New South Wales and ACT

Discover the stars in New South Wales

In 2016, Warrumbungle National Park was the very first park in Australia to be designated as an International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) by the International Dark-Sky Association. The park is a six-hour drive from Sydney, and is perfect for taking in the stars above, whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a long- time stargazer. Adjacent … Continued

Walgett to Bourke

The name Walgett translates to the ‘meeting of two rivers’ – the Barwon and Namoi, to be specific. This friendly and lovable country town will have you feeling settled in no time, and is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding opal fields. For those looking to catch their dinner, drop a line … Continued

Batemans Bay to Eden

Not far from Batemans Bay lies Mogo State Forest, where you can take a bushwalk and watch for native birds. Keep quiet and you’ll likely spot bowerbirds, lorikeets, kookaburras, rosellas and cockatoos – both sulphur-crested and black. For more nature-based activities, take a daytrip to Eurobodalla National Park, which stretches from Moruya Head in the … Continued

Stockton Beach

Stockton Beach in Port Stephens truly has it all – authentic World War II tank traps, aircraft wrecks, historical fishing huts and the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. There are more than 32 kilometres of beach to explore along this stretch alone, and with sand dunes stretching up to 30 metres, … Continued

Where the wetlands meet the outback

Balranald and surrounds is full of surprises, and when you visit the area you will be in awe of the contrasting landscapes and riverscapes that make this area unique. These distinctive natural settings are represented by the two unique national parks: the spectacular Mungo National Park, with its red earth, sands and lunette walls, (part … Continued

Chase the sun on the Pacific Highway

Summer might have departed and given way to autumn, but before the falling leaves dampen your spirits, chase the last of the sun’s rays north along the Pacific Coast. On the seven-day drive, you will discover some of the most pristine beaches and rainforests in the country, where the last rays of summer are lingering, … Continued

Coastal adventure: Sydney to Batemans Bay

The coastline spanning the distance between Sydney and Batemans Bay has many twists and turns, many quiet bays and roaring surf beaches, and many photographic moments waiting to be captured. Heading south out of Sydney through the Royal National Park, your route mirrors the start of the scenic Grand Pacific Drive. Stop for a swim … Continued

CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

A short 20 kilometres north of Parkes, you’ll find the Parkes Observatory, home to the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope. At an impressive 64 metres wide, the Dish – as it has been fondly nicknamed – is famous for receiving live footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing, as well as for its appearance in the … Continued

Early flight in Australia

Today, it’s not that difficult to hop on an aeroplane and land safely on the other side of the world. In fact, air travel has become so firmly grounded in our day-to-day routines that it’s easy to forget that human beings didn’t always command the skies as competently as we do now. Lawrence Hargrave, an … Continued

Grand Pacific Drive camera roll             

This stunning coastal drive offers many great places to stop and take a few holiday snaps. Here’s some of our favourite backdrops for a frame-worthy family photo or a spectacular selfie along the Grand Pacific Drive.  The Sea Cliff Bridge This engineering marvel snakes superbly over the waters of the Pacific Ocean, while dramatic cliffs … Continued

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