Country NSW

Country NSW is magnificently diverse with World Heritage wilderness, dams that resemble giant inland lakes, historical towns, acclaimed wine regions and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Water enthusiasts, bushwalkers, horse riders and bike riders flock to the region for its abundance of opportunities. Others come for the spectacular fishing, to try gold panning and experience uninterrupted starry nights away from the city limits whilst camping in their swag or tent.

Central West NSW: Cudgegong River, Lake Burrendong, Mookerawa Waters, Grabine Lakeside, Wyangala Waters

The local townships in Central West NSW are steeped in history, offer great country hospitality, and are an ideal base to discover unique wines in Mudgee and the regions’ walking trails and vast waterways.

Things to see and do:

  • Fishing enthusiasts head to tranquil Cudgegong River for its many Yellow Belly and Murray Cod.
  • Wellington is the gateway to Lake Burrendong and Mookerawa Waters. which offers spectacular scenery and over 200 years of mining history.
  • Downstream at Mookerawa Creek, gold panning is still alive today.
  • Escape to Wyangala Waters and the nearby town of Cowra to wander through stunning Japanese gardens, renowned vineyards and uncover stories about the largest prisoner of war outbreak.
  • Explore Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine just 8km from Wellington.
  • Drive, walk or cycle around the magnificent Burrendong Botanic Gardens and Artboretum.

South West NSW: Burrinjuck Waters

From incredible caves and vast waterways to historic walking tracks, south west NSW is full of hidden gems.

Things to see and do:

  • Visit the Yass Valley, north west of Canberra, with its historical sites and museums.
  • Explore Careys Caves and adventurous bushwalking tracks which follow the path of explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell, starting at Cooma Cottage in Yass and ending at the Murray River in Albury.
  • Lake Burrinjuck one of the world’s largest irrigation dams, is a paradise for lovers of fishing and boating.
  • Take a scenic tour of Lake Burrinjuck on board the NV Getaway.

New England: Copeton WatersLake Keepit

Encompassing the famous country towns of Tamworth, Gunnedah, Armidale and Inverell, the New England region is a must-visit.

Things to see and do:

  • Visit Tamworth during the country music festival, or explore the country music landmarks in Tamworth at any time of year
  • Lake Keepit, popular for its many water sport and recreation offerings.
  • Inverell, near Copeton Dam is famous for its rich history, beautifully restored buildings and its production of gemstones, earning it the nickname the ‘Sapphire City’.
  • Visit Macintyre Falls.
  • Enjoy a day of boating and water activities in Lake Keepit or Copeton Dam
  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Inverell, along the Gwydir River
  • Get adventurous on the 11km mountain bike track at Copeton Dam

Upper Hunter: Lake Glenbawn

Two hours north of Newcastle, is the country town of Scone which encompasses Lake Glenbawn, a popular haven for bushwalking, water skiing and fishing enthusiasts.

Things to see and do:

  • Visit Muswellbrook to admire the historic buildings dating back to the 1800s, and indulge in the unique arts, culture and monthly markets.
  • Take a day trip to the old Scottish heritage town of Aberdeen to explore the historic streets and natural beauty of the clear waters running from the Barrington Tops to the Hunter River.
  • Visit the Australian Stock Horse Society Museum in Scone
  • Spend a relaxing day fishing at Lake Glenbawn
  • Head to Scone in May to experience the Scone Cup – NSW’s biggest day of country racing
  • Enjoy the heritage walks in each town
  • Picnic and hike through the National Parks