Country NSW

Highlights

Enjoy World Heritage-listed national parks, explore nation-making heritage in historic towns, cruise the iconic Murray River, and visit acclaimed wine regions in Country NSW. There are wonderful regional art galleries, world-famous festivals, and plenty of rural charm and country hospitality.

  • Golden Guitar, Tamworth
  • Mayfield Vineyard - Orange

About Country NSW

Discover the beauty, heritage and tastes of Country NSW, from World Heritage wilderness to acclaimed wine regions, from nation-making heritage to outdoor adventures. You’ll find marvellous things to do and see in historic towns that shaped Australia and in the spectacular national parks.

Riding a paddle-steamer on the iconic Murray River, meeting exotic animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visiting the famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, and exploring 430 million-year-old caves are just a few of the many great attractions. You can even try your luck fossicking for gold and gems.

A paddlesteamer on the Murray River - Echuca

The museums are captivating, from the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral to the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, and the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst. A world-class collection of flying historic warbirds is at the Temora Aviation Museum in Temora.

You’ll enjoy wonderful art in regional art galleries, including MAMA in Albury, the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in Wagga Wagga, and the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. In the natural thermal spa town of Moree is the Moree Plains Gallery and one of the finest Aboriginal collections.

Tamworth Country Music Festival crowd - Image; Anna Warr

There are memorable tours, including heritage, horseriding, wineries and ballooning. The exciting events calendar includes the world-famous Tamworth Country Music Festival in Tamworth. Check out other fun festivals as well as thrilling rodeo and sporting spectacles, such as the Bathurst 1000.

You’ll be thrilled too with the outdoor adventures, from gentle activities such as bushwalking, fishing and birdwatching to adrenalin-pumping mountain biking, canyoning and skydiving. There are plenty of fun activities for young kids, such as wildlife sanctuaries, adventure playgrounds and water parks.

Goobarragandra River - Tumut

The natural beauty is magnificently diverse. Stunning sections of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests are near the Armidale and Glen Innes regions in northern NSW. In south-western NSW is World Heritage Mungo National Park. Australia’s first dark sky park is northwest in Coonabarabran.

Delicious experiences in bountiful agricultural regions include wine tasting at cellar doors and dining at acclaimed restaurants such as Biota, Lolli Redini, Tonic and the Zin House. Browse local fresh produce at farmers markets and farm gates. You can also tuck into hearty meals in heritage pubs.

  • Stein Wines, Mudgee

    Food & Wine

    From Mudgee wine to sheep’s cheese in Orange and pink salt harvested from The Murray River, NSW yields some of the tastiest produce in Australia. To celebrate this, Country NSW is also home to several food-focused events, including the Cowra Wine Show and Orange Food Week.

  • Warrumbungle National Park, Central NSW.

    Nature

    The NSW landscape is made up of rugged parklands, sweeping cliffs and breathtaking country roads. Several national parks offer visitors the opportunity to hike, mountain bike, surf, swim and camp overnight at a range of facilitated sites. Horse riding is another popular outdoor experience.

  • Tamworth Country Music Festival

    Events

    NSW takes advantage of its spectacular outdoor spaces and top shelf produce with a range of food, wine, music and action events throughout the year. This includes Flavours of the South in Mittagong and the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Bathurst 1000 and the Capital Region Truffle Festival.

  • Horseriding at Hanericka farm, Riverina

    Family

    Book a farmstay and get to know the animals and landscape in places like Armidale and Wagga Wagga. These hands-on experiences give families the opportunity to collect eggs, milk cows and make cheese. NSW also offers several wildlife experiences, including family cabins at Western Plains Zoo or Mogo Zoo near Batemans Bay.

  • Touring by car, Cowra

    Drives & road trips

    Thanks to a network of scenic country roads, NSW is primed for exploratory car trips. Explore the New England North West region, including Armidale, Tamworth, Glen Innes and Inverell and be sure to stop at the local cafes, markets and cellar doors along the way. You’ll also find a range of accommodation for overnight trips.

  • Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst

    Arts & culture

    A network of regional galleries in places like Albury, Grafton and Cowra contain a rich mixture of indigenous and landscape art, as well as contemporary local and international pieces. Public museums celebrate each area’s heritage and include unmissable destinations like the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

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Local areas

  • Armidale Area Armidale is surrounded by national parks with Guyra and Walcha nearby.
  • Bathurst Area Bathurst, Hill End and Sofala are among Australia's oldest inland settlements.
  • Canberra Area Visit the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery and Parliament House.
  • Cowra Area Famous for its wineries, heritage and hot-air ballooning at Canowindra.
  • Deniliquin Area The "ute capital of the world" has Moama, Jerilderie and Tocumwal nearby.
  • Dubbo and the Great Western Plains Dubbo area includes Gilgandra, Narromine and Wellington.
  • Glen Innes & Inverell Area Celtic origins, heritage towns and fossicking sites are popular activities.
  • Goulburn Area A colourful past in the area includes explorers, gold-diggers and bushrangers.
  • Moree and Narrabri Area Visit Moree's natural artesian waters and Narrabri's Mt Kaputar National Park.
  • Mudgee Area Mudgee area has wineries, restaurants and good accommodation.
  • Orange Area An area with reputation for produce, cool-climate wines, cafes and history.
  • Parkes Area Home of Parkes Observatory's radio telescope and historic mining towns.
  • Queanbeyan Area Explore historic villages, colonial architecture, enjoy great food and wine.
  • Southern Highlands Cool-climate wines and beautiful gardens, with quaint country inns and cafes.
  • Tamworth Area Australia’s country music capital delights with festivals, shows and fresh produce.
  • The Murray The Murray River is the third largest navigable river in the world and is a haven for adventure and water activities.
  • Wagga Wagga & Riverina The Riverina stretches across diverse landscapes, from rolling hills and lush valleys to the striking plains of the outback.
  • Warrumbungle Area Warrumbungle National Park is the star natural attraction of the area.
  • Yass Area Yass, in the Yass Valley, with nearby Gundaroo and Murumbateman.
  • Young Area Rich in history, Young is located in the Hilltops wine and food region.