Holidaying in New South Wales is the perfect way to enjoy the three Rs we all need – rest, recreation & rejuvenation! From surfing, swimming, hiking, shopping and much more, My Green Australia is here to help you find some of the best eco holiday spots around!
“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”
Now with New South Wales having such diverse options where do you start? Let’s have a look at some top spots within the state.
“Re-discover sleeping-in, casual dinners in country pubs, wine and schnapps tasting and having fun – surrounded by lakes and mountains, crisp fresh air and outdoor activities.” NSW Tourism
Alpine Habitats – Using unique design and construction techniques; Alpine Habitats provides high quality holiday accommodation, employing energy efficient operations to ensure a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Altitude 1260 – Located on over 100 hectares of natural Australian bushland, Altitude 1260 offers breath taking panoramic views from Lake Jindabyne through to the mountain peaks of Kosciuszko National Park.
Kosciuszko National Park – This is one of the world’s great national parks, and the largest in New South Wales. Covering 690,000 hectares, the park contains the highest mountain on mainland Australia, the famous Snowy River and all NSW ski fields. Its many and varied attractions include walks through alpine herbfields; spectacular caves and limestone gorges; scenic drives; and historic huts and homesteads.
Snowy Mountain Walks – This is one of the most inspiring one-day walks in the country, a stroll traversing the UNESCO Kosciuszko Biosphere Reserve, through the headwaters of some of Australia’s greatest rivers and to the very top of the continent.
“An intriguing blend of old and new, the North Coast is where the world’s largest expanse of subtropical rainforest meets mountains forged from ancient volcanoes. A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale-watching, frolicking dolphins and flocks of seabirds.”
Banjo’s Bushland Retreat – Three luxury architect designed 5 Star Lodges set on 20 acres of private unspoiled bushland within a 1,000 acre reserve 2 hours from Sydney in the beautiful Hunter Valley.
Eco Natural Rainforest Retreat – Eco Natural is a beautiful rainforest paradise located near Byron Bay set amongst pristine rainforest habitat and gardens.
Midginbil Hill Country Resort – A working cattle farm on 400 acres situated beneath the awesome escarpments of the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park, between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast
Eaglereach Wilderness Resort – Stroll through the labyrinth of tracks & trails. Scenery changes as if by magic. One moment you’re deep in a lush rainforest… the next on a breathtaking cliff face surrounded by ancient trees and majestic volcanic rock formations. Observe the wildlife.
Cape Byron Marine Park – Covering about 22,000 hectares, Cape Byron Marine Park extends from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. Encompassing a range of marine habitats, the park is home to many species of dolphin, fish, seabirds and marine plants, as well as endangered species such as Grey Nurse Sharks, sea turtles and Little Terns.
Dorrigo National Park – Dorrigo’s rainforests, on the edge of the Great Escarpment, are among Australia’s most accessible. Dorrigo National Park’s renowned boardwalks (on forest floor and at treetop level) make the going easy for visitors. Additionally, Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is a major CERRA interpretation centre.
Barrington Tops National Park – Wildlife in Barrington Tops National Park includes the eastern grey kangaroo, red-necked and swamp wallabies, red-legged pademelon, platypus, northern brown bandicoot, yellow-bellied glider, sugar glider, mountain brushtail possum, koala, long-nosed potoroo, three-toed earless skink, stuttering frog, grey-headed flying-fox, short-beaked echidna and common wombat.
OTHER WONDERFUL ATTRACTIONS WITHIN NEW SOUTH WALES
Taronga Conservation Society – The Taronga Conservation Society Australia is responsible for the operation of Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos and is recognised by the World Conservation Organisation as a leader in the world zoological community.
Scenic World – Quietly glide out of the valley aboard the Cableway, taking in the breathtaking panorama of the stunning World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park.
Paperbark Camp – Combining unique luxury tented accommodation with wonderful food & warm hospitality, Paperbark Camp is a peaceful bush retreat in beautiful Jervis Bay – think camping for grown-ups!
To ensure New South Wales continues to be a nature-lovers playground be sure to check for ecotourism and nature tourism certification when choosing tourism businesses that operate on public land.
What are you favourite spots in New South Wales?