Must-see attractions in New South Wales

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum

    Broken Hill

    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…

  • McMahons Point

    Sydney

    Is there a better view of the bridge and the Opera House than from the wharf at this point, a short hop by ferry northwest of the centre? It's all…

  • Walls of China

    Outback NSW

    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…

  • International Cricket Hall of Fame

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Bowral is where the late, great cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, Australia’s most legendary sporting hero, spent his boyhood. Incorporating the Bradman…

  • Seven Mile Beach

    South Coast NSW

    This superlative crescent of sand, stretching south from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads, is one of the South Coast's most memorable beaches thanks to its pale…

  • MAMA

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Following a $10.5 million makeover in 2015, Albury's art gallery is one of the finest NSW galleries outside of Sydney. Regular special exhibitions present…

  • Sublime Point

    Blue Mountains

    Southeast of Leura, this sharp, triangular outcrop narrows to a dramatic lookout with sheer cliffs on each side. It's much, much quieter than Katoomba's…

  • Heifer Station

    New South Wales

    Come for the chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris, merlot and shiraz – best enjoyed al fresco on a warm day or inside by the fire when it's chilly. In a…

  • Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

    Broken Hill

    This impressive gallery is housed in the beautifully restored Sully's Emporium from 1885. It's the oldest regional gallery in NSW and holds 1800 works in…

  • Mt Canobolas

    New South Wales

    Southwest of Orange, this conservation area encompasses waterfalls, views, walking trails and bike paths. Swimmer-friendly Lake Canobolas is a great place…

  • Age of Fishes Museum

    New South Wales

    This intriguing exhibition unravels the mysteries of a fossil site found nearby which featured the preserved remains of long-extinct fish. These fossils…

  • Gulgong Pioneer Museum

    New South Wales

    This enormous, fascinating museum has one of the most eclectic and chaotic collections of artefacts in the state. Machinery, including a working 1869…

  • Shear Outback

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Shearers, rousies, wool classers, cooks and working dogs are all under the one roof in this historic working shearing shed where you can watch a shearing…

  • Tallow Beach

    Byron Bay

    Tallow Beach is a deserted sandy stretch that extends for 7km south from Cape Byron. This is the place to flee the crowds: much of the beach is backed by…

  • Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle

    Surfers and swimmers adore this picturesque patrolled beach at the eastern end of the town centre. Nearby accommodation and eating options mean that you…

  • Beachgoers at Park Beach with Little Muttonbird Island in background.

    Muttonbird Island

    Coffs Harbour

    The Gumbaynggirr people knew this island as Giidany Miirlarl (Place of the Moon). It was joined to Coffs Harbour by the northern breakwater in 1935. The…

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    Carriageworks

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Built between 1880 and 1889, this intriguing group of huge Victorian-era workshops was part of the Eveleigh Railyards. The rail workers chugged out in…

  • Living Desert Sculpture Symposium

    Broken Hill

    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…

  • Roxy Theatre Greek Museum

    New South Wales

    The Roxy Theatre was built in 1936 by three partners from Greece, as a magnificent Art Deco cinema with an adjoining cafe. Largely restored to its…

  • Pioneer Village Museum

    South Coast NSW

    This open-air museum, with meticulously recreated 19th-century cottages set in seven hectares of bushland, thoroughly immerses visitors in the sounds and…

  • Booderee Botanic Gardens

    South Coast NSW

    Lichen-splashed rocks, big ferns and mossy paths make for an enriching ramble at these 80-hectare gardens off the road to Cave Beach. The gardens are…

  • Tamworth Marsupial Park

    New South Wales

    Take Brisbane St 2km east to this little haven of native fauna above Tamworth, where you can get close to wallabies, echidnas, kangaroos and other native…

  • Powerstation Museum

    New South Wales

    This wonderful little volunteer-run museum commemorates Tamworth's status as 'City of Light' – the first town in Australia to get electric light. Housed…

  • Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

    New South Wales

    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…

  • Yaama Ganu Centre

    New South Wales

    Exhibiting and selling pieces from local Aboriginal artists, plus select others from around the country, Yaama Ganu ('welcome all' in Gamilaroi) provides…

  • Mt Panorama

    New South Wales

    Rev-heads will enjoy the 6.2km Mt Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, venue for the epic Bathurst 1000 Supercar race each October. It's a public road, so you…

  • Chambers of the Black Hand

    New South Wales

    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…

  • Island Sanctuary

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    The 16-hectare Island Sanctuary, at the junction of the Edwards River and Tarrangle Creek, has a fine walking track among the river red gums. It's home to…

  • Utes in the Paddock

    New South Wales

    Near the town of Condoblin, Utes in the Paddock is a one-of-a-kind art installation, and a quirky and fun tribute to outback life. Here, 20 iconic…

  • Roundhouse Railway Museum

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Built in 1947, the Roundhouse, a giant turntable with 42 train-repair bays, is the only surviving, working one of its kind in Australia. Railway…

  • Jetty Beach

    Coffs Harbour

    This sheltered beach, with its picturesque jetty, is protected by a breakwater, creating calm swimming conditions. It's a quick walk from nearby…

  • View of Bobbin Head marina and picnic area, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Upper Sydney North Shore.

    Bobbin Head

    Sydney

    This lovely section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has two entrance points joined by a road that snakes through glorious bushland down to Cowan Creek,…

  • Q Station

    Manly

    From 1837 to 1984 this sprawling historic complex in beautiful North Head bushland was used to isolate new arrivals suspected of carrying disease. These…

  • Sydney, NSW, Australia - March 3rd 2021: The Great North Walk next to the Lane Cove River in Lane Cove National Park.

    Lane Cove National Park

    Sydney

    This lovely park, surrounded by North Shore suburbia, flanks the Lane Cove River, which spills into the harbour. It's a great place to stretch out on some…

  • Vaucluse House

    Sydney

    Construction of this imposing, turreted specimen of Gothic Australiana, set amid 10 hectares of lush gardens, commenced in 1805, but the house was…

  • Boy and girl having a date in Blue Mountain

    Katoomba

    Blue Mountains

    From Leura, it’s only 2km to Katoomba, the region’s main town, whose often misty steep streets are lined with art-deco buildings. The population here is…

  • Australia, New South Wales, Newcastle, quirky egg sculpture by Brett Whiteley, titled 'Black Totem II' at the Newcastle Art Gallery

    Newcastle Art Gallery

    Newcastle

    Ignore the brutalist exterior, as inside this remarkable regional gallery are some wonderful works. There's no permanent exhibition; displays rotate the…

  • Archibald  Fountain

    Hyde Park

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Formal but much-loved Hyde Park has manicured gardens and a tree-formed tunnel running down its spine, which looks particularly pretty at night,…