Dubbo, NSW Dubbo is in the centre of NSW and it is known as the shopping capital of the west. Dubbo is a service city with a catchment encompassing a third of the area of NSW.
Woolgoolga is a seaside town on the Pacific Highway, approximately 550 km north of Sydney, 25 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, and 365 km south of Brisbane.
Woolgoolga Headland, also known as Whale Watch Headland, is a popular spot to see migrating Humpback Whales between May and November.
Woolgoolga’s has a large Sikh/Punjabi population and magnificent temple as a result of the banana growing history of the area. There is an annual Curryfest each September.
Toukley is nestled between Tuggerah Lake, Budgewoi Lake, and the Pacific Ocean, approximately 107 km north of Sydney. The new Toukley bridge completed in 1985 links Toukley on the eastern side of the Lakes system with Gorokan on the west, replacing the old two lane wooden bridge.
Coffs Harbour is a popular holiday town on the east coast, mid way between Sydney and Brisbane along the Pacific Highway.
There’s more to New South Wales than Syndye. Here are some backpacker hostels to stay in while you explore regional NSW.
Check out these farmstays throughout regional NSW and book online.
Local attractions include One Mile Beach and Booti Booti National Park.
Perisher is Australia’s largest skiing resort, in the beautiful Australian Snowy Mountains Region, approximately 600km south-west of Sydney.
Yass is a small town with rolling countryside, set against the Yass River. Located near the junction of the Hume and Barton Highways, 50km north-north-west of Canberra, Yass is located in New South Wales Capital Country Region.
A former goldmining city located in the western part of The Great Dividing Range, New South Wales, about half way between Bathurst and Wagga Wagga. Young is part of New South Wales Capital Country Region.
Young is known as the ‘Cherry Capital of Australia’, with some of the local cherry and stone fruit orchards offering the chance for visitors the ‘pick your own’. Cherries are available from mid November through to late December. Other stone fruit is usually available until the end of March. Major events include the Lambing Flat Festival in April, and the National Cherry Festival on the first weekend in December.
Yamba and Iluka headlands are at the mouth of the Clarence River estuary. See the Yamba local tourist and visitor information site.
Wollongong (“the Gong”) is on the south coast of New South Wales, in the Illawarra Region. It is the third largest city in New South Wales.
West Wyalong, 468 km west of Sydney, is the major town in the Bland Shire in the Central West region of NSW. The town has a gold-mining history.
The Newell and Mid Western Highways converge for some distance here which means it is a popular stop-off point and meeting place for drivers travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane on the Newell Highway, and for those driving between Sydney and Adelaide on the Mid Western Highway.
Wentworth Falls is a town in the Blue Mountains, approximately 100km west of Sydney on the Great Western Highway.
Tumut is on the banks of the Tumut River at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Tumut is approximately 410 km (250 miles) south-west of Sydney and 525 km (330 miles) north-east of Melbourne. Tumut is on the Snowy Mountains Highway that runs from Cooma to the Hume Highway.
Tumut’s Festival of the Falling Leaf is a month of activities, events and exhibitions, culminating in the festival weekend celebrating the changing of the seasons from summer into autumn.
Tweed Coast refers to a section of coastline in the far north-eastern section of New South Wales, known for its magnificent beachfront. The Gold Coast straddles the border with Coolangatta in Queensland, and Tweed Heads and Kingscliff in New South Wales. Tweed Coast is part of the New South Wales Far North Coast Region.
The Ulladulla Lighthouse at Wardens Head is one of only 2 towers in New South Wales made from wrought iron plates.
Every Easter, Ulladulla holds the Blessing of the Fleet Festival with activities, a street parade and fireworks.
Wagga Wagga (called simply Wagga by locals) is a city on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina Region. It is the largest inland city in New South Wales
Wagga Wagga is midway between Sydney and Melbourne – approx 500 km from each capital, where the Sturt and Olympic highways meet, and west of the Hume Highway. It is approx 250km drive from Canberra.
Wagga Wagga is also accessible by air, train and coach.
Thredbo is one of Australia’s leading ski resorts. It is near the border with Victoria in the Kosciuszko National Park, in the Snowy Mountains Region of New South Wales, approximately 500km south of Sydney.
Tocumwal is on the New South Wales side of the Murray River, and just over 280 kms from Melbourne. The Newell Highway starts at Tocumwal and runs all the way to Goondiwindi on the Queensland border.
Thredbo Valley in the Snowy Mountains Region of New South Wales, is approximately 500km south of Sydney and one of Australia’s leading ski resorts.
Tenterfield is at the junction of the New England and Bruxner Highways, in the New England Region of New South Wales. It is 275km south-west of Brisbane and 699km north of Sydney. There many beautiful colonial buildings in Tenterfield, as well as spectacular displays of autumn leaves.
Tenterfield is famous for being the site of Sir Henry Parkes’ Tenterfield Oration. Australian entertainer, Peter Allen, was born in Tenterfield and based his song “Tenterfield Saddler” on his grandfather. See the Tenterfield Star for local news. The Tenterfield and District Visitors Information Centre has more information for visitors.
Tathra is a coastal town on the south coast of New South Wales near Bega. Tourist attractions including Old Tathra Wharf, Mimosa Rocks National Park and Borrunda National Park. Tathra is in the Bega Valley Shire Council local government area and is part of New South Wales South Coast Region.
Taree is a city on the north coast of New South Wales, approximately 310 km north of Sydney, the centre of an agricultural district. Taree is part of New South Wales North Coast Region.
Tamworth is on the New England Highway, in the New England Region of New South Wales. It is the host town of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, an annual event recognizing success in the country music genre.
South West Rocks is near the mouth of the Macleay River, in the North Coast Region of New South Wales.
