NSW Attractions

Attractions in NSW

In NSW, browse galleries to discover the work of local artists, step back in time in historic museums or enjoy the regions' often unique attractions, shopping and entertainment.

It's easy to soak up the art, culture and history all over Jervis Bay on NSW's South Coast. If you're into antiques, there's great shopping around Berry and Kangaroo Valley. You'll also find flower farms, settlers' museums, Aboriginal arts and crafts to buy and much more.

Country NSW is equally rich in history, architecture and attractions you won't find anywhere else. There are museums dedicated to everything from fossils to fish, military history to writing implements. You'll find unique botanic gardens to explore, arenas where you can hone your riding skills and the chance to go fossicking for sapphires. The truly adventurous can even go gliding in Corowa!

A thriving artist community can be found in NSW's Blue Mountains, where there's a range of local galleries to check out, lots of beautiful architecture and for keen shoppers, a huge range of gift stores and more in Leura and Katoomba.

Broken Hill is also a long-time haven for artists and filmmakers, and the region's many galleries – including Art With Hart, where Pro Hart's daughter Julie exhibits – are well worth a look. Another must-see attraction is the Living Desert just out of town, and its sandstone masterpieces which were created as part of the Sculpture Symposium in 1993.

Keen anglers should definitely head to NSW's Snowy Mountains and the Big Trout of Adaminaby, a popular trout-fishing spot. The region's attractions also include a platypus reserve, memorabilia museum, historic buildings and a number of art galleries. If you're keen to shop, check out stores selling country crafts, Akubra hats – and, of course, a huge range of ski and adventure gear.

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  1. Werakata National Park

    Werakata National Park

    Werakata National Park in the Lower Hunter Valley is loved by locals. It's also close to Sydney, which makes for the perfect day trip. There are great cycling and walking trails and in spring they're lined with purple...

  2. Hyams Beach trail

    Hyams Beach trail

    Keen to meet Jervis Bay's birdlife? Follow the lead of the local birdwatchers who designed this delightful and easy walk, which is also known as Bird Spotter's walk. They've even added signs to explain the birds you...

  3. Werrong Beach track

    Werrong Beach track

    Only an hour south of Sydney, take a walk along Werrong Beach track in Royal National Park. Taking you to Werrong Beach, also known as Hell Hole Beach, it's a designated nude beach and perfect for those who like their...

  4. Smoky Cape Lighthouse

    Smoky Cape Lighthouse

    Standing high on a narrow headland, Smoky Cape Lighthouse is surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park. The lighthouse itself is as beautiful as the views - check out its winding staircase...

  5. Holbrook Miniature Railway

    Holbrook Miniature Railway

    The Holbrook passenger carrying miniature railway runs in the beautiful Ten Mile Creek Gardens in the centre of Holbrook on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. It is available for special...

  6. Belougery Split Rock walking track

    Belougery Split Rock walking track

    One for experienced bushwalkers and the older kids, Belougery Split Rock walking track is a moderate challenge with a big reward at the end. Climbing up and around one of Warrumbungle National Park's most distinctive...

  7. Treachery Beach

    Treachery Beach

    Treachery beach is found by turning right at the Seal Rocks General Store and following Thomas Road to Treachery Camp.This beach is one of those secret surfing spots you always hear about but wonder where...

  8. Perrys Lookdown

    Perrys Lookdown

    Perrys Lookdown is located at the end of Hat Hill Road, Blackheath. It offers grand views from the top of the escarpment into the World Heritage National Park and the Grose Valley. From here there is a bushwalk which...

  9. Nelson Lagoon

    Nelson Lagoon

    From Nelson Beach carpark, it's a short and easy walk to tranquil Nelson Lagoon. The lagoon is a popular spot for birdwatching, especially during spring, so be sure to take your binoculars along and look out for pied...

  10. Nanny Goat Hill Lookout

    Nanny Goat Hill Lookout

    The Nanny Goat Hill Lookout offers extensive views of the Cooma township and surrounding grazing country. The lookout is also part of the historic Lambie Town Walk. A sculpture of...

  11. Coastal walking track

    Coastal walking track

    If you only have the time or energy to walk one track in Wallarah, then take the Coastal walking track for the best of everything this park offers. It's an easy walk with gorgeous coastal and ocean views. Look out for...

