Key places to go
There are many extraordinary features that make nature experiences in New South Wales truly remarkable, from a vast and shimmering lake system, The Great Lakes, holding more water than Sydney Harbour; the highest mountain in mainland Australia, Mount Kosciuszko part of Kosciuszko National Park to the world's oldest known ceremonial burial site in Mungo National Park.
Lord Howe Island is one of just four island groups in the world possessing World Heritage status. It is distinguished by remarkable volcanic geology, exceptional ecosystems, a rare collection of plants, birds and marine life and the world's southernmost coral reef. Dorrigo National Park in the state's north (part of Gondwana Rainforest Reserves of Australia, selected as World Heritage sites for their exceptional biodiversity or rarity) offers wondrous waterfalls. National parks around Nimbin in the State's far north, including Nightcap National Park and Mebbin National Park, enjoy high rainfall and spectacular waterfalls.
A recent addition to the National Parks stable is Capertee National Park, about 50km north of Lithgow, a popular stop for visitors heading to Country NSW. Capertee is a breeding and feeding site for the nationally endangered regent honeyeater, a distinctive black-and-yellow bird with a sturdy, curved bill. Other great parks include Mutawintji National Park, with its ancient Aboriginal rock art and engravings, the Blue Mountains National Park, featuring the stunning Three Sisters, and Sydney's Royal National Park, Australia's oldest national park.
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