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Country NSW region


The sprawling heart of Country NSW offers plenty of adventures for families, thrill seekers and nature-lovers. Discover a unique landscape of World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests, Aboriginal culture, gold mine relics, and Australian wildlife.

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Country NSW is a great region for adventure and activity, its wide open spaces perfect for camping, fishing, walking and rock climbing. 

In Pilliga National Park , you'll find a thriving koala population and beautiful sandstone caves containing Aboriginal rock art. Head to the World Heritage Gondwana rainforests of New England National Park for a glimpse of kangaroos and wallabies and great bird watching opportunities.

For a taste of yesteryear, explore NSW’s iconic heritage towns and learn about the gold rush at Hill End Historic Site. And you won't want to miss the breathtaking volcanic landscape of Warrumbungle National Park – a fantastic location for bushwalking and camping under the stars.


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Explore Hartley's historic village

Visitors resting on the fence opposite Old Trahlee. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Hartley Historic Site

Step into this historic settlement among the sandstone buildings of Hartley Historic Site, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow. Stay in the renovated historic cottages, take a short walk, visit Talisman gallery, enjoy a tour, or hire St Bernards Church for a wedding.

Stay in heritage accommodation

Family on the porch at Old Trahlee. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Old Trahlee

Old Trahlee offers unique accommodation in a charmingly restored colonial cottage in Hartley Historic Site, at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

St Bernard's Presbytery, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

St Bernard's Presbytery

Stay at deluxe St Bernard’s Presbytery cottage for a romantic getaway. Located only 15 minutes from Mount Victoria, it’s the perfect spot to immerse yourself in Hartley Historic Site’s colonial past.

Exterior of Hosies accommodation at night, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: J Spencer/OEH


Hosies offers unique group accommodation in a beautifully-renovated 1870s building in Hill End Historic Site between Bathurst and Mudgee. Discover the attractions, history, and walking tracks of this gold rush town from your doorstep.

Australia's first Dark Sky Park

Two women hike the Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk in Warrumbungle National Park. Photo © Robert Mulally

Warrumbungle National Park

Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran in NSW is Australia’s first Dark Sky Park, making it the perfect spot for stargazing, amateur astronomy and camping under the starriest of skies.

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