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Moree Deniliquin Tenterfield Glen Innes Armidale Tamworth Narrabri Coonabarabran Gilgandra Dubbo Parkes Forbes West Wyalong Griffith Narrandera Wagga Wagga Queanbeyan Mittagong Bowral Goulburn Mudgee Bathurst Orange Albury Moama Tocumwal Barooga Corowa Mulwala Heart of Country region map


The Heart of Country region spans the entire central breadth of New South Wales, covering a distance of over 1,000 kilometres between the state of Queensland in the north and Victoria in the south. To the west of this region lies the New South Wales outback, while to the east is the state's lush hinterland of the Great Dividing Range and popular ocean coastline.

The Heart of Country region encompasses some of the state's most historic country towns and cities, fertile agricultural and pastoral plains, forests, rivers and lakes. Dotted with historic river ports is the Murray River, Australia's longest river which forms the region's southern border with Victoria, making it an ideal recreational playground for water activities. The major inland cities of Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Queanbeyan, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga are rich with cultural heritage, festivals and events.

The north-south routes of the Newell Highway, Hume Highway and New England Highway cover much of the region, with some interesting detours available along some of the tourist side routes of Fossickers Way, Kidman Way, Lachlan Valley Way and the Olympic Highway.

Visitors come to the Heart of Country region to experience wide open spaces, gourmet food, friendly locals and the country lifestyle.

Heart of Country destinations:

Albury Albury
Regional city on Murray River and Lake Hume
Armidale Armidale
Cultural city with beautiful gardens and nearby waterfalls and gorges
Barooga Barooga
Small Murray River town within rich agricultural area
Bathurst Bathurst
City with grand heritage buildings and Mount Panorama raceway
Bowral Bowral
Historic highlands town with stunning gardens and Bradman Oval
Coonabarabran Coonabarabran
Country town in foothills of Warrumbungle Ranges
Corowa Corowa
Historic river front town with parks and forests
Deniliquin Deniliquin
Attractive town on Edward River famous for ute muster
Dubbo Dubbo
Large city on Macquarie River with Western Plains Zoo
Forbes Forbes
Historic Lachlan Valley town
Gilgandra Gilgandra
Relaxed country town with rural museum
Glen Innes Glen Innes
Country town with natural attractions and Celtic heritage
Goulburn Goulburn
Historic inland city famous for Big Merino
Griffith Griffith
Town with Italian heritage and many vineyards
Mittagong Mittagong
Historic town surrounded by bush and mountains
Moama Moama
Popular holiday destination across river from Port of Echuca
Moree Moree
Northern wheatbelt town with artesian hot spring spas
Mudgee Mudgee
Scenic town set within large wine region
Mulwala Mulwala
Holiday and recreational town on Lake Mulwala
Narrabri Narrabri
Vibrant town on Namoi River near Nandewar Ranges
Narrandera Narrandera
Agricultural town on Murrumbidgee River
Orange Orange
Bustling city noted for its gardens and local produce
Parkes Parkes
Thiving rural town home to dish radio telescope
Queanbeyan Queanbeyan
City surrounded by natural attractions, close to Canberra
Tamworth Tamworth
Country music capital of Australia
Tenterfield Tenterfield
Heritage town with mountain ranges and national parks
Tocumwal Tocumwal
Historic town with sandy Murray River beaches and redgum forests
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga
Regional city on Murrumbidgee River
West Wyalong West Wyalong
Historic gold town in cereal crop growing region

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