NSW-State-of-Play by ajizai


50 unFOrgETTAbLE bOYS’
Own AdvEnTurES in nSw

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       There’s no place like nSw                                                                      OFF-ROADING ........04

       for your next adventure...                                                                     ROAD TRIPS .............06

                                                                                                      HIKES, TREKS
                                                                                                      & TRACKS ................07
       L   ooking for something different for your next
           holiday or weekend away? Something so good                                                 MOUNTAIN
       that you’ll be remembering it long enough to tell
       your grand kids? And when you do, they’ll go
                                                                                                      ADVENTURES ..........08         08   09
       ‘COOOOL!’? Then NSW is the place to find it.                                                   MUST-DO EVENTS ...09

       No other State has the combination of adventures
       to turn your next getaway into one you’ll never
       forget. This booklet has 50 of them, stretching
       from Outback odysseys, to flying fighter jets off
       the North Coast and laughing yourself silly on                                                 RACE STUFF ............12
       horseback in the Snowy Mountains. And that’s                                                                                        14
       just the tip of the holiday iceberg: Want deserted                                             WATER THRILLS ......13
       surf breaks? Awesome drives? Jaw dropping golf
       courses? Legendary bush race meets or world-
                                                                                                      ADRENALINE                      12
                                                                                                      IN THE AIR ...............14
       famous fishing spots? Then you’ll find them all
       here. For the best boys’ own adventures, there’s
       no place like NSW.
                                                                                                      DIVING ....................16        19

                                                                                                      BOATING .................18
                                                                                                      SURFING ..................19
                                                            Cover Photography: Bruce Allan; Mark
                                                            Horsburgh; Adam Goodrich; SkyDive Oz.
                                                            Opposite page: Chris Jones, Blue
                                                            Mountains Tourism.

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                                                                                  Off-roading north of                                                             Tag along touring, Sturt                                                   Hat Head.
                                                                                           Newcastle.                                                                       National Park.

                                                                                                                                                        Do the Sahara Without
                                                                                                                                                        neeDing your paSSport
                                                                                                                                                        Okay, it’s not really the Sahara
                                                                                                                                                        but when you’re in the middle
                                                                                                                                                        of Stockton Sand Dunes
                                                                                                                                                        north of Newcastle, you may
                                                                                                                                                        as well be. This mini-desert
                                                                                                                                                        has some of the biggest,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bretti Nature Reserve,
                                                                                                                                                        legally-driveable dunes in the                                                      North Coast.
                                                                                                                                                        country and it’s all yours to
                                                                                                                                                        play in. It’s easily accessible
                                                                                                                                                        and is bordered by stunning

                                                                                                                                                        coastline complete with a
                                                                                                                                                        shipwreck, tin-shed shanty
                                                                                                                                                        town and even WW2 anti-

                                                                                                                                                        Japanese tanks traps (don’t
                                                                                                                                                        drive into them).

                                                                                                                                                        Drive Deeper into the
                                                                                                                                                        outback than you ever
                                                                                                                                                        thought poSSible
                                                                                                                                                        It’s every Aussie man’s               DiScover there’S more                     Gleniffer Gorge,
                                                                                                                                                        birthright to see the Outback         to the north coaSt                  Dorrigo National Park.
                                                                                                                                                        behind the wheel of a 4WD,            than the pacific hWy
                                                                                                                                                        but it’s okay to be a ‘fraidy         While we’ve all done the do-

      I f the hottest action
        your 4WD or AWD
      sees is mounting the
                                 4WD through ancient
                                 gonDWanan rainforeSt
                                 Behind Port Macquarie,
                                                                   SWim thermal poolS in
                                                                   the SnoWy mountainS
                                                                   Once the snow starts to
                                                                                                                                                        cat’ if you know bugger all
                                                                                                                                                        about the bush. This is why
                                                                                                                                                        tag-along 4WD tours are an
                                                                                                                                                                                              it-in-a-day bolt up the coast
                                                                                                                                                                                              to Byron or further, wiser
                                                                                                                                                                                              heads know that a strategic
                                 the dirt roads through            melt in the high country,                                                            excellent way of connecting           turn off the tarmac will yield
      gutter, now is the time    Werrikimbe National               Kosciuszko becomes a                                                                 with your inner-bushie. You           fantastic off-roading. Here are
      to get it doing what it
                                                                                                         Hat Head Photography: Don Fuchs;Tourism NSW

