Country NSW

Discover the beauty, heritage and tastes of Country NSW, from World Heritage wilderness to acclaimed wine regions, from nation-making heritage to outdoor adventures. You’ll find marvellous things to do and see in historic towns that shaped Australia and in the spectacular national parks.

Riding a paddle-steamer on the iconic Murray River, meeting exotic animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visiting the famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, and exploring 430 million-year-old caves are just a few of the many great attractions. You can even try your luck fossicking for gold and gems.

A paddlesteamer on the Murray River - Echuca

The museums are captivating, from the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral to the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, and the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst. A world-class collection of flying historic warbirds is at the Temora Aviation Museum in Temora.

You’ll enjoy wonderful art in regional art galleries, including MAMA in Albury, the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in Wagga Wagga, and the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. In the natural thermal spa town of Moree is the Moree Plains Gallery and one of the finest Aboriginal collections.

Tamworth Country Music festival, Tamworth

There are memorable tours, including heritage, horseriding, wineries and ballooning. The exciting events calendar includes the world-famous Tamworth Country Music Festival in Tamworth. Check out other fun festivals as well as thrilling rodeo and sporting spectacles, such as the Bathurst 1000.

You’ll be thrilled too with the outdoor adventures, from gentle activities such as bushwalking, fishing and birdwatching to adrenalin-pumping mountain biking, canyoning and skydiving. There are plenty of fun activities for young kids, such as wildlife sanctuaries, adventure playgrounds and water parks.

Fishing in Goobarragandra River - Tumut - Snowy Mountains

The natural beauty is magnificently diverse. Stunning sections of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests are near the Armidale and Glen Innes regions in northern NSW. In south-western NSW is World Heritage Mungo National Park. Australia’s first dark sky park is northwest in Coonabarabran.

Delicious experiences in bountiful agricultural regions include wine tasting at cellar doors and dining at acclaimed restaurants such as BiotaLolli RediniTonic and the Zin House. Browse local fresh produce at farmers markets and farm gates. You can also tuck into hearty meals in heritage pubs.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Deep Cuts

    Friday 04 May 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Armidale

    Deep Cuts explores the work of contemporary Australian printmakers Rew Henks, Brian Robinson, Dianne Fogwell, Angela Cavalieri and David Frazer, who push the limits of traditional woodcut, lino and other relief printmaking techniques with m…

    04 May - 22 Jul
  2. Bathurst Winter Festival

    Saturday 07 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Bathurst

    A showcase of all that is vibrant, creative and unique in the region, this magical winter event sees building come alive through static and interactive illuminations that transform historic architecture and everyday spaces into unique wonde…

    07 Jul - 22 Jul
  3. Flip Out Winter Festival

    Monday 09 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Wagga Wagga

    Flip Out Winter Festival returns again for the school holidays. Includes one hour of jumping, one pair of grip socks and a slushie in a collector cup. Get down to Flip Out and enjoy these school holidays!…

    09 Jul - 22 Jul
  4. Ice Magic At Maidens Inn

    Saturday 14 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Echuca Moama

    Get your skates on because Southern Magic Ice Skating is coming to Discovery Parks - Maidens Inn. Ice skating sessions will run every day with express entry for all Discovery Parks guests. Sessions run for 90 minutes, starting at 10am. Th…

    14 Jul - 22 Jul
  5. Chill N Glen

    Saturday 21 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Glen Innes

    Come and join them in the Glen Innes Highlands to celebrate the wonder of winter. A two day event, Saturday in the Main street and Sunday in the community. Saturday, July 21 is a Main Street Fair with Ice Skating and loads of terrific ac…

    21 Jul - 22 Jul
  6. Harp of Erin Irish Music Festival

    Saturday 21 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Gulgong

    The Harp of Erin Hotel, Gulgong operated from 1871-1875. It was owned by Irishman Pat Gallon. Pat was well renown for the love of the tipple and locals would be regularly awoken to the sound of Pat 'hollering, yelling and fighting his own…

    21 Jul - 22 Jul
  7. CanAssist's 30th Birthday Lunch

    Sunday 22 July 2018 , Young

    Young and Boorowa CanAssist celebrate their 30th birthday with a lunch and guest speaker talk on Sunday July 22. Popular 2LF radio announcer/journalist Neil Langford has been secured to tell his eventful life story and Gail Hanigan and the …

    22 Jul