Central & Outback NSW attractions

Top Choice Zoo in Dubbo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

This is Dubbo's star attraction, not to mention one of the best zoos in regional Australia. You can walk the 6km circuit, ride a hire bike ($15) or drive your car, getting out at enclosures along the way. Guided wal…
Top Choice National Park in Coonabarabran

Warrumbungle National Park

Sitting 35km west of Coonabarabran, this 232-sq-km park has spectacular granite domes, ample bushwalking trails, plentiful wildlife and brilliant wildflower displays during spring. It's one of NSW's most beautiful p…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Mungo National Park

Walls of China

A 33km semicircle ('lunette') of sand dunes, the fabulous Walls of China has been created by the unceasing westerly wind. From the visitor centre a road leads across the dry lakebed to a car park, then it's a short …
Top Choice Winery in Mudgee

Lowe Vineyard

You can follow a walking and cycling trail through the orchards and vines of this idyllic organic farm, past donkeys and chickens to picnic grounds. The cellar door has tastings and a superb grazing platter ($30) of…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Orange

Mt Canobolas

Southwest of Orange, this conservation area encompasses waterfalls, views, walking trails and bike paths. Swimmer-friendly Lake Canobolas is a great place to start with plenty of picnic areas and a lakeside children…
Top Choice Monument in Broken Hill

Living Desert Sculpture Symposium

A striking range of work on a hilltop northwest of town was created in 1993 by 12 international sculptors. They were responding to the limitless landscape, using some 52 tonnes of Wilcannia sandstone, borrowing the …
Top Choice Gardens in Cowra

Japanese Garden

Built as a token of Cowra's connection with Japanese POWs (but with no overt mention of the war or the breakout), this tranquil 5-hectare garden and attached cultural centre are superbly presented and well worth vis…
Top Choice Museum in Bathurst

Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum

Don't let the dry name fool you – this place is a treasure chest full of wonder. It's home to the internationally renowned Somerville Collection: rare fossils, plus gemstones and minerals in every colour of the rain…
Top Choice Gallery in Lightning Ridge

Chambers of the Black Hand

This place is remarkable, and symbolises the crazy and creative sides of the Ridge. Artist and miner Ron Canlin has turned a 40ft-deep mining claim into a cavernous gallery of carvings and paintings: superheroes, ce…
Top Choice Museum in Broken Hill

Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum

This iconic Australian institution has a visitor centre at the airport. There are stirring displays and stories of health innovation and derring-do in the service of those who live and work in remote places (note: t…