                                 Park’s Jurassic Park-             driving fun-park and the area                                                        take your own 4WD in a                three worth knowing about.
      was made for – getting     style rainforests have            around the Yarrangobilly                                                             loose convoy guided by a              1. Bretti Nature Reserve in
      down and dirty. And,       enough steep drops and            Caves has plenty on offer                                                            local expert who knows what           the Upper Hunter – almost
      with some of the most      sharp bends to keep you           starting with a big steamy                                                           they’re doing, go to secret           3,000 hectares of 4WD fun.
                                 entertained while your            thermal pool heated to a                                                             spots that few people will            2. Hat Head, near Kempsey.
      accessible and seriously
                                 passengers ‘ooh’ and              constant 27°C. The caves                                                             ever see and learn how drive          If you’re into fishing, beach
      fun off-roading in the     ‘ah’ at the dramatic gorges       are also recognised as some                                                          a 4WD like Croc Dundee.               driving or hassle-free surfing,
      country, NSW is the        and waterfalls as well as         of the most beautiful in the                                                         Most importantly, they’ll also        it’s a must. 3. Dorrigo,
      perfect place to do it.    80-million-year-old rainforest.   country with four-metre                                                              get you back home in one              near Coffs Harbour – cool
                                 This is one of the State’s        stalagmites, cave corals and                                                         piece so you can brag about           rainforest, brilliant for beating
                                 best kept secrets.                flowstones. Bring a torch.                                                           it to your mates.                     the summer heat.

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                                                                                   Out the back of White                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Blue Mountains.
                                                                                   Cliffs in the Far West.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HikES And ridES
      F    rom the moment
           every L-plater wraps
                                   Silver city highWay
                                   Want to see the Outback
                                   without needing a 4WD?
                                                                       at the alive-and-well counter-
                                                                       culture capital of the country
                                                                       Nimbin, it’s great fun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            H    ow’s this for a getaway? One that will see you coming back fitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and leaner than before – and at a fraction of the price of a health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            retreat. That’s bushwalking and NSW has perfect conditions for outdoor
      his hands around a           This 725km strip along the
      steering wheel, the road                                                                                                                                                                                                              adventuring. From mountains to rainforest, pristine coastline or following the
                                   western edge of the state           the South coaSt                                                                                                                                                      steps of the great explorers, its world-class tracks won’t only take your boot
      trip holds a special place   is it. From red desert in           Starting off with the stunning
      in their holiday wish        the north to vineyards of           Grand Pacific Drive, this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            size but mountain bike tracks if you prefer to pedal.

                                                                                                                                               Mudgee Photography: Mike Newling;Tourism NSW. Blue Mountains Photography: Hamilton Lund.
      list and NSW has drives      the Sunraysia in the south          coastal-hugging highway has
      that will make you never     there’s plenty to experience        it all – spectacular coastal
                                   along the way. For starters,        views, pubs perched on cliff                                                                                                                                        the great north Walk             the Six foot track
      want to go back home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ever want to pack it in and      Linking Katoomba with the
                                   there is the prolific wildlife of   tops, stunning white sands
      Want snow-capped             the Menindee Lakes and the          and plenty of back roads to                                                                                                                                         walk Forrest Gump-style?         Jenolan Caves, this is one of
      high alpine passes?          quintessential outback town         enjoy. One best-kept secret                                                                                                                                         Then this is the one for         Australia’s classic walks. It
      Rifle-straight Outback       of Broken Hill along with vast      is the Braidwood Road that                                                                                                                                          you. Starting in Sydney’s        winds through some of the
      tracks? Or long forgotten    horizons and nights ablaze          connects the coastline to                                                                                                                                           CBD, this will take you to       most stunning ridges, gorges
                                   with stars.                         Canberra. With settler’s huts,                                                                                                                                      the vineyards of the Hunter      and heathland in NSW, and
      back roads that by-pass                                                                                                                                                                                                              with scenery and wildlife you    takes a leisurely three days
      the monotony of the                                              great landscapes and big
                                   the rainforeSt Way                  views, it’s a ripper.                                                                                                                                               wouldn’t believe could exist     to walk.                        Follow Ben Hall’s hoof tracks.
      freeway? NSW has it all      Perfect for trips from Byron                                                                                                                                                                            so close to the metropolis.
      and plenty more reasons      Bay, this is forest driving                  ‘S’ marks the spot of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cellar Door cycling
      to go down them.             with style. The 40km-wide                         Grand Pacific Drive.                                                                                                                                  pub craWl on a horSe             Rolling along the Mudgee
                                   bowl of the eroded Tweed                                                                                                                                                                                Bushrangers like Ben Hall and    region’s back roads is an
                                                                                                             Photography: Tourism Wollongong

