Step into this historic inland settlement among the sandstone buildings of Hartley Historic Site, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Stay in the newly renovated historic cottages. The village also offers a gallery, cafe and tours.
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.
- NSW National Parks Pocket Guide to Country NSW (13.6MB pdf)
Activities in this region (256)
- 4WD touring
- Adventure sports
- Birdwatching and wildlife encounters
- Road trips and car/bus tours
- Horse riding
- Other experiences
- Wildflowers (seasonal)
- Aboriginal culture
- Cafes and kiosks
- Cultural heritage
- Educational activities
- Historic heritage
- Picnics and barbecues
- Show cave tours
- Visitor centres
- Guided tours
- Volunteer activities
Explore Hartley's historic village
Stay in heritage accommodation
Old Trahlee offers unique accommodation in a charmingly restored colonial cottage in Hartley Historic Site, at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
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.
Hosies offers Hill End accommodation in a beautifully-renovated 1870s building in this historic gold rush town between Bathurst and Mudgee. Discover the attractions, history, and walking tracks of Hill End Historic Site from your doorstep.
Australia's only Dark Sky Park
Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran in NSW is Australia’s only Dark Sky Park, making it the perfect spot for stargazing, amateur astronomy and camping under the starriest of skies.