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Coffs Harbour Main Beach

Coffs Harbour

New South Wales

Most famous for the giant man-made banana at the northern end of town, Coffs Harbour is one of the largest regional cities in New South Wales. Sprawling for miles up and down the coast, the area's many beaches make for perfect holidaying territory ­ with surfing, fishing and sand-side picnics and barbecues amongst the favourite pastimes of visitors and locals alike. The banana plantations that fill the hills around the area make the landscape richly green and unusual. The town centre is great for city-standard shopping and is home to many recreational clubs and nightspots.

Montague Island

Montague Island

New South Wales

If it's breathtaking natural beauty you're after, then look no further than Montague Island. The Island is home to the largest colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals in New South Wales and one of the largest penguin breeding sites in Australia. Peregrine falcons, crested terns and silver gulls patrol the skies and migrating whales feed off the water's abundant krill. Play a part in the Island's natural heritage with an overnight Naturewise Montague Island conservation tour, or treat yourself to something a bit more decadent - a self-guided overnight stay. Start with an exhilarating boat trip out to the island where you will meet the resident seals. Adventurous travellers can jump in the water and snorkel or dive for an up-close and personal encounter with these curious animals. Montague Island Tours are available daily dependant on minimum numbers and sea conditions.

Gurley Pub

Gurley

New South Wales

Gurley is a small but dynamic town located 50 kilometres from Moree on the Carnarvon Highway. Gurley is said to have one of the oldest running picnic races in Australia, the Talmoi Picnic races held on the last Saturday in June. The town has a hotel, primary school, post office, general store and petrol station. Stop at Gurley for a refreshing break in country New South Wales.

Walla Walla

Walla Walla

New South Wales

Walla Walla sits 40 kilometres north of Albury and has a rich German heritage. The Zion Lutheran Church built in 1924 is the largest Lutheran church in New South Wales, seating almost 600 people. Nearby is a replica of one of the German wagons that made the six-week, 600-mile journey from the Barossa Valley in 1869, bringing 56 German farmers who settled throughout the area. Six kilometres north of Walla Walla is Morgan's Lookout, a massive white granite rock formation used by bushranger Dan Morgan to evade police. Picnic areas and amenities are provided to enjoy the beautiful outlook.

Grong Grong

Grong Grong

New South Wales

The town of Grong Grong is a small farming village in the southern region of New South Wales. This friendly country town is located on the Newell Highway between Narrandera and West Wyalong. The small community spirit and proximity to major centres makes Grong Grong a great place to raise a family or enjoy a relaxed pace of life.

Howlong

Howlong

New South Wales

Howlong lies on the border between New South Wales and Victoria on the Murray River. Popular for its fishing and water sports, there are also excellent wineries in nearby Rutherglen and north east Victoria. The town has many sporting facilities including a football oval, tennis courts, pony club, cricket club, skate bowl, swimming pool and barbecue and picnic areas. Accommodation includes caravan parks, hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Boomi

Boomi

New South Wales

The small town of Boomi sits north of Moree close to the New South Wales border. Established in 1897, it lies in an agricultural district known for sheep, cattle, crops and irrigation. Enjoy fishing, nature walks and self-guided town tours. Through community spirit and hard work a Co-op was established in January 2008. Community owned and operated, it supplies groceries, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, milk and bread to the town and surrounding areas. The town of Boomi was originally established on the banks of the Boomi River but was moved due to flooding.

Morven

Morven

New South Wales

The small town of Morven lies on the road between Holbrook and Culcairn. Settled in the 1850s, it was a Cobb and Co stop for the changing and resting of horses. With the arrival of the railway line to the west of the village, the use of the Cobb and Co declined and the plans for Morven never materialised. As one of the oldest licensed Cobb and Co coach stations in New South Wales, the remains of the old stables can still be seen next to the hotel.

Tucki Tucki

Tucki Tucki

New South Wales

The town of Tucki Tucki is known for its Nature Reserve that was created in 1958 to preserve the local koala population and its habitat. The residents of the Tucki district formed a committee and four hectares of land adjacent to the Tucki Public School were planted with a variety of trees to provide food and shelter for the district's diminishing koala population. In 1967 the land came under the control of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service and was named the Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve. The reserve can be accessed via Wyrallah Road and is a 15 minute drive from Lismore.

Bentley

Bentley

New South Wales

The tiny town of Bentley sits 23 kilometres north-west of Lismore on the Kyogle Road. It was named after Great Bentley in England, the birthplace of the owner who built Bentley Homestead in the 1870s. Bentley has become recognised throughout Australia for its annual art competition. Held in August at the Bentley Hall, the Bentley Art Prize offers AUD1,000 for first prize for its open section and a AUD1,000 acquisition prize. Hundreds of artists from New South Wales and Queensland enter with the Aboriginal art section gaining an impressive reputation.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse