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Alstonville is a charming hinterland town, between the ocean and rainforest, with a great lifestyle.


A beautiful city in the New England high country, Armidale is a cosmopolitan university city with an active arts and cultural community.

Ballina – Tintenbar

Ballina is a bustling coastal town, the smaller town of Tintenbar is an easy drive inland from Ballina.


Bangalow is a small town of Federation buildings surrounded by lush countryside, only 20 minutes from Byron Bay and the coast.


Located in the New England region and on the Manilla River, the charming town of Barraba is a great base for outdoor activities including bushwalking, photography, camping and 4WDing.

Basin View – Sanctuary Point

Basin View and Sanctuary Point are located on the shores of beautiful St Georges Basin.

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay is the gateway to the Eurobodalla region, renowned for being Australia’s Oyster Coast.


Bathurst is a vibrant country city with a rich cultural heritage and is recognised as a centre of learning.


In a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers, and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is the rural centre of the NSW Sapphire Coast.


Fifteen minutes from the coast and surrounded by lush hills, Bellingen is known for its creative and alternative lifestyle, organic farms and luxury retreats.


A peaceful Sapphire Coast town famous for its fishing, Bermagui is nestled around a safe, all-weather harbour.


Berry is a sophisticated village, the perfect blend of country charm and city style.


Once Australia’s largest diamond producer, the small New England town of Bingara, is still popular for gold, gem and crystal fossicking.


Blackheath located at the highest point of the Blue Mountains, it is known for stunning views across the World Heritage listed mountains.


A farming town in the Central West Region of NSW just 30 minutes from the regional centres of Bathurst and Orange.


Surrounded by rich volcanic soils, Boorowa is known for producing fine merino wool.

Bowral – Mittagong – Moss Vale

Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale are located in the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, only 90 minutes from Sydney.


Beautiful, historic Braidwood is one of the gems of the NSW Southern Tablelands, with the entire town classified by the National Trust.

Broken Hill

Broken Hill is a heritage-listed city in the far west of New South Wales, its mining heritage and vibrant art scene blend together in the semi-desert landscape.


Bundanoon is a charming village in the beautiful Southern Highlands and a popular bushwalking and cycling destination.


The historic town of Bungendore is set in a pretty green valley near the nation’s capital, Canberra.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is famed for its beautiful beaches, spectacular hinterland, relaxed lifestyle and creative community.

Callala Bay

Located on the northern shore of Jervis Bay, Callala Bay is a small coastal town offering an abundance of things to do.


Cessnock is the gateway to the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine growing region in Australia.


Coolah is a small country town, located in a picturesque rural valley in the Warrumbungle region.


A lovely town with heritage streetscapes, the Coolamon area is a leading producer of wheat in NSW.


The town of Cooma is in easy each of Canberra and the Snowy Mountain ski fields.


Coonabarabran is known as the astronomy capital of Australia due to its proximity to observatories including Siding Spring, home to Australia’s largest telescope.


On the banks of the Castlereagh River, Coonamble is a charming country town of art deco buildings and classic country pubs.


The welcoming regional community of Cootamundra is located within the Riverina – one of the most productive and agriculturally diverse areas of Australia.


A scenic country town with an international outlook arising from its interesting history.


Located on the Southern Tablelands high on the Great Dividing Range – almost 1000m above sea level, Crookwell is a picturesque country town surrounded by farmland.

Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach is a small coastal town located on the coast between the Crookhaven River and Lake Wollumboola.


Deniliquin, famous for the Deni Ute Muster, is also a great location for outdoor activities like water skiing, fishing, bushwalking and kayaking.


Dubbo is a major regional hub servicing central and far western NSW.


Dungog is a beautiful country town with views of rolling hills and the nearby Williams River.


Located on the Sapphire Coast, Eden is the most southerly town in NSW and is known as one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia.


In the heart of the Lachlan Valley, Forbes is one of the richest areas for primary production in NSW.

Forster – Tuncurry

The coastal towns of Forster and Tuncurry are part of the Great Lakes District of the NSW Mid North Coast, they are located on either side of the entrance of Wallis Lake, and joined by a large bridge.


Home to the coo-ee, Gilgandra is an agricultural town in the Central West, only 45 minutes north of the regional centre of Dubbo

Glen Innes

Glen Innes is known as Celtic Country, because of its Scottish pioneers, having one of Australia's coldest climates and its green countryside suggestive of the Scottish highlands.


Gloucester is a pretty country town adjacent to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park.


Goulburn's blend of city amenities with a country lifestyle provides the best of both worlds.


Created as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation area, Griffith is now synonymous with good food and wine due to its agricultural productivity and diverse population.


Gulgong is an historic gold mining town in the Mudgee wine region.


Commemorated in many poems and songs, Gundagai is an iconic Australian town, renowned for the Dog on the Tuckerbox monument.


Gunnedah is situated on the Liverpool Plains in North West NSW, the rich agricultural area inspired one of Australia’s favourite poets, Dorothea Mackellar who wrote ‘My Country’.


As the highest town in the New England high country, Guyra is surrounded by natural attractions.

Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest is a secluded coastal town and popular holiday destination, just north of Nelson Bay.


Regarded as one of the best merino wool growing regions in Australia, Hay is located in the middle of the famous Hay Plain - flat, rich agricultural land supporting not only sheep but crops and cattle.

Hill Top

This Southern Highlands former railway town is within easy reach of all major services.


Inverell, located in an attractive valley beside the Macintyre River, is known as the Sapphire City because of the sapphires found throughout the local area.


Jindabyne is located on the edge of Lake Jindabyne in the stunning Snowy Mountains region.


Junee, 30 minutes from the regional city of Wagga Wagga, is a pretty country town that celebrates its railway heritage.


