14 Famous People From New South Wales, Australia

  • New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales, Australia is well-known for many things.

Sydney in New South Wales is a world-class entertainment and tourist destination, and not too far north Hunter Valley Australian wine has become a global phenomenon. You can see koalas at the Koala Hospital, The Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney, and dozens of other places. In short, New South Wales in Australia has a lot going on. 

And just like everywhere else, there are famous people who have changed the world, and also called New South Wales home at the same time. Home to these people includes the hundreds of miles of coastline, attractive and temperate weather, and easy blend of cosmopolitan, natural, and rural back country locations that make up our fine Australian state. 

We thought you’d love to know who in the world of business, entertainment, sport, and more hail from New South Wales. Some of the most famous people from Australia are from here, and some of them might surprise you!

Iggy Azalea

Launching her blazing musical success in the United States, Iggy Azalea rose to international fame with her chart-topping single “Fancy”. Since, Azalea has become a high-profile producer, composer, and personality.

Courtney Barnett

Barnett’s indie-rock career began in 2014 with the release of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Since then, she’s risen to international fame taking stages all over the world.


Composers of the chart-topping hit “Woman”, the world saw Wolfmother as a band breathing fresh life into classic rock riffs. 


They need no introduction! AC/DC unleashed onto the world the notorious Bon Scott and Angus Young’s schoolboy outfits to international stages and record players for decades.


The smash 80’s pop band responsible for the infectious smash hit “Need You Tonight”.

Russel Crowe

The world-class actor Russel Crowe graced the silver screen for Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, and countless other classic films.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson was the leading role in the iconic and timeless film Braveheart, along with his true career launcher, the Legal Weapon franchise. 

Hugh Jackman

Best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, Hugh Jackman also breathed life into a remake of Les Misérables, one of his most iconic roles.

Nicole Kidman

Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman – who was actually born in Hawaii – was launched into fame in the 1990’s with her films Days of Thunder, Batman Forever, and the Kubrick classic Eyes Wide Shut

Cassandra McIntosh

Under the stage name Peyton Royce, Cassandra McIntosh is a world-renowned wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Adam Goodes

Dual Brownlow Medalist Adam Goodes is an indigenous Australian Rules Football superstar, and anti-racism advocate.

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris is a high-profile mixed indigenous model famous for her work modeling Seafolley Swimwear and breathtaking shoots for Harper’s Bazaar.

Miranda Kerr

This smash Victoria’s Secret model began her career at the age of 13. Since then, she has risen to become consistently one of the highest-paid models in the industry. 

Rebel Wilson

This Australian celebrity made her world debut in Pitch Perfect, and is an outspoken advocate against body shaming. She also starred in the recent remake of Cats

The Vines

The Vines are a hard-rock group that reached international success with their smash hit “Get Free,” and are credited as being a major player in the early 2000’s garage rock revival. 

5 Seconds of Summer

They are Australia’s contribution to pop punk, which made waves in the United States. Their most famous song “She Looks So Perfect.” 

Banjo Paterson

One of Australia’s most famous poets, Banjo Paterson is a local hero known for his works on life in the Outback and The Bush. One of his most famous works is “Clancy From The Overflow.”

Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem is an Australian singer known for a blazingly successful music career, including releasing her second album Mistaken Identity while suffering from cancer. 


My name is Jeremy Rourke. I’m part of a family of dentists with my father, brother, cousin and nephew also being dentists. I won a University of Sydney Dental Alumni prize for being the top student in my year and graduated with Honours in 1971. I have been a Registered dentist for over 40 years. In that time I have created a few “firsts” in my efforts to stay ahead.

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