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.

Spectacular outback landscapes showcasing the Walls of China in the World Heritage Mungo National Park

National parks

More than 70 national parks and reserves are dotted throughout Country NSW. See Australia's second-highest waterfall, Wollomombi Falls, in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, soak up the tranquillity of Dunns Swamp, or climb to the top of The Rock Nature Reserve.

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

Family enjoying a hike through Mount Arthur Reserve near Wellington, Country NSW

Things to do

World Heritage wilderness providing a backdrop for a range of pursuits, from to relaxing in thermal spas to picnicking under a grove of gums. Trace The Murray as it snakes past historic towns and wetland sanctuaries lined with river red gums, then find a little feet-up spot for fishing or drift down the river in a paddle-steamer.

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 ParkMoama and BundanoonBungonia 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.

Couple enjoying an afternoon of kayaking along Lake Mulwala in Mulwala, The Murray

Ancient history and indigenous sites

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.

There are many more significant Aboriginal heritage sites to discover. Join an indigenous tour of the Sandstone Caves in Pilliga National Park to visit ancient rock engravings and learn about connections to the landscape. Walk in ancient Wiradjuri footsteps with Bundyi Cultural Tours in Wagga.

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