New South Wales
I have never been anyplace more ecologically or geographically diverse than New South Wales. Rain forests, deserts, grasslands, mountains, deep canyons, waterfalls, dramatic rocky coasts, and endless beaches... Most of the territory is rural and sparsely populated but it's capital, Sydney, is the largest city in Australia and one of the most up-scale cities on the planet.
The three sections of the Avisford Nature Reserve are located on the southwest side of Mudgee. The proximity to town, ease of the trails, and abundant natural and historic features make this is a good destination for walkers of every ability and experience level.
A variety of diverse young-growth eco-zones is the reason this 2,145 acres was set aside as a national park.
This reserve near Rylstone features a nature walk through a deeply-shaded gully with vertical sandstone walls. It's a perfect escape from the heat on hot and humid days.
Freres Crossing Reserve is part of the George's River Bushlands. Easily accessible and only 8km from Campbelltown, the reserve features the ruins of a historic bridge, natural bushland, and a 1.8 km return walk.
Keith Longhurst Reserve is located only minutes from Campbelltown and features the George's River, waterfall, natural pool, and bush land.
Meroo National Park, located on the southern coast of NSW, is a great place to find solitude and surf on small isolated beaches.
Mount Royal National Park is located near Singleton. It's a remote and undeveloped park suitable for exploration by experienced bush walkers.
Recovering from a devastating bush fire in 2013, Mt. York is the point at which the first road over the Blue Mountains was completed. The park's overlooks offer peaceful views of the valley below, and the walking tracks offer a bit of solitude only minutes from Mt. Victoria.
This 30,000 acre park of coastal woodland, beaches, and rocky coast is located just north of Bateman's Bay.
Located in the Mudgee region near the town of Ulan, The Drip is a privately-owned natural area featuring the Goulburn River and a short walking track to an overhanging bluff.
Lithgow is a traditional Australian industrial town on the west side of the Blue Mountains. With a variety of historic sites and close proximity to vast national parks, it's worthy of an extended visit.
Mudgee is a mid-size town in the interior of New South Wales. A town of vines, wines, and mines, Mudgee has found a unique and hopefully sustainable balance between modern mining, traditional agriculture, and trendy tourism.
Singleton is a historic town located among the coal mines and wineries of the famous Hunter Valley. The town's highlights include the flying foxes, historic architecture, and the Hunter River.