Country NSW

Discover the beauty, heritage and tastes of Country NSW, from World Heritage wilderness to acclaimed wine regions, from nation-making heritage to outdoor adventures. You’ll find marvellous things to do and see in historic towns that shaped Australia and in the spectacular national parks.

Riding a paddle-steamer on the iconic Murray River, meeting exotic animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visiting the famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, and exploring 430 million-year-old caves are just a few of the many great attractions. You can even try your luck fossicking for gold and gems.

A paddlesteamer on the Murray River - Echuca

The museums are captivating, from the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral to the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, and the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst. A world-class collection of flying historic warbirds is at the Temora Aviation Museum in Temora.

You’ll enjoy wonderful art in regional art galleries, including MAMA in Albury, the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in Wagga Wagga, and the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. In the natural thermal spa town of Moree is the Moree Plains Gallery and one of the finest Aboriginal collections.

Tamworth Country Music festival, Tamworth

There are memorable tours, including heritage, horseriding, wineries and ballooning. The exciting events calendar includes the world-famous Tamworth Country Music Festival in Tamworth. Check out other fun festivals as well as thrilling rodeo and sporting spectacles, such as the Bathurst 1000.

You’ll be thrilled too with the outdoor adventures, from gentle activities such as bushwalking, fishing and birdwatching to adrenalin-pumping mountain biking, canyoning and skydiving. There are plenty of fun activities for young kids, such as wildlife sanctuaries, adventure playgrounds and water parks.

Fishing in Goobarragandra River - Tumut - Snowy Mountains

The natural beauty is magnificently diverse. Stunning sections of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests are near the Armidale and Glen Innes regions in northern NSW. In south-western NSW is World Heritage Mungo National Park. Australia’s first dark sky park is northwest in Coonabarabran.

Delicious experiences in bountiful agricultural regions include wine tasting at cellar doors and dining at acclaimed restaurants such as BiotaLolli RediniTonic and the Zin House. Browse local fresh produce at farmers markets and farm gates. You can also tuck into hearty meals in heritage pubs.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Dubbo Rotunda Market

    Sunday 17 December 2017 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Dubbo

    A quality market with diverse and unique stalls. The market features Regional produce, plus craftsmen and women bring their wares to this beautiful environment in Dubbo’s Main Street. Baked goods are a feature of the market with a mega…

    17 Dec - 24 Feb
  2. Sundy in Gundy

    Sunday 25 March 2018 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Gundagai

    Come and enjoy the relaxed market atmosphere at this country market from 9am – 1pm. Meander through the various market stalls and retail shops on Sheridan Street with its arts, crafts, jewellery, plants, tools, furniture and more. Fill…

    25 Mar - 24 Feb
  3. Circus Rio | Wagga Wagga

    Thursday 07 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Wagga Wagga

    Be amazed as the incredible performers of Circus Rio take the whole family on a journey around the world, beginning at the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro! You’ll be left speechless by FMX Motorbikes as they dazzle the crowd with their…

    07 Feb - 24 Feb
  4. NSW Seniors Festival Albury

    Wednesday 13 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Albury Wodonga

    The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for people over 60 in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting up to 500,000 seniors across the state to events and online. Albury has a raft of organised activities for their local seniors to…

    13 Feb - 24 Feb