                                   volcano is the centrepiece                                                                                                                                                                              Captain Thunderbolt rode into    excellent example of mixing
                                   and, around that, the hills                                                                                                                                                                             the same New England pubs        the business of cycling with
                                   are packed with stuff to see                                                                                                                                                                            that you’ll be stopping in at    the pleasure of wine. Go
                                   and characters to meet.                                                                                                                                                                                 on this ace adventure. The       with Green Pedal Tours and
                                   From driving through ancient                                                                                                                                                                            aptly-named Pub Crawls On        the wine that you buy will
                                   Gondwanan forests and past                                                                                                                                                                              Horseback will give you a sore   magically turn up at the foot
                                   hillbilly farms to dropping in                                                                                                                                                                          saddle but a beery smile.        of your hotel bed that night.                Mudgee winery.

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                                             Claustral Canyon, Blue     Telemarking the Snowy
                                                        Mountains.      Mountains.

                                                                      become the man from              PLAY,
                                                                      SnoWy river
                                                                      Get in the saddle of a horse
                                                                      and ride the high country

                                                                      with outfits such as Snowy
                                                                      Wilderness. You’ll feel like
                                                                      you’re in your own Banjo
                                                                      Patterson poem.

                                                                      canyon the blue
                                                                      mountainS                                                                                                  Craig Lowndes at Bathurst.
                                                                      Jump off waterfalls, abseil
                                                                      cliffs, scramble over rocks
                                                                      and occasionally get dry:                                                                         are only the start of the

                                                                                                                                      bathurSt 1000
                                                                      Canyoning is bushwalking                 ith the best           It’s one of the best tracks in    action with foot races for
                                                                      with an Indiana Jones-edge               collection of must-    the world (i.e. steep, fast and   the crowd afterwards and
                                                                      and the Blue Mountains has         do-once-in-your-lifetime     technical), and on the second     partying well into the night.
                                                                      masses of them to go down          parties, NSW is the place    weekend of October, Mount

                                                                      as well as guides to make          to round up the boys for     Panorama has the biggest          the lightning riDge
                                                                      sure you make it home.             that big weekend away.       partying and the meanest          goat raceS
                                                                                                                                      racing in sport. If you’re into   Want laughter? Buy a goat,
                                                                                                         Its bush race meets are

                                                                      telemark koSciuSzko                                             motorsport, this is as good       recruit a local skinny kid for a
                                                                      Telemarking – basically hiking     legendary for country        as it gets.                       jockey (there are plenty willing)
                                                                      on skis – is hot in skiing         hospitality (and girls in                                      and watch the mayhem (real
                                                                      circles because it takes           frocks) and for really       get up cloSe to the               mayhem because the goats
                                                                      you places precious few            big partying, Bachelor &     WorlD rally champS                are feral). There are also
                                                                      go. Outfits like Wilderness        Spinster balls are alive     Get a good spot, and wait         wheelie bin street races, horse
                                                                      Sports will guide you to                                        for the cars to fang past as      racing, a rodeo and three
                                                                                                         and well across the State.

