213 Reasons to Love NSW - Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Road trips, coastal hikes with stunning scenery, accommodation that is one with nature, NSW has something for everyone when it comes to getting out and about in the great outdoors.

  • Drive from Sydney to the NSW South Coast along the scenic Grand Pacific Drive, over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. 
  • Experience some of State’s most spectacular sights on the North Coast, including a drive through Waterfall Way between Coffs Harbour and Armidale, featuring Australia’s highest waterfalls, and Ebor Falls in Guy Fawkes River National Park, Glen Innes.
  • Head down the Canola Trail in the Riverina, stopping in at Coolamon’s Up To Date store, Junee Licorice Factory and Temora Aviation Museum at your own pace as you explore this array of food and wine experiences, landscapes and attractions.
  • Fossickers Way is a four-day drive which explores the history and flavour of the beautiful New England region from Barraba to Tamworth. Nicknamed gemstone country after the abundant sapphires and gems discovered here, you’ll discover gorgeous landscapes, historic country towns and delicious local produce.
  • Parkes in Country NSW is home to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, affectionately known as “The Dish” after the popular 2000 film of the same name. With a 64 metre diameter, the radio telescope makes for spectacular stargazing and is well worth the drive out to see it.
  • The Long Paddock road trip follows the historic Cobb stock route, from fascinating Echuca-Moama on the mighty Murray River to iconic outback towns like Deniliquin and Ivanhoe. The eight-hour drive features public artworks and information boards along the way, bringing the history and heritage of this unforgettable drive to life.
  • Explore tourist favourites, the Central Coast, Port Stephens and the Northern Rivers area on the Legendary Pacific Coast drive
  • Covering nearly 950km of spectacular landscape and history through Outback NSW, the Darling River Run follows the course of the Darling from Walgett to Wentworth, a journey rich with indigenous history and the memories of Australia’s pioneering days.
  • Take on NSW’s newest cycling and walking tracks at the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail in the Snowy Valleys, NSW. 
  • The World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. There are 50 separate reserves totalling 366,500 hectares with incredible walking tracks to explore from Newcastle and beyond. 
    Narrow Neck Plateau Trail, World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park
    Narrow Neck Plateau Trail in the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park
  • Go hiking in the Blue Mountains from the Kanangra Walls to Katoomba Walk, a challenging 45km hike through rugged scenery, to the Six Foot Track, Grand Canyon Walk, Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Lockleys Pylon and the Grand Pass, there’s something here for every hiker.
  • Newcastle’s Bathers Way is one of the premier coastal walks in NSW stretching 6km from Merewether Baths in the south to Nobbys Beach in the north. Finish off with a swim in the Bogey Hole for the perfect day out.
  • Serious hikers love the Light to Light Walk on the South Coast, spanning 30km of spectacular coastline. 
  • The family-friendly Three Sisters Walk treats you to ever-changing views of the grand Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. 
  • Standing tall at 875 metres, Mount Gower is Lord Howe Island's highest mountain. Rated as one of Australia's best day walks, the Mount Gower hike is a challenging eight-hour return trek, complete with rope-assisted climbs and dizzying drops.
  • Solitary Islands Coastal Walk is an easy four-day walk over 60km of coastline on the Coffs Coast. Enjoy whale watching, birdwatching and swimming on your journey from Red Rock to the coastal village of Sawtell.
  • Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast near Yamba. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.
  • Visit Australia’s first National Park, the Royal National Park, and explore The Coast Track, a one or two-day walk between Bundeena and Otford.
  • Hiking Oxley Wild Rivers National Park means you get to witness the beauty of World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest, historic sites, and magnificent waterfalls near Armidale
    Couple enjoying a scenic coastal hike on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk - Palm Beach - Sydney
    Couple enjoying a scenic coastal hike on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk - Palm Beach - Sydney
  • Explore the eight kilometre Bouddi coastal walk, known as one of the most beautiful Central Coast walks.
  • Hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse for beautiful views of Palm Beach, where the hit TV series Home and Away is filmed. 
  • Make a splash in NSW’s iconic ocean pools there are 100 along the coast including the the Entrance Ocean Baths, Bermagui Blue Hole and Yamba Rock Pool.
  • The NSW coastline is home to some of the worlds best surf beaches so take some time out to hang 10 and catch a wave. 
  • Mountain bike Australia’s longest gravity trails in Thredbo known as the Cannonball Downhill Trail.
  • Home to 170km of coastline, the Shoalhaven Region is challenging visitors to explore their pristine beaches by taking the “100 Beach Challenge”.
  • Travel down the Snowy River on a multiple day kayaking and rafting trip with Alpine River Adventures, visiting places hardly untouched since European settlement. 
  • Stand in three states in NSW Corner Country. At Cameron Corner, 145km northwest of Tibooburra, you can actually stand at the intersection of NSW, South Australia and Queensland.
  • Pan for Sapphires and precious gems in Glen Innes and Inverell on the Fossickers Way touring route.
  • Enjoy daily winter temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius and try your luck at finding Lightning Ridge’s elusive black opal. 