  12. Lake St Clair

    Lake St Clair

    Lake St Clair is nestled among the undulating hills at the foot of Mount Royal Range, approximately 30 minutes north of Singleton. The lake provides a premium outdoor leisure facility. Swimming, sailing, water skiing,...

  13. Kiama Art Gallery

    Kiama Art Gallery

    Visit Kiama Art Gallery through the Kiama Arts Trail on the first weekend of each month, or by appointment, or on-line, to find an array of beautiful European and Australian works on paper and paintings from the late...

  14. New Age Markets

    New Age Markets

    New Age Markets - known locally as the hippie-shop - is now two shops.Check out the original 'New Age Markets' store and the funky new dedicated clothing shop, right next door...

  15. Seaton's Farm historic site

    Seaton's Farm historic site

    Seaton's Farm is quietly nestled at the base of Berthas Gully, on a scenic pastoral block within Weddin Mountains National Park. Historic farm buildings, machinery and equipment still litter this pretty landscape. The...

  16. Nichols Gorge walking track

    Nichols Gorge walking track

    You won't be very far into this challenging 7km walk - just 500 metres or so - before you'll come across the opening of Cooleman Cave. Make sure you've got a torch with you so that you can explore inside. Back out in...

  17. McCaughey Bicentennial Park

    McCaughey Bicentennial Park

    McCaughey Bicentennial Park is an original natural spring fed waterhole, which existed as part of North Yanco Station - one of the pastoral holdings owned by the late Sir Samuel McCaughey. The waterhole was used for...

  18. Thunderbolts lookout

    Thunderbolts lookout

    Once a popular spot for bushrangers, it's now visitors to Barrington Tops National Park who benefit from magnificent views at Thunderbolts lookout, near Scone. This short and easy walk will delight the senses as you...

  19. Lobster Beach

    Lobster Beach

    Leave the city beaches to the crowds while you spend the day at Lobster beach with barely a soul in sight within Bouddi National Park. Lobster Beach is a sheltered beach just a short walk from the carpark. The area is...

  20. Moruya Kayaking Trail

    Moruya Kayaking Trail

    The Moruya Kayaking Trail passes through the historic town of Moruya. The trail is up to 38 kilometres, but is very flexible. They suggest you launch at North Head campground, where dolphins are...

  21. Mallee Stop walking track

    Mallee Stop walking track

    The Mallee Stop walking track offers a fascinating introduction to the breathtaking scenic contrasts of outback NSW. Wander through an environment that is at once harsh and beautiful; the ground like a moonscape but...

  22. Deepwater Plaza

    Deepwater Plaza

    Deepwater Plaza opened for trade in April 1984 to much fanfare. The honour of opening the Centre was given to none other than the mother of The Goon Show's Spike Milligan - Flo Milligan! The centre revolutionised the...

  23. Wollomombi walking track

    Wollomombi walking track

    It's all waterfalls and wilderness on this easy walk around the rim of the Wollomombi Gorge high in the falls country of the Northern Tablelands, near Armidale. A great way to reacquaint yourself with the great...

  24. Cattai Wetlands

    Cattai Wetlands

    Just north of Taree past the Harrington turn on Spring Hill road lives the award-winning Cattai Wetlands, a beautiful coastal wetland and hidden gem of the Manning Valley.Cattai Wetlands provide a sanctuary...

  25. The Wiradjuri Study Centre

    The Wiradjuri Study Centre

    The Wiradjuri Study Centre was constructed with the express purpose of promoting the study and understanding of Wiradjuri culture. The centre offers a local hub for training, development and...

  26. Minnamurra Beach

    Minnamurra Beach

    Minnamurra Beach also referred to as 'Mystics' is a favourite with the locals. Mystics Beach stretches from the rocky headland towards the volcanic outcrop known as Stack Island (aka Rangoon Island). This stretch of...

  27. Hapuku Fishing Charters

    Hapuku Fishing Charters

    Hapuku Fishing Charters is an icon of the charter fishing scene in Wollongong. A clean, comfortable and accommodating boat that has been operating from Wollongong Harbour since 1990. Hapuku is a 38...

  28. Otford Farm Trail Rides

    Otford Farm Trail Rides

    Otford Farm has been operating since 1961, and with friendly and experienced staff they take pride on offering, just a little more hands on horse experience and atmosphere. They are always happy to...

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