I love NSW!
We have the best of both worlds, and relatively close to each other too. We've got Sydney (which actually SHOULD be the capital, everybody knows that) with big beautiful old buildings and city life and the CBD for people who like that, with a gorgeous harbour, ferries and Luna Park (theme park.) Only an hour or two away you can drive out to semi-rural areas, with lush green grass, horses, and small farmy things, and the Blue Mountains for beautiful bush scenery, where it snows sometimes on the peaks in winter :). Further inland, there is true farming country, with massive farms (where my mum grew up :). Going further in still, you hit desert.
We have amazing coastlines and fantastic beaches, very close to suburban areas. Speaking of suburban areas, the suburbs of Sydney are absolutely awesome as well - green and for the most part spacious, as long as the government stops building ugly modern apartments everywhere :( and we have fantastic schools too. Not to mention the wonderful and very rare rainforests found in very few places elsewhere. All within a few hours of each other!
Wonderful weather with beautiful mild winters, only gets hot in summer, and glorious autumns with the perfect temperature and lots of the trees turning magnificent shades of red, purple and gold, while gum trees stay green. We have no natural disasters except for bushfires (generally in summer.)
We also have a rich (for Australia, anyways, which doesn't say much) history, we were one of the first places to be settled and have both Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, key places in the history of Australia.
I could go on, but I won't. I love Australia, especially NSW :)
ETA that sounds like an ad.
ETAA Your Texas might be big, but I GUARANTEE we are bigger :)