Museums, Science and Culture
Regional NSW has more than just natural beauty, it's a thriving hub of cultural activities. Throughout the state you'll find a range of museums, galleries, scientific hubs and intriguing heritage tours that will entertain and educate the whole family.
Parkes in Country NSW is home to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, affectionately known as 'The Dish' after the popular 2000 film of the same name. With a 64metre diameter, the radio telescope makes for spectacular stargazing.
You can find more impressive radio telescopes farther north at the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri. The Siding Spring Observatory, near Coonabarabran, hosts StarFest every October, where you can learn more about the universe and chat to astronomers.
You'll be amazed how many stars are visible in Outback NSW compared to the city. In Broken Hill, Outback Astronomy offers more stargazing experiences. The largest planetarium in NSW, Science Space, is found in Wollongong, just south of Sydney.
While travelling along the NSW South Coast visit the fascinating Killer Whale Museum in Eden. There are 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 and the Riverina has the Temora Aviation Museum, home to 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.
There's more than just fruit on offer at Tropical Fruit World, 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 meet and feed farm animals.