Destination NSW features Central West destinations

PRIDE ON SHOW: Kasey Clark, Levi Rushbrook and Jamayne Clark at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
PRIDE ON SHOW: Kasey Clark, Levi Rushbrook and Jamayne Clark at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DOZENS of Central West tourism sites have been featured in a statewide campaign launched to get people out travelling again.

Since travel restrictions were lifted in NSW on June 1, accommodation providers and visitors across the site have been welcoming back guests.

The campaign, called 213 Ways to Reboot 2020 in NSW, urges people to make the most of the 213 days that remain in the year once travel bans were lifted.

In the Central West wine, food, nature, adventure, culture, family fun and great places to stay are among the featured entries.

Truffle hunting in Oberon, wine tasting or luxury glamping in Orange, running a 'hot lap' on the world renowned Mount Panorama circuit or exploring the exquisite Japanese Gardens in Cowra are all included.

For the adventurous, a Zoofari at Taronga Western Plains is the unforgettable safari experience where you can spend the night in a lodge on the edge of a vast savannah where giraffes, zebras and rhinos roam.

Walkers on the world-famous Mount Panorama, but be warned the circuit is a road when racing is not in progress and road rules do apply. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Walkers on the world-famous Mount Panorama, but be warned the circuit is a road when racing is not in progress and road rules do apply. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Destination NSW chief executive officer Steve Cox the extensive list of destinations across the state will help you reboot 2020 "one adventure at a time".

"The end of travel restrictions in NSW signals the start of an important new chapter for us to get out there and love NSW once again, to visit as many of the incredible towns, sights and experiences that the state offers," he said.

Destinations are split up into six categories so you can easily find the type of holiday you are looking for, they include: Only in NSW, animal encounters, outdoor adventures, food and wine, art and culture, and Aboriginal experiences.

He said 213 Ways to Reboot NSW in 2020 was the ultimate source of information and inspiration for anyone planning to travel within or to NSW, showcasing travel experiences which are continually ranked highly by global travel guides and travellers.

"Now's the time to get out there and make up for lost time - jump online and find the NSW adventures that are right for you, book them in and reboot your 2020," Mr Cox said.

The guide features more than 102 NSW destinations, 131 operators, 37 hotels and other accommodations, 28 national parks, 19 animal encounters and more, feature as part of the stellar line-up.

DIG DEEP: Racine Bakery's Willa Arantz. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

DIG DEEP: Racine Bakery's Willa Arantz. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

Central West highlights of the list include:

Only in NSW

  • Gaze over the second-largest canyon, by width, in the world (after the Grand Canyon) at Capertee Valley, between Lithgow and Mudgee in Central NSW.
  • Jenolan Caves is one of the finest cave systems in the world. This labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone chasms, carved by pure underground rivers, is a three-hour drive from either Sydney or Canberra.
  • Take a selfie and become one of the millions who marvel in awe each year at the Three Sisters rock formation, the Blue Mountains' most spectacular landmark.
  • A running 'hot lap' race on a world renowned motor racing track? That's the Panorama Punish in Bathurst on Mount Panorama.

Animal encounters

  • Zoofari at Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an unforgettable safari experience here in NSW. Spend the night in an Animal View Lodge, situated on the edge of a vast savannah where giraffes, zebras and rhinos roam.

Outdoor Adventures

  • Parkes is home to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, affectionately known as "The Dish" after the popular 2000 film of the same name. With a 64 metre diameter, the radio telescope makes for spectacular stargazing and is well worth the drive out to see it.
  • Go hiking in the Blue Mountains - from the Kanangra Walls to Katoomba Walk, a challenging 45km hike through rugged scenery, to the Six Foot Track, Grand Canyon Walk, Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Lockleys Pylon and the Grand Pass, there's something here for every hiker.
  • The family-friendly Three Sisters Walk treats you to ever-changing views of the grand Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.
  • Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains.
  • Abseil in the Blue Mountains, where better to get vertical than the dramatic cliff faces here?
  • Explore one of the largest, privately owned cool climate gardens in the world and largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere - Mayfield Garden.
  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort, occupying just one percent of a 2,800 hectare nature reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Food and wine

  • Go truffle hunting with a local providore in cold climate areas like Oberon.
  • If you're a fun-gi, you will love mushroom foraging in Oberon.
  • NSW has no shortage of award-winning bakeries and patisseries, some favourites include Legall Patisserie in Bathurst and Racine Bakery in Orange.
  • Sip and stay overnight at Nashdale Lane Winery in Orange which takes wine tasting up a notch with luxury glamping on site at the vineyard.
  • For those who prefer their wine to be organic, Canowindra has delivered with Rosnay Organic Winery and Wallington Wines.
  • When only the best will do, try some award-winning wines in Logan Wines beautiful tasting room in Mudgee.
  • Lowe Wines produces premium small batch wines from their certified organic and biodynamic property in Mudgee - pay them a visit and enjoy a guided wine tasting, take a stroll on their farm trail and if you're lucky,a platter on the terrace of their cellar door.
  • Ross Hill Wines in Orange make great cool-climate wines, and the winery is also home to the Barrell and Larder cooking school.
  • Soar above and enjoy the Picnic in the vines and Fly tour at Swinging Bridge Wines cellar door in Orange.
  • Cowra and Canowindra in the Central West are home to some great wineries. Cowra is a thriving hub with an up-and-coming wine region and a gorgeous Japanese garden, while Canowindra is renowned for its organic wines.
  • Excellent restaurants, colonial architecture, brilliant stargazing and a convivial community atmosphere make for an unforgettable time in Mudgee.
  • Orange is cool in every sense of the word - in climate and culture. With high altitude and volcanic soils it's a hotspot for crisp chardonnay, citrus-edged sparkling wines, heritage cider apples and food festivals.
  • Visit Bilpin, a small town famous for the apples grown in the surrounding orchards and the cellar doors of Bilpin Cider and Hillbilly Cider Shed.

Art and culture

  • A slice of Japanese culture and a memorial to the fallen, the Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre in Cowra, was created by Ken Nakajima to symbolise the Japanese landscape.

Aboriginal experiences

  • A slice of Japanese culture and a memorial to the fallen, the Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre in Cowra, was created by Ken Nakajima to symbolise the Japanese landscape.
  • The multi-award-winning Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout adventure in the Blue Mountains helps you learn about the local Darug language group.

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