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Nature and parks

Highlights

There are some amazing natural attractions in New South Wales. From the coast to the country you're spoilt for choice. All over this state you can meander at your own pace and discover a whole world of extraordinary natural wonders. With close to 900 NSW national parks, forests and reserves, the State features the most diverse nature experiences in Australia ranging from rainforests, marine parks, a city within a national park, outback landscapes, mountains, islands and World-heritage listed areas.

Must Do

Key places to go

Kayak, Two Mile Lake, Myall Lakes NP

The State is home to six of Australia's World Heritage-listed areas including the Blue Mountains, Willandra Lakes, Lord Howe Island and Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, and offers a 'Best of' Australian natural wonders for the visitor – home to the highest mountain peak, the site of the oldest human remains in the world, Australia's famous beaches such as Bondi or Manly, the world's oldest surviving plant species and the world's second largest canyon.

And you'll find there are plenty of ways to explore these beautiful environments. Take a nature tour to learn about native animal habitats, go abseiling or kayaking, cycling, hiking or bushwalking. Try your hand at surfing, fishing, boating or scuba diving. Camp overnight in a hidden valley, or even a Sydney Harbour island, or watch a sparkling waterfall at sunset or sit back and enjoy the sight of mesmeric natural formations.

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

National parks

With close to 900 national parks, forests and reserves, New South Wales has some of the most diverse nature experiences in Australia with plenty of things to see and do. Sub-tropical rainforests, pristine marine parks, outback landscapes, mountain ranges and UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas are located across the State.

Batemans Bay Beaches

Beaches

The State's coastline stretches 1590km with a grand total of 892 beaches including Sydney's famed harbour and ocean beaches and seven of Australia's National Surfing Reserves.

Hikers along the trail on Lower Rd, Mt. Gower, Lord Howe Island. Image Don Fuchs

Hikes, walks and trails

Whether you're out for a short nature stroll or a five-day hike, walking tracks in NSW provide all kids of opportunities to explore the State's 820 parks and reserves. Take the kids along, go camping and bird watching, watch whales from lookouts along the coast or learn about Australia's incredible natural heritage.

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