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Alstonville

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

Armidale

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

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

Barraba

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

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

Bega

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.

Bermagui

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

Berry

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

Bingara

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

Blackheath

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

Blayney

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

Boorowa

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.

Braidwood

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

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

Bungendore

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

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

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

Coolah

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

Coolamon

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

Cooma

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

Coonabarabran

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

Coonamble

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

Cootamundra

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

Cowra

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

Crookwell

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

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

Dubbo

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

Dungog

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

Eden

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.

Forbes

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.

Gilgandra

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

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

Goulburn

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

Griffith

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

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

Gundagai

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

Gunnedah

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’.

Guyra

As the highest town in the New England high country, trout fishing in local streams is a popular past time for Guyra residents.

Hawks Nest

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

Hill Top

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

Inverell

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

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

Junee

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

Kandos

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

Leeton

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

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

Lockhart

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.

Manilla

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.

Millthorpe

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

Molong

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

Moree

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.

Moruya

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

Mudgee

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.

Mungindi

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

Muswellbrook

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

Narooma

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

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

Narrandera

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..

Narromine

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.

Oberon

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

Orange

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

Parkes

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

Portland – Wallerawang

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

Quirindi

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

Shoalhaven Heads

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

Singleton

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

Tahmoor

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

Tamworth

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.

Tathra

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

Temora

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

Tenterfield

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

Tumbarumba

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

Tumut

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

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

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

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

Warialda

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.

Wellington

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

Yass

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

Young

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

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