    Camping tents set up on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour
    Camping tents set up on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour
  • Go camping in the middle of Sydney Harbour on Cockatoo Island.
  • Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains.
  • Be rewarded with one of the State’s most spectacular sunsets at the summit of Mt. Tomaree, Port Stephens.
  • Abseil in the Blue Mountains, where better to get vertical than the dramatic cliff faces here? 
  • For the thrill of a lifetime, try a tandem glide with Hanggliding Oz or the Sydney Hang Gliding centre at Stanwell Tops. 
  • Thredbo is home to Australia's longest ski run, the Crackenback Supertrail. Do you have what it takes to make it down?
  • With the continental shelf only 20km offshore, take a charter from Bermagui Harbour to pristine waters to hook black marlin and yellowfin tuna.
  • Take a moment to relax in Moree’s famous hot springs, in the North West of NSW.
  • Let your national pride shine and get a photo at the iconic Australia Rock in Eurobodalla. 
  • Explore one of NSW’s newly formed National Parks - Yanga National Park. It covers an area of 66,734 hectares, and has a frontage of 170 kilometres on the Murrumbidgee River.
    Vintage car passing through a jacaranda-lined street in Grafton, Clarence Valley
    Vintage car passing through a jacaranda-lined street in Grafton - Clarence Valley - North Coast
  • Visit Grafton during Jacaranda season, from the last weekend in October to the first weekend in November, to capture some truly Insta-worthy snaps. 
  • An awesome natural spectacle, the Kiama Blowhole on the beautiful NSW South Coast is one of the largest blowholes in the world.
  • Visit the extraordinary Figure 8 Pool in the Royal National Park. Located on a rock shelf with unpredictable tides that can be dangerous, it's best to be safe and visit on a guided tour with Barefoot Adventures.
  • Experience spectacular views of constellations and planets in an award winning night sky tour at Outback Astronomy in Broken Hill. 
  • Island hop on Sydney Harbour by jumping aboard a hop-on-hop-off ferry.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of Sydney Harbour by catching a seaplane from Rose Bay.
  • Enjoy the peace up high on a hot air balloon ride over the Hunter Valley
  • Skydive from Australia's highest altitude of up to 15,000 feet, directly over North Wollongong beach or head north to Byron Bay where you can freefall at over 200km/hr.
  • Charter a helicopter for a game of golf and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, home to Greg Norman-designed golf course The Vintage
  • Home to the only two flying Spitfires in Australia, the Temora Aviation Museum has one of the world's finest collections of flying historic aircraft. 
    Friends enjoying the view of Apsley Gorge Rim in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Walcha
    Friends enjoying the view of Apsley Gorge Rim in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park - Walcha - Country NSW
  • Head out heli fishing in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park flying over the stunning park to experience the gorges and waterfalls while on pursuit of the Australian Bass.
  • Taking a Wing Walk at HARS Aviation Museum in Albion Park means you can view a 747 from a completely different perspective. 
  • Want to while away some time just floating downstream? Hire a houseboat and cruise the mighty Murray River at Moama and Wentworth. 
  • Explore one of the largest, privately owned cool climate gardens in the world and largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere - Mayfield Garden
  • Experience life ‘off the grid’ by staying at a luxury eco-hut at Kimo Estate in Gundagai, home of the Dog on the Tuckerbox Pioneer Monument.
  • Feel the need for something truly removed from the rest of the world? Faraway Domes, Warialda could be right up your alley. 
  • Rent a houseboat on the Hawkesbury River and float the days away on this pristine piece of NSW. 
  • Try camping of a different sort at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay, staying in luxe African-inspired canvas tents perched amongst the eucalyptus and paperbarks. 
  • Tilba Lake Camp has a glamping experience to suit all modern adventurers – from the yurt-like lotus belle tents to self-contained pods. With all mod cons and wood fires, this is camping, but not as you know it.
  • Nestled in the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park between Gundagai and Tumut, Nimbo Fork Lodge is surrounded by spectacular landscapes, and breathtaking views.
    The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
    The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa - Byron Bay - North Coast
  • Set within a stunning 18-hectare rainforest, the Byron at Byron is an iconic luxury getaway at one of Australia's most iconic beachside locations. 
  • Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, located in the Tweed hinterland, is an idyllic rainforest getaway with a range of bungalows, cabins and lodges, all of which boast floor to ceiling views of the natural surroundings.  
  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains is an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort, occupying just one percent of a 2,800 hectare nature reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
  • A residential masterpiece built into the natural rock formation, Seidler House’s award-winning design is positioned on the edge of a rugged sandstone escarpment to ensure panoramic bush views overlooking the deep picturesque gorge of the Wingecarribee River, Joadja, Mittagong and Bowral in the Southern Highlands. 
  • Gaia Retreat and Spa is co-owned by Olivia Newton John and set in the breathtaking Bundjalung Country hinterland of Byron Bay. This boutique retreat lets you craft your own wellness journey, with food, treatments and more included.
  • Take a trip to Morton National Park where you will be amazed by the 81m high Fitzroy Falls.