Getting to Country NSW

Highlights

From road trips to train trips, enjoy beautiful landscapes, historic towns and wonderful festivals in Country NSW. You can fly to major regional airports and rent a car. You’ll find delicious food and wine experiences, World Heritage wilderness, fascinating history, and outdoor adventures.

  • Scenic Country Views - Elm Cottage - Tumut - Snowy Mountains
  • Post Office on Peel St - Tamworth

Getting to Country NSW

Getting to the historic towns, magnificent national parks and fun festivals in Country NSW is easy. You can travel by car on well-maintained roads, fly into regional airports and rent a car, or arrive by train at beautifully preserved colonial railway stations – bring your bicycle for a cycling adventure.

From day trips to road trips, enjoy scenic drives in spectacular landscapes and savour delicious food and wine experiences. You’ll find plenty of places to stay to suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, guesthouses, cottages, motels, resorts and retreats, and farm stays.

Coonabarabran car touring route - Warrumbungle National Park

Major towns are well serviced by regular flights from Sydney. You can fly from Melbourne and Brisbane to some towns too, such as Dubbo. Hire a car at regional airports and visit attractions, ranging from fabulous galleries and intriguing museums to wineries and World Heritage wilderness.

The Melbourne-Sydney railway stops at delightful towns, including Albury by the iconic Murray River and Goulburn, near the spectacular Wombeyan Caves. Check out NSW Trainslink for more rail journeys in the countryside. The rail and coach network map is helpful when planning your trip.

Parkes Elvis Festival - Express Train Service

You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Parkes for the annual Elvis Festival and to acclaimed wine regions, such Orange, Riverina, Southern Highlands, Canberra District and New England. Enjoy wine tasting at cellar doors. There are craft breweries and distilleries in some of the wine regions.

Coach services are available to many major destinations. You’ll find local tour operators offering wonderful experiences, from winery tours to outdoor adventures such as kayaking, fishing and horseriding. There are aerial adventures too, including sailplaning, paragliding and ballooning.

Useful links for travel in Country NSW are the Bureau of Meteorology and Live Traffic NSW.

Getting to Country NSW

There are plenty of good reasons to head to Country NSW - amazing food, fine wine and local produce, stunning national parks and townships steeped in history. Here are a few tips on how to get to some of the region's major towns in this vast region that stretches from north to south across NSW.

Major towns are well serviced by regular flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Qantas and Regional Express fly to Albury, Armidale, Dubbo, Griffith, Moree, Narrandera-Leeton, Narrabri, Orange, Parkes, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga. Hire a car from the airport and you're on your way.

The NSW TrainLink rail network operates to around 360 destinations linking Country NSW with Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and regional NSW.

If you have time to travel at a more leisurely pace, why not follow one of the scenic drives that take you to some of the region's most interesting destinations. They include the Poacher's Way, based around the towns of Gundaroo, Hall, Yass and Murrumbateman, The 100 Mile Diet in Central NSW, and The Long Paddock drive that stretches over 600 km along the Cobb Highway. Easy-to-follow itineraries for each drive offer useful tips on where to stay and what to do.

Coach services and local tour operators are available to major destinations in Country NSW. Useful links for travel in this region are the Bureau of Meteorology and traffic information for NSW roads.