the north and Victoria to the south. Top contributor BigHeadGreg used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to create this marvelous aerial tour of areas of NSW outside of Sydney, which includes aerial footage of the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, Palm Beach, Jervis Bay and Seas Cliff Bridge.
Sydney's Famed Bondi Beach
Sydney's Bondi Beach is widely considered to be one of the finest in the world. Known for surfing and all other manner of aquatic recreation, it is one of the top tourist destinations in New South Wales, and for Australia as a whole. Contributor Paul Vlad created this awesome video which not only demonstrates the stunning beauty of this beach which lies just a few km/mi east of central Sydney but also shows the power of the DJI Mavic Pro drone to create epic aerial footage.
Yogi Sally Mustang at Byron Bay
With over 1 million views, this viral aerial video of from the eastern coast of Australia’s is worth a watch. Cinematographer Jaxon Roberts, along with yogi and social media influencer Sally Mustang, brings us dolphins, horses, palm trees, beaches, and more in this must-see drone video of the beautiful Byron Bay. Byron Bay is located in the northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales, just a bit to the south of Gold Coast in the neighboring state of Queensland.
Blue Mountains: Wentworth Falls
Contributor Luke Nathan brings us this epic drone video of Wentworth Falls in the heart of Australia's Blue Mountains. The waterfall is one of the main attractions in this mountain range in the state of New South Wales, much of which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage natural site. Wentworth Falls is a three tier waterfall with a total height of 187 meters (614 ft.). It's situated within a national park by the same name located just a short drive west of Sydney.
Cotter Dam: Water for Canberra
Australia's Cotter Dam was vital to the construction of its capital city Canberra. The dam was built not for electricity generation but to serve as a critical source of freshwater needed to make Canberra, a compromise choice, the permanent capital of Australia when it became an independent country in the early 1900's (after an interim period when Melbourne was the capital). Matteo Pictures used a drone to create this spectacular aerial view of this gravity dam in southeastern Australia.
Newcastle: Industrial City of NSW
Sfdrones brings us this beautiful drone video of Newcastle, the second largest city Australia's New South Wales state. The city was built on a foundation of coal, for decades Ausralia's biggest export product (now a close second to iron ore). For most of the 20th century, it was also the center of Australia's steel industry, although the gigantic BHP steelworks which once employed 50k was shut down in 1999. While maintaining its industrial heritage, Newcastle is also home to some of NSW's top beaches.
Macquarie: Australia's Oldest Lighthouse
Contributor Skys_Feed used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful video of the Macquarie Lighthouse, the oldest in Australia. It is situated in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales. It's an area critical to shipping navigation in and out of the Sydney Harbor. The present lighthouse was built in 1881-83. The lighthouse is still operational, and the site is now protected by designation under the New South Wales State Heritage Register.
Capertree Canyon: World's Widest?
While canyons are generally noted for their depth, there is something to being the world's widest canyon. While there's no universal agreement on this point, it's generally believed that this title belongs to Capertee Canyon in southeastern Australia. Located in the interior of New South Wales about a two hour drive from Sydney, the canyon follows the Capertee River. Tim Harris created this drone video of the canyon (sometimes referred to as a valley) which is also noted for its bird life.
Wattamolla Beach, South of Sydney
Check out this stunning drone video of Australia's Wattamolla Beach, compliments of LukeNathan. It's located near the mouth of the creek of the same name in the state of New South Wales, just a bit south of Sydney. With a beautiful cove and lagoon, it's one of the more beautiful spots on this stretch of the NSW coastline. The name of the area comes from the aboriginal word for "place of the running water" in reference to the creek. The video was shot with a DJI Phantom 4 drone.
Sydney Harbor and Harbor Bridge
Contributor EdDrone used a DJI Mavic Air to treat us to this epic aerial view of Sydney Harbor. Australia's largest city and capital of the New South Wales state, Sydney is blessed with one of the world's finest natural harbors, comparable to Hong Kong's. Watch the video to get a sense of how closely the city's most recognized landmarks - the downtown, the famous Opera House, and the equally famous Harbor Bridge - are tied to its great harbor, the second busiest in Australia after Melbourne.
White Sand Beaches of Jervis Bay
Top contributor BenMack brings us this stunning drone video from a remote bit of beach in New South Wales, Australia. Jervis Bay is about a three hour drive south of Sydney, in the far less populated southern half of the NSW coastline. It is known for its brilliant white sands, which are composed of nearly purely quartz and is said to be the whitest in the world. The best known town here is Hyams Beach, which lies in the southwestern part of the roughly oval-shaped bay.
Nelson Bay: Dolphin Heaven
Check out this amazing aerial view of Australia's Nelson Bay, compliments of contributor and drone pilot LukeNathan. Nelson Bay is located at about the center of the long coastline of the state of New South Wales in the southeastern part of the country. The southern half of the bay is formed by a peninsula which just out into the sea in a northeastern direction from the city of Newcastle. Nelson Bay is home to some of the best whale- and dolphin-watching in all of Australia.
