Nature and Parks in NSW
Get wild about the incredible wildlife encounters, beautiful national parks and UNESCO World Heritage in NSW. The natural beauty is spectacularly diverse and the adventures marvellous, from whale watching to bushwalking, cycling and diving. You can even walk to the rooftop of Australia.
You’ll see animals in the wild across Regional NSW. A delightful nature reserve to observe adorable koalas in the wild is in Narrandera. Kangaroos hop onto Pebbly Beach, near Bawley Point on the South Coast. You can spot shy platypus in a special reserve near Bombala, in the Snowy Mountains.
In zoos and wildlife parks are the animal kingdom’s stars, from Maya the African lioness to Elvis the saltwater crocodile, Hugo the Galapagos tortoise and endangered Rothschild giraffe. You’ll meet curious Maya and other lions in the pride at the open-range Taronga Western Plains Zoo, in Dubbo.
The iconic Warrumbungle National Park, near the astronomy capital of Coonabarabran, is Australia’s first dark sky park for star-studded views of the Milky Way. Another unforgettable experience is the summit walk up Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak in the splendid Kosciuszko National Park.
In the Blue Mountains, on Sydney’s doorstep, enjoy great views from Echo Point lookout of the UNESCO wilderness and the famous Three Sisters. At the thrilling Scenic World a railway descends into the ancient Jamison Valley rainforest and a glass-floored cable car crosses a steep gorge.
There are bushwalking trails and mountain bike tracks throughout NSW. You can try rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning tours in the Blue Mountains. Caving is popular, too. You’ll discover dazzling limestone formations inside caves dating back hundreds of millions of years. The caves include:
- Jenolan Caves, in the Blue Mountains
- Wombeyan Caves, near Goulburn
- Yarrangobilly Caves, in the Snowy Mountains
- Abercrombie Caves, southwest of Bathurst
On the South Coast, visit the famous Kiama Blowhole and the resident dolphins of Jervis Bay, where beachside camping is popular in Booderee National Park. You can also experience one of the world’s great wildlife adventures – snorkelling or diving with a colony of fur seals on Montague Island.
In the Hunter region, north of Sydney, Barrington Outdoor Adventures offers tours in the stunning Barrington Tops National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. This extraordinary rainforest area extends along the hinterland of the magnificent North Coast.
You can walk above a rainforest on the Skywalk lookout, near Coffs Harbour, and go kayaking with dolphins in Byron Bay. About 600km off the coast is Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage paradise. Inland is the striking Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area.