Museums, Science and Culture
Discover more about the stars at one of the NSW's stargazing observatories. Parkes in Country NSW is home to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, affectionately known as 'The Dish' after a popular 2000 film of the same name. The radio telescope is 64 metres in diameter.
Impressive radio telescopes can also be found farther north at the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array, in Narrabri. The Siding Spring Observatory, near Coonabarabran, hosts StarFest every October, where you can meet an astronomer.
In Broken Hill, Outback Astronomy offers more stargazing experiences. You'll be amazed how many stars are visible in Outback NSW. Just south of Sydney, in Wollongong, is the Science Centre and Planetarium, which is the largest planetarium in NSW.
While travelling the NSW South Coast visit the fascinating Killer Whale Museum in Eden. You will see exhibitions about the shore-based whaling operations from Twofold Bay during the 1800s and early 1900s, including a full skeleton of 'Tom' the Killer Whale. Tom notoriously led a pack of killer whales in the hunt for baleen whales on their southward migration each year.
For insights into Australia's military history, visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra, on the South Coast. The Australian Army Infantry Museum is in Singleton, in the Hunter Valley. In the Riverina, the Temora Aviation Museum has the only two flying Spitfires in Australia.
Cricket fans will be thrilled with the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, in pretty Bowral, 90 minutes' drive from Sydney. For fruit lovers, Tropical Fruit World is only 40 minutes' drive from gorgeous Byron Bay. Taste rare exotic fruits such as the chewing gum tree and chocolate pudding fruit, and the kids can have fun meeting farm animals.
You'll find many more fascinating museums throughout NSW as well as intriguing heritage tours and cultural tours.