Best Rural Destinations in NSW
Guest Post by Olivia Bourke from Great Lost
The state of New South Wales is infamous for its gorgeous coastlines and instagram worthy beaches. However, New South Wales has a lot more to offer with it’s white covered snowfields, a beautiful countryside and a winery or two in between.
Whether its for a short weekend getaway or you’re setting off on a weeks long road trip, there are plenty of places to see and things to do,so to set you off in the right direction here are a few of our favourites places in rural New South Wales.
You’ll find Armidale halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, encompassing World Heritage national parks, Australia’s second highest waterfall and some of the state’s most scenic landscapes. It is said that Armidale has four distinct seasons unlike anywhere else in Australia, which means that it is a beautiful place to visit all year round. According to the locals though, autumn is the best season to visit when the leaves are turning a golden orange.
If you’re a nature lover then you will be pleased with all the walking trails Armidale has to offer like the Chandler View Circuit Walk and the Oxley Walking Track. If hiking isn’t really your thing that perhaps check out the Armidale Farmers Market that occurs on the first and third sunday of each month to taste some local produce.
Located a couple of hours north-west of Sydney, Mudgee offers fine dining, local produce and sophisticated wine with beautiful farm lands and rolling hills to match. There’s plenty to do here in Mudgee, like visiting one of the 40 family owned wineries for tasting, bushwalk by Dunns Swamp or sent up a tent and enjoy a night in Goulburn River National Park. Spend the weekend enjoying the scenic views and country charm Mudgee has to offer!
Just a thirty minute drive from Coffs Harbour, on the banks of the Bellinger River is where you’ll find the visually stunning town of Bellingen. This is the perfect place to visit if you are into canoeing, kayaking and rainforest walks.
Bellingen is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore some local natural attractions like the World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park or the Spectacular Bangalore Falls nearby.
Located right between Sydney and Canberra, Kangaroo Valley is one of Australia’s hidden gems. The Kangaroo River flows right through the valley making the area a very popular place for camping, canoeing and kayaking.
To make sure you’re experiencing all Kangaroo Valley has to offer, make sure you stop in to the Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop. This heritage listed shop is home to the ‘World’s Best Pies’, however if you’d rather something else they also offer great local treats as well.
Morpeth is a historic town surrounded by colonial buildings located in the Hunter Valley, just two hour north of Sydney. The main street is filled with eclectic stores selling local products, great restaurants and delicious food outlets.
There is a lot of things to do to ensure you enjoy the best Morpeth has to offer, like enjoying a heritage walk, a riverside lunch and a taste of the famous Morpeth Sourdough. Go back in time and visit the Morpeth museum, which shows just how popular the river port was in colonial times.
I'm Olivia, an adventurous traveler who just wants to explore all the world has to offer. I'm an American who has slowly made my way to the beautiful land down under, Australia and I'm loving every minute of exploring this ever so scenic country, one state at a time. With my feet moving and my fingers typing, I love sharing all the gems that I discover with the world so they can enjoy them as well!