Rug up for an apple-picking adventure, see the stunning Blue Mountains, and treat yourself to a well-deserved glass of red. New South Wales has got it all this autumn – from family friendly fun to activities suitable for any history buff or thrillseeker.
Admire the changing leaves
Check out Breenhold Gardens, in the Blue Mountains’ Mount Wilson, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Featured in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film, The Great Gatsby, Breenhold
Gardens is a private garden full of luxurious sights and native bushland. The pristine garden is very much exclusive, much like the parties in Luhrmann’s film, and is only open in autumn and spring between selected dates.
Get back in touch with nature
Pretend summer’s never left at Mungo National Park, where the rust-coloured outback dirt mimics the falling leaves, and the warmer weather prevails during autumn. A sacred Indigenous site, Mungo National Park’s dramatic rock formations can be explored by keen hikers and cyclists alike. There’s also a four-wheel drive track and some incredible starry skies to marvel at with some desert camping.
Adventures for adrenaline junkies
If you’re feeling game enough, brave the swells and make the most of New South Wales’s beaches before winter kicks in with some surf lessons at Soul Surf School in Byron Bay. While you’re in the area, catch some epic views from above with Skydive Australia.
Full of gourmet dishes, award-winning wine and pastures of green as far as the eye can see, the Hunter Valley is set to tickle your tastebuds. Two hours north of Sydney, head to Pepper Tree Wines in Pokolbin for a chance to try six different wines accompanied by a range of olives and cheeses.
Something for everyone
Check out the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst to view some of the rarest crystals and rocks from around the world. With a collection of more than 5000 unique specimens, the museum provides insight into the development of life on Earth. There’s also a giant T-rex skeleton on display, and plenty of activities for kids (and the young at heart) to enjoy.
To read more about autumn in New South Wales, read the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: The Hunter Valley (C) Cessnock City Council.