                                                                      untouched bowls, slopes and                                     everyone ducks for cover.         days of partying to be had. It’s
            ountains are nature’s gravity-fed fun parks                                                  Then there is the biggest
                                                                      wilderness. Then, at night,                                     That’s the FIA World Rally        on every Easter.
            and NSW has some of the most breathtaking                 they’ll help build you an ice      celebration in Australian    Championship and this
      peaks in Australia. Kosciuszko crowns the Snowy                 cave to sleep in Eskimo-style.     motorsport, Bathurst.        September, Kyogle and The
      Mountains (it’s great in the ski season but even                                                   Insider’s tip: Mount         Tweed will host this crazy
      better in the Summer) and the Great Dividing                    Scale vertical limitS              Panorama is normally a       sporting spectacle.
      Range makes world-class appearances along                       The most exhilarating way
                                                                                                         public road so most days
      the length of the State. Another must is the                    to see the Blue Mountains is                                    buSh race meetS                           Back a filly at Bedgerabong.
                                                                      with your face to a cliff and      you can drive the course     Every one of the dozens of
      Warrumbungles. It’s combination of amazing rock                 it has plenty of unforgettable     behind the wheel of your     country race days around
      formations, clear inland skies and plentiful wildlife           climbing experiences along         own car.                     NSW has its charms but
      make it a spectacular spot to pitch a tent.                     with world-class rock                                           Bedgerabong, near Parkes,
                                                                      climbing instructors to look                                    is a beauty. Held under river
                                                                      after you when you’re up.                                       gum trees, the horse races                      Bedgerabong Races.

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                                                                                 Narooma Golf Club on the                                                                                                                           Kooindah Waters Golf Club.
                                                                                 South Coast is a must-do.

                                                                                                                                                                           Bonville’s beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                                  white gums.

                                                                                                                                                             beauty on a buDget –
                                                                                                                                                             north coaSt
                                                                                                                                                             In the middle of the turquoise
                                                                                                                                                             waters of the Nambucca
                                                                                                                                                             River, Nambucca Heads
                                                                                                                                                             Island Golf Course may cost
                                                                                                                                                             less than $30 a round but

                                                                                                                                                             wherever you look you’ll
                                                                                                                                                             be getting multi-million
                                                                                                                                                             dollar vistas. With abundant
                                                                                                                                                             wildlife (dolphins, pelicans,

                                                                                                                                                             sea eagles...), you’re frankly
                                                                                                                                                             bound to enjoy your round
                                                                                                                                                             of golf no matter how you’re

                                                                                                                                                             actually playing on the day.
                                                                                                                                                             You’ll find nowhere else like

                                                                                                                                                             it in Australia.

                                                                                                                                                             top Shelf golfing – the
                                                                                                                                                             vintage, hunter valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lord Howe Golf Club.
                                                                                                                                                             Even if your bank balance is
                                                                                                                                                             less than your pin number,
                                                                                                                                                             you’ll feel like a billionaire at    Palm forest into open ocean-              First class golfing:
                                                                                                                                                             The Vintage resort course.           front fairways and best of all,                  The Vintage.
                                                                                                                                                             Opened by Chateau Elan               the average round takes only
                                                                                                                                                             in 2003, its Greg Norman-            three hours (meaning plenty

      I f the sound of your
        ball bobbling into the
      cup (followed by the soft
                                   hogan’S hole –
                                   narooma, South coaSt
                                   Rated as one of Australia’s
                                                                      SupermoDel StatuS –
                                                                      gorgeouS bonville
                                                                      If golf courses were women,
                                                                                                                                                             designed course is the
                                                                                                                                                             pinnacle of resort-style
                                                                                                                                                             golfing. This 18-hole course
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of time for relaxing).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  kooinDah WaterS –
                                   most spectacular par-3s,           Bonville would be Jennifer                                                             measures 6,310 metres with           central coaSt
      grinding of a playing
                                   Narooma’s third hole is            Hawkins. From the moment                                                               a par of 71 and is the only          Probably the best thing that’s
      partner’s teeth) is music    one that must be played at         you drive through its                                                                  Norman-designed golf course          ever happened to Wyong
                                                                                                             Bonville Photography: Wildlight; Tourism NSW

