With a wealth of things to do, it takes time to properly see, explore and taste this stunning state. It’s the perfect destination to add to your bucket list of iconic Australian road trips. But with so much to choose from, where do you even start? We’ve rounded up five top experiences to help you decide!
Treat your tastebuds at Hunter Belle Cheese
Sample a smorgasbord of delicious cheeses – camembert, washed rind, marinated feta, crumbly cheddar, blue cheese – handmade with the milk of local Brown Swiss cows at Hunter Belle Cheese in Muswellbrook, located in the Upper Hunter region. You can see the cheesemaking process (and if you’re lucky, even fresh fudge and gelato) at the factory. Have a go at milking ‘Bessie’, their life-size fibreglass cow!
While you’re in the region, be sure to explore the author tantalising tastes on offer! Upper Hunter is home to award-winning produce and wine, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when touring the area!
Go birdwatching at Narrandera Wetlands
Spend a little time in nature at the man-made Narrandera Wetlands. These wetlands provide an important habitat for local wetland birds, frogs, reptiles, insects and mammals. Bird hides dot the banks, painted in local Wiradjuri themes. It’s a beautiful place to get close to nature, with walking tracks with information signs that describe the Indigenous, Asian and European cultural heritage of the area.
Hike to the top of the Rock Nature Reserve
With an impressive height of 364 metres above the surrounding area, the Rock Nature Reserve is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Riverina. It’s a relaxing and scenic place to have a picnic, and the adventurous at heart can have a go at rock climbing or abseiling. There are lots of native flora and fauna here – if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a glossy black-cockatoo flit past.
Feast on a high tea at the Hydro Majestic
With majestic views of the Megalong Valley, the Hydro Majestic Hotel in the Blue Mountains is an iconic location to enjoy an afternoon high tea. The hotel itself is one of the most historical and iconic hotels in Australia, and is notable for its unusual mix of Art Deco and Edwardian architecture styles. One of its key design features is its ‘Casino dome’, which was shipped to Australia from Chicago in the United States. The dome had to be sent to the Blue Mountains via bullock train and was then reassembled on site.
Devonshire tea, petit pastries and a selection of finger sandwiches are served on a three-tiered silver stand in plush surroundings at the hotel’s high tea. It’s a luxurious experience with a view you don’t want to miss!
Try your luck at Three Creeks Gold Mine
Located in Upper Bingara, Three Creeks Gold Mine is a working mine that lets you step back into the past. Learn the history of the mining site and browse through the museum’s impressive collection of artefacts. You can try gold panning, searching for garnets or sieving for quartz crystals – you might find a souvenir!