Getting to Country NSW
Exploring historic towns, beautiful national parks and fun festivals in Country NSW is easy. You can take a road trip, fly into regional airports and rent a car, or arrive by train at railway stations steeped in colonial charm. Don’t forget to bring your bike for a cycling adventure.
Pack the car for a scenic day's drive or an epic road trip. You can take your own vehicle or hire one from a regional airport. Roads throughout this region are sealed and well signposted – just remember to stick to the local speed limit and take a break every couple of hours.
Foodies will want to explore the NSW Food and Wine Trail through Orange and Mudgee or the Tablelands Food and Wine Trail that loops through Murrumbateman and Young. Follow the river along the Mighty Murray Drive or hunt for gemstones on the Fossickers Way Drive.
Many towns in Country NSW are well serviced by regular flights from Sydney and other state capitals. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Rex and FlyPelican all operate flights within NSW. You’ll find major airports in towns including:
Travel by train
Embrace slow travel and hop aboard a train through regional NSW. Trains regularly depart Sydney for Tamworth, Armidale and Moree in the state’s northwest. Travel over the Blue Mountains by train and visit Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo or Parkes.
The Melbourne-Sydney rail route travels through the pretty Southern Highlands and into The Riverina, stopping at Wagga Wagga and Goulburn. Coaches connect train stations with smaller towns on all routes. Plan your trip and book tickets with NSW TrainLink.
Where to stay
You’ll also find places to stay to suit all budgets in Country NSW. Options range from camping, caravanning and holiday parks to heritage pubs, guesthouses, cottages, motels, farm stays, resorts and retreats.
Splash out with a luxurious glamping stay at Sierra Escape in Mudgee or choose a chic eco hut at Kimo Estate in The Riverina. Sleep on the water on a Murray River houseboat or pitch your own tent in a secluded national park with just native wildlife for company.