New South Wales’ regional communities and townships have had a tough 2020. The bushfires that swept through much of the state in January and then government-enforced travel restrictions have only intensified the hardships that many of NSW’s rural areas were experiencing as a result of severe drought.
One of the best ways to support these local economies is to visit in person – a resolution that couldn’t be better timed as much of the state begins to re-open for leisure travel. Whether you want to get out of the house for a day, a weekend or an extended trip, the regional communities of NSW are ready and waiting to welcome you. And if you’re not sure where to start on your discovery of regional New South Wales, let the recommendations of past travellers be your guide. The advice of the visitors before you is a one-way ticket to knowing where to find the best coffee, the best picnic spots, the quietest beaches, and the experiences that you couldn’t have anywhere else. Pile into the car for a road trip along the North Coast or indulge your palate with sips from one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions at the Hunter Valley. Chase waterfalls and lookouts in the Blue Mountains, discover there is more than just alpine thrills around the Snowy Mountains, or get a taste of NSW’s food bowl throughout the Riverina. Then, when you get home, don’t forget to share your experiences of these beautiful regions with friends and family to encourage them to take a trip of their own.
Get a peek at what is awaiting throughout regional NSW below and start planning your recovery support trip today.
- Places to keep in mind: Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore, Byron Bay, Tamworth
- Places to keep in mind: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Barrington Tops
- Places to keep in mind: Blackheath, Katoomba, Mt Victoria, Lithgow, Wentworth Falls
- Places to keep in mind: Bega, Batemans Bay, Merimbula, Eden, Wollongong
- Places to keep in mind: Perisher, Crackenback, Jindabyne, Threadbo, Mount Kosciuszko
- Places to keep in mind: Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin
When to go & weather:
- Summer (December - February): Warm weather great for the beach and festivals
- Autumn (March - May): Pleasant and mild, perfect conditions for hiking and sightseeing
- Winter (June - August): Cooler temperatures and peak ski season
- Spring (September - November): Ideal for whale watching and national parks
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