Solar Electricity in NSW
To get an idea of how much Australia's terrain changes when you move inland from the coasts, check out this drone video from contributor ZonieLand. It was shot in the area around Canberra, the national capital which is situated some ways inland (west) of the coast of New South Wales, more or less southwest from Sydney. This is very much Outback country, which really refers to the Australian interior in general as opposed to any specific place. If you need any proof of this, check out the kangaroos!
Cape Byron's Famous Lighthouse
Contributor DroneKUMELL used a Xiaomi Mi drone to create this aerial tour of what is considered Australia's most famous lighthouse. Cape Byron Light is on Cape Byron, which is just a few km/mi from the town of Byron Bay in New South Wales. It has the distinction of being the easternmost point in Australia. Completed in 1901, it's light intensity is about 2.2 million candela, making it the most powerful lighthouse in the country. The lighthouse attracts about 500,000 visitors per year.
Beaches on NSW's Southern Coastline
The coastline of Australia's state of New South Wales is enormous - it's over 2.1k km (a bit over 1.3k mi.) from the border with Queensland to the north to the southern border with Victoria. Virtually all of the major coastal towns and cities lie in Sydney and points north. That leaves many hundreds of km/mi of coastline with few population centers of any size. In this drone video from Andyhutchinson, you will get a bird's eye view of some of the beautiful but virtually unknown spots along the southern NSW coastline.
Beautiful Fingal Head
Here is a drone video from a beautiful spot in the far northern reaches of Australia's New South Wales. Fingal Head is a small promontory which lies just a few km/mi south of the border with Queensland. The point is distinguished by Cook Island, a small uninhabited bit of rock. The roughly 500 meter (1.7k ft.) waterway which separates Cook Island from the mainland is called Giants Causeway. Fingal Head is also marked with a small lighthouse which was built in 1878.
Dolphins of Byron Bay
Cape Byron is one of the more prominent features of the long coastline of New South Wales, Australia. The tip of the cape represents the easternmost point of mainland Australia, and the north side of it forms Byron Bay. In this drone video by Davac Digital Art, you'll get a bird's eye view of a pod of dolphins making their way through the semi-protected waters of the bay, which is a short distance south of the Queensland border and a roughly two hour drive south of Queensland capital Brisbane.
Check out this beautiful aerial video of Port Stephens, Australia, compliments of the Flip Flop Squad. The city of about 25,000 sits on the south shore of a large estuary formed by the Myall and Karuah Rivers, two of the larger waterways in New South Wales. It's located about a two hour drive northeast (following the coastline) of Sydney. Like most of the towns and cities of eastern Australia, it was discovered and named by British explorer Captain James Cook in the late 18th century.
Surfing and Whales on the Tweed Coast
The area around Gold Coast, Australia is known for being amongst the world's top surfing spots as well as a great place for whale watching. Tweed Head is a small beach town in New South Wales, just south of Gold Coast (which is part of the Queensland state). In this video, contributor Corellovel managed to capture the surfing scene at Tweeds Head with some epic shots of some humpback whales. You'll see the surfers and the sea mammals sharing the stunning torquoise waters.
Newcastle: World's Biggest Coal Port
Newcastle, Australis is home to one of the world's largest dry bulk ports. Located in the state of New South Wales, Newcastle is the primary export port for Australia's vast coal trade. While Australia is the world's fourth largest coal producer, it's the largest coal exporter, and Newcastle is the world's largest coal export port. In this video, contributor thescience of travel gives us a bird's eye view of the great harbor as well as the railroads which feed it millions of tons of product from mines in the interior.
Blue Mountains: Natural Wonders of NSW
Contributor lewis blackburn media is literally over the edge in this drone footage of Australia's Blue Mountains in the state of New South Wales. The massive rock face he sits upon drops straight down into the mossy landscape below with a trickling waterfall flowing beside it. His aerial shots pan across to capture the Three Sisters sandstone formations that are one of the main distinctive features of the landscape in this Drone Video of the Week nominated video.
Beautiful Hyams Beach
Contributor Matteo Pictures created this stunning drone video of a remote beach in southeastern Australia. Hyams Beach is located near the southern end of the coastline of the state of New South Wales. It's a 2-3 hour drive south of Sydney, not far from the border with the state of Victoria. The beach is known for its deep turquoise colored waters. The beach sits on a nearly-enclosed body of water called Jarvia Bay, beyond which lies the open ocean.
Blue Mountains: Narrow Neck Trail
Narrow Neck is a trail in Blue Mountains National Park, part of New South Wales, Australia. It's located near Katoomba, the largest town in these very accessible mountains. Located about 100 km (around 60 mi.) west of the Sydney suburbs, the famous trail is known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and thousands of lush trees. Get a bird's eye view of this outdoor-seekers paradise, compliments of contributor and drone pilot Tim Harris.