Just near the coastal villages of Cabarita Beach and Bogangar on the Tweed Coast, Cudgen Lake is a hidden wetland treasure surrounded by floodplain forest and rainforests. Look out over the calm water...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/cudgen-nature-reserve/cudgen-lake/canoe-kayak
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.
3.7km (one way) - 1.5 hour - Medium difficulty
Woolpack Rocks shouldn't be overlooked just because the national park wasn't named after them. Easily accessible from Native Dog campground, thi...
9km (one way) - 3.3 hour - Medium difficulty
The walking track out to Cooks Nose is well-marked and steep in places, but the views at the end are simply spectacular. The track wanders through...
Watch the Guy Fawkes River plunging 100m over two waterfalls at Ebor Falls. Three lookout platforms along the edge of the gorge - upper falls, lower falls and valley view - give spectacular views out ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/guy-fawkes-river-national-park/ebor-falls/lookout
20km (return) - 7 hour (each way) - Medium difficulty
Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail begins where the state forest meets Weddin Mountains National Park. It's the longest loop trail in ...
2.5km (one way) - 1.5 hour - Easy difficulty
This short walk allows you to experience both the unique forests and stunning golden stretch of beach that make up Seven Mile Beach National Park....
1km (one way) - 0.75 hour - Easy difficulty
Don't have much time, but want to discover the wonders of this fragile environment? A walk to Illawarra lookout is a must, with spectacular views, ...
Bridges are not just functional, they can also be scenic and engineering attractions. Spare a few minutes to admire Bulga Bridge over Wollombi Brook. The Bulga Bridge is a representative example of Da...www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/visit/ViewAttractionDetail.aspx?ID=5051358
It's hard to believe Hunter Wetlands National Park, a haven for nature-lovers, is so close to the city of Newcastle. Pop the kids and their bikes in the car and head to Ash Island, where Riverside Par...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/hunter-wetlands-national-park
Mountain Blue Vintage Linen within Katoomba Vintage Emporium, offers charming and affordable vintage linen and china for sale.
Antique, art deco, mid century and modern lace, crochet, embroid...
Step back in time within the historic village of Hartley set into the western edge of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set among pastures, orchards, native plants and nineteenth and twentieth-century cot...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/hartley-historic-site