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NSW: Where Nature and Culture Collide

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A sunrise swim at Mahon Ocean Pool, Maroubra.

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NSW: Where Nature
and Culture Collide

Mahon Ocean Pool, Maroubra, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW | Usage: For media use only in Australian markets to promote NSW.

A sunrise swim at Mahon Ocean Pool, Maroubra.

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Spending time in New South Wales has the power to transform you: both through immersing yourself in its awe-inspiring natural beauty and experiencing the rich culture and stories of its places and people. But it’s in the collision of the two where you’ll find the state’s beating heart. Here are some of the experiences that contain this duality and will leave you with a new energy and moments to remember. 

  • When artists from around the world were invited to Broken Hill to create site specific sculptures, they looked to the golden skyline and ancient sandstone for inspiration. The Living Desert and Sculptures is a homage to the city, a place with a long history of artistic excellence, as well as the breathtaking landscape that is synonymous with this outback centre.   
  • It’s evident from the moment you gaze upon Wendy Whiteley’s Garden that this is the work of an artist. When creating it, she was inspired by colour, form and beauty over the traditional practices of horticulture, with native and exotic plants of all shapes and shades creating a visual feast.   

The Living Desert, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man watching the sunset from The Living Desert Reserve in Broken Hill.

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The Living Desert, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man watching the sunset from The Living Desert Reserve in Broken Hill.

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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, Lavender Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman enjoying the serenity in Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay.

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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, Lavender Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman enjoying the serenity in Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay.

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  • One of Sapphire Coast’s great walks, the Light to Light Walk hugs the coastline between two historic buildings. The walks starts at Boyds Tower, an imposing sandstone structure that tells many stories of the enterprising communities of the coast, and ends south of Eden at Green Cape Lighthouse, a stellar example of heritage architecture. Along the way is spectacular and rugged coastline unlike anywhere else.  
  • Surge across the seemingly endless, undulating Stockton Bight Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands by quad bike and you’ll experience so much more than an exhilarating day out. Learn about the significance of the sand dunes to Worimi people through their history, stories and traditions.  

Ben Boyd National Park, Edrom CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun rising over Boyd Tower on Red Point in the Ben Boyd National Park, Edrom.

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Ben Boyd National Park, Edrom CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun rising over Boyd Tower on Red Point in the Ben Boyd National Park, Edrom.

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Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens CREDIT: Destination NSW

Quad biking experience on the Stockton Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands, Port Stephens.

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Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens CREDIT: Destination NSW

Quad biking experience on the Stockton Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands, Port Stephens.

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  • Floating above rows of verdant vineyards as honey-coloured light spills over the horizon is an essential part of visiting the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine region in Australia. Balloon Aloft has been taking people up in the air for more than 40 years.   
  • The Mutawintji National Park is one of the most significant sacred places in the far west of NSW, a place where Aboriginal people lived and gathered for thousands of years. Discover the many Aboriginal paintings and engravings which show how ceremonies were conducted and represents the connection between people and their country.   

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People enjoying a hot air balloon ride over the Hunter Valley.

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Balloon Aloft, Hunter Valley CREDIT: Destination NSW

People enjoying a hot air balloon ride over the Hunter Valley.

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Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji CREDIT: Destination NSW

Keanu Bates sharing Aboriginal art and culture on a guided tour through Mutawintji National Park .

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Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji CREDIT: Destination NSW

Keanu Bates sharing Aboriginal art and culture on a guided tour through Mutawintji National Park .

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  • Orange is defined by its cool climate, distinct topography and passionate winemakers and food producers. Wine is an expression of place at Rowlee Wines, located in the foothills of Mount Canobolas, and one of the many places to enjoy the region’s culinary culture.  
  • Fruit farming is an essential part of the fabric of NSW. Set among the Tweed’s rainforest, with the perfect climate and soil to grow produce, Tropical Fruit World is a joyful place to learn about farming culture.   

Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine to table experience with winemakers Nicole Samodol and James Manny of Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine to table experience with winemakers Nicole Samodol and James Manny of Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman purchasing fresh produce from Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah.

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Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman purchasing fresh produce from Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah.

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  • From its eucalypt-covered landscapes to its ancient rock formations, the Blue Mountains has long been a haven of restoration through immersion in nature. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is surrounded by nature, with opportunities to explore by horseback, a menu celebrating local ingredients and a commitment to conservation of the environment.  
  • When dining at Bannisters Port Stephens, you might spot a pod of dolphins swim by in the bay, or a koala munching on leaves in a nearby tree. It’s fine dining inspired by the land, where the menu is led by the catch of the day and the oysters are some of the best in the state.  

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Guests enjoying a stargazing campfire experience at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

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Guests enjoying a stargazing campfire experience at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

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Bannisters, Port Stephens CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple relaxing by the pool at Bannisters, Port Stephens.

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Bannisters, Port Stephens CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple relaxing by the pool at Bannisters, Port Stephens.

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  • NSW has a wondrous coastline, so it’s no wonder that so many of us are disciples of dawn. Whether it’s paddling out in the quiet, hearing nothing but the waves lap at your board, greeting the golden sun with a beachside yoga session or feeling every cell fizz after diving into an ocean pool, waking up by the water is an essential part of our culture.   
  •  Sydney looks entirely different from the water – you realise how connected Sydney is by waterways.  A collision of natural wonders and man made structures greet you at every turn. Kayaking on the harbour is a truly exhilarating experience that shows it off from a new perspective. 

Tathra Beach, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man heading out for a morning of stand-up paddleboarding at Tathra Beach, Tathra.

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Tathra Beach, Tathra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man heading out for a morning of stand-up paddleboarding at Tathra Beach, Tathra.

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Kayaking, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

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Kayaking, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

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  • Travel back through time on a paddle-steamer on the mighty Murray River, pausing to explore heritage sites that tell the region’s history, ancient tributaries and significant cultural sites.  
  • Flat plains, that stretch as far as the eye can see, red dust, and the iconic ute. The Deni Ute Muster is an unrivalled festival celebrating these themes, and more than anything, the community spirit that defines country NSW.   

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Couple aboard the Paddlesteamer Emmylou as it cruises along the Murray River.

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Couple aboard the Paddlesteamer Emmylou as it cruises along the Murray River.

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Deni Ute Muster 2013 CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin 2013

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Deni Ute Muster 2013 CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin 2013

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  • You don’t have to go far out of Sydney to escape the crowds. Marramarra Lodge in the Hawkesbury is only accessible by boat and surrounded by national park; you’ll be immersed in the wilderness, learn about the Dharug people’s and European archaeology nearby and give local mud crabbing and fishing a go.  
  • Experience the Snowy Mountains landscape and the region’s wineries together on a True North helicopter flight, which will see you soaring over the Tumut Forest and mighty dams as well as dropping in at local wineries to see their winemaking process.   

Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters CREDIT: Isabel Darling

Couple enjoying a relaxing glamping experience at Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters.

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Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters CREDIT: Isabel Darling

Couple enjoying a relaxing glamping experience at Marramarra Lodge, Berowra Waters.

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Truenorth Helicopters, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman enjoying a scenic flight over Tumut River and the Talbingo Reservoir in the Snowy Mountains.

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Truenorth Helicopters, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: Destination NSW

Woman enjoying a scenic flight over Tumut River and the Talbingo Reservoir in the Snowy Mountains.

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