Pulpit Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW © Destination NSW

Amazing experiences beyond the beach

Perisher Blue, Snowy Mountains, NSW © Perisher Blue

Discover the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains on the southern tip of New South Wales is an adventure wonderland. In the warmer months (September to February) you can explore the mountains on horseback and fish in pristine mountain waters, but winter (June to October) is when you can find heart-pumping adventures for families and friends alike. Head to Perisher or Thredbo, two mountain resorts where you can play to your heart’s content in the winter snow area, trek through the powder with your snowshoe guide and hit the slopes on a snowboard. No matter which thrilling experience you choose, you’ll enjoy night entertainment and sunset skiing as well as the magnificent scenery that surrounds you, including Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Whether you want to test your adventurous side or relax among the still snow, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Snowy Mountains.

Experience Australia's snow season

Bubble Tents, Capertree, Mudgee Region, NSW © Australian Traveller

Reconnect with nature in the Mudgee Bubble Tent

Mudgee boasts beautiful vineyards, delicious wine tasting opportunities and expansive vistas. If you’ve stayed in the city during most of your trips to Australia, why not take the chance to reconnect with nature in a luxurious bubble tent? The bubble tent in Mudgee is located 200 kilometres outside of Sydney’s centre, overlooking the Capertree Valley. Take a break from the city, marvel at the panoramic views of rolling hills or see the sky ablaze with millions of stars. Here, you’ll find perfect seclusion in Instagrammable bubble tents that offer you a genuinely incredible glamping experience.

Discover the best of Mudgee

Blue Mountains Adventure Company, Katoomba © Destination NSW

Tackle new adventures in the Blue Mountains

Made up of one million hectares (3861 square miles) of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons and waterfalls, the magnificent Blue Mountains National Park is a nature lover’s dream. There are a number of well-known hikes available for all fitness levels and with Tread Lightly Eco Tours, you can explore the waterfalls, rainforests and gorges of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area on fully-guided walking tours. If you’d rather set off on a self-guided hike, try trekking from the easy Three Sisters Walk and Scenic Walkway to the longer Grand Canyon Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk. You’ll trek deep into the heart of the forest before passing stunning scenic lookouts. To really get your heart pumping, try abseiling or canyoning with Blue Mountains Adventure Company, where you’ll descend from cliffs and into naturally-carved canyons.

Spend 3 days discovering the Blue Mountains

Horse Head Rock in Sapphire Coast, Merimbula, NSW © Rob Leo

Hike to Horse Head Rock

New South Wales is home to stunning coastal cliffs and unique rock formations such as Cathedral Rocks in Kiama and Australia Rock in Narooma. Perhaps one of the most unusual is Horse Head Rock in Bermagui, a large formation shaped like a horse’s head rising from the white, splashing water. Estimated to be around 500 million years old, Horse Head Rock is a mecca for photographers and nature-lovers alike. Take the short but challenging 1.5-kilometre hiking path between Camel Rock to Murunna Point at Wallaga Lake to get a stunning, elevated view of Horse Head Rock. If you set out around the rocks from Camel Rock Surf Beach, be aware it is only accessible during low tide and can be difficult climbing. Marvel at the sheer size and unspoilt location of the formation before exploring the surrounding Sapphire Coast, known for its succulent seafood and water activities.

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