      to your ears, then NSW       least once in every golfer’s       gates near Coffs Harbour,                                                              in NSW that is accessible to         (if you’re a golfer), this Ross
      is the place to please.      lifetime. Called Hogan’s           you’ll see why it’s par-73                                                             the public.                          Watson-designed course is
      Whether you’re going on      Hole, the tee is at the top        championship course is                                                                                                      a cracker. Long hitters are
      a long-dreamed golfing       of a coastal cliff with the        lauded as the most beautiful                                                           WorlD heritage turf                  rewarded on many holes, but
      pilgrimage or finding        green unseen at the bottom.        in Australia if not the world.                                                         – lorD hoWe iSlanD                   accuracy and imagination
                                   Best of all, it’s only the start   Each hole is secluded from                                                             Nowhere else has a golf              – i.e. avoiding the plentiful
      another excuse to get        of the highlights at this          the others by huge stands of                                                           course with Lord Howe’s              natural wetlands – is the
      to a wine region or surf     stand-out par-72 course that       white gums and, along with                                                             views. From the shadows              key to scoring well at the
      break, you’d be a fool not   has imposing sea cliffs, tall      the stunning clubhouse, this                                                           of the island’s peaks, it            deliciously challenging 6,185
      to pack the clubs.           timbers and big fairways.          is a knockout course.                                                                  meanders through Kentia              metres, par-72 Kooindah.

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                                                                                  One of the V8s you                                                                            Wakeboariding on
                                                                                     could be driving                                                                            Lake Jindabyne.
                                                                               alongside your mates.

                                                                                                        SPLASH OuT
      D    eep inside every
           man doing his daily-
                                   race your mateS in v8S
                                   Talk slow and drive insanely
                                   fast behind the wheel of real
                                                                   park when snow’s gone.
                                                                   Catch the chairlift up and
                                                                   either point straight down
                                                                                                          T    he equation goes like this: Take speed, add water, throw in the odd
                                                                                                               aerial and the result is bucket loads of fun. Whether you’re behind an
                                                                                                          outboard motor or in the middle of a howling Nor’ Easter, NSW is the place
      commute to and from          V8 race cars against your       or pleasantly wind down                to get your thrills and spills. Take your pick of one of these adventures
      work lives a wide-eyed       pals in real race conditions.   through mountain pasture.
      eleven-year-old boy                                                                                 listed below and make a splash in NSW.
                                   Trackskill Race Challenges      Either way you’ll get to the
      who reacts to the sight      at Wakefield Park, near         bottom with both a big grin
      of things going very fast    Goulburn, needs no race         and a sore backside.
                                   experience and, after giving                                          WakeboarD like a champ              paraSail port StephenS
      like this: AWESOME!                                                                                Wakeboarding is cool but it         Parasailing demands no skill,
                                   you a helmet, race suit and     be a cruSty Demon
      Ready to take your inner                                                                           takes a lot of face-planting        but is a massive buzz and Port
                                   crash course in driving very    Don’t really know how to
      eleven-year-old out for      fast, you’re off and away.      ride a dirt bike? Who cares,          to get good, which is where         Stephens, north of Sydney,
      a spin? Then NSW is the                                      because outfits like KTM              places like Black Diamond           is the perfect place to do it.
      place to do it. With great   become a Wrc Driver             tours take every standard             wakeboarding school on the          Soar 150 metres above the
      driving schools and top      Ever wanted to drive a          of rider. They will give you          Hawkesbury are useful. Its          water and scope out the bay’s
                                   real rally car at 120km/h…      a bike, and take you into             instructors will teach you tricks   pods of dolphins hunting even
      instructors, all you need
                                   sideways? Then Extreme          the South Coast bush and              it would take months to learn       bigger shoals of fish.
      to bring is your driving                                                                           in a matter of hours.
                                   Driving drive school in the     make sure you come back
      licence, a competitive       Hunter Valley is the place to   to civilisation with a massive                                            Do Deliverance
      attitude and the desire to   do it. Using race spec WRXs     smile on your face.                   kiteSurf in 48 hourS                (Without the hillbillieS)
      go very, very fast.          and Evos you’ll be taught to                                          Kitesurfing is surprisingly easy    The Nymboida River, west of
                                   dodge trees and go totally                                            to learn but, considering they      Coffs Harbour, is one of the
                                   sideways, all in one day.                                             can lift you 20 metres off the      world’s classic white-water
                                                                                                         ground, expert tuition at one       rivers and is guaranteed to
                                   bike DoWn a mountain                                                  of the licensed schools along       leave you suitably sodden
                                   Those Thredbo slopes you                                              the NSW coast is a good idea.       and exhilarated. Liquid Assets
                                   hurtle down when there’s                                              By day two you should be            Adventure company will take
                                   snow become the country’s       Mountain biking in                    skittering across the water and     you down its torrents through
                                   biggest mountain bike           the Snowy Mountains.                  doing mini jumps with ease.         gorges, canyons and forest.      The Nymboida River.

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                                                                              Do the Top Gun thing                                                                                                                     Ride thermals with                                       Step into oblivion with
                                                                                   with Jet Fighter.                                                                                                                    Wedgetail Eagles.                                                  SkyDive Oz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          buzz like a big human
                                                                                                                                                                                                          bee in microlightS
                                                                                                                                                                                                          A perfectly good alternative
                                                                                                                                                                                                          to jumping out of a plane is
                                                                                                                                                                                                          being strapped to a tiny one
                                                                                                                                                                                                          which is what you can do
                                                                                                                                                                                                          both in Byron Bay and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Central Coast. You’ll feel the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          turbulence of every thermal                                                   Stanwell Tops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          while you buzz around the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          wide blue yonder like a big
                                                                                                                                                                                                          bee. And, if you get a taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                          for it, you need only 20

                                                                                                                                                                                                          hours’ flying time to get your
                                                                                                                                                                                                          own pilot’s licence.


                                                                                                                                                      Photography: Adam Goodrich
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dogfight in military
                                                                                                                                                                                                          fighter jetS
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just like Tom Cruise in Top
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gun, you too can learn to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          fight like a dog pulling 5G
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and shoot around the sky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Parasailing at
                                                                                                                                                                                                          at speeds up to 800km/h.          himself came to NSW so he                   Port Stephens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Operating out of Newcastle,       could experience the aerial
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Port Macquarie and Lismore,       manoeuvres they wouldn’t

      F   rom hang gliding to      freefall for 40 SeconDS        fly like a birD at the                                                                                                                  Jet Fighter flight company        let him do in Top Gun.
                                   Throwing yourself out of       home of hang gliDing                                                                                                                    uses real ex-military BAC
          sky diving, cruising     a perfectly good plane at      Once you get rid of that                                                                                                                Strikemasters. These Mini         Soar thermalS With
      thermals in gliders to       12,000ft seems irrational      nagging doubt that humans                                                                                                               Coopers of the fighter            WeDgetail eagleS
      pulling Gs in bona fide      but – for an adrenaline        weren’t meant to fly, hang                                                                                                              jet world are exceedingly         Gliders silently whisk around
                                                                                                                                                      Port Stephens Photography: Port Stephens Tourism

      fighter jets, the greatest   rush – nothing quite beats     gliding is the perfect way                                                                                                              manoeuvrable and – best           the skies without having to
                                                                                                       Stanwell Tops Photography: Tourism Illawarra

      adventures on Earth are      it. Whether you do it solo     to soar and Stanwell Tops                                                                                                               of all – have you sitting right   worry about the price of petrol
      the ones that exist above    or strapped to somebody        south of Sydney is one of                                                                                                               next to the pilot so you’re       at speeds up to 300km/h
                                   a little more experienced      the world’s best coastal                                                                                                                not looking over his head         and NSW is the place to do
      it and NSW has them all.     than you in a tandem dive,     flying sites. It’s also home                                                                                                            like in other jets. This is the   it because of its world-class
      Each one is an extreme       there is a host of reputable   to the most experienced                                                                                                                 closest thing to fighter jet      conditions. Choose the part
      adrenaline rush in its       skydiving operators along      tandem hang gliding outfit in                                                                                                           flying you can get without        of the country that you want
      own right and worthy         the coast. Some, such as       the country, HangglideOZ,                                                                                                               having to join the RAAF.          to see and contact the local
      of an adventure near         SkyDive Oz, will let you do    that guarantees to give you                                                                                                             In fact, there are so few         gliding club. Most will be
      impossible to forget.        it over the huge horizons of   plenty of time up there with                                                                                                            commercial outfits like this      delighted to offer a trial flight
                                   the NSW Outback.               the sea eagles.                                                                                                                         in the world, Tom Cruise          with an experienced pilot.

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      Lowe Howe’s water is gin                                       Diving near Port Stephens.
      clear and pollution-free.

                                                                                                                                                 THE                                                     THE
                                                              famouS fiSh rock

                                                              Just offshore of South West
                                                              Rocks, this 125m-long

                                                              cavern is magic. Go past

                                                              the huge wobbegongs and
                                                              bull ray at the entrance into
                                                              the darkness filled with crays
                                                              and lobsters (and even giant
                                                              cuttlefish) before emerging
                                                              through the resident grey
                                                              nurses on the other side.                                                                                                                                      Fly fish at luxury lodges.

                                                              lorD hoWe iSlanD
                                                              Breathtakingly beautiful above                                                                                    game fiSh from lanD                of silver as you whip your
                                                              the water and even better
                                                              below it, Lord Howe has got
                                                              the lot. Coral reef, around 500
                                                                                                                                                   W      hether it’s the
                                                                                                                                                          scream of the
                                                                                                                                                   reel when something
                                                                                                                                                                                There are few places in the
                                                                                                                                                                                world where you can catch
                                                                                                                                                                                marlin with your feet on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lunch out of the stream...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   every fisherman has to try
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the magic and challenge of
                                                              fish species, a big selection of                                                     the size of a Fiat Punto     ground and near Jervis Bay         fly fishing. From the Southern

     TAkE THE
                                                              caves and trenches and gin-                                                                                       is one of the best. From late      Highlands to the Snowies
                                                                                                                                                   takes the line or simply
                                                              clear water that’s guaranteed                                                                                     Spring, Black and Striped          there are plenty of places to
                                                              to be pollution free. Some say                                                       getting a free feed,
                                                                                                                                                                                Marlin come right up to            lose yourself in the art of fly.
                                                              that Ball’s Pyramid is the best                                                      there’s a multitude of

                                                                                                                                                                                its rock shelves. Thanks
                                                              dive site in the country. Here                                                       reasons to love fishing      to unexploded shells from          fiSh WorlD heritage
                                                              you’re bombed by wahoo                                                               and there’s a multitude      the nearby Navy base, its          Lord Howe sits on the lip of
                                                              during safety stops, kingfish,                                                       of great fishing spots       off-limits to boats wanting to     a huge undersea cliff and
                                                              dolphins and bronze whalers                                                          across the State. From       snatch your catch.                 has never been commercially
                                                              are all regulars as well as                                                                                                                          fished meaning there’s more
                                                              large bull rays.
                                                                                                                                                   deep sea fishing off
                                                                                                                                                                                fly fiSh mountain trout            than enough to go around.
                                                                                                                                                   Eden on the far South        The thrum of insects, the          Put on a mask and dive into
                                                                                                                                                   Coast to the tropical
      W      hile the world concentrates on the Great         Dive a Shark’S lunchbox                                                                                           rustle of leaves and that flash    the frenzy of fish – including
                                                              Grey nurses are suitably                                                             waters of Tweed Heads                                           big Kingies – that get fed
             Barrier Reef, diving in NSW is an often          large, look like dangerous                                                           in the north and fly
                                                                                                  Lord Howe Photography: Arajilla; Tourism NSW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   every day at Ned’s Beach on
      forgotten treasure chest – which is how divers like     man eaters (excellently,                                                                                                              Feeding Lord
                                                                                                                                                   fishing inland, there                              Howe fish.   restaurant food scraps.
      it. When it comes to diversity and range of marine      they’re not) and the
                                                                                                                                                   is magnificent catch
      life and wrecks and reefs, few places in the world      ‘Pinnacles’, off Forster/
                                                              Tuncurry is one of the few                                                           potential. Whether you                                                       Catch mountain trout.
      can beat it. Starting with the sub-tropical waters
                                                              sites in the world where you                                                         bring your own boat, go
      of the North Coast to the wreck and seal-infested
                                                              can see big fish being eaten                                                         on a charter or sit on the
      waters down south, the crowds are few and there         by bigger sharks on a regular                                                        bank, with the variety
      is action aplenty. If you’re after something more       basis. Lie down in one of the                                                        that NSW has to offer,
      exciting than coral and clown fish, NSW has it.         gutters and watch them pick
                                                                                                                                                   it’s easy to get hooked.
                                                              from the smorgasbord above.

