Enjoy Looking and Feeling Amazing in Western NSW
On the banks of the mighty Murray River, the vibrant twin regional cities of Albury and Wodonga are a charming destination. You’ll be delighted with the wonderful cultural scene, delicious food and wine experiences, and exhilarating outdoor adventures such as fishing, canoeing and camping. A great base for day trips to the Snowy Mountains and Rutherglen wine region, Albury-Wodonga enjoys lively arts, theatre, dance and music. The exciting events calendar is brimming with shows, festivals, exhibitions and markets. The weekly Albury Wodonga Farmers Market is held on Saturdays.
Among the many enjoyable things to do and see, MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury – is one of the best regional galleries in Australia. You’ll be delighted with MAMA’s dynamic collections, including important indigenous works. A free guided MAMA tour on Monday mornings explores the gallery. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in Albury-Wodonga, which is 3h 30min drive northeast of Melbourne and 5h 30min southwest of Sydney. You can fly directly from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast to Albury Airport. Arriving by train at the grand colonial Albury Railway Station is a delight.
The young and young at heart will be thrilled with the many outdoor activities, from Wodonga Creek Miniature Railway and Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace to swimming and cycling. You can hire canoes or join a guided tour with Canoe the Murray. Fishing and boating is popular on Lake Hume. An enchanting way to experience the iconic Murray River is on a riverboat, such as Sienna Daisy. You can hire a bike and pedal on the Wagirra Trail and amble in Wonga Wetlands and Albury Botanical Gardens, a beautiful picnic spot. Golfers will enjoy strolling on the superb Commercial golf course.
Wagga Wagga (informally called Wagga) is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Murrumbidgee River, with an urban population of more than 54,000 as at the 2016 Census, Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city, and is an important agricultural, military, and transport hub of Australia. The ninth fastest growing inland city in Australia, Wagga Wagga is located midway between the two largest cities in Australia–Sydney and Melbourne–and is the major regional centre for the Riverina and South West Slopes regions.
From Sydney or Melbourne, the drive is less than five hours. You can also take a train or fly to Wagga Wagga, the cultural centre of the region, with Museum of the Riverina, galleries, theatre and the enchanting Botanic Gardens. The central business district is focused around the commercial and recreational grid bounded by Best and Tarcutta Streets and the Murrumbidgee River and the Sturt Highway. The main shopping street of Wagga is Baylis Street which becomes Fitzmaurice Street at the northern end. The city is in an alluvial valley and much of the city has a problem with urban salinity.
The Wollundry Lagoon is the water focus of the city centre and has been a key element in the development and separation of the north (older) and south (newer) parts of the city centre. Wollundry Lagoon, Lake Albert and parks provide recreational facilities. Sporting facilities include the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre, with Australia’s only wave ball.
For fine wines, fresh produce and gourmet delights, escape to Griffith in the beautiful Riverina region in south-western NSW. You’ll find plenty of cellar doors to visit, providores with delicious local produce, quality restaurants and cafes, and festivals celebrating a rich food and wine culture.
Vast orchards and vineyards and some of Australia’s best wineries are around Griffith, where there are convenient accommodation options. The marvellous events calendar includes mouth-watering food and wine festivals, such as Taste Riverina Festival, unWINEd in the Riverina. Designed by noted architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th century as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme, Griffith is six hours’ drive from Sydney, five hours from Melbourne and two hours northwest of Wagga Wagga. You can also fly to Griffith Airport and rent a car.
The first vineyard was established in 1912 just outside Griffith. European migrants after World War I and II settled in the region and helped build a distinctive food and wine culture. Their contribution is celebrated at the annual Griffith Multicultural Festival and on display at the Griffith Italian Museum and at the Pioneer Park Museum, which spans 40 buildings on 11 hectares of natural bushland.
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. It is about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north-west of Sydney and is the seat of the Bathurst Regional Council. Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and had a population of approximately 35,000 as at the 2016 Census. Bathurst is often referred to as the Gold Country as it was the site of the first gold discovery and where the first gold rush occurred in Australia. Today education, tourism and manufacturing drive the economy. The internationally known racetrack Mount Panorama is a landmark of the city. Bathurst has an historic city centre with many buildings remaining from the gold rush period of the mid to late 19th century.
Bathurst’s central business district (CBD) is located on William, George, Howick, Russell, and Durham Streets. The CBD is about 25 hectares (62 acres) in area and covers two city blocks. Banking, government services, shopping centres, retail shops, a park (shown) and monuments are in this area. Bathurst has retained a mix of main street shopping along with enclosed shopping centres within the CBD, unlike other towns where the CBD focus has split between main street and new shopping centre developments located in the suburbs. Within the CBD lies Kings Parade; this is a park setting with several memorials of people and events in history. It is a popular location for locals to meet. Keppel Street is Bathurst’s second commercial shopping area, removed from the CBD by two blocks to the south.
One of the spectacular natural attractions is the Abercrombie Caves, southwest of Bathurst. Enter the limestone caves through the Archway, the largest natural arch in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a tour and discover this amazing underground world. There are campgrounds nearby, too.
A great way to discover the splendid heritage in the enchanting city of Orange is on the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre, where the walk begins, and amble along pretty streets and through gorgeous parks. You’ll see more than 40 places of historical interest and beauty. Delectable food and wine experiences await you, including a fine selection of restaurants and cafes. Lolli Rediniand Racine have won awards in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. Relaxing wine bars such as Ferment, Union Bank, Percy’s and Byng Street serve the Orange wine region’s acclaimed cool-climate wines.
From apples and berries to truffles and succulent meats, the Orange region of NSW is renowned for fresh produce. A Slice of Orange, the Agrestic Grocer and the Orange Farmers Market sell gourmet delights and fresh produce. There are winery tours and delicious events, such as F.O.O.D Week and the Orange Wine Festival. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from the grand Duntryleague Guesthouse to charming cottages, bed and breakfasts, motels, classic pubs and caravan and camping sites. Getting to Orange is easy. The drive northwest from Sydney through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is 3h 40 min. You can also take a train or fly.
With a flourishing cultural scene and beautiful gardens, stretch your legs in the Orange Regional Gallery and in the Orange Botanic Gardens. The four distinct seasons in Orange create pretty colours in the parks and gardens, such as Cook Park. There are gifts shops, boutiques and private galleries to explore, too.The wilderness near the city is spectacular. Mount Canobolas, an ancient volcano, is a dramatic backdrop and things to do and see in this conservation area include the Spring Glade walking track to the summit. Farther west is Nangar National Park, with abundant wildlife and breathtaking views from Mount Nangar lookout.
A vibrant regional city, Dubbo will delight you with its rich pastoral history, delicious food and wine, fascinating museums and galleries, and award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Enjoy cycling along the banks of the Macquarie River and picnics in beautiful gardens and parklands. At the heart of the Great Western Plains region in the Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is where the Newell, Mitchell and Golden Highways meet. From Sydney the drive northwest to Dubbo is five hours, and there are trains and flights to this popular holiday destination in Country NSW.
Explore the city on the Dubbo Heritage Walk and discover pioneers, bushrangers and ornate buildings. On the walk is Old Dubbo Gaol, a museum with a chilling night experience. Tours are available of heritage areas and surrounds. First Lesson Cultural Tours will take you on a journey into traditional Aboriginal culture, and Trike Adventures offer three-wheel tours of pubs and wineries. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options – you can even stay at the Zoo. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, shows and exhibitions. Western Plains Cultural Centre is both a museum and a gallery and the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden is a gorgeous spot for picnics.
Palatial federation heritage, fine restaurants and cafes, amazing art galleries and spectacular desert landscapes. Set against historic mining landmarks, Broken Hill is one of Australia’s most famous outback towns. It is also Australia’s first Heritage Listed city, placed alongside The Sydney Opera House for historical significance. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on the Broken Hill Heritage Walk, followed by a cool drink at the Palace Hotel. Featured in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, this grand heritage building has a large outside verandah where you can relax. Argent Street also has many shops and galleries, as well as fine restaurants and cafes.
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional gallery in NSW. This is a great place to see some well known Broken Hill artists, including Pro Hart, Eric Minchin and Badger Bates, as well as works by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.The Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum is an interactive museum with a fascinating, hands-on insight into the sciences of geology, mineral exploration and mining. Included in the centre’s exhibits are several hundred artefacts from the city’s mining history as well as almost 2,000 specimens, including a 42kg silver nugget.
About 15 minutes’ drive north of Broken Hill, the stunning Living Desert Sculptures pay homage to the surrounding landscape. Created by international artists in 1993, this collection of dramatic sandstone sculptures adorn a trail running through this sanctuary. The Broken Heel Festival, held in September, pays homage to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with the enthralling colours, music and spirit that defined the film. Visit the popular Miracles Psychic and Wellbeing Fair for psychic readers and stalls. Lay down a blanket in December for the Perfect Light Film Festival, Broken Hill’s iconic outdoor short film festival.