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. Wellington Osawano Japanese Gardens

    Wellington Osawano Japanese Gardens

    Visit Wellington Osawano Japanese Gardens located eight kilometres south east of Wellington on the Mitchell Highway. Wander around the manicured gardens, which include a man-made mountain,...

  2. General Store

    General Store

    Located right in the centre of this historic township, Hill End's General Store is a great meeting place before embarking on a walk or Discovery tour. This wheelchair-accessible cafe offers great...

  3. Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve

    Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve

    Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve is a particularly important place for Wiradjuri people. The second oldest nature reserve in Australia is steeped in Aboriginal heritage. It protects an area of sandstone...

  4. 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...

  5. Marsh Meanders

    Marsh Meanders

    One of the best ways to explore the Marshes is by a guided kayak or bushwalking tour. Tour operator Carolyn Fisher is a wealth of knowledge on birdlife in the marshes. To book a tour, contact her...

  6. Toorale National Park

    Toorale National Park

    Experience an outback adventure at Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. Awe-inspiring skies, dramatic sunsets and starry nights under Australian floodplain landscape are just a few...

  7. The Treat Factory

    The Treat Factory

    The Treat Factory is one of the largest gourmet food outlets on the South Coast of New South Wales.
    Established in the historic Old Central Creamery, the Treat Factory manufactures...

  8. Queanbeyan Art Gallery

    Queanbeyan Art Gallery

    The venue for the Queanbeyan Art Society is a charming 1880s brick cottage called O'Neil's Cottage, which is set on the banks of the Queanbeyan River.

    The Society is a non-profit...

  9. Scotts Point Way to Riverside Park trail

    Scotts Point Way to Riverside Park trail

    Take a step back in history as well as a walk through nature. At the beginning of the Scotts Point to Riverside Park trail, you'll find a visitor information shelter that shows some reproductions...

  10. Darling River Run

    Darling River Run

    The Darling River Run is a trip through time and the heart of Outback NSW. Best done by four wheel drive it runs between Brewarrina in the North and Wentworth in the South, taking in Broken Hill,...

  11. 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),...

  12. Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

    Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

    The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum features a world renowned collection of maritime artefacts and navigational and surveying instruments. The Museum exhibits a range of nautical equipment, models,...

  13. Waterfall walking track

    Waterfall walking track

    Waterfall walking track is a great option for most weather conditions as it's a sheltered walk which is also conveniently close to Jindabyne. You can start the walk at either Sawpit Creek picnic...

  14. Boyds Tower walking track

    Boyds Tower walking track

    Follow this gentle walking track and boardwalk around the imposing Boyds Tower. Find out about the eccentric entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd, who built Boyds Tower only to never see it commissioned as a...

  15. Glasshouse Rocks and Pillow Lava

    Glasshouse Rocks and Pillow Lava

    Surf Beach, Narooma has two amazing sites of ancient geological significance and beauty at either end of the sandy beach. At the southern end lie the imposing Glasshouse Rocks; a photographers...

  16. Chichester State Forest

    Chichester State Forest

    Picturesque Chichester State Forest is located in the Lower Barrington Tops and offers free picnic and camping grounds, the majority located near creeks/rivers.

    Telegherry,...

  17. The Nook Craft Co-Operative

    The Nook Craft Co-Operative

    The Nook is a co-operative of artists and artisans of the Blue Mountains which allows visitors to experience unique, quality work not generally seen elsewhere. It is a collective marketplace which...

  18. Pambula Merimbula Golf Club

    Pambula Merimbula Golf Club

    The only 27 hole golf course on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, the course winds its way through beautiful native bushland abutting the pristine Merimbula lakes. Lots of Australian wildlife...

  19. Tip to Tail trail

    Tip to Tail trail

    Go mountain biking or horseriding on Tip to Tail trail and discover Wallingat National Park on an extended ride through the park. This easy trail takes you on a beautiful journey along the network...

  20. Heritage walking track

    Heritage walking track

    The Heritage walking track begins at the remains of an 1870's stone bridge abutments. This short walk takes you along the original Minmi Back Creek rail embankment to Brown's Colliery No. 2 mine,...

  21. Willandra Homestead

    Willandra Homestead

    Willandra Homestead is a fine old rural homestead and a fantastic place to visit if you're thinking of a historic site for a picnic or barbecue. Step into the past of a remote pastoral station...

  22. Cemetery Walk Self-Guided Tour

    Cemetery Walk Self-Guided Tour

    A fascinating walk - pick up your map from the Narranderra Visitor Centre. Learn about people who helped shape the town and its surrounds and visit their final resting place. Discover amazing facts...

  23. Cabbage Palm loop walking track

    Cabbage Palm loop walking track

    Cabbage Palm loop walking track begins at Sugar Creek picnic area in Wallingat National Park and follows the first section of Coachwood walk. Along the way, you'll meander over the alluvial flats...

  24. Grave of Yuranigh

    Grave of Yuranigh

    Sir Thomas Mitchell's loyal Aboriginal guide Yuranigh, is buried just out of Molong on the Mitchell Highway towards Orange. Yuranigh was buried according to aboriginal custom with carved trees at...

  25. Red Head Beach

    Red Head Beach

    Red Head Beach at Hallidays Point is a quiet beach area just north of Black Head Beach, ideal for relaxing strolls.

    Meander along the rainforest walk which encompasses striking...

  26. Lake Mac Kayak and Bike Hire

    Lake Mac Kayak and Bike Hire

    Lake Mac Kayak, SUP and Bike Hire is a mobile hire business servicing and delivering to all areas of Lake Macquarie.

    Kayak or paddle board around the Lake or ride to Morisset...

  27. Bonville Golf Resort

    Bonville Golf Resort

    Bonville Golf Resort is acknowledged as one of the worlds most beautiful golf courses, and is consistently voted the most beautiful in Australia. Situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the...

  28. Nellies Glen Carrington Falls

    Nellies Glen Carrington Falls

    History may not have remembered Nellie so well, but one thing's for sure: she knew a good picnic spot when she saw it. Soak up the oxygen laden air while being soothed by the sounds of nearby...

  29. Wollongong and Harbour Lighthouse

    Wollongong and Harbour Lighthouse

    Wollongong Harbour's Breakwater lighthouse has been inactive since 1974 (a decorative light is displayed on special occasions). It stands 12 metres (40 feet) high and has a tapered round wrought...

  30. Vigars Well picnic area

    Vigars Well picnic area

    It's been over 15,000 years since the Willandra Lakes World Heritage region held water, so Vigars Well picnic area is a welcome oasis in the dramatic desert landscape of today. This historic picnic...

  31. 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...

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