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. School Holiday Art Camps

    Tuesday 10 April 2018 to Thursday 26 April 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    Break up the April school holidays with a fun day of art and creative games at MAMA. This comprehensive art experience includes guided tours of MAMA's current exhibitions, age-appropriate art workshops, as well as active outdoor play in QE…

    10 Apr - 26 Apr
  2. Best of the Bald Archy Prize

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Wagga Wagga

    For 25 years a discerning cockatoo named Maude has judged Australia’s most irreverent art prize: the Bald Archys. In an Australian first, Museum of the Riverina gathers all the winning entries of the nation’s toast to satirical portraiture.…

    27 Apr - 13 May
  3. New England High Country: Forty photographers

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 03 June 2018 , Armidale

    Explore the New England High Country through the eyes of forty photographers who have captured the uniqueness and diversity of the life and landscape of this region as part of four-year community photographic project. Experience the drama…

    27 Apr - 03 Jun
  4. Boggabri Drovers Campfire

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Narrabri

    If you own a caravan, motorhome, camper, four-wheel drive, ute, tent or swag, come along to a fabulous fun filled weekend with lots of terrific activities for the whole family. Events at the Boggabri Drovers Campfire Weekend include big c…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr
  5. April Auction at Albury Antiques

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Tuesday 06 November 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    Enormous Sale of Antiques from across the world. Very Affordable Prices of Antiques, Collectibles, Treasures and Vintage pieces that bring back memories from all design periods including retro, art deco, and early Australia. Diverse display…

    27 Apr - 06 Nov
  6. Bookham Bazaar

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Yass

    Bookham Bazaar, will be held over two five day weekends during the school holidays, curated by Margot Shannon following the opening of her popular store, Merchant Campbell in Comur Street Yass last year. It will have items from India, T…

    27 Apr - 30 Apr
  7. Antipodean Tynker Exhibition

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , Walcha

    Antipodean Tynker Exhibition. A Victoriana Inspired setting. Featuring Five Handmade Motorcycles with Handmade engines, Art that Runs; The lifetime journey of Creator Mark Walker; Found Object Moving Sculptures. Steampunk Lamporium made…

    27 Apr - 27 May
  8. Ngurrambaa

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    Ngurrambaa brings together the work of nine Indigenous Australian artists with diverse artistic backgrounds, that have been united through their participation in the annual Indigenous Print Workshop run by Cicada Press, a printmaking studio…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr