Heart of Country 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:
Embark on a thrilling journey through the captivating landscapes of New South Wales (NSW) Country. Imagine vast open plains, majestic mountains, lush valleys, and charming rural towns. This heartland of Australia offers a quintessential rural experience, steeped in rich history and cultural heritage. The land was home to various Aboriginal tribes before European settlement in the late 18th century. This indigenous legacy, intertwined with the transformation brought by European settlers, makes NSW Country a fascinating blend of old and new.
NSW Country is defined by its diverse landscapes, each with a unique allure. The Great Dividing Range, for instance, offers breathtaking vistas and adventure-filled activities from hiking in the Blue Mountains to exploring the snow-capped peaks of the Snowy Mountains. Not to be overshadowed, the verdant valleys of NSW Country, thriving with farms and vineyards, offer a feast for the senses. The Hunter Valley is renowned for its award-winning wines, while the Bega Valley takes pride in its quality dairy produce. This rich natural environment also provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife. Here, you can spot kangaroos hopping in the bush, koalas nestled in eucalyptus trees, and a multitude of bird species singing their melodious tunes.
At the heart of NSW Country are the towns and communities that breathe life into this rural landscape. Each town, from the cultural hub of Bathurst to the historic town of Goulburn, is rich in history and community spirit. By partaking in local farmers' markets, festivals, and country shows or enjoying a traditional Aussie barbecue, you'll experience the warmth of country hospitality and get a taste of authentic country life. Equally enticing is the local cuisine of NSW Country. With an emphasis on locally sourced produce, the region's food is as diverse as its landscapes. Expect to enjoy hearty meals featuring the finest meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables that the region has to offer.
Embarking on a journey to NSW Country is part of the adventure. Whether you choose to drive, catch a coach, or take a train, the journey promises to be as remarkable as the destination. While NSW Country offers year-round attractions, the temperate climate in spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) provides particularly beautiful conditions for outdoor exploration. During your visit, immerse yourself in a range of activities such as hiking, birdwatching, wine tasting, exploring historic towns, and visiting local farms.
NSW Country offers an unparalleled rural Australian experience. It's a place to reconnect with nature, delve into history, and create unforgettable memories. So, when will you start your journey through this remarkable Australian countryside?
Among the many charming towns in NSW Country, Bathurst, Goulburn, and Tamworth are particularly favoured by visitors.
You can encounter a variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and an array of bird species.
The region's cuisine boasts a farm-to-table approach, featuring locally-grown meats, cheeses, and produce.
Car travel provides the most flexibility, but coach and train services also serve many towns
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