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. Southern Cloud Memorial

    Southern Cloud Memorial

    The Southern Cloud Memorial is dedicated to the airliner 'Southern Cloud', which was Australia's greatest air mystery. On March 21, 1931 the three engine aeroplane disappeared without a trace on a flight from Sydney...

  2. Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace

    Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace

    Located among mature gum trees, the 2,000 square metre fully fenced Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace caters for children of all abilities. The main five metre high main timber structure has wheelchair accessible ramps...

  3. Julian Rocks Aquatic Reserve

    Julian Rocks Aquatic Reserve

    Julian Rocks is 80 hectares of aquatic reserve with many species of tropical and temperate fish. The aquatic reserve is designed to protect marine life. Consequently collecting or destroying animals is prohibited, as...

  4. Captain Albert Borella Memorial

    Captain Albert Borella Memorial

    The memorial at the Peards Complex in Albury was commissioned by George and Debra Benyon and has been built in honour of Albury’s only Victoria Cross recipient Captain Albert Borella VC, MM, MID. Officially...

  5. Pinnacles loop walking track

    Pinnacles loop walking track

    Pinnacles loop walking track is a pleasant, easy walk that meanders through the woodland and heath of the NSW Far South Coast region. With beautiful coastal views south to Lennards Island and north to Haycock Point,...

  6. Weir View walking track

    Weir View walking track

    When you follow Weir View walking track along the lagoon's southern bank, it's hard to believe that this natural environment abundant with birdlife hasn't been here for eons. In fact, the lagoon only appeared after...

  7. Unreal Rocks Statue Gallery

    Unreal Rocks Statue Gallery

    Unreal Rocks Statue Gallery has been established in the Shoalhaven area since 2005. Stroll through the grounds and experience the craftsmanship of the artworks situated throughout the gardens....

  8. Belmore Falls

    Belmore Falls

    The walk commences at the Hindmarsh lookout carpark, with a magnificent view of Kangaroo Valley. Follow the signs around the escarpment to several lookouts, the last of which provides views of the waterfall. Typical...

  9. Queens Lake picnic area

    Queens Lake picnic area

    Be warned; once discovered, you might not want to leave the natural beauty of Queens Lake picnic area, just a short drive south of Port Macquarie. Nestled amongst towering eucalypts and lush rainforest, this idyllic...

  10. Myrtle Scrub scenic drive

    Myrtle Scrub scenic drive

    Because Cottan-Bimbang overlays Oxley Highway, it's possible to get a sense of it without leaving the beaten path. But interested travellers and keen road-trippers will want to take advantage of an additional driving...

  11. Ferntree Gully Reserve

    Ferntree Gully Reserve

    Ferntree Gully is a highly scenic rainforest area 17 kilometres north of Rylstone. There are many walking tracks at Ferntree Gully that take you down into the cool narrow fern-tree studded valley floor, and/or around...

  12. Pelican Beach Road lookout

    Pelican Beach Road lookout

    Take in the golden sands and sapphire waters of Pelican Beach from Pelican Beach Road lookout. Look to the north to see Pelican Point, a picturesque hotspot for beach fishing, or turn your gaze southwards for views of...

  13. Megalong Books

    Megalong Books

    Megalong Books carries a large selection of fiction, non-fiction and children's titles in its Leura shop. Plus a wide variety of books about the Blue Mountains, including titles on its history,...

  14. Big Trout

    Big Trout

    Adaminaby, located 51 kilometres northwest of Cooma, in the Snowy Mountains, is a popular trout fishing spot, so it's an ideal place for the 10 metre high Big Trout to live. This huge fibreglass structure was built by...

  15. Spencer Park

    Spencer Park

    Spencer Park Beach is shallow, clear and waveless, which makes it popular for families with small children. When the tide is out, the beach stretches out as far as Bar Beach where you can make your way across the...

  16. Jindera Pioneer Cairn

    Jindera Pioneer Cairn

    In Pioneer Park Jindera stands the Pioneer Cairn, a monument to the original settlers of the area and their journey to Jindera. When the areas original migrant came to Dight's Forest (the original name of the Jindera...

  17. Port Macquarie Golf Club

    Port Macquarie Golf Club

    Nestled alongside the picturesque Lighthouse Beach lies the challenging and conditioned Port Macquarie Golf Course and Club. The 18 hole course provides a test for all levels of golfers whilst the surrounding natural...

  18. Rotary Park

    Rotary Park

    Rotary Park, just three kilometres from the City Centre, is a pocket of around 12 hectares of dry rainforest located on the edge of the plateau that supported the huge expanse of Big Scrub subtropical rainforest...

  19. Look At Me Now Headland walk

    Look At Me Now Headland walk

    Look At Me Now Headland walk is a short, easy walking route with fabulous scenic views far out to sea, a lookout and beach access. Keep your fingers crossed for a breaching whale during winter and early spring. All...

  20. Leuralla Amphitheatre

    Leuralla Amphitheatre

    The Leuralla Amphitheatre in Leura offers a location of great natural beauty, where privacy and extensive views go hand in hand to forge an unforgettable experience.The stunning Leuralla...

  21. Culmaran Valley track

    Culmaran Valley track

    Starting at Cambridge Plateau picnic area, Culmaran Valley track descends steeply through towering tree trunks with broad leaves to a bridge over Culmaran Creek. This medium difficulty walk then climbs and skirts...

  22. Wedding Bells Forest Drive

    Wedding Bells Forest Drive

    The Wedding Bells State Forest boasts one hundred years of forestry management with its mix of native forest and eucalypt plantations. Wedding Bells State Forest features a beautiful waterfall and...

  23. Sherwood Nature Reserve

    Sherwood Nature Reserve

    Discover the spectacular biodiversity and natural beauty of Sherwood Nature Reserve. Just a short drive from Coffs Harbour near Woolgoolga, you can explore striking landscapes ranging from rugged sandstone escarpments...

  24. GTS Dirt Karts

    GTS Dirt Karts

    Enjoy some fast paced action on your holiday with a race around the GTS Dirt Kart track. Purpose built for the Moruya track, these off road dirt karts are fully maintained by the in house mechanic...

  25. Nambucca River Golf Driving Range

    Nambucca River Golf Driving Range

    The Nambucca River Tourist Park has the Nambucca Valley's only golf driving range. Located within the Nambucca River Tourist Park , the range is open to the public seven days a week 8am to 5.30pm (weather permitting)....

  26. Tourist Drive 2 - Bucketts Way

    Tourist Drive 2 - Bucketts Way

    The Bucketts Way is the second oldest tourist drive in the state, and for good reason, it is a scenic detour off the Pacific Highway. Tourist Drive 2 (the Bucketts Way) takes you through tall forest, rolling green...

  27. Cargo Lane

    Cargo Lane

    Cargo Lane is an amazing collection of unique furnishings and gifts, ancient fossils, lighting, rugs and cowhides, sculptures and art from across the globe - hand picked from exotic countries. You...

  28. Merimbulas Magic Mountain

    Merimbulas Magic Mountain

    Merimbula's Magic Mountain is a great way to spend a day.You'll find a range of activities including grand-prix racing cars, toboggan, water slides, roller coaster, carpet slide, jumping castle,...

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