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NSW's must-visit regional spots

 

Pack the car and take the road less travelled through regional NSW this spring.

 

Country NSW

 

Country NSW has such a wide range of quality produce and stunning scenery on offer. And all while being such a short drive from Sydney and Canberra! Home to three designated wine regions (around Orange, Mudgee and Cowra) and countless celebrated restaurants, cafes and pubs, you're sure to find something delicious to feast and sip on.

 

The best way to explore everything the region has to offer is to travel at your own pace along one of the famous epicurean routes. The Murray River food and wine trail begins in beautiful Deniliquin and meanders south to Echuca-Moama (famous for its paddle-steamers). The trail then follows the river east towards Tocumwal (home of the Big Murray Cod), the golfers’ paradise of Mulwala, and also Corowa, which is a popular swimming and fishing spot. The trail then ends at Albury, the cultural hub of the region.

 

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Hunter

 

The vines in the Hunter Valley’s rich soils produce some of the world’s best wines and the Broken Back Range makes for a spectacular backdrop. As Australia’s oldest wine region, and with more cellar doors than anywhere else in the country, there's plenty to see, do, and taste. 

 

Your southern gateway to the Hunter is Cessnock, which is a two-hour drive from Sydney. From there, you can find plenty of wine-tasting tours from here to help you discover your new favourite tipple. Northeast of Cessnock are the towns of Maitland, Morpeth and Paterson, where you can explore the fascinating history of Maitland Gaol, enjoy a riverside picnic in heritage-listed Morpeth, or see Paterson’s colonial buildings. The stunning landscapes also allow for a great opportunity to get yourself a healthy dose of fresh air. Hire a bicycle and take a pedal through the charming villages of Pokolbin, Lovedale and Rothbury, or head west to the hamlet of Broke or south towards Wollombi, where you can take a guided tour of indigenous rock paintings.

 

Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a rich maritime history and a world-famous surfing destination, Merewether Beach.  You'll discover cool bars, quality restaurants, and a lively arts and music scene in NSW's second-biggest city, just two hours' drive north of Sydney.

 

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Snowy Mountains

 

The adventure wonderland of the Snowy Mountains is less than three hours from Canberra and a five-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney. The region is brimming with fun experiences from mountain biking and horse riding, to music festivals, wine tastings, fascinating heritage, and much more.

 

There are many more wonderful natural attractions that let you make the most of the wide-open spaces, including beautiful limestone structures, the Tuross Falls and special platypus reserve in Bombala. From Tumbarumba in the west to Tumut in the north to Jindabyne and Cooma in the east, you'll find beautiful scenery, intriguing heritage and marvellous events. Then it's time to make your way higher into the mountains.

 

Trek to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, enjoy world-class mountain biking, road cycling, go bush-walking and hiking, explore Yarrangobilly Caves, go fly fishing and horse riding. Discover fine food and wine, including Tumbarumba's renowned sparkling wines or beer and schnapps, and explore exhilarating alpine routes.

 

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