There are many cultural attractions well worth visiting around NSW including smaller private museums in historic towns with relics of earlier times. You'll also find beautiful galleries showcasing the work of local artists, photographers, and crafts from candles to clayworks and woodturning. Aboriginal cultural experiences include specialist tours and art galleries
NSW galleries and museums, Aboriginal art, modern art, art tours
Many local communities around NSW enjoy a well-earned reputation for colourfully celebrating their history through dynamic arts and cultural events, museums and galleries. And while Sydney may play host to some of NSW’s more well-known museums, galleries and theatres, there is no shortage of fascinating and diverse exhibitions, productions and stories to discover in the townships and villages across the state.
You can also follow self-guided heritage trails through historic town centres or explore areas once inhabited by Aboriginal Australians, early European settlers and convicts. Set out along the Gold Trails to discover some of the state’s original gold mining towns, make your way along the Orange Heritage Trail to enjoy fine heritage buildings or walk in the footsteps of famed explorers along the Hume and Hovell Walking Track.
As a home to diverse landscapes, NSW has become a popular destination for both local and international filmmakers. A mix of cult classics and box office hits, such as Australia, Nick Cave’s The Proposition, Dirty Deeds and Jindabyne, all feature sections filmed at destinations across the state. There is also no shortage of boutique and public galleries across NSW.
After a day exploring some of the state’s great attractions, put your feet up and relax at one of NSW’s many spas and wellbeing retreats. Presenting a variety of treatments to soothe the body and soul, from massages to reiki healing, there are plenty of ways in which to feel truly pampered.
Visit museums and heritage sites scattered throughout NSW to discover the history of the state. Learn about former inmates and prison life during a tour of the Old Dubbo Gaol. See historic aircraft at the Temora Aviation Museum or wander through exhibitions of model ships and relics from Australia’s naval history at Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum.
Relax and unwind at one of NSW’s many spas and retreats. Enjoy a weekend nestled within lush subtropical hinterland at Ballina’s Gaia Retreat and Spa. Savour panoramic views of the Blue Mountains National Park from Lilianfels Resort and Spa or feel pampered with body wraps, scrubs, facials and aromatherapy during a visit to Chalet Swisse Spa Retreat.