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. Stromlo Ghosts: Karyn Fearnside

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Queanbeyan

    Stromlo Ghosts, a new exhibition by Canberra based mixed media artist Karyn Fearnside will open at The Q Exhibition Space on Tuesday 12 March.   Stromlo Ghosts draws on the artist’s childhood growing up in the forestry settlement next to…

    20 Mar - 30 Mar
  2. Paddock to Plate Museum Exhibition

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Orange

    Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district celebrates the history of food and wine in the Orange region, revealing how growing, processing, distribution and consumption of food has changed over time. The…

    20 Mar - 28 Apr
  3. Sheep Shearing Farm Tour

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Wednesday 01 January 2020 , Narromine

    On this tour you will visit a local Trangie farm and be able to watch shearers in action shearing sheep and watch as the wool is prepared to be put in bales. This tour is open to all members of the public.…

    20 Mar - 01 Jan
  4. Cheers: The hidden history of Albury's vineyards

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Sunday 18 August 2019 , Albury Wodonga

    During the mid to late 1800s, Albury was one of the biggest producers of wine in Australia. The streets, buildings and land around are steeped in this history, but do you see it? This exhibition brings together decades of research to…

    20 Mar - 18 Aug
  5. The Hands that Shaped our Community Exhibition

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Wednesday 01 May 2019 , Henty

    The young people of the Greater Hume towns of Henty, Holbrook, Jindera, and Culcairn are eager to grab hold of and recognise the contribution made by the members of the community long ago. In order to do this the Greater Hume Youth…

    20 Mar - 01 May
  6. Archibald Prize Orange Regional Gallery

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Wednesday 10 April 2019 , Orange

    Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists. Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is…

    20 Mar - 10 Apr
  7. Wagga Social Netball

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Wednesday 26 June 2019 , Wagga Wagga

    Enjoy a fun game of social netball! No matter what the fitness level, Wagga Social Netball is a great opportunity to meet others through this social community based activity. Creche available for those with youngsters. Time: 10am every…

    20 Mar - 26 Jun