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. Little Bald Rock Walking Track

    Little Bald Rock Walking Track

    This 6.5 kilometre return walk climbs to the top of the granite dome, where you’ll be rewarded with superb scenic views as far as Girraween National Park in Queensland. The walking track heads along the base of Bald...

  2. Light to Light Walk

    Light to Light Walk

    Light to Light walk hugs the coastline between historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. It’s one of the best walks on the far south coast of NSW. The views are stunning and ever-changing – from heathland to...

  3. Kayaking on Tuross Lake

    Kayaking on Tuross Lake

    All paddlers have plenty of kayaking options on this lavish lake scattered with estuaries and islands. The prospect of catching a glimpse of local wildlife such as birds, kangaroos and even emus makes for an exciting...

  4. Brooms Head to Illaroo

    Brooms Head to Illaroo

    If you love beach hiking then the moderate Brooms Head to Illaroo section of Yuraygir coastal walk is for you. Take in sweeping stretches of golden beaches and protected woodlands of paperbarks. There are scenic...

  5. Rotary Park

    Rotary Park

    The Rotary Park is also known as "The Rocket Park" by locals, due to the large rocket built on the grounds. This park is located on the corner of Ashford Street and Gallen Avenue and includes a playground, sheltered...

  6. Astills picnic area

    Astills picnic area

    Astills picnic area is the ideal place for a feed. It’s rarely busy, and the picnic tables let you sit and take in the surroundings, with plenty of open grassy areas for games or chilling out.Towering trees soar...

  7. Saltwater Wine Surf Centre

    Saltwater Wine Surf Centre

    Saltwater Wine Surf Centre are the New South Wales' Mid North Coast's original surf shops! Founded in Forster in 1975 by legend surfboard shaper, Bob Brown, they now have three stores - Port Macquarie,...

  8. 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...

  9. The Arts Centre Cootamundra

    The Arts Centre Cootamundra

    The Arts Centre Cootamundra is a community built, organised and controlled arts facility.It exists to provide a venue and facilities for Arts activities in the Cootamundra Shire. It supports local...

  10. Wing Hing Long Museum

    Wing Hing Long Museum

    Wing Hing Long and Company's store in Tingha is a long way from China Town. This little store has been turned into a museum to raise awareness of the contribution of the Chinese to the rural communities of New South...

  11. Solitary Islands Marine Park

    Solitary Islands Marine Park

    The Solitary Islands Marine Park is the third largest marine protected area in New South Wales. It covers a total area of 71,000 hectares and extends along 75 kilometres of coast, from Coffs Harbour north to the...

  12. Canowindra@Home

    Canowindra@Home

    Where wine and food come to meet - with you !Canowindra@Home is an incorporated association of food and wine producers who offer events to showcase locally produced food and wine. They run markets...

  13. Arakwal National Park

    Arakwal National Park

    Arakwal blends the convenience of Byron Bay with the appeal of a secluded beach retreat, offering birdwatching, whale watching, swimming, fishing, and picnicking.In 2001, a historic agreement was reached...

  14. Windyridge Garden Mount Wilson

    Windyridge Garden Mount Wilson

    Windyridge Gardens at Mount Wilson dates from 1877, with the first planted tree, a Swiss Christmas Tree (Abies amabilis) in August 1945. Now the garden includes Cedrus deodara, copper beech, pin oaks, maples, ginkos,...

  15. Kooringa Cave

    Kooringa Cave

    Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you and discover the spectacular world of stalactites and stalagmites in the underground world at Kooringa Cave.It might be the smallest of the show caves...

  16. Chapman Valley Horse Riding

    Chapman Valley Horse Riding

    Nestled in the Hunter Valley just one hour from Singleton and two hours from Sydney, Chapman Valley Horse Riding provides horse riding for all levels of experience, from beginners right up to experienced riders....

  17. Evans Head Living Museum

    Evans Head Living Museum

    The Evans Head Living Museum is located at the Old School site in Woodburn Street, Evans Head. The Museum boasts historical photographs, newspaper articles, World War II memorabilia and items...

  18. Korogoro Walking Track

    Korogoro Walking Track

    Panoramic coastal views are only one of the attractions on this moderate track, encircling the headland at Hat Head. Korogoro walking track, on the easternmost tip of Hat Head National Park, winds through rare...

  19. Turingal Head Picnic Area

    Turingal Head Picnic Area

    Make your way to Turingal Head picnic area for a fun-filled day full of swimming, fishing, stunning scenery and amazing birdlife.Nestled among the red gums and giant honey myrtle, Turingal Head picnic area...

  20. Otford Farm Trail Rides

    Otford Farm Trail Rides

    Otford Farm has been operating since 1961, and with friendly and experienced staff they take pride on offering, just a little more hands on horse experience and atmosphere. They are always happy to...

  21. Woolgoolga Art Gallery

    Woolgoolga Art Gallery

    Woolgoolga Art Gallery is a community based gallery run by volunteers. There are regular exhibitions, classes and workshops in a variety of arts and crafts. All exhibition items are for sale. The...

  22. Gundabooka National Park

    Gundabooka National Park

    Visit Gundabooka National Park and State Conservation Area, near Bourke in outback NSW, to see the imposing Mount Gunderbooka, go camping in the outback and see Aboriginal rock art.Gundabooka National Park...

  23. Hole in the Wall Picnic Area

    Hole in the Wall Picnic Area

    This rustic picnic spot is the perfect base for a fun-filled day trip at the beach, in the southern reaches of Myall Lakes National Park. Just north of Hawks Nest, Hole in the Wall picnic area provides easy access to...

  24. Clarence Gorge

    Clarence Gorge

    Located within one and a half hours drive, north-west of Grafton is this rugged gorge where thundering waterfalls and savage rapids intermingle with deep pools and sections of calm water. The scenery is breathtaking...

  25. Biamanga National Park

    Biamanga National Park

    Jointly managed by Aboriginal people and the NPWS, Biamanga National Park is a significant Aboriginal site filled with dramatic landscapes and places to unwind.Sacred to the local Aboriginal Yuin People for...

  26. O'Brien's Hill

    O'Brien's Hill

    O'Brien's Hill in Grenfell is the site where gold was first discovered in Grenfell in 1866. The site is easily accessible to visitors with car parking, picnic facilities and toilets. There is remnant mining machinery...

  27. Weir View walking track

    Weir View walking track

    When you follow Weir View walking track along the lagoon’s southern bank, it’s hard to believe that this natural environment abundant with birdlife hasn’t been here for eons. In fact, the lagoon only appeared after...

  28. Big Buzz Fun Park

    Big Buzz Fun Park

    The Big Buzz Fun Park is 25 acres of adventure and fun, just south of Taree on the Lakes Way.The park features a toboggan run, three open water slides, jumbo slide, toddlers slide, kamikaze slide,...

  29. Bongil Beach

    Bongil Beach

    If you love walking along wild and untamed beaches, then Bongil Beach in Bongil Bongil National Park is the place to be. Nestled between Bongil picnic area in the north and Bundagen Headland to the south, it's ideal...

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