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. Blooming Begonia!

    Tuesday 09 April 2019 to Monday 20 May 2019 , Orange

    The Blowes Conservatory in Cook Park is a mass of colour this month with the Begonias in full bloom. It doesn't last long so get down there as soon as you can. Cook Park is also looking fabulous as the Autumn colours emerge so its the…

    09 Apr - 20 May
  2. The Cowra Eisteddfod

    Thursday 16 May 2019 to Monday 20 May 2019 , Cowra

    The Annual Cowra Eisteddfod will be held once again at the Civic Centre on Darling Street. With a large selection of sections and fantastic prizes on offer, this year is sure to be an amazing spectacle. For more information and to…

    16 May - 20 May
  3. Currabubula Art Show

    Friday 17 May 2019 to Monday 20 May 2019 , Tamworth

    This annual Art Exhibition at Currabubula Memorial Hall, organised by the Currabubula Red Cross, starts with supper and refreshments on the opening night on Thursday. Artists exhibiting in this popular exhibition are not only local but…

    17 May - 20 May
  4. Foster and Allen

    Monday 20 May 2019 , Wagga Wagga

    Legendary Irish folk music due Foster and Allen are number one stars across the globe, having 30 new-release charting albums over a 40-year career, the only act in the world to do so. This legendary Irish folk music act began in 1975 when…

    20 May
  5. A Brush With Poetry

    Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Friday 29 November 2019 , Yass

    Enjoy coffee, cake and conversation sprinkled with metaphors and sometimes music at A Brush with Poetry. Hear contemporary and traditional voices. Relax in the rustic ambience of the studio at Café on Queen, nestled on the banks of the…

    21 May - 29 Nov
  6. Landscape Shadows - Art Exhibit

    Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Thursday 30 May 2019 , Grenfell

    Cathie Coleman has lived, taught and made art at her Bittern studio on the Mornington Peninsula for many years. Cathie’s work is continually evolving, her oil paintings reflect the different aspects of her life – on the farm, her local…

    21 May - 30 May
  7. Trangie Cotton Gin Tours: Seasonal Event

    Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Thursday 01 August 2019 , Narromine

    Each day from April till late September you can do a tour of the local Cotton Gin. Each morning they meet in the camp kitchen for a talk on how cotton is grown with samples which lasts for about half an hour, then they drive out to the…

    21 May - 01 Aug
  8. Sarah Goffman: Bridge to Asia

    Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , Albury Wodonga

    Plastic obsessed Sarah Goffman has filled Murray Art Museum Albury with hundreds of colourful plastic sculptures, spanned by a 13 metre suspended bamboo bridge. A global citizen, avid traveller and cultural appreciator, artist Sarah…

    21 May - 26 May