Nature and parks

Highlights

Discover the natural wonders of NSW, from World Heritage wilderness to beautiful national parks and wonderful marine parks. Get up close to whales, dolphins and seals. Enjoy bushwalking and spotting wildlife, outdoor adventure sports in the Blue Mountains, and camping under the stars.

  • Diving at Lord Howe Island
  • Three Sisters Katoomba, Image RA Stanley Landscape Photography

Wonderful places to experience in NSW

For unforgettable experiences, NSW is an amazing destination. Enjoy whale watching and swimming with seals and dolphins, and kayaking and diving in marine parks. There is bushwalking, cycling, fishing and other exhilarating adventures in World Heritage wilderness and beautiful national parks.

You’ll encounter wildlife across Regional NSW, such as in the Koala Reserve in Narrandera. There are marvellous zoos and sanctuaries. The award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo is in Dubbo. And you can even visit a dark sky national park near the astronomy capital of Australia, Coonabarabran.

Mother daughter - Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

In the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, enjoy the spectacular Echo Point lookout at the Three Sisters rock formation. Scenic World’s thrilling railway descends into an ancient forest and a glass-floored cable car crosses a steep gorge. Bring a torch for the wonderful Glow Worm Tunnel, near Lithgow.

There are walking and cycling tours throughout NSW. You can try rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning on various tours in the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage area. Caving is popular, too. Wombeyan Caves and a nearby campsite are an easy drive from Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong.

Kiama Blowhole - Image Phil Winterton

On the South Coast, visit the famous Kiama Blowhole and the resident dolphins of Jervis Bay, where beachside camping is popular in Booderee National Park. You can also experience one of the great wildlife adventures in the world – snorkelling or diving with a colony of fur seals on Montague Island.

In the Hunter region, north of Sydney, Barrington Outdoor Adventures offers tours in the stunning Barrington Tops National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. This extraordinary rainforest area extends along the hinterland of the magnificent North Coast.

Walk above a rainforest on the Skywalk lookout, near Coffs Harbour, and go kayaking with dolphins in Byron Bay. Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage paradise off the North Coast. Inland, in striking Outback NSW, is Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lake Region World Heritage Area.

Mungo National Park - Walls of China; Image, Dee Kramer

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