Escape from the city for the day and immerse yourself in the unique and fragile landscape of Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Almost completely encircled in rocky cliffs at the top of Jamberoo Pass, it ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/barren-grounds-nature-reserve
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.
The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/barrington-tops-national-park
From the Honeysuckle day use area on the Barrington Tops Forest Road, this sheltered circuit walk loops through magnificent Antarctic beech forest and thickets of soft tree fern. It's a magical de...www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkWalking.aspx?id=N0002#HoneysuckleForestTrack
Located halfway between Gloucester and Scone is Barrington Tops State Forest. Within the forest, on the banks of the Manning River in cool highland forest, is a stunning camping and picnic area popula...www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visiting/forests/barrington-tops
15km (one way) - 0 hour
Barrington trail is a great drive or mountain bike, and there are spectacular views, an amazing array of forest habitats and clear mountain air to enjoy. Make sure you...
4.5km (one way) - 3.5 hour - Medium difficulty
This fascinating and challenging walk takes you through several different vegetation communities, deep gullies and ridges and then onto a platea...
7km (return) - 4 hour (each way) - Medium difficulty
For those who really like to stretch their legs, Basin loop track is the longest walking trail in Copeland Tops. This continuation of Hidd...
Whether you're enjoying a family picnic or pausing on driving trip for a quiet cuppa - Bateau Bay Beach picnic area is the ideal spot.
Positioned behind the north end of the beach, this picni...
The Bathurst Courthouse is one of Australia's best examples of Victorian era public architecture.
This magnificent building was op...