Kandos is a small, quaint town located in the beautiful Capertee Valley, the world’s second largest canyon.


Leeton is a thriving rural community in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. It is home to the Australian rice industry and is Australia's largest citrus-growing region.


Lithgow is on the western side of the Blue Mountains, although known for its industrial heritage it is surrounded by beautiful national parks.


Lockhart is a beautiful small country town that has been classified by the National Trust due to its beautifully restored buildings with verandahs and ornate iron lacework.


Located at the junction of the Namoi and Manilla Rivers, the town of Manilla has been a camping ground for Aboriginal people, a base for bullock wagons and now a rural service centre for the surrounding agricultural areas.

Merimbula – Pambula – Tura Beach

Merimbula and Pambula, less than 10 minutes apart, are located on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, a spectacular coastal region of picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, calm lakes, and pristine national parks.


A beautiful historic village with boutique stores and cafes in a country setting.


Molong's broad main street and restored buildings are National Trust listed ensuring the town’s history stays alive.


Located in the heart of the northern NSW wheat belt, Moree is famous for its Artesian Aquatic Centre with its naturally hot mineral-rich waters.


Situated on the beautiful Moruya River, Moruya has a country town feel whilst being only minutes from the coast.


Mudgee’s heritage streetscapes are a picturesque backdrop for the fine food and wine the town is known for.

Mullumbimby – Brunswick Heads – Ocean Shores

Sub-tropical Mullumbimby is known for its a laid-back, alternative lifestyle. The nearby coastal towns of Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores are within easy reach of Mullumbimby.


Straddling the NSW and Queensland border, Mungindi is the only town in Australia to have the same name in two states.


Muswellbrook is a vibrant country town surrounded by vineyards and horse studs.


The word Narooma is derived from the Yuin term for ‘clear blue water’, it aptly describes the stunning Wagonga Inlet that Narooma is located adjacent to.


Narrabri is set in the in the Namoi Valley and is known for rich agriculture, world-leading astronomy, spectacular wilderness and outdoor adventure.


Situated at the heart of the Riverina, Narrandera is located on the banks of the meandering Murrumbidgee River and is the gateway to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area..


A rural town in the Orana region of NSW, Narromine is the gliding capital of Australia.

Nelson Bay – Shoal Bay

Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay are major holiday destinations located on beautiful Port Stephens.

Nowra – Bomaderry

The commercial and administrative hub of the Shoalhaven region, Nowra is located on the southern shores of the beautiful Shoalhaven River. The town of Bomaderry is on the river's northern shores.


The highest town in the Blue Mountains region, Oberon offers a range of rural and natural attractions.


Renowned for its fresh local produce and wines, Orange is a bustling regional city in the Central West of NSW.


Home to The Dish, the world-famous Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes is a thriving commercial centre in central NSW.

Port Macquarie

This popular holiday destination boasts a great year-round climate for enjoying the adjacent Hastings River estuary and ocean beaches.

Portland – Wallerawang

Portland and Wallerawang are small towns in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains surrounded by beautiful undulating countryside.


Located on the productive Liverpool Plains, fields of sunflowers, sorghum, canola, corn, lucerne and wheat make Quirindi and surrounds a picturesque rural landscape.


Scone is known as the ‘Horse capital of Australia’, it is home to world-class thoroughbred breeders and many equine events.

Shoalhaven Heads

Shoalhaven Heads is located at the mouth of the majestic Shoalhaven River and the southern end of beautiful Seven Mile Beach.


Singleton is a vibrant and diverse riverside town, located at the centre of the Hunter Valley wine region.


Nestled in the green Karuah Valley, Stroud is classified by the National Trust due to its convict-era buidlings.


Tahmoor is located in the Wollondilly Shire on the southern outskirts of Sydney.


As the Country Music Capital of Australia, the city of Tamworth pays homage to country music in many ways including being home to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Big Golden Guitar.

Tanilba Bay

Tanilba Bay is a small coastal community on the Port Stephens peninsula.


The small coastal town of Tathra is known for its beautiful beach, stunning surrounding national parks and the iconic heritage-listed Tathra Wharf.


Referred to as ‘the friendly town’, Temora is located in the Riverina region less than an hour from Wagga Wagga.


The charming town of Tenterfield is surrounded by rural landscapes and national parks with awe-inspiring vistas.

The Rock

This small rural town, close to Wagga Wagga, is known for it's most prominent feature The Rock.


Located in the Snowy Mountains high country, Tumbarumba is a great base for exploring alpine areas.


Tumut, located in the north-west foothills of the Snowy Mountains, is the gateway to the iconic Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Ulladulla – Milton – Mollymook

The beautiful coastal area of Milton-Ulladulla-Mollymook, is a popular holiday destination, known for its fishing fleet and agricultural production.


Vincentia is a coastal town, located on stunning Jervis Bay.

Wagga Wagga

As the largest inland city in NSW and regional centre for the Riverina, Wagga Wagga offers the best of city, regional and rural lifestyle.


Walcha has something for everyone, it’s a gateway to World Heritage wilderness, offers fine local produce and wine, and boasts the most public art per head of population in Australia.


Walgett is an outback town with an Aboriginal name that means ‘where two rivers meet’.


Located on the Fossickers Way touring route, Warialda is a great place for fossicking of sapphires, gold and other gems.

Wee Waa

Wee Waa is Australia's Cotton Capital, the modern cotton growing industry was introduced to the town in 1960 and rapidly expanded.


A small scenic country town, known for the spectacular Wellington Caves.


Yass Valley is renowned for its wool, waterways and wine and is in easy reach of Canberra.


Young, the cherry capital of Australia, is a thriving country town surrounded by orchards, vineyards and wheat fields.

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