Fall in love with Country New South Wales (NSW), filled with historic towns, wine regions and wilderness, iconic to Australia. This region is home to a mix of rural communities with some of Australia’s oldest towns. The area has a significant indigenous history and some of Australia’s earliest winemaking ventures along with agriculture, livestock and mining.
Choose a base to start in between Wagga Wagga, Albury, Tamworth or Dubbo, each within close distance of each other. Each town offers a choice of activities like horse riding, hot air ballooning and art galleries, and be sure to take some time to visit the Moree Plains Gallery, filled with incredible Aboriginal collections. The region hosts a number of festivals well-known across Australia like the Tamworth Country Music Festival, a unique experience and worth visiting when it is on, the rodeo and the Bathurst 1000.
Starting with the Murray River, ride a paddle-steamer or why not explore one of the many museums like the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum or Temora Aviation Museum.
Get in touch with nature and discover the diverse selection of landscapes waiting for you to explore. You’ll find Australia’s first dark sky park in Coonabarabran which is the perfect place to learn a little about astronomy, star gaze or camp under a sky full of twinkling stars. Otherwise, in Parkes, you can learn more about the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, which received live, televised images of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It is continually updated which keeps it at the forefront of astronomical discovery and is still heavily used by astronomers across Australia and around the world.
The outdoors of Country NSW brings a mix of adventures and adrenaline-boosting activities like canyoning, mountain biking and skydiving along with natural attractions like the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests. The Gondwana Rainforests are made up of primitive plants and animals that have been a core part of the Earth’s evolution. It is considered to be the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. Here you'll find a range of bushwalking tracks just waiting for you to discover, otherwise navigate through the park on one of the many driving routes. For those who prefer more time to adventure and take it all in, spend a night or two at one of the accommodation options in the national park too.
If wine is on your radar, then make the most of tastings at cellar doors and delectable dining options like Zin House, Tonic and Lilli Redini. With over 21 different cellar doors in the region, picture your days surrounded by green rolling hills and introductions to acclaimed winemakers. Local produce is in abundance, along with postcard-perfect scenery all around you. A visit to this countryside is what some would consider a wine lovers dream.
Country NSW has all the elements for the perfect holiday; wine, history, adventure and stunning natural landscape. Make the most of Australia's rich history and diverse countryside and take some time out to visit Country NSW.