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. Taree Heritage Walk

    Taree Heritage Walk

    The Manning Valley was first explored by John Oxley in late 1818 but the first town did not appear in the Valley until 1850's. Taree did not start to prosper until the 1920's when the arrival of the railway saw the...

  2. Broken Head Picnic Area

    Broken Head Picnic Area

    Indulge in some picnicking, swimming, surfing, and birdwatching, while discovering a secluded paradise where lush rainforest meets the beach.Just a short drive or bike ride from Byron Bay, and you can enjoy...

  3. Touch The Country Drive

    Touch The Country Drive

    This full day drive takes you through scenic countryside with vast tracts of forest and farmlands where the mountains of the Richmond Range dominate the skyline. The journey north from Kyogle takes...

  4. Vera's Water Garden

    Vera's Water Garden

    Vera's Water Garden is always a hit with children, who can dangle their feet in the wading pool, run through the water sprays, and climb over the brightly coloured fountains. Vera's Water Garden offers...

  5. Wyrrabalong National Park

    Wyrrabalong National Park

    Discover paradise just minutes from The Entrance on the Central Coast. Go whale watching, fishing, surfing, bushwalking and birdwatching at Wyrrabalong National Park.Divided into two sections, Wyrrabalong...

  6. Kangaroo River

    Kangaroo River

    Rising within the Buderoo National Park, the Kangaroo River winds its way through beautiful Kangaroo Valley, through areas of untouched wilderness, rainforests, and then through verdant farmland, until it converges...

  7. Mount Portal lookout

    Mount Portal lookout

    Perched atop the lower ridges of Blue Mountains National Park, Mount Portal lookout offers magnificent views of the junction between Glenbrook Gorge and the mighty Nepean River. With a wheelchair-accessible path, it's...

  8. Boyd Lookout

    Boyd Lookout

    Boyd Lookout is located on the edge of Morton National Park and Macdonald State Forest with spectacular views of Lake Conjola and beaches to the south. It has a scenic lookout with views to the coast and of Pigeon...

  9. Capertee Woolshed ruins

    Capertee Woolshed ruins

    When spending time in Capertee National Park, remember to visit Capertee Woolshed ruins while you’re there. On the river flat below Capertee Homestead – ‘Port Macquarie’, these ruins are one of the surviving remnants...

  10. Aeroplane Hill walking track

    Aeroplane Hill walking track

    At an altitude of 1,500m, you'll have your head in the clouds on this high country track that captures the rare beauty of the plateau region of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester. From...

  11. Sydney Microlight Centre

    Sydney Microlight Centre

    Sydney Microlight Centre is Sydney's closest approved microlight training facility. Located at Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park Rail, just over an hour's drive south of Sydney at the end of the M1 Princes...

  12. Tweed City Shopping Centre

    Tweed City Shopping Centre

    Tweed City is the shopping centre of choice for locals and visitors to the Tweed and Southern Gold Coast region. Everything you need is right here under one roof. Shopping for groceries is easy with Coles and...

  13. Captain Cook's lookout

    Captain Cook's lookout

    For a scenic treat, make your way to Captain Cook’s lookout at the base of Smoky Cape lighthouse. Pause to feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park.Visit between...

  14. Sawpit walking track

    Sawpit walking track

    This short and easy stroll is perfect for the whole family. Beginning from the northern end of Sawpit Creek picnic area, the walk follows Sawpit Creek through woodland, taking in candlebark, bark sallee, white sallee,...

  15. Dungog James Theatre

    Dungog James Theatre

    The James Theatre was once the social hub of Dungog, not only for its film screenings, but its balls and dances, catered for by the Wattle Club ladies.The Theatre fell on hard times and fell into...

  16. Heath Circuit

    Heath Circuit

    Starting and ending in Cudmirrah, Heath Circuit is a healthy way to see the best of what Conjola National Park offers. From the signposted, unsealed trail, you'll see the abundantly flowered heathlands - at their peak...

  17. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens

    Campbell Rhododendron Gardens

    The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens at Blackheath, about 120 kilometres west of Sydney, cover an area of 18.3 hectares (45 acres) and comprise both exotic plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples and other deciduous...

  18. Headland Walking Track

    Headland Walking Track

    Headland walking track is a short, leisurely stroll that takes you through lovely rainforest to the headland. Experience amazing views out over Saltwater Beach, Khappinghat Creek and Pacific Ocean.If you're...

  19. Leggy Point loop walking track

    Leggy Point loop walking track

    Leggy Point loop walking track weaves through open coastal forest with some jaw-dropping coastal views in Glenrock State Conservation Area. The walking track is ideal for active nature lovers with wildflower displays...

  20. Museum Under the Bridge

    Museum Under the Bridge

    The Museum Under the Bridge is the former police station built in 1886 and has been converted to the Coonamble Historical Museum. The museum displays artefacts, photographs, implements and...

  21. Perry Sandhills

    Perry Sandhills

    The Perry Sandhills are on the edge of the flood plain that includes Thegoa Lagoon. They are ancient and include Aboriginal cultural heritage areas. The sandhills have been used as a backdrop in many films and...

  22. Leura Cascades

    Leura Cascades

    Leura Cascades is a popular picnic area set amidst tall eucalypts. Nearby you can take a walk beside the rapids on Leura Falls Creek down to Bridal Veil Falls and Leura Falls. Be prepared and...

  23. McCrossin's Mill Museum

    McCrossin's Mill Museum

    Built in 1870, McCrossin's Mill is a lovingly restored three storey flour mill which now houses a multi-award winning museum, gallery and function centre. Many locals once believed the "Old Mill" to be haunted. Now it...

  24. The Westport Club

    The Westport Club

    The Westport Club Port Macquarie is the regions premier entertainment hub offering everything from waterfront dining, to live music, the barefoot bowls.With a recent AUD13 million renovation, and sitting on...

  25. Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle Beach has a reputation for being one of the best surf locations in Australia and is a favoured spot for board riders wishing to catch that perfect wave off Newcastle Point. Lifeguard Services are...

  26. Jetty Memorial Theatre

    Jetty Memorial Theatre

    The Jetty Memorial Theatre serves as an important arts hub and performance space for the Coffs Harbour region. A listed, heritage building with a rich local history, the refurbished theatre offers contemporary...

  27. 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 rarity...

  28. Prince Henry Cliff walk

    Prince Henry Cliff walk

    If you're fond of magnificent views, famous lookouts, and iconic scenery, then look no further than Prince Henry Cliff walk, in Blue Mountains National Park. Following the cliff edge from Katoomba Cascades to Gordon...

  29. Bowral Art Gallery

    Bowral Art Gallery

    The Berrima District Art Society was founded in October 1950 by Kath Smith and a committee of interested members of the general public. In 1970 the Society acquired, through the generosity of Edgar Bent, a cottage in...

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