NSW has so many wonderful destinations; it’s hard to narrow them down to a manageable list of must-sees. Somehow, we’ve done just that though, and have compiled a list of our top 9 touring destinations.
All are overflowing with natural beauty, top-notch attractions, and great camping/caravanning/touring facilities. Some are a little more isolated than others, but these are locations well worth travelling that little bit further for, trust us!
Situated on the shore of Lake Jindabyne which swallowed up the original town, present-day Jindabyne is packed to capacity in winter with skiers taking to the nearby ski fields. It’s quieter in summer, when it’s an ideal spot from which to explore some of the best parts of the Snowies.
Like many other towns in the area, this popular tourist town on the Far South Coast suffers a bit from over-development, but its attractive sitting on a sea inlet called Merimbula Lake more than compensates.
3. Batemans Bay
Proximity to Canberra has helped make this fishing port the main tourist town on the Mid-South Coast. An attractive estuary, great beaches and some magnificent inland national parks add to its appeal.
4. Broken Hill
The Silver City in far western NSW (in fact, so far west that it runs on SA time) is an easy place to like – an oasis in the outback where they live hard and party hard. As well as outback sights and experiences, it offers a thriving arts scene alongside one of the world’s largest silver-lead-zinc deposits.
The tourist capital of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney offers a respite from the coastal heat and retains another-worldly charm despite being overrun at times by day-trippers and weekenders. It hosts the major tourist draws of the Three Sisters and the Scenic Skyway and Railway, yet is also well placed for other attractions in the region.
It’s not a must-see town in its own right, but the major service centre for the wineries in the Lower Hunter Valley provides an excellent base for serious wine-sampling in this scenic region. Enjoy organised wine tours and don’t forget the Upper Hunter wineries around Muswellbrook and Denamn.
The New England Tableland is lush grazing country with a string of national parks second to none, and this attractive university town puts you within striking distance of most of them.
8. Coffs Harbour
This large regional centre on the Mid-North Coast has its Big Banana, but is more of interest for its wide range of facilities and services that make it the perfect base for excursions along the coast and into the beautiful hinterland. Don’t miss the botanic gardens.
Settle into this Far North Coast resort town and engage in a spot of fishing or swimming at the many beaches nearby, or tour the so-called Green Cauldron between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, which has the world’s second-largest shield volcano crater, enormous biodiversity and the World Heritage-listed Mount Warning.