Nature in Country NSW
From World Heritage wilderness to Australia’s first dark sky park, the natural beauty of Country NSW is spectacular. Outdoor adventures include camping, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing. You can also relax in natural thermal spas and at lovely family picnic areas in national parks.
The diverse landscapes are striking. Explore part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area near the Tamworth, Armidale and Glen Innes regions in northern NSW. In the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is Australia’s second-highest waterfall, the towering Wollomombi Falls.
In southwest NSW, the iconic Murray winds past historic towns and wetland sanctuaries brimming with wildlife and river red gums. Like many pristine waterways in NSW, you’ll find plenty of excellent fishing spots. Another great way to experience the splendour of the river is on a paddle-steamer.
At the great confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers is the historic paddle-steamer port of Wentworth, a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park. The world’s oldest ritual cremation site was found in Mungo as well as the largest collection of fossilised human footprints.
Other national parks contain significant Aboriginal heritage sites. In Pilliga National Park, near Australia’s astronomy capital of Coonabarabran, join an Aboriginal-guided tour of the Sandstone Caves and visit ancient rock engravings and learn about indigenous connections with the landscape.
Stargazing is wonderful in the northwest of NSW, home to Australia’s largest optical telescope and first dark sky park, Warrumbungle National Park. In a dark sky park views of the night sky are not obstructed by artificial light. In nearby Coolah Tops National Park are ideal mountain-biking trails.
There are other cycling adventures, such as the Moama trail and Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands. In the neighbouring Goulburn region is Bungonia National Park and canyoning and abseiling. You can also explore inside the Wombeyan Caves, which date back 430 million years.