New South Wales

Ten Places to See in New South Wales

 

Surprisingly Big Things - in New South Wales 

World's Largest in NSW
  • Trout, ........................ Adaminaby
  • Prawn, ..............................Ballina
  • Fruit Bowl, ...........................Bilpin
  • Bicycle ............................Chullora
  • Banana, ..................Coffs Harbour
  • Eagle,.................................Cowra
  • Sheep, ...........................Goulburn
  • Barrel, ...............................Griffith
  • Boomerang, .......................Hawes
  • Chook, ....................Kemps Creek
  • Bowl, ........................Lake Cathie
  • Guitar,......................... Tamworth
  • Potato, ........................Robertson
  • Sundial, .........................Singleton
  • Oyster, ..............................Taree
  • Blade of Grass, ...................Vacy
Just plain Big in NSW
  • Gold Panner,................... Bathurst
  • Miners Lamp, ............................Lithgow

and many more at the Big things Australia web site

 

Sydney - Darling Harbour

Sydney is the most popular tourist destination in Australia for a reason. It is a vibrant busy city that could be described as many cities in one. Each area has its own character and the Darling Harbour area is particularly charming. There is a large Chinese sector, a bustling indoor market and of course the harbour area, all just a short walk from the central city and main museums and galleries.

The chinese sector is a bustling and busy place with lots to see. It can be disorienting at first to emerge from the central Sydney railway station and be completely surrounded by oriental buildings, asian people and advertising written in symbols. This is Sydney at its finest. Multi-cultural and exotic, the markets are filled with wonderful asian food and products. 

Nearby, the Chinese Friendship Gardens are a spectacular place to relax and provide a peaceful sanctuary between the busy wharf area and the crowded city and markets. The paths meander between ponds and waterfalls and beautiful gardens.

There is a cost to enter but the feeling inside is so tranquil that it seems bizarre to see the city through the trees and just a stones throw away. 

You can dress up here for photos or just relax and contemplate the beautiful surroundings. There is plenty of wildlife to see here too including birds, turtles and a friendly lizard that waits patiently for food scraps in the tea house.  

From the gardens it is just a short walk through what must be Sydneys busiest playground and you reach the harbour. There are all the usual tourist shops, food outlets and several wonderful museums. The Maritime Museum covers a large area and boasts several full sized ships. For a limited time you might also seeJessica Watsons little pink yacht. The Powerhouse museum is fun for all ages with many levels of interactive displays. It can be tricky to find on foot but if you use the monorail service, it stops at the door.

Before leaving enjoy some of the treats from the nearby food courts and take  a ride on the monorail or a one of the city trams. Darling Harbour is just one corner of this fascinating city that is well worth a visit.

Mudgee to Moree - North NSW

Mudgee is a small community with some gorgeous old buildings and lots of new development. There are busy mines nearby and this has increased the towns size significantly. It sits at the centre of a large wine growing region and is popular with tourists, especially weekend visitors from Sydney just four hours away.

Gulgong is smaller and defined by the narrow shopping precinct at its centre which seems like it comes direct from an old western movie. The two story wooden buildings seem to close in on the few cars that drive through the centre of town. Even the local supermarket looks like it is from the last century.

The scenery along the road between is usually dry looking, with sandy coloured grass but in March there were some bright green patches where new shoots were growing up in the curved furrows of the newly ploughed fields. The bright almost lime green of these fields contrasted with the dry dusty brown of most of the scenery.

Coolah is the next town on this route. Its claim to fame is that it is the home of the black stump, although it seems this is based on history rather than a current landmark.

Cooonabarabran is home to a lovely crystal museum and shop which also offers local fossils of many kinds. There is also an observatory here and the town has made a feature of this. Along the highway into town, models of the planets have been placed so that they are roughly in the position they would be relative to the sun, with the observatory itself being the model of the sun.

Narrabri is home to a thriving cotton industry so the museum covers everything cotton and there is a large satellite dish out of town famous for being in the movie, “The Dish”

Finally Moree. The centre of this town seems to be the large water complex with hot springs. Getting from Narrabri to Moree is a long slow process. The road is dead straight in places and looking across the fields, there are a few places that hint at the wide flat open spaces of the Australian Outback.

The area is rich in wildlife. You will see plenty of colourful birds like the galah or cockatoo and if you are lucky you might even see kangaroos and emus.

 

 On this page;

  • Ten Places worth a Visit
  • Surprisingly Big Things
  • Sydney - Darling Harbour
  • Mudgee to Moree, North NSW

 

 

 

 A clock in the PowerHouse Museum Sydney