Country NSW has plenty to keep visitors satisfied – from nation-making heritage sites and charming towns to cultural attractions, world-class food and wine regions, and walking trails that wind through World Heritage wilderness. It is also home to many sites that are of great significance for indigenous Australians.
Riding a paddle-steamer on The Murray, going on safari at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visiting the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, exploring 430 million-year-old caves and joining the dots between cellar doors are just a few of the State’s must-do experiences. You can even try your luck fossicking for gold.
The one-of-a-kind museums in Country NSW also make compelling pit stops, from the Bradman Museum in Bowral to the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, and the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst. There is also a world-class collection of historic aircraft at the Temora Aviation Museum.
Some of Australia’s most exciting art galleries are found in regional Australia. Think MAMA in Albury, Wagga Wagga Art Galleryand Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. The Bank Art Museum Moree, located in the thermal spa town of Moree, is also worth visiting for its collections of Aboriginal art.
Choose your own adventure in Country NSW with forays that range from placid pastimes like gentle hiking, fishing and birdwatching to adrenaline-pumping pursuits such as mountain biking, canyoning and skydiving. Children are also entertained around Country NSW in wildlife sanctuaries, adventure playgrounds and water parks.
The wineries for which Country NSW is known also make for a sweet detour, with cellar doors offering sensational views over the countryside. Food tourists regularly flock to restaurants such as Biota, Lolli Redini, Tonic and the Pipeclay Pumphouse. You can also tuck into seasonal fare in heritage pubs and farmers markets.