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. Forest walking track

    Forest walking track

    Forest walking track explores the lush rainforest, woods and native grasses of Crowdy Bay National Park. This short and easy track, on the western side of Indian Head, will delight all ages and shows why this coastal...

  2. Macquarie Nature Reserve

    Macquarie Nature Reserve

    Close to the heart of Port Macquarie and just a few hundred metres from the beach, Macquarie Nature Reserve offers a peaceful setting surrounded by the region's past. Driving up the long curving driveway, you'll be...

  3. Glasshouse

    Glasshouse

    No visit to Port Macquarie is complete without a visit to this spectacular building set right in the heart of Port's vibrant riverside city centre. Boasting a spectacular 588-seat theatre,...

  4. Wootton Historical Railway Walk

    Wootton Historical Railway Walk

    Wootton Historical Railway Walk is located in Wang Wauk State Forest, near the township of Wotton, just north of Bulahdelah. This six kilometre walk starts off at Sam's Camp Picnic Area, with Wang Wauk Forest Way...

  5. Mystery Bay lookout

    Mystery Bay lookout

    Mystery Bay lookout is in the most southern part of Eurobodalla National Park not far from the picturesque hamlet of Mystery Bay. The lookout offers fabulous scenic views out to the Pacific Ocean where you are likely...

  6. Sakura Bonsai Gallery - Dorrigo

    Sakura Bonsai Gallery - Dorrigo

    Sakura Bonsai Gallery houses some 100 mature and 'in-progress' trees; some more than 70 years old, most 25 to 40 years old. Most of the bonsai have been started as cuttings or seedlings, field grown to develop some...

  7. Cape Byron State Conservation Area

    Cape Byron State Conservation Area

    For over a century, the elegant Cape Byron Lighthouse has graced Australia's most easterly point. Its powerful lamp still burns brightly across the bay and you can take a guided tour to the top or even stay in one of...

  8. Wildwood Garden

    Wildwood Garden

    Garden lovers are invited to visit this magnificent Bilpin garden. Lovingly crafted over 30 years, the garden presents a glorious collection of cool climate plants in a natural woodland setting...

  9. Newcastle Golf Club

    Newcastle Golf Club

    Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, two hour's drive from Sydney, Newcastle (formerly known as the Stockton Course) is one of only two courses in NSW given international recognition by the panel of experts...

  10. Shoalhaven City Turf Club

    Shoalhaven City Turf Club

    Nowra Raceway is a modern and well designed racing complex which holds regular races and meetings.It is known as Archer Raceway and was named after Archer, the local winner of the first two Melbourne Cup...

  11. Rainforest loop walk

    Rainforest loop walk

    Meander through rich, remnant rainforest teeming with diversity on the Rainforest loop walk in Minnamurra Rainforest Centre. You'll have a bird's eye view over this primeval world as you wander the elevated walkway....

  12. NSW Air

    NSW Air

    NSW Air provides Scenic Joy Flights over Shellharbour and the region from Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park Rail.The Bridge to Beach flight flies north to the Seacliff Bridge taking in the...

  13. Coledale Beach

    Coledale Beach

    Coledale Beach offers a campers haven with a reserve right on the beach edge. There are fantastic views of the waves, and both ends of the beach are closed in with rock formations. Coledale Beach...

  14. Athol Gardens

    Athol Gardens

    Athol Gardens is a unique function and reception centre in a 350 acre estate near Blayney in the picturesque Central Tablelands of NSW. Specialising in wedding ceremonies and receptions and celebratory functions, it...

  15. Round Hill Hotel

    Round Hill Hotel

    Some time before 1874, Aneurin Heriot sold Ed Culnane allotments numbers nine and ten, section 32 in the Morven Township, for just 20 pounds. This was the land on which the Round Hill Hotel now stands...

  16. Murrays Beach

    Murrays Beach

    Known as the jewel in the Booderee National Park, Murrays Beach offers swimmers and snorkelers alike, pristine clear waters and pearly white sand. Perfect for families, Murrays Beach is situated in a protected bay...

  17. Rusconi Marble Masterpiece

    Rusconi Marble Masterpiece

    The Marble Masterpiece was created by the dexterous hands of the late Frank Rusconi and represents 28 years of work by this master craftsman.Mr Rusconi was born in Australia last century and...

  18. Luke Park

    Luke Park

    Visit Luke Park, located next to the Jerilderie Lake. It has a fun children's playground which is fully enclosed and shaded. Enjoy a picnic or you can utilise the free barbecue facilities and the undercover seating....

  19. Village Green picnic area

    Village Green picnic area

    Backyard not big enough? Why not use ours. At Village Green picnic area in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, there's plenty of parking, picnic shelters, barbecues and open space in a picturesque setting so everyone can...

  20. 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 waterfalls....

  21. The Lion of Waterloo

    The Lion of Waterloo

    The Lion of Waterloo is believed to be the oldest licensed hotel west of the Blue Mountains that is still standing.Dating back to 1841, The Lion of Waterloo was a popular destination for coaches, station hands,...

  22. 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...

  23. Bianca Villa

    Bianca Villa

    Is your furniture in need of an update? Looking for something different for a room? Why not call in and see the friendly staff at Bianca Villa. Some of the tantalising merchandise and styles...

  24. Illawarra tourism route

    Illawarra tourism route

    Take in the beauty of the Southern Highlands, Illawarra and Morton National Park from the comfort of your car on the Illawarra tourism route. After fuelling up with petrol and a cuppa in Bowral take Nowra Road to...

  25. Manning lookout

    Manning lookout

    Perched on the spectacular cliff-tops in Morton National Park, Manning lookout offers breathtaking scenic views across Kangaroo Valley. It's a great introduction to the dramatic landscape of NSW Southern Highlands,...

  26. Culgoa National Park

    Culgoa National Park

    Some landscapes are iconic, like a scenic view ready-made for a postcard, or something out of legend. Culgoa is outback colours: ochre and brown and yellow, scorched by the sun. It's also majestic river red gums and...

  27. Black Stump Rest Area

    Black Stump Rest Area

    Coolah is one of several towns to claim bragging rights as the home of the legendary Black Stump. It was here that the colloquial saying ‘Beyond the Black Stump’, meaning ‘beyond the limits of civilisation,’ is said...

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