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. Jerrawangala National Park

    Jerrawangala National Park

    Located on the Great Eastern Escarpment of NSW near Nowra, Jerrawangala National Park offers scenic views and opportunities for taking a 4WD tour, cycling and hiking.With steep cliffs stretching all along...

  2. Finns Store

    Finns Store

    A piece of Canowindra's history, the iconic Finns Store is situated in the main street of Canowindra. Finns Store has been fully renovated and now sells fabulous gifts, jewellery, women's clothing,...

  3. 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...

  4. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

    Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

    Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is an exceptional cultural and tourist destination. Beautifully located on the shores of Lake Macquarie, the unique precinct embraces expansive leafy grounds, a sculpture park and an...

  5. Surf Beach Batemans Bay

    Surf Beach Batemans Bay

    Located just a short 10 minute drive south of Batemans Bay central business district, Surf Beach Batemans Bay is very popular with both locals and visitors alike. Lots of grassy areas overlooking the beach providing...

  6. The Big Fig Tree

    The Big Fig Tree

    It's almost 200 years old and an amazing specimen of a tree, though not native to this part of Australia. No one is quite sure how it got there, as fig trees are not native to this part of...

  7. Sapphire Beach

    Sapphire Beach

    Just north of Coffs Harbour, there are a few access points to the beach - take Sapphire Beach exit and access it via Crystal Waters drive, which offers playground facilities, parking and beach showers or a little...

  8. Macquarie Pass National Park

    Macquarie Pass National Park

    Wander among the rainforest and towering eucalypts, experience scenic views, enjoy picnicking and bushwalking along the Illawarra escarpment, near Wollongong and Kiama.One of the joys of New South Wales’...

  9. 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....

  10. Hart and Soul Therapies

    Hart and Soul Therapies

    Hart and Soul Therapies is a beautiful reflexology clinic nestled in a tranquil setting with majestic views to Camel Rock, Montague Island and Gulaga Mountain. A gentle drive through the spotted gum forest...

  11. Tulloch Wines

    Tulloch Wines

    Celebrating 120 years of winemaking in 2015.The Tulloch story began in 1895 when John Younie Tulloch accepted an unusual settlement of a debt, a 43 acre property at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley...

  12. Singleton Golf Club

    Singleton Golf Club

    The Singleton Golf Club is home to a luscious nine hole parkland course situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Lush fairways and greens make this the best condition nine hole course in the Valley, and will offer...

  13. Merewether Beach

    Merewether Beach

    Merewether Beach, home of four times World Surfing Champion, Mark Richards and Malibu Surfboard Riding Champion, Martin McMillan. No doubt this is part of the reason that Merewether Beaches National Surfing Reserve...

  14. Bingi Bingi Point

    Bingi Bingi Point

    Bingi Bingi Point offers a scenic expanse of golden beaches and untamed bushland with sea eagles soaring overhead and waves crashing on rugged rocks below. Perched on the edge of Eurobodalla National Park on the south...

  15. Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

    Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

    Located in Port Stephens, near Newcastle in the NSW Hunter region, Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve offers birdwatching, bushwalking and Aboriginal heritage.Birdwatching enthusiasts have already caught onto this...

  16. Warren Golf Club

    Warren Golf Club

    Visit the Warren Golf Club on the Oxley Highway and play on a mixture of grass and sand greens. The 18 hole golf course has beautiful vistas of the Gunningbar Creek and outdoor play equipment to keep children...

  17. Wasp Head Picnic Area

    Wasp Head Picnic Area

    If you enjoy a remote spot for a relaxing lunch, then head to the Wasp Head picnic area near South Durras in Murramarang National Park. The low-key facilities means it’s a great picnic spot, with great views and...

  18. Kaputar Scenic Drive

    Kaputar Scenic Drive

    Kaputar scenic drive is a 20 kilometre driving route through dramatic landscapes, with access to lookouts, picnic spots and walking tracks.Spectacular Nandewar volcanoes have left behind a landscape of...

  19. The Khaya

    The Khaya

    The Khaya, which translates to 'home' in Zulu, is a boutique style coffee shop, gift store and gallery that regularly hosts exhibitions from local artists and students. They serve delicious light meals, along with...

  20. Cobar Heritage Walk

    Cobar Heritage Walk

    The Cobar Heritage Walk starts at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre. Walkers should allow about an hour for the Heritage Walk, which takes in most of Cobar's points of interests and many of its old buildings. Traverse...

  21. Maitland Markets

    Maitland Markets

    Maitland Market is held at the Maitland Showground and displays the best of home made, home grown and home baked goods, artisans, musicians, gourmet food and the finest quality craft ever assembled. With over 600...

  22. Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace

    Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace

    Located among mature gum trees, the 2,000 square metre fully fenced Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace caters for children of all abilities. The main five metre high main timber structure has wheelchair accessible ramps...

  23. Mollymook Surf Beach

    Mollymook Surf Beach

    Mollymook is a popular family beach with the best parks and safest bathing at the southern end around the Surf Club. Surfers will enjoy the southern reef when it is working and the beach breaks. Best conditions for...

  24. 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 beautiful Coffs...

  25. 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...

  26. Gum Bend Lake

    Gum Bend Lake

    Enjoy Gum Bend Lake, a man made lake three kilometres from Condobolin and when full is 1.75 metres deep. Opened on 22 October 1988, Gum Bend Lake was a project to commemorate Australia's...

  27. Hill 60 Lookout

    Hill 60 Lookout

    Hill 60 Lookout is reached via a narrow but well formed established walking track and offers spectacular views up and down the coast line. A series of post and rail guards can be found at this interesting and...

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