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Our natural treasures

New South Wales has breath-taking natural experiences: from iconic World Heritage national parks to hidden treasures where wildlife thrives.

The natural treasures of New South Wales - mountains clad in sub-tropical rainforest; islands rich in marine life; wilderness areas thriving with wildlife; the oldest human burial site in the world.

Natural experiences are accessible and unforgettable in New South Wales. The UNESCO World Heritage register lists four sites in New South Wales, considered important to all the peoples of the world. They include the Greater Blue Mountains Area, Lord Howe Island, Willandra Lakes centred on Mungo National Park and the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves (CERRA).

CERRA sites, in north-east New South Wales and Queensland, cover more than 50 parks and reserves from Barrington Tops to Mount Warning. They include the largest expanse of subtropical rainforest in the world and provide habitat for more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.

There are natural treasures to discover in enchanting island locations. Spot turtles and whales at Solitary Islands Marine Park, in the warm current off Coffs Coast. See little penguins and Australian fur seals at Montague Island off the coast near Narooma.

Even in the heart of Sydney, nature surrounds you. Explore Sydney Harbour National Park with its wonderful harbour walks, islands and whale-watching opportunities.

Wildlife – from wombats to dolphins, from sea eagles to wallabies – thrives in all sorts of habitats. Seek the right secluded place and you may catch a glimpse of something truly wondrous: an elusive platypus surfacing in a placid stream; a red-tailed tropic bird somersaulting backwards during its courting ritual; the endangered mountain pygmy possum in the high country of Kosciuszko National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

NSW National Parks

Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains National Park (Photo: John Blackadder / Tourism NSW)Blue Mountains National Park

is a scenically dramatic region of forested ravines and pristine bushland...

Sweeping views, Sydney Harbour National ParkSydney Harbour National Park

The glorious harbour at Sydney’s heart, with its dark green sea, iconic Harbour Bridge and...

Mungo National Park, Outback NSWMungo National Park

is a part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, a chain of dried-out lakes...

Kosciuszko National Park

The high country between the Australian Capital Territory and the Victorian border is a wild and...

Mount Warning National Park, The TweedMount Warning National Park

Mt Warning is a volcanic remnant once used by mariners as a landmark to warn them of reefs...

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