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                                                                                                                    THEm’S                                                  THE
                                                                                                                    THE                                                     REEL
     currEnT                                                                                                        brEAkS                                                  THING
     AFFAirS                                                                                    The Hawkesbury.

                                                                                                                                                                                            More accessible surf breaks
                                                                                                                                                                                                   than anywhere else.

      F   eel the need to drop out for a while? Then one of NSW’s river systems
          is the perfect place to let a week or a weekend slip away. Whether its
      in a luxury houseboat or a simple canoe, you’ll get a new million-dollar                                        N     SW’s 2137km of
                                                                                                                            coast has more
                                                                                                                                                    north coaSt –
                                                                                                                                                    heaven on a Stick
                                                                                                                                                    Whether you’re a seasoned
                                                                                                                                                                                      South coaSt –
                                                                                                                                                                                      maDe for aDventure
                                                                                                                                                                                      Starting with the super-reliant
      view around each river bend. Either way, go with the flow, wind down and                                        accessible surf beaches       pro or simply starting out,       sandbanks at Aislings Beach
      recharge your batteries with water.                                                                             than anywhere else in         the North Coast is highly         near Eden to the uncluttered
                                                                                                                      the country. Looking for      recommended for this              breaks of the Royal National
                                                                                                                                                    particularly good reason – its    Park on Sydney’s outskirts,
                                                                                                                      legendary spots? There’s
                                                                                                                                                    breaks are epic and there are     the South Coast has
     houSeboat the murray              and winding through the rolling                                                Lennox, Mereweather,          plenty of them. Singling one      everything from reef breaks
                                                                                                 The Murray River
     or the haWkeSbury                 hills of Gundagai and onto                                                     Green Point, The Farm         out, Crescent Head, near          to bombies and river mouth
     You only need a car               Wagga, you can either work                                                     and a host of others. Or      Kempsey, is a longboarder’s       swell magnets. Its all-time
     driving licence to captain a      up a sweat paddling or simply                                                  for a deserted break          (and beginner’s heaven). This     gems include Pambula,
     houseboat and these are           watch the wildlife on the                                                                                    beautifully peeling and easy-     Merimbula, Ulladulla and
     both fantastic places to do it.
                                                                                                                      for you and your mates
                                       banks as the flow takes you                                                                                  to-ride right-hander wraps        the legendary Aussie Pipe.
     Great strands of river gum,       through countryside precious                                                   to have to your own?
                                                                                                                                                    around the head for up to 500     Named for its immensely
     famous towns and sweeping         few enjoy.                                                                     There’s plenty of them        metres of perfection. Then,       powerful barrels that go for
     bends make up The Murray.                                                                                        too. Whether you’re           when you’re done, jump off        seconds, it’s consistent in any
     And the Hawkesbury’s              paDDle kangaroovalley                                                          riding mid-ocean              and walk along the caravan        southerly swell and is pretty
     fantastic fishing and stunning    This might be one of the most                                                  monsters or finding your      park and golf course back to      much deserted mid-week.
     scenery is made for pottering     popular paddling areas in the                                                                                the point and do it all again.    You’ll find it near Jervis Bay.
                                                                          Mimosa Rocks National Park, South Coast     feet on a shore break,
     around in a houseboat.            country but when you’re out
                                       there in the middle of it, you’d
                                                                                                                      it’s every Australian’s
     canoe DoWn the                    hardly know it. Shoalhaven                                                     birthright to surf and this                   Mollymook, near     Deserted breaks aplenty in NSW.
                                                                                                                      State is yours to claim.                    Summercloud Bay.
     murrumbiDgee                      Gorge is jaw-droppingly
     Taking Snowy Mountains            lovely and there are so many
     water to the vast food bowl       kangaroos, water dragons,
     of the Riverina, this 240km       wedgetails and wombats
     journey is a fantastic Summer     about that you’ll hardly notice
     adventure. Starting near Yass     anyone about you.

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