Nature in Country NSW

Country NSW seems to have been designed specifically with outdoor enthusiasts in mind. Be it a gentle hike in the woods, canyoning down a craggy rock face, kayaking through deep forests or hiking on a hidden nature trail, the activities on offer are ideal for adventurers of all skill levels.

Nature in Country NSW is breathtaking, with World Heritage wilderness providing a backdrop for a range of pursuits: from gazing at the night sky in Australia's first Dark Sky Park to relaxing in thermal spas or picnicking under a grove of gums in one of many national parks.

Teenagers toasting marshmallows by the campfire during sunset at a Fairview Off Grid camp site in Temora

The ancient Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world, stretches across the State. In the New England region, you can explore its spectacular scenery, untouched wilderness and cascading waterfalls in the Washpool, Gibraltar Range and Koreelah national parks.

See Australia's second-highest waterfall, Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, as it cascades over craggy cliffs or trace The Murray as it snakes past historic towns and wetland sanctuaries lined with river red gums. Find a little feet-up spot for fishing or drift down the river in a paddle-steamer.

Family enjoying a hike through Mount Arthur Reserve near Wellington

The historic port of Wentworth sits at the confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers, near World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park. The world’s oldest ritual cremation site was found in Mungo along with Australia's largest collection of fossilised human footprints and largest set of Ice Age footprints in the world.

You can also enjoy nature in Country NSW while visiting significant Aboriginal heritage sites. Join an indigenous tour of the Sandstone Caves in Pilliga National Park, near Australia’s astronomy capital of Coonabarabran, where you can visit ancient rock engravings and learn more about indigenous connections to the landscape.

Woman enjoying an afternoon kayak through Dunns Swamp in Wollemi National Park

Velvety black sky, pristine air and no artificial light makes the Warrumbungle National Park a top spot for stargazing. The park, located in the northwest of NSW, is home to Australia's largest optical telescope and Australia's only Dark Sky Park, the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Mountain bikers can also enjoy nature in Country NSW on trails that spaghetti around Coolah Tops National Park, Moama and Bundanoon. Bungonia National Park in Goulburn is where you will find Wombeyan Caves, dating back 430 million years, as well as plenty of adventures like rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning.

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