History and heritage


Temora Aviation Museum in the Riverina region features one of the world’s best collections of historic aircraft, including a Gloster Meteor F.8, a CA-13 Boomerang and a Lockheed Hudson Bomber, plus the only two flying Spitfires in Australia. Watch a Spitfire, Boomerang, Meteor, Sabre, Hudson and an A-37B Dragonfly in action during April’s “Fighters” display.

  • Newcastle Museum
  • Temora Aviation Museum

NSW historic highlights

Old Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo

NSW is home to many fascinating heritage sites and attractions. Whether your interest is convict heritage, historic aircraft or the history of dairy farming, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Regional NSW. Plan ahead to check out what’s coming up for a short break to some of the state’s best historic attractions.

“Meet” the convicts and officials who oversaw construction of the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, a 250km stretch linking Sydney to the Hunter Valley, during the evocative play Convict Footprints. Audiences will be transported back to the 1830s during the performance, to take place at Devines Hill in the beautiful Dharug National Park in May.

Kids will love Snitch the Rat, a ghostly character who escorts primary school-aged children on an audio tour around Maitland Gaol, a two-hour drive north of Sydney. Snitch will reveal his stories and secrets about the former inhabitants of the old prison cells, in an entertaining and age-appropriate manner.

Experience the power and the passion of one of Australia’s most enduring bands at Newcastle Museum’s The Making of Midnight Oil exhibition, on until 10 May 2015. The display examines Midnight Oil’s impact on Australia’s social and cultural history over the decades, and includes stage props and instruments, handwritten lyrics and photos.

There are plenty of historic and cultural highlights in the 19th-century goldmining town of Gulgong in Country NSW, too. Henry Lawson is Gulgong’s most famous son and the museum commemorating the writer and poet has an impressive collection of original manuscripts and memorabilia. The Henry Lawson Heritage Festival, this year from June 5-8, will feature street markets, old-time dancing, poetry recitals and more.

The Roxy Theatre complex in Bingara is one of the last functioning examples of an art deco theatre/café; its new Greek Museum documents the story of Greek settlement in country NSW in the first half of the 20th century.

At the Old Dubbo Gaol, the 120-year-old watchtower has been fully restored and reopened to the public after 10 years.

At Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, get up close to rare and unique shipwreck items and other relics from Australia’s maritime history. In the Bega Valley, meanwhile, visitors can try the region’s world-famous cheese and learn about the history of local dairy farming at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre.

Aboriginal heritage and culture

The roots of Australia's Aboriginal culture stretch back many thousands of years and exploring the connection is a potent source of wonder for most visitors. Walk through Aboriginal country guided by traditional custodians of the land and discover history and cultural heritage in amazing landscapes.