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. Laggan Village Markets

    Saturday 17 June 2017 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Crookwell

    Every third Saturday of the month, (except December and January), the Laggan Memorial Hall hosts the Laggan Village Markets, boasting a wide array of goods from home baked cakes to plants and an impressive range of gift items. There are…

    17 Jun - 17 Nov
  2. Wilderness Walks

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Fitzroy Falls

    They have two beautiful hikes to choose from that showcase different elements of the local landscape and suit varying fitness levels. All packages are curated by a local qualified guide who knows all the best places to visit, how to get…

    29 Sep - 17 Nov
  3. Snake Gully Cup Carnival

    Friday 16 November 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Gundagai

    The Snake Gully Cup is one of the most popular race meetings in country NSW. It will be held over two days and has emerged as the premier race of the spring in the southern districts of NSW. It is a great time to come and visit and…

    16 Nov - 17 Nov
  4. The Wiz

    Friday 16 November 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Dubbo

    Many people know the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but in this new musical version - mysterious, opulent and fanciful - Dorothy's adventures are set to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. After celebrating…

    16 Nov - 17 Nov
  5. Iron Cowboy Tamworth

    Saturday 17 November 2018 , Tamworth

    Professional Bull Riders (PBR) prepare to deliver One Huge night of the toughest sport on dirt. Come and experience the nation’s most elite genetically bred bucking bulls in a head to head battle of power, agility and the fight of the…

    17 Nov
  6. Ultimo String Quartet

    Saturday 17 November 2018 , Dubbo

    The Ultimo String Quartet features members of the Australia Piano Quartet, one of Australia’s leading ensembles and the Ensemble in Residence of the University of Technology Sydney since 2012. Violinists Kristian Winther and Anna da Silva…

    17 Nov