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Parks and reserves
Parks and reserves in NSW
New South Wales has breath-taking natural attractions from plentiful World Heritage national parks to hidden treasures where Australian flora and fauna thrive.
Botanic gardens and nature reserves in NSWIf you enjoy seeing a diversity of native plants and animals, or beautiful seasonal gardens in stunning natural locations, you’ll find plenty of botanic gardens, nature reserves and eco-friendly gardens in NSW.
At Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve near Coffs Harbour, you’ll see the breeding sites of thousands of muttonbirds; scuba dive in the waters around Julian Rocks Marine Reserve are grey nurse sharks and manta rays. Barren Grounds Nature Reserve near Fitzroy Falls has walking trails amidst native flora and birdlife. The Living Desert Sanctuary near Broken Hill is a sculpture site as well as being a flora and fauna sanctuary.
NSW gardens not to miss include Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mt Tomah, a stunning cool-climate garden and The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan near Sydney. Eco tours and garden tours are also available in NSW.
Booderee National Park
Indigenous tours at Booderee National Park. Image James Pipino
Evans Crown rock formation
Evans Crown rock formation at Evans Crown Nature Reserve, Tarana, Blue Mountains NSW. Image Lithgow Tourism
Menindee Lake at dusk, featuring drowned trees (near Kinchega National Park), Outback New South Wales. Image Sally Mayman
Park side view of the Terrigal headland, Broken Head. Central Coast NSW. Image Hamilton Lund
Woollool Woollool Aboriginal Place
Small group resting with tour guide in Woollool Woollool Aboriginal Place (a 370-ha reserve in Boonoo State Forest), Tenterfield, New England NW, as part of Woollool Woollool Cultural Tours.
Fairy seals, Montague Island
Fairy seals, Montague Island, Eurobodalla, South Coast. Image Arthur Mostead; National Parks and Wildlife Services
Captain's Walk, Cootamundra
The Captains Walk in Cootamundra features busts of every Australian Cricket Captain. Image Paul Foley
Moss Vale park
Moss Vale park in Autumn
Sculpture Symposium, Broken Hill
A sculpture from the Living Desert Sculpture Symposium, Broken Hill. Image Mike Newling
Robertson Nature Reserve
Robertson Nature Reserve. Image North Sullivan