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. Pebbles and Pods

    Pebbles and Pods

    Pebbles and Pods - art and craft items celebrating the natural environment of Jervis Bay in all its little details. Delicate, petite watercolour paintings of local bird species, native plant...

  2. Arrawarra Headland

    Arrawarra Headland

    Soak up views of Solitary Islands Marine Park from Arrawarra Headland and Beach near Coffs Harbour. Fishing, surfing, swimming – it’s all here waiting for you to enjoy.A landscape photographer’s dream,...

  3. Norman Lindsay Gallery

    Norman Lindsay Gallery

    The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the former home of the illustrious artist and author, Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).Now open as a gallery and run by the National Trust (NSW), it displays the artist's...

  4. Dunn Lewis Centre

    Dunn Lewis Centre

    Come along and have a game of tenpin bowling and great family fun at the Dunn Lewis Centre. There is a 12 lane tenpin bowling alley, pro shop, a tastefully appointed spacious lounge area and outdoor seating...

  5. Saltwater National Park

    Saltwater National Park

    Saltwater National Park is a small coastal reserve surrounded by rainforest, just east of Taree. It's a popular seasonal camping spot for local Aboriginal people, and its convenient coastal locale means that surfers,...

  6. Tooloom Picnic Area

    Tooloom Picnic Area

    Tooloom picnic area is nestled in a small clearing surrounded by lush Tooloom Scrub in Tooloom National Park. A walking track and scenic lookout can be accessed from here.Whether you’re on a road trip,...

  7. Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale contains world heritage listed rainforest, historic sites and waterfalls. It’s perfect for walking, camping and fishing.Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, part of the...

  8. Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Museum

    Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Museum

    Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage (Association) formed in 2008. This group of Riverina rail enthusiasts aim to preserve the railway heritage equipment, historic records and heritage assets of the Wagga Wagga district and have...

  9. Braemar Gallery

    Braemar Gallery

    Opened in 1988, Braemar Gallery functions as a community gallery, hosting changing exhibitions that showcase works of local and regional artists. Situated in beautiful historic Braemar House, the gallery is a...

  10. Jilliby State Conservation Area

    Jilliby State Conservation Area

    Located near Central Coast, Jilliby State Conservation Area is a popular place for 4WD touring, mountain biking, horse riding and long bush walks through the forest.Jilliby State Conservation Area allows you...

  11. Penrose Park

    Penrose Park

    Whether you're after a quiet family picnic, an eventful weekend or a week away from it all, Penrose Park is the place for you. Powered camping and caravan sites are available, with bunkhouses and a...

  12. North Head Lookout

    North Head Lookout

    The spectacular cliffs along the Murramarang coastline are on fine display from North Head lookout. After following a well-formed track for 300 metres over gently undulating hills, you’ll arrive at a safe vantage spot...

  13. Perisher Ski Resort

    Perisher Ski Resort

    Perisher Ski Resort is Australia's largest ski resort encompassing the four resort areas of Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega, plus the Skitube Alpine Railway and The Station Jindabyne. During winter up to 47...

  14. Norman Jolly Picnic Area

    Norman Jolly Picnic Area

    Enjoy a picnic among tall old-growth trees and historic logging relics at Norman Jolly picnic area in Nymboi-Binderay National Park, not far from Dorrigo.The first thing you’ll notice at Norman Jolly picnic...

  15. Warrell Creek

    Warrell Creek

    It takes very little effort to escape the hustle and bustle in Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. On quiet days, when fishing boats are few, you’ll have the estuary almost to yourself. Bring binoculars for a bit of...

  16. Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is a great family day out. Learn about the park's mining heritage on a school excursion, or enjoy a barbecue in peaceful bushland, and then explore the maze, walking tracks or mountain...

  17. Yanga Woolshed

    Yanga Woolshed

    Located along Murrumbidgee River, Yanga Woolshed was built in the late 1800s. Once the largest, most modern woolshed in the district, it housed 3,000 sheep and provided work for up to 40 shearers at a time...

  18. Twin Lakes

    Twin Lakes

    A rare sight in the middle of the outback - a beautiful park with a lake, big grassed areas and an adventure playground for the kids. Relax in the shade of a tree, have a picnic or a stroll around...

  19. Armstrong Tag Archery

    Armstrong Tag Archery

    Archery Tag is the newest and hottest family friendly combat sport that can be played indoors or out and utilises archery with patented foam-tipped arrows to play the game. The game is played with two opposing teams....

  20. Oolong Sanctuary

    Oolong Sanctuary

    The Oolong Sanctuary is a volunteer-run wildlife refuge in remnant bushland, on private land in southern NSW. All activities, programs, and initiatives are financed by donations and carried out and...

  21. Boomerang Beach

    Boomerang Beach

    Renowned for its excellent surfing waves, Boomerang beach is a popular family beach for those holidaying in the Pacific Palms area. Ringed in the north by Booti Booti National Park the headland and...

  22. Balancing Rock

    Balancing Rock

    The Glen Innes District is renowned for its unique rock formations, one of the most unusual is Balancing Rock, 12 kilometres south of Glen Innes on the New England Highway. The gigantic boulder of granite rests...

  23. Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club

    Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club

    The Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club offers two bowling greens, full club facilities, and Two Rivers Brasserie which is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The Club hosts regular live entertainment, bingo,...

  24. Cuttagee Beach and Lake

    Cuttagee Beach and Lake

    Just seven kilometres south of Bermagui along the Tathra-Bermagui Road, lies Cuttagee Beach and Lake. The beach is popular for surfing, swimming and fishing. The lake, straddled by one of the Sapphire Coast's iconic...

  25. The Shed Gallery

    The Shed Gallery

    The Shed Gallery opened in June 2003 and consists of photography documenting the earliest days of the sugar industry in the Clarence Valley, when it was all done by hand. The digitally enhanced photographs also depict...

  26. Tapin Tops National Park

    Tapin Tops National Park

    A few hours drive north of Sydney, Tapin Tops National Park lies on a spectacular section of the Great Eastern Escarpment, high up in the mountains just northwest of Wingham.Scenic lookouts such as Rowleys...

  27. Stonewoman Aboriginal Area

    Stonewoman Aboriginal Area

    Stonewoman Aboriginal Area holds special cultural significance for local Aboriginal people, who have traditionally used it as a woman’s teaching and ceremonial site.After a short 750 metre walk from the main...

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