Singleton is set on the Hunter River, approximately 183km north-west of Sydney, considered to be the geographical heart of the Hunter Valley.
Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains is Australia’s highest mountain and the Snowy River is Australia’s highest river. They form parts of the Australian Alps and the Great Dividing Range. The Snowy Mountains are known for the historic Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, and Banjo Patterson’s “The Man from Snowy River.”
During the winter months, major winter ski resorts operate within the the Kosciuszko National Park – the snow-covered area is more than Switzerland and Austria combined.
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival is held annually in Corryong, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains halfway between Melbourne and Sydney.
The Snowy Mountains Region includes the following towns: (follow these links for accommodation, real estate listings and local links)
The South Coast Region refers to the southern coastline and hinterland from Sydney which offers long stretches of sandy beaches, rivers, lakes and forests. The South Coast Region includes the following towns and cities:
Visit the pages for each town above for more accommodation in the region
Shoalhaven Heads is a coastal town in Shoalhaven, most renowned for its spectacular surfing beach. Shoalhaven Heads is part of New South Wales Illawara Region.
Accommodation is available at nearby Nowra.
Riverina refers to a south-western agricultural region of New South Wales, noted for its flat plains and warm to hot climate. The Riverina Region includes the following towns:
Rothbury is in the Hunter Valley, north of Cessnock. It is well known for producing excellent table wines. Adventure activities including hot air ballooning, rally car driving and fighter jet flights are local attractions. The Hunter Valley Railway Trust and Railway Museum are located on the site of the famous Rothbury Riots in the heart of the Hunter Valley Vineyards.
Scone is on the New England Highway, north of Aberdeen and Muswellbrook, in the Upper Hunter Shire in the Hunter Valley region. Lake Glenbawn recreation area and Barrington Tops National Park are within easy driving distance.
As well as farming, the Scone region is known for breeding thoroughbred racehorses and is known as the “Horse Capital of the Australia”.
Scone is about 270 kilometres north of Sydney.
Port Macquarie Hotels & Resorts
Port Stephens is just over two hours drive North from Sydney. Whales visit Port Stephens in winter each year, and the dolphins live there happily year round. It is a beautiful place to be at any time of the year.
Queanbeyan is a city in the south-east of New South Wales, the city lies on the Australian Capital Territory border and is just 10km from Canberra’s CBD. Queanbeyan is part of New South Wales Capital Country Region.
Port Macquarie Backpacker Hostel Accommodation
Port Stephens is a large natural harbour that is located 159km north-east of Sydney, surrounded by a number of small towns developed around the port for fishing and tourism purposes. Port Stephens is part of New South Wales North Coast Region.
Nelson Bay is a popular holiday town on the southern shore of Port Stephens.
Pokolbin is at the center of the Hunter Valley wine Region, located in New South Wales. This area is best known for its wineries, resorts and getaway accommodation. Some of the most popular activities include winery tours, short breaks and visiting the Hunter Valley Gardens with its Festival of Flowers. Pokolbin is part of New South Wales Hunter Region.
Port Macquarie is a large town on New South Wales North Coast, approximately 390km north of Sydney.
Perisher is Australia’s largest skiing resort, in the beautiful Australian Snowy Mountains Region, approximately 600km south-west of Sydney.
Parkes in Central NSW, is 365km from Sydney and 306km from Canberra. Originally a goldmining settlement, it was renamed Parkes after Sir Henry Parkes, the ‘Father of Federation’. Parkes is perhaps best known as home of ‘The Dish’ – the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope.
The Henry Parkes Centre houses The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery collection and the Parkes Visitor Information Centre.
Pambula Beach is a small coastal town with a stunning beachfront that is a major tourist destination. Pambula Beach is part of New South Wales South Coast Region.
Pacific Palms is a small coastal town on the North Coast of New South Wales near Forster. The major industry is tourism with thousands of tourists visiting Pacific Palms to enjoy magnificent beaches and Booti Booti National Park.
Orange (Central NSW) is the birthplace of Australia’s most famous bush poet Banjo Paterson.
You could be forgiven for thinking oranges grow here in the Central West of NSW, but historically, our most prevalent crops have been apples, pears, peaches and cherries. Grapes now also thrive in our cold climate temperatures. Some of the region’s wines have excellent reputations in the ‘foodie’ world along with some of our award winning restaurants. Orange F.O.O.D. Week is held each year where the best of our produce and wine is celebrated and highlighted.
Orange is approximately 38,000 in population and over the last two decades many small boutique shops unique to the local area have emerged. We have four shopping plazas and two multi-movie complexes. Despite its overall rural atmosphere, Orange is not lacking in educational or cultural excellence. Five high schools, a TAFE campus, university, theatre, regional art gallery and conservatorium of music offer a variety of choice. The town is known as the ‘colour city’ because of its spectacular, deciduous autumn foliage. Seasonal sports abound. Swimming is for the summer months at the pool or Lake Canobolas and there is access to small indoor swimming facilities.
Sydney and Canberra are both approximately 3.5 hours drive and coach, train and plane services are available daily.
– Ellis Ash (These descriptions are written by BCL readers.
Oberon is in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The town has major farming, forestry and wood industries.
The city of Nowra on Sydney’s South Coast, approximately 170km south of Sydney. Nowra is also the primary town of the Shoalhaven District and a popular tourist area. Nowra is a part of New South Wales South Coast Region. From Nowra, you can escape inland to Kangaroo Valley for horseriding and bushwalking.
The NSW North Coast Region refers to the coastal towns north of Newcastle, well known for miles of perfect beaches, friendly seaside towns and surrounding wilderness. The North Coast Region includes the following towns:
See accommodation listings for each town using the links above, or…
Schools in Newcastle
Newcastle is in the Hunter / Central Coast education region. You can find all registered schools on the Schools NSW site see school search or Hunter / Central Coast region schools listings (direct links may change) or go direct to some school websites below
Newcastle is the second oldest city in Australia. It lies between a working harbour and surf beaches and is on the mouth of the Hunter River. Like Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom, Newcastle was a major coal mining town and port. Newcastle is approximately 160km or two hours drive north of Sydney.
These descriptions are written by BCL readers.
Newcastle is often referred to as the “Steel City” because coal export and the steel industries were the building blocks upon which this sprawling metropolis is founded. Today, this is a diverse city and the world is your oyster, so to speak, with magnificent beaches, sparkling foreshore and quiet fishing spots on your doorstep. Nobby’s Point at the mouth of the harbour is something of an icon for Novocastrians and many pound the footpath along the break-wall for exercise or relaxation. Academic study or perhaps even a career change can be achieved via Newcastle University, several TAFE campuses or WEA Hunter (Workers’ Educational Association).
There are many shopping centres and Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara are two of the biggest complexes. Quaint bookstores and cosy cafes also beckon. Numerous suburbs have a unique atmosphere and originality, like the East End, Darby Street (Cooks Hill) and The Junction area. Trendy and up-beat, but also relaxed and laid-back – not hectic like Sydney.
Home to the Newcastle Knights football team, there are many social and sporting clubs within the community. Newcastle has a wonderful theatre and Regional Art Gallery and the arts are enthusiastically supported.
– Ellis Ash
The New England Region is an inland district in northern New South Wales, situated at the top of the Great Dividing Range. It has a mild alpine climate and four distinct seasons, creating the autumn colours this region is celebrated for. The landscape is generally rural tablelands, interspersed with large granite boulders. There are spectacular gorges and World Heritage listed New England National Park in the eastern part of the region. New England produces world-class fine merino wool as well as beef and cool climate wines.
The New England Highway runs from Queensland down through Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Muswellbrook to meet the Pacific Highway at Hexham. It is part of a popular inland route from Brisbane to Sydney.
Follow the links above to each town for accommodation listings and online bookings.
Nelson Bay is a town in the Central Coast of New South Wales, it is located on the southern shore of Port Stephens, approximately 60km north of Newcastle. Nelson Bay is part of New South Wales North Coast region. Local Council: Port Stephens Council
Narrandera it lies on the junction of the Newell and Sturt Highways and is the gateway to the productive Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in the New South Wales Riverina Region. Narrandera is 549kms from Sydney, 428kms from Melbourne, 852kms from Adelaide and 341kms from Canberra.
The annual John O’Brien Festival festival celebrates “John O’Brien’s” poetry, bush poetry and writing.
Narrabri is part of New South Wales’ New England Region. It is in the Namoi Valley, approximately 520km north-west of Sydney. The area is a centre for Australian cotton production and is also known for its wheat and livestock.
Nambucca Heads is a coastal town on the North Coast of New South Wales, situated at the mouth of the Nambucca River, approximately 552km north of Sydney. Nambucca Heads is part of New South Wales North Coast Region. Nambucca Shire Council is the local government.
Narooma is a small town at the mouth of the Wagonga Inlet on the Princes Highway, it is a popular fishing destination, approximately 360km south of Sydney. Narooma is in the Eurobodalla Shire Council local government area and is part of New South Wales South Coast Region.
Muswellbrook is located in the upper Hunter Valley region, 243km or 3 hours drive north-west of Sydney. It is well-known for its agriculture and coal-mining industries, and is also the birthplace of the ‘Blue Heeler’ Australian Cattle Dog. Aberdeen is a small town about 12 kilometres north of Muswellbrook on the New England Highway.
Murwillumbah is a medium-sized town on the Tweed River, in the hinterland of far northern NSW. The town is surrounded by national parks and many mountains which are visible from the town centre, including Mt Warning.
Murwillumbah has major and independent supermarkets, department stores, and boutique shopping, and is a regional centre for nearby villages including Uki, Crystal Creek, Tyalgum, Tumbulgum, Stokers Siding, Burringbah, Eungella, and Clothiers Creek.
Murwillumbah has plenty of cafes, restaurants, and pubs. Several shops and cafes specialise in health foods. Visit the Tweed River Art Gallery, which is now home to the The Doug Moran National Portrait prize winners from the years 1988 to 2000, and the Tweed River Regional Museum in town. There are also numerous galleries in the surrounding villages. Murwillumbah is an hour’s drive north-west from Byron Bay and 40 minutes from Tweed Heads and the Queensland border.
NSW Escapes along the Murray River
The Mudgee region in Central NSW is 3½ hours or 250km from Sydney – accessible on Highway 86 from the Blue Mountains or . The region includes Mudgee, Kandos, Rylstone and Gulgong, the town on Australia’s original $10 note, and has a long history of food, wine and wool production. There are also four major coal mines operating in the region.
Australian writer, Henry Lawson, went to school in Mudgee and many of his stories are set in the region.
Mount Victoria is a town in the Blue Mountains, approximately 120 km from Sydney.
Mossvale and Bundadoon are in the Southern Highlands to the east of the Hume Highway. Mossvale is 130 km south-west of Sydney, on the Illawara Highway which cuts across from the Hume Highway to the coast.
The Bundanoon Highland Gathering, Brigadoon, is held every April. In July 2009, Bundanoon launched a “Bundy on Tap” campaign to oppose to the sale of bottled drinking water on environmental grounds. See the official site of Tourism Southern Highlands or Bundanoon Community web for more.
Moruya is a small town on the Moruya River, approximately 322 km south of Sydney along the Princes Highway. The town is a well-known dairy and oyster-farming centre. Moruya is a part of the Eurobodalla Shire Council local government area and New South Wales South Coast Region.
Morpeth, Hunter Valley, NSW
Morpeth is a small town in the Hunter Valley, located 37km north-west of Newcastle in the City of Maitland. It is a popular tourist destination due to its many historical buildings and riverbank setting. Morpeth is a part of New South Wales Hunter Region.
Moree is a part of New South Wales New England Region and is approximately 640 km north-west of Sydney. Located at the junction of Gwydir and Mehi rivers, it is a major centre for the Australian cotton growing industry. It is also noted for its Artesian Spa Baths.
Mollymook is a small beachside town in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales. With its picturesque (and lifesaver patrolled) surf beach, scenic golf courses and relaxing country atmosphere, Mollymook is the ideal seachange holiday destination, just three hours’ drive south of Sydney, and two and a half from Canberra.
Moama, NSW 2731
Moama and Echuca are two cities that are separated by the junction of the Murray, Campaspe and Goulburn Rivers as well as state lines. Moama is in south west New South Wales, while Echuca is a Victorian city. Nevertheless, the two cities live as one community, and are often referred to as the area of Echuca-Moama. The cities are joined by an historic iron bridge.
Merimbula is on the south east coast, 470kms south of Sydney, 585 east of Melbourne and 247kms south east of Canberra. Situated around the Merimbula Lake adjoining the Pacific Ocean, Merimbula is the holiday ‘resort’ of the Sapphire Coast, popular for its excellent surf and fishing
Mittagong is a part of New South Wales’ Illawara Region and is the gateway to the Southern Highlands. It is approximately 110 km south of Sydney and 40km inland from Wollongong. Mittagong is known by the locals as Mitta.
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Maitland is located on the Hunter River approximately 163km north of Sydney, New South Wales and is easily accessible from the New England Highway. Maitland is set on the banks of the Hunter River and is the gateway to the Hunter Valley. The city has many attractive historical buildings and an annual Steam Engine Festival.
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Some of Maitland’s older suburbs have fine historical and federation buildings and others are contemporary housing estates. One charming building houses the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and was once the original technical college campus. The artistic riverbank walkway belies the power of the meandering Hunter River. Years of improvements along the river system help to prevent flooding of a disastrous nature – the worst on record occurred in 1955. There is a multi-cinema theatre, and Maitland CBD is a pedestrian mall, while East Maitland boasts the modern Stockland Green Hills shopping complex. Summers are hot, but Maitland has two excellent aquatic centres and it’s a short drive to coastal beaches. With a relaxed and rural feel, market gardens flourish. Some people breed horses and run hobby farms. Large country-style markets are held monthly at the showground premises, showcasing local produce – vegetables, plants, gourmet food, art and craft. The annual Steam Engine Festival attracts many people and celebrates a bygone era when trains were pulled by steam locomotives. There is excitement as families and enthusiasts hop aboard for steam-powered excursions and day trips, and crowds gather to observe the outcome of a race between a steam engine and a Tiger Moth aeroplane.
Maitland is two hours drive north of Sydney, 30 minutes drive from Newcastle and Newcastle Airport (Williamtown), and is on the CityRail Newcastle – Scone/Dungog line.
– Ellis Ash
The Man from Snowy River
To Anglo-Australians of a certain age, the Snowy Mountains conjures two memories, the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, and Banjo Patterson’s “The Man from Snowy River.” As well as learning about these at school, they will remember Leonard Teale (actor in the 70’s television program Homicide) reciting the peom on the ABC.
The Man from Snowy River
by AB (Banjo) Paterson
There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses — he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.
There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,
The old man with his hair as white as snow;
But few could ride beside him when his blood was fairly up —
He would go wherever horse and man could go.
And Clancy of the Overflow came down to lend a hand,
No better horseman ever held the reins;
For never horse could throw him while the saddle-girths would stand,
He learnt to ride while droving on the plains.
And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast,
He was something like a racehorse undersized,
With a touch of Timor pony — three parts thoroughbred at least —
And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.
He was hard and tough and wiry — just the sort that won’t say die —
There was courage in his quick impatient tread;
And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,
And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.
But still so slight and weedy, one would doubt his power to stay,
And the old man said, “That horse will never do
For a long and tiring gallop — lad, you’d better stop away,
Those hills are far too rough for such as you.”
So he waited sad and wistful — only Clancy stood his friend —
“I think we ought to let him come,” he said;
“I warrant he’ll be with us when he’s wanted at the end,
For both his horse and he are mountain bred.”
“He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko’s side,
Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough,
Where a horse’s hoofs strike firelight from the flint stones every stride,
The man that holds his own is good enough.
And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,
Where the river runs those giant hills between;
I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,
But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen.”
So he went — they found the horses by the big mimosa clump —
They raced away towards the mountain’s brow,
And the old man gave his orders, “Boys, go at them from the jump,
No use to try for fancy riding now.
And, Clancy, you must wheel them, try and wheel them to the right.
Ride boldly, lad, and never fear the spills,
For never yet was rider that could keep the mob in sight,
If once they gain the shelter of those hills.”
So Clancy rode to wheel them — he was racing on the wing
Where the best and boldest riders take their place,
And he raced his stock-horse past them, and he made the ranges ring
With the stockwhip, as he met them face to face.
Then they halted for a moment, while he swung the dreaded lash,
But they saw their well-loved mountain full in view,
And they charged beneath the stockwhip with a sharp and sudden dash,
And off into the mountain scrub they flew.
Then fast the horsemen followed, where the gorges deep and black
Resounded to the thunder of their tread,
And the stockwhips woke the echoes, and they fiercely answered back
From cliffs and crags that beetled overhead.
And upward, ever upward, the wild horses held their way,
Where mountain ash and kurrajong grew wide;
And the old man muttered fiercely, “We may bid the mob good day,
No man can hold them down the other side.”
When they reached the mountain’s summit, even Clancy took a pull,
It well might make the boldest hold their breath,
The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full
Of wombat holes, and any slip was death.
But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head,
And he swung his stockwhip round and gave a cheer,
And he raced him down the mountain like a torrent down its bed,
While the others stood and watched in very fear.
He sent the flint stones flying, but the pony kept his feet,
He cleared the fallen timber in his stride,
And the man from Snowy River never shifted in his seat —
It was grand to see that mountain horseman ride.
Through the stringy barks and saplings, on the rough and broken ground,
Down the hillside at a racing pace he went;
And he never drew the bridle till he landed safe and sound,
At the bottom of that terrible descent.
He was right among the horses as they climbed the further hill,
And the watchers on the mountain standing mute,
Saw him ply the stockwhip fiercely, he was right among them still,
As he raced across the clearing in pursuit.
Then they lost him for a moment, where two mountain gullies met
In the ranges, but a final glimpse reveals
On a dim and distant hillside the wild horses racing yet,
With the man from Snowy River at their heels.
And he ran them single-handed till their sides were white with foam.
He followed like a bloodhound on their track,
Till they halted cowed and beaten, then he turned their heads for home,
And alone and unassisted brought them back.
But his hardy mountain pony he could scarcely raise a trot,
He was blood from hip to shoulder from the spur;
But his pluck was still undaunted, and his courage fiery hot,
For never yet was mountain horse a cur.
And down by Kosciusko, where the pine-clad ridges raise
Their torn and rugged battlements on high,
Where the air is clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blaze
At midnight in the cold and frosty sky,
And where around the Overflow the reedbeds sweep and sway
To the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide,
The man from Snowy River is a household word to-day,
And the stockmen tell the story of his ride.
NSW Luxury Escapes
Lismore is in the Northern Rivers District of New South Wales, beside the Wilsons River. Approximately 821 km north of Sydney in the NSW Far North Coast Region, Lismore is closer to Queensland’s Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Lithgow is a small town in a valley on the north-west edge of the Blue Mountains, on the Great Western Highway, two hours west of Sydney. The annual Ironfest Festival attracts many visitors with historical re-enactments (including medieval re-enactments) and a musical program including classical music, jazz, rock, country & western, bush, medieval and modern experimental. See Lithgow Tourism
for more things to do in Lithgow.
Leura in the Blue Mountains
Leura is a small town in the Blue Mountains , approximately 110km west from Sydney. It is near the Blue Mountains railway line and the Great Western Highway.
Kingscliff is a coastal town south of Tweed Heads, part of the North-Coast Region of New South Wales. Although it is part of New South Wales Far North Coast Region, it is often described as the Gold Coast’s version of Noosa.
Kempsey is on the north coast of New South Wales, approximately 450 km north of Sydney. Kempsey is a part of New South Wales North Coast Region.
Kiama is a coastal town on the South Coast region of New South Wales, known for its popular surfing spots and clean environment.
Jervis Bay is a natural harbour opening to the Pacific Ocean, in the South Coast Region of NSW. It is popular for recreational fishing, scuba diving and whalewatching. The bay is about 150 km south of Sydney. The nearest city is Nowra, about 40 km to the north.
The Jervis Bay Territory is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia. It was surrendered by the state of New South Wales to the Commonwealth Government in 1915 so that the Federal capital at Canberra would have access to the sea. This means that parts of the region are in the Australian Capital Territory, although the Point Perpendicular lighthouse is in an enclave of New South Wales within the ACT section of the Beecroft Peninsula.
Jervis Bay Marine Park covers an area of approximately 22,000 hectares and spans over 100km of coastline and adjacent ocean, extending from Kinghorn Point in the north to Sussex Inlet in the south and including most of Jervis Bay. The marine park aims to conserve marine biological diversity and marine habitats, while catering for a broad range of recreational and commercial activities.
Kangaroo Valley is between Mossvale and Nowra, about 150km or two hours southwest of Sydney and approx 200 km northeast of Canberra. The village of Kangaroo Valley is National Trust-listed, and home to the oldest suspension bridge in Australia, the sandstone Hampden Bridge.
Kangaroo Valley is enclosed between the Cambewarra and Barrengarry Mountains in the NSW Southern Highlands. All flora, fauna, Aboriginal sites and rock formations within the National Park are protected.
Jindabyne, in the Snowy Mountains Region of NSW, is on the shores of Lake Jindabyne, popular destination for skiers in winter and fishing in summer.
Iluka is famous for catering for rock, river and deep sea fishing but also offers glorious, clean beaches, Iluka Bay and a World Heritage-Listed Rainforest. You may be lucky enough to see local wildlife in their natural habitat: wedge-tailed eagles, ospreys, emus, kangaroos, goannas and echidnas live in surrounding bushland and dolphins often play in the beautiful Clarence River.
You can hire a boat or take a ferry across the Clarence River to Yamba for the day, enjoy Iluka’s Golf Course and Bowls Club social activities, play tennis, explore the rock pools, dine out available at either Iluka or Yamba’s restaurants or just relax and do nothing.
The Illawarra Folk Festival is held in January each year at at the Bulli Showground on Slacky Flat.
Bowral hosts the annual Tulip-Time Festival in Spring each year
Follow the links to each town above for accommodation listings.
Huskisson and Vincentia are towns on the shores of Jervis Bay. It is a popular tourist destination with white beaches and crystal clear water. Huskisson is in the Shoalhaven City Council local government area and part of New South Wales South Coast Region.
Hawkesbury Valley Region
The Hawkesbury Valley is on the north west border of Sydney. The area includes historic towns of Windsor and Richmond and smaller towns like Lower Portland, Ebenezer, Pitt-Town and Colo.
HawkesburyHarvest.com.au has details of farmers markets at Penrith and Castle Hill and a farm gate trail.
Hay was established in 1859 on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and at the junction of the Mid Western, Sturt and Cobb Highways. Hay is a part of New South Wales Riverina Region.
Holiday parks offer a range of self-catering accommodation with all you need to relax and unwind. They have become increasingly popular in Australia with families who want a complete package of self-catering accommodation, entertainment and activities.
Holbrook is between Melbourne and Sydney on the Hume Highway, approx 60km north of Albury. Visitors to the town are greeted by the unlikely sight of a submarine, HMAS Otway, next to the submarine museum and visitors information centre. The Submarine Precinct is a well known stop over on the Hume Highway. For those who stay longer, The Woolpack Inn Museum is a two story heritage listed historic building located in the main street of Holbrook, and the National Museum of Australian Pottery is the only Museum dedicated to 19th and early 20th century Australian pottery and the Holbrook Miniature Railway will appeal to many.
Holbrook is the largest town in Greater Hume Shire.
The Hunter Valley extends from Murrurundi in the north to Cessnock in the south. The southern regions of this area are 2 to 3 hours drive from Sydney.
The Hunter Region is well known for historical towns, wine regions and attractive rural landscapes. This region offers a diverse range of landscapes from the mountainous wilderness of the Barrington Tops National Park to the sub-tropical coastal regions of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Weekend escapes and winery tours are just two of the region’s tourist attractions. There are over 100 wineries in this area and its proximity to Sydney makes it popular with local tourists.
Goulburn is 190km south-west of Sydney on the Hume Highway, branded as ‘Australia’s First Inland City’. The town is located at the junction of the Wollondilly and Mulwaree rivers. Goulburn is part of New South Wales Capital Country Region.
Grafton is 665km north of Sydney, and renowned for its riverbank parks and jacaranda trees. Grafton is on the Clarence River, and at the junction of the Pacific Highway (Brisbane to Sydney) and Gwydir Highway which runs west to Glen Innes, Inverell, Moree, and Walgett .
Grafton is part of New South Wales Far North Coast Region.
Griffith is a city in the south west region of New South Wales, a thriving city developed as a result of irrigation. Griffith is a part of New South Wales Riverina Region.
Griffith Festival of the Gardens – Tour around a variety of privately owned town, farm and outback gardens, see floral art & quilt displays and the larger than life Citrus Sculpture Display with over 40 sculptures lining the entrance to Banna Avenue. These sculptures are unique to Griffith, Australia and Menton, France.
Gilgandra is known as the “Town of Windmills” and “Home of the Coo-ees.” The Windmills come from the time before they had a central water supply the skyline was dominated by windmills. (Strictly speaking, they are windpumps, but Australians call them windmills.) The Coo-ee March started with 35 men marching from Gilgandra to Sydney in 1915 to volunteer for the war, and being joined by others along the route. The local economy is agricultural with sheep, beef cattle and winter cereal cropping, with some tourism.
Glen Innes is a highland town in the heart of the New England Region of New South Wales on the New England Highway and the Gwydir Highway. Glen Innes is famous for its Celtic heritage and Celtic Festival. It is also the gateway to sapphire country and the Fossicker’s Way.
Gloucester is in the picturesque Avon valley, on the Gloucester River. It’s an hour’s drive inland from Taree and Tuncurry/Forster, not quite 2 hours drive from Newcastle, and 3 hrs drive from both Sydney and Armidale along Thunderbolt’s Way. Gloucester is serviced by three Countrylink XPT trains in each direction on the North Coast railway line.
Gloucester is known for its gourmet quality Barrington beef and perch. Gloucester also boasts spectacular mountain views and is adjacent to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park. Gloucester hosts a Farmers Market and an annual Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival. Gloucester Tourism provides a wide range of visitor information.
Gerringong is on the Illawara Coast with spectacular views of beautiful white sand and beach fronts. Gerringong is just south of Kiama, part of New South Wales Illawara Region and 126 km south of Sydney.
Forster is a large coastal town on the north coast region of New South Wales, just over 300 km north of Sydney. Forster is divided by Wallis Lake and the centre of Great Lakes, an area well known for fishing and other water activities. Forster and the smaller neighbouring town of Tuncurry are connected by the bridge over Wallis Lake.
Local attractions include One Mile Beach and Booti Booti National Park.
Forbes, NSW The township of Forbes, in Central NSW is on the banks of the Lachlan River in the heart of the rich Lachlan Valley. Forbes is on the Newell Highway. Lake Forbes is popular for its cycle and walkways, BBQ facilities, playgrounds and amenities. Forbes Shire Council website includes photos and community information.
Far North Coast refers to the coastal towns of the tropical north-eastern region of New South Wales, known for magnificent beaches, rivers and world heritage forests. The Far North Coast Region includes Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Grafton, Iluka, Kingscliff, Lennox Head, Lismore and the Tweed Coast
Follow the links to each location above for hotels, motels, cabins and other accommodation, plus some local information, links and things to do.
Because this area is much closer to the Gold Coast and Queensland, events can be posted in the Queensland What’s On pages.
New South Wales observes daylight saving (summertime) from October to the beginning of April. Queensland does not observe daylight saving. So, during summer months you will need to allow for the one hour time difference if you cross the border.
Eden, on the south coast of New South Wales, is a former whaling town on Twofold Bay. The Eden Whale Festival is held in October each year. Eden is on the Princes Highway approximately 512 km.
Diamond Beach and Old Bar are seaside towns, south-east of Taree and north of Forster. Old Bar is one of the popular beaches along the coastal strip and just 15 minutes’ drive from Taree. Diamond Beach and Old Bar are part of New South Wales North Coast Region.
The annual Old Bar Beach Festival, held on the October long weekend, is an celebration of classic Australian summer holidays. Kombi Fest is one of the festival’s highlights that attracts hundreds of keen Kombi van enthusiasts.
See Greater Taree City Council local government site with local services, event calendar and community information
Cowra, NSW Cowra is on the Lachlan River, in Central New South Wales, approximately 310 kilometres drive due west of Sydney. The Cowra Prisoner of War Camp site is listed as one of the top Heritage sites in NSW. In 1944 over 1000 Japanese POW staged a mass breakout that was the biggest in British and Australian War History. See Cowra Tourism and Cowra Council for local information.
New South Wales is home to one third of Australians and claims to have the biggest economy of all states and its capital is Australia’s best known city, Sydney.
The 1000km eastern coastline offers a range of ports, beaches and tourist destination. Central Coast covering the Gosford and Wyong Shire offer an escape for Sydney dwellers. Other popular holiday destinations include Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay
Further inland is farmland extending to the dry western plains and desert. Broken Hill is the western-most town in NSW – further from Sydney than it is from Adelaide or Melbourne.
South of Sydney is the Illawarra, Shoalhaven & Southern Highlands Region
New South Wales operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time. They put their clocks forward each summer for daylight saving.
See BCL Sydney for a lot more statewide information pages
Coffs Harbour is on the east coast, mid way between Sydney and Brisbane along the Pacific Highway in what is known as the North Coast region of NSW. It is a popular holiday destination so you should book these hotels and resorts well ahead to ensure best choice, especially during busy periods. Coffs Harbour is home to the Big Banana – this 13 metres long, 5 metres high and 2.4 metres wide concrete banana was the first of Australia’s “big” landmarks. It opened in 1964.
Cooma is at the junction of the Monaro and Snowy Mountains Highways in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains Region, south of Canberra. Cooma is also home of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme and its education centre.
Local Council: Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
Coonabarabran, in Central NSW, is often referred to as the ‘Astronomy Capital of Australia’. Australia’s largest optical astronomy research facility, Siding Spring Observatory, is 27 km west of Coonabarabran.
It is also the gateway to the Warrumbungle National Park. The Warrumbungle Region is 6 hours drive from Sydney and 2 hours drive north-east of Dubbo, and 2 hours west of Tamworth. Coonabarabran is on the Oxley and Newell Highway. It is about half-way between Brisbane and Melbourne as the crow flies.
See the Warrumbungle Region tourist information site for events and information.
Corowa is on the banks of the Murray River, on the New South Wales side of the border, west of Albury. It is 3 hours from Melbourne, 4 hours from Canberra and 6 hours from Sydney.
Charlestown is a major commercial centre between the northern end of Lake Macquarie and the coastline, just 10 kilometres west-southwest of the Newcastle CBD.
Cessnock is in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 2 hours north of Sydney. It is well known for producing excellent table wines. Adventure activities including hot air ballooning, rally car driving and fighter jet flights are local attractions.
Central Coast Hotels – just north of Sydney
The Central Coast region, covering the Gosford and Wyong Shire, is south of Newcastle and north of Sydney. The region includes the towns of Dooralong, Wyong, The Entrance, Toowoon Bay, Ourimbah, Bateau Bay, Gosford, Terrigal, Avoca Beach, Woy Woy and Ettalong.
Byron Bay Skydiving
Cabins and cottages in regional NSW provide privacy for getaways, retreats or solitude for creative work.
Casino is on the Richmond River, 32kms west of Lismore, in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Casino is at the junction of the Bruxner Highway and the Summerland Way.
Casino Beef Week, held in May each year, has a street parade, family fund day, “Breakfast with the Butchers” and more.
Capital Country refers to the region that lies on the northern borders of the Australian Capital Territory and is set along the tableland of the Great Dividing Range. The Capital Country Region includes the following towns:
Byron Bay is on the eastern coast of Australia, about 200 km south of Brisbane, 105K south of Surfers Paradise and 800 km north of Sydney.
During the summer months Byron is flooded with tourists, many of them surfers vying for the best waves. There are plenty of beaches in and around Byron to choose from including Main Beach, which is close to the esplanade and is patrolled by surf lifesavers. There is also Tallow, Clarkes and Belongil – a dog’s beach and Kings which is frequented by nude sunbathers.
Byron is also a popular Easter holiday due to the annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.
Another popular attraction is Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron. The lighthouse here was built in 1901. Many locals and tourists alike make the morning trek to this point to be amongst the first in Australia to watch the sunrise.
Byron Bay Tours Byron Bay is approx 105K south of Surfers Paradise. It is included as a stopover in many coach tours of the east coast and is popular as a destination in its own right.
Bourke is 780 km north-west of Sydney, and about the same distance south-west of Brisbane. It was an historic riverport on the Darling River and is seen as the edge of the “real outback” – anything beyond is “out the back of Bourke”. Visit the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre
Blueys Beach, Boomerang Beach and Elizabeth Beach are small coastal towns at the southern end of Wallis Lake on the north coast region of New South Wales. They are approx 300 km north of Sydney. Local attractions are the beaches, lake and Wallingat National Park.
Bowral, in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, is approximately 107 km south of Sydney, at the base of Mount Gibraltar. Grand gardens, historic estates and manor houses are a reminder of its history as a retreat for Sydney’s well-to-do.
