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. Box Ridge walking track

    Box Ridge walking track

    Explore the diversity of the rainforest on an easy walk along Box Ridge walking track. The 1.2km return journey is mostly flat and suitable for the whole family. Tell the kids to keep their voices...

  2. Rotary Walk  Merimbula

    Rotary Walk Merimbula

    Rotary Walk starts from Rotary Park (adjacent to Spencer Park). This walk guides you through the twists and turns of lush vegetation, down steps and along bridges until you arrive at Bar Beach. The...

  3. Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve

    Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve

    A Southern Highlands wetland sounds unlikely, but it does exist. When Bong Bong weir was constructed in the 1920s to supply water to Moss Vale, a lagoon and swamp area formed at that part of...

  4. Australian Alpaca Barn - Pokolbin

    Australian Alpaca Barn - Pokolbin

    The Australian Alpaca Barn specialises in the sale and promotion of quality Alpaca products manufactured in Australia, New Zealand and Peru. They offer a comprehensive range, designed for the...

  5. Pipers lookout

    Pipers lookout

    Take a break from your journey over Brown Mountain at Pipers lookout. This series of lookouts offers spellbinding views over the Bemboka escarpment and Bega Valley. After checking out the main...

  6. Arakoon National Park

    Arakoon National Park

    The idyllic Arakoon National Park on the NSW mid north coast is home to the historic Trial Bay Gaol and is a wonderful place for a daytrip to explore Australian history or for a family camping...

  7. Day Fine Art

    Day Fine Art

    Day Fine Art is a business that has an eclectic interest in Australian Painted and Printed works and Old Master Drawings and Prints. The gallery aims to present rare works that are aesthetically...

  8. Dawson River walking track

    Dawson River walking track

    Dawson River walking track is a great hike that starts at Brimbin picnic area. Before or after your picnic lunch, take a stroll on this picturesque walking track that follows the line of Dawson...

  9. Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre

    Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre

    The Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre in Lismore offers leisure and recreation activities, as well as access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. This unique facility offers something...

  10. Cootamundra Heritage Centre

    Cootamundra Heritage Centre

    The Heritage Centre (former Railway Barracks Railway Complex) houses an eclectic display of historical items relevant to Cootamundra and district in a large main gallery (former dining room),...

  11. Missingham lookout track

    Missingham lookout track

    Once you've clapped eyes on this spectacular view, you'll never forget it. Missingham lookout walking track leads along the western edge of the escarpment and shows off Kangaroo Valley in all its...

  12. Alexanders picnic area

    Alexanders picnic area

    Locals love this spot, and who could blame them? At the southern end of Awaba Bay Foreshore walk, Alexanders picnic area provides a peaceful and very pretty area for walkers to rest on the trail....

  13. Murray Scrub lookout

    Murray Scrub lookout

    Pack a picnic, camera and binoculars for a visit to the Murray Scrub lookout; a magnificent place to take in amazing views over the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage areas. You'll get picture...

  14. Greenfield Beach picnic area

    Greenfield Beach picnic area

    Tucked away behind Greenfield Beach, this picnic area is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. It's named after Colin Greenfield who lived in the area from 1942 until the 1970s. Set up a picnic...

  15. Little Bay Beach

    Little Bay Beach

    Little Bay is a secluded beach nestled between granite cliffs, just south of the headland near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Pack your fishing gear for a day at the beach. There's the...

  16. Evans Lookout

    Evans Lookout

    Evans Lookout is located at the top of the escarpment at the end of Evans Lookout Road

    This is the beginning of a number of tracks in and out of the Gorge including the Grand...

  17. North Bay

    North Bay

    At the North of Lord Howe lies North Bay, a secluded beach accessible only by foot or water.

    Travellers admire migratory sea birds and take short walks to Mount Eliza, Old Gulch...

  18. Somersby Falls walking track

    Somersby Falls walking track

    Starting at one of the most spectacular and popular rest stops on the NSW Central Coast - Somersby Falls picnic area - Somersby Falls walking track winds down to the bottom of the falls along a...

  19. Paroo-Darling National Park

    Paroo-Darling National Park

    At Paroo-Darling National Park, you'll find the Paroo Overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin and an area of outstanding conservation value and natural beauty. Spend a...

  20. Washpool National Park

    Washpool National Park

    Take time out to explore the unparalleled landscapes of Washpool National Park, a place of steep gorges, clear waters and magnificent tracts of ancient rainforest. You'll find some of the most...

  21. Five Rivers Fishing Trail

    Five Rivers Fishing Trail

    For fishing folk there are five rivers of the fishing trail in the Balranald region, they include the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Wakool, Edward and Murray Rivers. Balranald Shire Council assists local...

  22. 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...

  23. Eagles Nest walking track

    Eagles Nest walking track

    Eagles Nest walking track takes you on a journey though World Heritage rainforest and snow gum forest, with outstanding views along the way. Climb down into the ageless world of Gondwana rainforest...

  24. Warden Head Lighthouse

    Warden Head Lighthouse

    Originally built on the Ulladulla Breakwater in 1873, the light was shifted to Warden Head in 1879. It is one of only two towers in New South Wales made from wrought iron plates, making it a...

  25. Laycock Street Theatre

    Laycock Street Theatre

    The Laycock Street Theatre auditorium seats 394 in tiered upholstered seating and is available to hire by professional theatre companies, community groups, dance companies, amateur groups, business...

  26. Burwood trail

    Burwood trail

    Burwood trail has a tranquil forest setting filled with spotted gum, ironbark and white mahogany for horse riders and hikers to enjoy while sharing the trail. Situated in Glenrock State...

  27. Lost Bear Gallery

    Lost Bear Gallery

    The Blue Mountains has long been a renowned centre of artistic activity, which Lost Bear Gallery is proud to enhance with its representation of contemporary artists. With an exciting collection of...

  28. Morgans Lookout

    Morgans Lookout

    Visitors interested in the local legends of Mad Dan Morgan, a notorious bushranger of the 1860s, can visit Morgan's Lookout, the actual hiding spot that Mad Dan used to evade police capture for so...

  29. Grasslands Nature trail

    Grasslands Nature trail

    The vast desert wilderness of Mungo National Park hums with life, and this short, easy track will delight and awe in equal measure. Wheelchair friendly Grasslands Nature trail, near Main campground...

  30. Mount Gower

    Mount Gower

    Standing tall at 875 metres, Mount Gower is Lord Howe's highest mountain. Rated as one of Australia's best day walks, the Mount Gower hike is a challenging eight hour return trek, complete with...

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