Country NSW


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.

  • Shaw Vineyard Estate, Capital Country
  • Dunns Swamp Blue Mountains

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. Explore the dynamic mix of local, international and indigenous art at MAMA, the Murray Art Museum Albury. MAMA's colourful exhibits draw together a powerful range of artists and experiences. Explore vibrant, diverse and nationally significant collections at the Western Plains Cultural Centre at DubboThe Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in Wagga Wagga or the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Forbes, an historic gold mining settlement between Dubbo and Wagga Wagga, is situated on the beautiful banks of the Lachlan River. It is also famous for a notorious heist that took place here in 1862, which was the largest gold robbery in Australian history

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.

  • 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.


    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


    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


    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 Australia's national capital, Canberra, has many national treasures.
  • 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 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 Gundaroo and Murumbateman.
  • Young Area Rich in history, Young is located in the Hilltops wine and food region.