Bowral is also home to the Bradman Museum, now The International Cricket Hall of Fame, which celebrates the life and sporting achievements of cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman.
Famous for its gardens, Bowral hosts the annual Tulip-Time Festival in Spring each year. At less than ninety minutes from both Sydney and Canberra, it’s possible to do in a day trip but better as if you stop over. There are plenty of accommodation options below.
The famous mining town of Broken Hill is the western-most town in NSW – further from Sydney than it is from Adelaide or Melbourne. Even though it is in NSW, Broken Hill and Silverton operate on Central Standard Time which is the same as Adelaide and South Australia.
Katoomba is just over 100 km west of Sydney and just over 1000m above sea level. The Scenic Skyway to Katoomba is the steepest railway in the world.
Blue Mountains Hotels, Cottages, Retreats, B&B
Blue Mountains backpacker hostels
Bermagui is a seaside town at the northern end of the Sapphire Coast in NSW’s South Coast Region. As well as beach, surfing and swimming, natural attractions include Bermagui State Forest, Bermagui Nature Reserve and Wallaga Lake National Park. Bermagui also has a goldmine. Bermagui is in the Bega Valley Shire Council local government area.
Blackheath is a small resort town located near the top of the Blue Mountains, approximately 120 km west of Sydney. The town is the highest in the Blue Mountains and is well known for its breathtaking views.
Bega is in the south-east region of News South Wales, famous for the popular Bega cheese. It is located between the beachfront and the Kosciuszko snow resorts. Bega is near the junction of the Princes and Snowy Mountain Highways which link Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Bega is part of New South Wales South Coast Region.
The Berry website by the local chamber of commerce has a wealth of local information and events.
B&Bs can provide a more personalised stay, with lots of local advice, information and insights. Even better – someone else makes the breakfast!
Bathurst Tours & Activities
There’s more to Bathurst than Motorsports at Mt Panorama.
Bathurst, the oldest inland settlement in Australia, is perhaps best known for motor racing at Mt Panaroma.
This description was written by BCL readers.
Established in the early 1800s, today Bathurst has a youthful feel. This is a “uni town” and the sprawling campus of Charles Sturt University lies on the edge of town. Academic excellence is prominent, and Bathurst boasts six secondary schools. There are heritage buildings and quite a few stately, well-preserved homes from a bygone era, set against a backdrop of gentle rolling hills.
Modern shopping complexes have been incorporated into two of the most central CBD blocks, and other shops, parks and gardens radiate outwards from the town centre. The charming Keppel Street area of boutiques and cafes feels almost like a separate mini village. Coffee shops, restaurants and pub bistros are dotted around town. A personal favourite of mine is the atmospheric and centrally located Acropole Restaurant, where great coffee and everything from early morning to late night dining can be found.
Bathurst often celebrates the rich colours of autumn with a series of themed events. There is a multi-theatre cinema, a Regional Gallery and the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre for cultural productions.
Mount Panorama racing circuit draws huge crowds of motoring enthusiasts, especially for the annual Bathurst 1000 Race (one of the V8 Supercar Series) when the population swells to almost bursting point. 2.5 hours drive (207km) to Sydney, 3.5 hours to Canberra. Air, train and coach services operate daily.
– Ellis Ash
Barrington Tops is a World Heritage listed National Park located in the Hunter Valley Region, approximately 200km north of Sydney. It is noted for its spectacular mountain scenery and is on one of the highest points of the Great Dividing Range
Batemans Bay, NSW Batemans Bay is a coastal town on the estuary of the Clyde River. It is approximately 280km south of Sydney on the Princes Highway, and south-south-east of Canberra along Kings Highway (52). Batemans Bay is part of Eurobodalla Shire Council local government area and South Coast Region of New South Wales.
The George Bass Surfboat Marathon, claimed to be the “Longest, Toughest Surfboat Race in the world” is held each January in even-numbered years. After a send-off from Batemans Bay, crews row 170 km south to Eden.
Bathurst is famous for its motor racing at Mount Panorama
Barooga is a small NSW town and popular holiday resort on the Murray River opposite Cobram in Victoria.
Cobram/Barooga is at the centre of a rich pastoral, dairy, fruit and wine-growing district, known as the ‘the food bowl of Australia’.
Ballina, at the mouth of the Richmond River in northern NSW, is on the Pacific Highway just 90 minutes drive south of the Gold Coast or 2 1/2 hours south of Brisbane.
Helicopter flights, flying lessons in Ballina.
Armidale is the lively major city of the northern New South Wales tablelands and New England region. It is approximately half way between Brisbane and Sydney on the New England Highway. Passenger rail services and flights run to and from Sydney. Within Armidale, there are bus services around the suburbs into the city centre.
Armidale has a population of around 20 000 which includes many young people who come to study at the local schools and University of New England. As a regional and administrative centre, Armidale is well serviced by major retailers, local newspapers and radio, banks, and government services.
There are cafes and shops along the Beardy Street Mall, between Marsh and Dangar Streets, and other main retailers are focussed in the shopping centres and plazas in the blocks between Jessie, Dumaresq, Marsh, and Rusden Streets. Armidale is also known as a cathedral city, with Anglican and Catholic cathedrals plus many other denominational churches.
Armidale is a regional centre for bushwalking, surrounded as it is by the New England and Oxley Wild Rivers national parks. Because of its altitude of approximately 1km above sea level, Armidale has a mild climate, with distinct long spring and autumn periods, unlike many parts of Australia. The Autumn Festival is a major annual event in the city.
Albury is a New South Wales city on northern bank of the Murray River. Together with the Victorian city of Wodonga on the south bank, it forms an urban area with a population of around 80,000.
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