The best regional art galleries in NSW are wonderful attractions, containing rare works of colonial and Aboriginal art as well as excellent contemporary works. Rolling exhibitions and dynamic public programs draw crowds too. The Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, along the banks of the beautiful Murray River in Albury, is a splendid combination of Aboriginal art and nature.

Many regional art galleries such as Wollongong Art Gallery on the South Coast, and Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and Tweed River Regional Art Gallery on the North Coast attract thousands of visitors every year. In Outback NSW, visit Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and the nearby Living Desert Reserve, which has sandstone sculptures and spectacular views.

Living Desert Sculptures, Broken Hill

Australian Aboriginal art is one of the most significant art movements of recent times. Many of the regional galleries contain significant works and you'll find dedicated Aboriginal galleries too, including the Waradah Aboriginal Centre in the Blue Mountains, Laddie Timbery's Aboriginal Art and Crafts at Huskisson and Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kempsey.

A delightful day trip from Sydney is a visit to Bundanon, where famous Australian artist Arthur Boyd lived and worked. Less than three hours' drive south from Sydney, the homestead and studio contain hundreds of artworks. Bundanon is open every Sunday. The Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, a regional gallery, is in nearby Nowra.

Dotted around NSW are small, private galleries where you'll find exquisite pottery, jewellery, ceramics, leatherworks and fine art. In Wagga Wagga is the National Art Glass Collection, which has 400 works. The town is part of the Riverina region, where you can enjoy wine tasting at acclaimed wineries De Bortoli's and Casella.

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