Central NSW

Central NSW

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Major Destinations

One of Australia’s oldest inland settlements, Bathurst is a gateway to former gold rush towns that features colonial buildings and grand old homes built for wealthy graziers.

Historic sites and architecture are part of this sophisticated city that has become synonymous with its annual motor race, the Bathurst 1000.

Visit the National Motor Racing Museum, and you can even drive on Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit (when the race is not on, of course!), but the speed limit is a mere 60 km/h.

Things to See & Do

  • Abercrombie Caves
  • Bathurst Goldfields
  • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
  • Chifley Home
  • History Hill
  • Mount Panorama
  • National Motor Racing Museum
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Take a loop off the Newell and you’ll discover why Cowra is referred to as ‘The Great Escape’.

Cowra has a number of true country experiences from relaxing along the extensive waterways to exploring the tranquil Japanese Garden. Take a trip down memory lane and experience Cowra’s fascinating history, from the days of steam trains to the largest Prisoner Of War breakout in modern military history.

Food and wine buffs can tour Cowra’s boutique vineyards to sample the superb local food and wine available. Where better to enjoy fine wine and delicious food than right in the heart of where it is actually produced.

Things to See & Do

  • Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre
  • POW Campsite
  • Japanese & Australian War Cemeteries
  • Cowra Heritage Walk
  • Conimbla National Park
  • Cowra Regional Art Gallery
  • Lachlan Valley Railway
  • Sakura Matsuri, annual cherry blossom festival (Spring)

In the heart of the beautiful Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is home to the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo and rich with heritage and gorgeous gardens and conservation areas perfect for picnics. Enjoy museums, galleries and markets, and visit vineyards for wine tasting.

Experience the unique flavours and freshness of the region’s local produce after you discover the unique retail scene of the town which offers country boutique to urban chic.  Take a stroll along the pristine river corridor and scenic walking trails, or take your bike for a ride along many of the available cycleways.

Things to See & Do

  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • Western Plains Cultural Centre
  • Old Dubbo Gaol
  • Farmers Markets
  • Cellar Doors
  • Dubbo Jazz Festival (August)

One of the richest primary producing areas in NSW, you will be captivated with Forbes picturesque historic town set on the banks fo the Lachlan River. Home to an exclusive mix of boutique stores, cozy eateries, distinctive attractions and genuinely friendly locals.

Explore the colonial gold rush and the life of notorious bushranger Ben Hall, who was involved in Australia’s biggest gold robbery near Forbes.

Things to See & Do

  • McFeeters Motor Museum
  • Forbes Historical Society Museum
  • Forbes Heritage Walk
  • Lake Forbes
  • Lachlan River

Discover the Gold Trail Experience, taste local gourmet produce, and visit nearby wineries and orchards in and around Harden.

Step back in time to the days of the early colony, enjoy picturesque rural landscapes, soak up a festival, pick your own cherries, peaches and plums or sample award winning wines.

Things to See & Do

  • Harden Murrumburrah Historical Museum
  • Hilltops Antique Trail
  • Gold Trail Experience
  • Light Horse Memorial
  • Harden Kite Festival (Oct)

Mudgee is on the banks of the meandering Cudgegong River and the perfect escape for wine tasting, delicious food and outdoor adventure.

The rich pastoral history and colonial gold rush is reflected in the tree-lined heritage streetscapes, perfect for walking and cycling.

Things to See & Do

  • Dunns Swamp
  • Ferntree Gully Reserve
  • Gulgong Gold Experience
  • Gulgong Pioneer Museum
  • Mudgee Brewing Company
  • Mudgee Observatory
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Mudgee Wine and Food Festival (Sept/Oct)

Orange is known as Australia’s Colour City with the beautiful parks and gardens of the area overflowing with a kaleidoscope of colours all year round.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of fresh produce and excellent cool-climate wines. There are more than 80 vineyards and the produce ranges from apples and stone fruits to fungi and venison. You’ll be delighted with the delicious experiences, including wine tours, festivals, markets and farm tours.

Things to See & Do

  • Orange Heritage Trail
  • Orange Regional Museum
  • Age of Fishes Museum
  • Lake Canobolas Reserve​
  • Borenore Caves
  • Orange F.O.OD Week (March/April)
  • Canowindra International Balloon Challenge (April)
  • Orange Wine Festival (October)

The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, there are numerous lookouts to view the famous blue haze that emits from the vast eucalyptus forests.

Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey high over the canyon for superb views of The Three Sisters and beyond.

Things to See & Do

  • Jenolan Caves
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park
  • Echo Point & The Three Sisters
  • Wentworth Falls
  • Govetts Leap
  • Exho Point
  • Cahills Lookout
  • Scenic World Blue Mountains

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Abercrombie Caves
  • Bathurst Goldfields
  • Bathurst Regional Gallery
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre
  • Cowra POW Campsite
  • Forbes Historical Museum
  • Golden Memories Museum
  • Gold Trail Experience
  • History Hill
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Lake Canobolas Reserve
  • Lachlan River
  • Mount Panorama
  • Mudgee Observatory
  • National Motor Racing Museum
  • The Three Sisters
  • Old Dubbo Gaol
  • Orange Regional Gallery & Museum
  • Orange Heritage Trail
  • Wellington Caves
  • Western Plains Zoo

Touring Routes

Pick you own adventure and head down one of 18 discovery drive trails in the Greater Blue Mountains, each one taking you on a unique and different adventure. Covering 1200 km The Greater Blue Mountains Drive has something for everyone from walking tracks to quiet country drives and picnics. More information

The World’s Largest Virtual Solar System Drive is a daytime experience exploring the planets as if you were hurtling through space. There are five drives that provide fascinating facts about the universe by three dimensional planets on billboards along the way, all ending at Australia’s largest optical astronomy centre, Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, Central NSW. More information