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. Nature walking track

    Nature walking track

    Nature walking track offers a glimpse of the full diversity of animals and plants in the Mount Canobolas area. Kicking off in a clockwise direction from Walls picnic area, you'll see snow gums tower overhead beside...

  2. The Last Post Bookshop

    The Last Post Bookshop

    Browse through the bookshelves at the Last Post Bookshop and find yourself something to read from among the thousands of titles on the shelves. They specialise in military, history, Australiana, and all types of craft...

  3. Wategos Beach

    Wategos Beach

    You'll adore the peaceful beauty of this sheltered beach on the northern side of Cape Byron. Protected by the headland from the wilder waters beyond, it's a fabulous spot to picnic and play. The local bottlenose...

  4. Wreck Beach walk

    Wreck Beach walk

    If you're looking for a peaceful spot to soak up the serene marine splendour of Port Stephens, do the easy walk to Wreck Beach - tucked away behind the houses at Shoal Bay and visible from the majestic lookout at...

  5. Tallow Beach

    Tallow Beach

    A scenic bridge between Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Broken Head Nature Reserve, Tallow Beach offers a terrific place to throw down a towel and soak up the sun. You could pull out binoculars for an afternoon...

  6. Killalea Beach

    Killalea Beach

    The state park features 250 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with excellent surfing beaches. It features stunning views in all directions, and a range of public recreation facilities consistent with environmental...

  7. Shellharbour Scuba Centre

    Shellharbour Scuba Centre

    Come dive with Shellharbour Scuba!Shellharbour Scuba Centre's divemaster led dives makes life easier for you to find what Bass Point has to offer in its brilliant diverse aquatic life...

  8. Mendooran Mural Town

    Mendooran Mural Town

    Take a leisurely stroll through the village of Mendooran while gazing at the large murals throughout the township. Many of the murals were painted by former resident artist, Karen Duce. Don't miss the great bullock...

  9. Skitube

    Skitube

    Skitube is a convenient and innovative train ride travelling from Bullocks Flat through Ramshead range, into the Kosciuszko National Park and onto Perisher Valley and Blue Cow Mountain. The distance is 8.5 kilometres,...

  10. Solitary Islands Aquarium

    Solitary Islands Aquarium

    Dive in and explore the marine life of the Coffs Coast!The Solitary Islands Aquarium serves as an important community asset helping to bring an awareness and appreciation for the marine environment...

  11. Farm Club Teahouse and Nursery

    Farm Club Teahouse and Nursery

    Enjoy a visit to the Werai Teahouse and Nursery with over 25 different flavours of tea, great coffee and the most divine cakes and sweet treats. Everything is baked fresh on the premises. Relax on the...

  12. NSW Modern Mining Trail

    NSW Modern Mining Trail

    The Modern Mining Trail is a self drive tourism experience that takes visitors on a journey to see the world class gold and copper mines, where advanced technology and a pursuit of excellence has enabled NSW to be on...

  13. Nadgee Wilderness Walk

    Nadgee Wilderness Walk

    If you're looking for the ultimate coastal hike, Nadgee Wilderness Walk could possibly be the one. Not for the faint-hearted, it's a four-day 50 kilometre hike along untouched pieces of southern New South Wales...

  14. Woodford – Oaks trail

    Woodford – Oaks trail

    For an invigorating ride or walk that will work your muscles and clear your head, try Woodford - Oaks trail in Blue Mountains National Park. The track leads from Woodford to Glenbrook and makes a great day out in the...

  15. Lismore Community Gardens

    Lismore Community Gardens

    Lismore prides itself on its beautiful parks and public spaces. From its well-tended formal gardens to its lush and carefully protected rainforest reserves, you’re sure to find a tranquil space to relax and unwind....

  16. Basin Loop track

    Basin Loop track

    For those who really like to stretch their legs, Basin loop track is the longest walking trail in Copeland Tops. This continuation of Hidden Treasure track follows, for the northern part of its loop, historic Old...

  17. Curtis Park Arboretum

    Curtis Park Arboretum

    View an amazing variety of over one hundred species of native plants from sunrise to sunset. The extensive range of plants has been collected from far north Queensland all the way to Tasmania....

  18. Bundanon Trust

    Bundanon Trust

    Bundanon Trust (including the Bundanon Homestead and Riversdale) is located on 1,100 hectares of pristine bush land overlooking the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra in New South Wales. It was a gift to the Australian...

  19. Christ Church Cathedral

    Christ Church Cathedral

    Take a tour of Christ Church Cathedral and discover its rich history. A survivor of the Japanese submarine attack of WWII and the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, Christ Church Cathedral is now a fully restored masterpiece....

  20. Courthouse Museum

    Courthouse Museum

    Step back in time and imagine what life must have been like for those who lived and worked on sheep stations in the early 1900s at Courthouse Museum in the Tibooburra township, not far from Sturt National Park. The...

  21. Armidale Heritage Tours

    Armidale Heritage Tours

    The Guided Heritage Tour is a two and a half hour taster of Armidale. You will be taken on an historical journey through Armidale with a lively and personal commentary from one of the tour guides....

  22. King Edward Park

    King Edward Park

    King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian rotunda.The...

  23. Mermaid lookout track

    Mermaid lookout track

    Cross the footbridge over the creek at Diamond Head and wander up this short walking track to the lookout. Along the shore is a series of rocky coves just perfect for a mermaid's afternoon nap. Enjoy spectacular views...

  24. Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk

    Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk

    Follow Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk in Kosciuszko National Park to enjoy amazing displays of wildflowers including marsh marigolds, silver snow daisies, mountain roses, and buttercups blossoming among glorious alpine...

  25. Robertson Heritage Railway Station

    Robertson Heritage Railway Station

    Robertson Heritage Railway Station and grounds as a tourist train destination, local history museum and waratah garden. Annual events are organised in Spring and Autumn, and the Fettlers Shed Gallery hosts exhibitions...

  26. Hawks Nest Beach

    Hawks Nest Beach

    Hawks Nest Beach also known as Bennetts Beach, is the beginning of a long stretch of beach, which enters the Myall Lakes National Park and extends north to the fishing village of Seal Rocks through a virtual wildlife...

  27. Platypus Pool

    Platypus Pool

    Early morning or late afternoon from both the eastern and the western side of the bridge, you may be lucky enough to view the platypus swimming or feeding in their natural environment. There are also fish, water fowl...

  28. Howlong Historic Trail

    Howlong Historic Trail

    The Howlong Historic Trail consists of 28 locations and is a 13.3 kilometre circuit. The history of Howlong dates back to 1836 when Major Thomas Mitchell established his camp on the southern bank...

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