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Country NSW

  • Elephant at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
  • Dunns Swamp Blue Mountains


Nature in Country NSW

Some of the most stunning national parks in the State are in Country NSW. They include Mt Kaputar, Oxley Wild Rivers, Cathedral Rock and the amazing Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran.

Must Do

About Country NSW

This vast region of NSW has plenty of exciting holiday choices for all ages. Some of Australia's oldest country towns are here, offering a taste of pioneering history that can include a trip on a paddle steamer, uncovering 19th century colonial architecture and tasting wines made from some of the first grapes ever planted in Australia.

There are many fine regional art galleries such as the Western Plains Cultural Centre at Dubbo and The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in Wagga Wagga. Regional museums are well worth a visit to learn about cultural or natural heritage such as Griffith's Italian Museum, Shear Outback in Hay or the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

The region is home to the internationally renowned Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo,  a 300-hectare open range sanctuary that houses over 700 animals, including many rare and endangered species.

Natural attractions such as the Warrumbungle National Park offer world-class walks; the highest waterfall in Australia is the Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

The New England North West region which includes Armidale, Tamworth, Glen Innes & Inverell is a great place to explore on a touring holiday. You'll find delicious food and wine, a wide range of accommodation styles and welcoming hospitality along local drives and trails.

Some of the best wines in Australia come from wine regions in Country NSW. Here great wine is matched by fine food experiences that include award-winning restaurants, country cafes and pubs serving great food, farmers' markets, or produce fresh from the farm. These regions include Mudgee, Orange, Yass and the Southern Highlands.


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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 Australia's national capital, Canberra, has many national treasures.
  • Cowra Area Famous for its wineries, heritage and hot-air ballooning at Canowindra.
  • Dubbo Area 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 & 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 Best known for its country music festival in January and koalas at Gunnedah.
  • 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 with Gundaroo and Murumbateman.
  • Young Area Rich in history, Young is located in the Hilltops wine and food region.

Explore Country NSW

Children, Murray river by Rob Blackburn; Destination NSW
Emmylou paddle steamer by Rob Blackburn; Destination NSW