Nature

Highlights

Enjoy bushwalking in World Heritage rainforest, mountain biking and fishing in national parks, and camping under the Milky Way in beautiful Country NSW. You can see the iconic Murray River from a paddle-steamer. Inside caves up to 430 million years old are spectacular limestone formations.

  • Goobarragandra River - Tumut
  • Kayaker - Khancoban Pondage - Khancoban

Nature and adventure in Country NSW

From World Heritage wilderness to Australia’s first dark sky park, the natural beauty of Country NSW is spectacular. Outdoor adventures include camping, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing. You can also relax in natural thermal spas and at lovely family picnic areas in national parks.

The diverse landscapes are striking. Explore part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area near the Tamworth, Armidale and Glen Innes regions in northern NSW. In the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is Australia’s second-highest waterfall, the towering Wollomombi Falls.

Wollomombi Falls; Image by Armidale Regional Council

In southwest NSW, the iconic Murray winds past historic towns and wetland sanctuaries brimming with wildlife and river red gums. Like many pristine waterways in NSW, you’ll find plenty of excellent fishing spots. Another great way to experience the splendour of the river is on a paddle-steamer.

At the great confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers is the historic paddle-steamer port of Wentworth, a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park. The world’s oldest ritual cremation site was found in Mungo as well as the largest collection of fossilised human footprints.

Mungo National Park - Outback NSW

Other national parks contain significant Aboriginal heritage sites. In Pilliga National Park, near Australia’s astronomy capital of Coonabarabran, join an Aboriginal-guided tour of the Sandstone Caves and visit ancient rock engravings and learn about indigenous connections with the landscape.

Stargazing is wonderful in the northwest of NSW, home to Australia’s largest optical telescope and first dark sky park, Warrumbungle National Park. In a dark sky park views of the night sky are not obstructed by artificial light. In nearby Coolah Tops National Park are ideal mountain-biking trails.

The Breadknife - Grand High Tops - Warrumbungle National Park

There are other cycling adventures, such as the Moama trail and Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands. In the neighbouring Goulburn region is Bungonia National Park and canyoning and abseiling. You can also explore inside the Wombeyan Caves, which date back 430 million years.

Nature-based holidays in Country NSW

grand high tops warrumbungle national park

Some of the most beautiful natural environments in the state can be found in Country NSW.

Mungo National Park is one of NSW's most significant national parks, the world's oldest known ceremonial burial site. Part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, this starkly beautiful landscape is made up of a series of sand dunes and ancient lake beds. It’s a region where you can discover profound and ancient natural and cultural histories.

Situated in the heart of the Northern Tablelands, the area surrounding Armidale has some stunning mountain scenery and includes national parks, gorges and dramatic waterfalls. Be sure to explore New England National Park, a World Heritage-listed natural wonder.

The lush Southern Highlands region is as picturesque as any painting. Check out the fertile Kangaroo Valley, nestled between the Barrengarry and Cambewarra mountains, or hike to the splendid Fitzroy Falls or Belmore Falls, both of which have magnificent views of the region.

The Wagga Wagga area is blessed with Livingstone National Park, made up of over 2,000 hectares of bushland. Home to woodland birds such as the turquoise parrot, and native flora such as the kangaroo thorn, you may also spot kangaroos, goannas and wombats as you explore the park. For a relaxing wander through beautiful gardens, check out the Wagga Wagga Botanical Gardens, which includes a chinese garden, a restaurant and even a mini zoo.

The spires of Warrumbungle National Park are testaments to the volatile volcanic activity that occurred in the area. This is also one of the few places where you can find rainforest in such dramatic surroundings.

The string of friendly villages that make up the Yass Valley are bordered by the remote and beautiful Brindabella National Park, with fantastic walking tracks and driving routes against gorgeous alpine scenery. There’s also the Hume and Hovell Walking Track, which extends from Yass all the way to Albury.