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Five Places to Visit in NSW Once Lockdown Eases

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by Maria-MPG Narratives (subscribe)
I'm a Freelance Writer - MPG Communications and Author - Maria P Frino (pen name).
Published May 22nd 2020
Between bush fires and Coronavirus, regional towns suffered
This year will go down as an extremely difficult year for many people. The Coronavirus has impacted all our lives, but there is some good news ahead - the restrictions for travelling in NSW will ease from June 1. The lockdown laws are heading into Stage 2, which means we can visit regional areas again.

Many regional NSW towns were also devastated by the destructive bush fires last summer and this is another reason for us to head back and support these areas. Not only has our health been impacted, but also the economy. It is time for recovery now and the bushfire devastated areas need visitors to return.

The five areas I'm suggesting are open for visitors but check with the relevant authorities before you leave just to be sure. Not all regions will be ready by June 1.

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Tamworth has lots on offer for families as well as country music fans. Photo courtesy of freerangestock.com by Chance Agrella.


TAMWORTH
We all know this regional city is famous for the Country Music Festival held every year from 15 to 24 January. Bookings are already being taken for the 2021 Tamworth Country Music Festival. However, there is no reason not to visit sooner, Tamworth has lots of things for families to do as well as for country music fans.

Places to explore in this iconic city -

  • The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum - Houses a private collections of motorcycles from the 50s to the 80s.

  • Australian Country Music Hall of Fame - A must-see for all country and western music fans.

  • Marsupial Park - Fun for all the family in this animal adventure park. Hand feed the animals.

  • Australian Equine & Livestock Events Centre - Hosts over 50 events a year and a place for all horse enthusiasts.

  • Tamworth Regional Gallery - See a range of local textiles and art.

    Visit the Tamworth Council website for more information on when to visit.

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    View of Breakwater Lighthouse from City Beach. Photo by Maria-MPG Narratives.


    WOLLONGONG
    This city is a large regional area with long stretches of beaches, beautiful walks/hiking areas and lots of fun things for families to explore.

    Wollongong was known for the Port Kembla Steelworks, which is still open but has been scaled down. The area is more widely known now as a tourist and adventure destination.

    Places to explore in this beachside city -

  • Sea Cliff Bridge - Views, as you drive over this bridge, are spectacular. There is a viewing platform and cafe.

  • Nan Tien Temple - The largest Buddist temple in the southern hemisphere. Visit or stay.

  • Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse - A beautiful, easy walk with wonderful sea and city views.

  • Science Space North Wollongong - A planetarium, special events and a place for all science geeks.

  • Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk -Amazing treetop walk and ziplining.

    Wollongong Council has more information on the website, contact them before you leave.

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    Accommodation ranges from budget to luxury in Port Stephens. Photo by Maria-MPG Narratives.


    PORT STEPHENS
    We have visited this area as a family many times. It is my favourite short-break destination and there is plenty to see and do even if you spend a week or more.

    Port Stephens is another adventure paradise with 26 amazing beaches to explore. The giant sand dunes are great, a definite must place to see. Weather-wise, well it is perfect. In winter the average low is 9º and in summer the high is a pleasant 28º.

    Places to explore in this adventure paradise -

  • 4WD Sand Dune Tours - Drive the monumental Stockton Bight Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands.

  • Boat Hire and Marinas - This is a water sports paradise.

  • Camel & Horse Riding - Check website for times on riding the Dunes and beaches.

  • Dolphin, Whale & Water Cruises - Book to see these amazing animals in their own habitat.

    This website has a travel alert. Check travel restrictions to this region on this site.

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    The view from the top of Mt Kosciuszko is breathtaking. Photo by Maria-MPG Narratives.


    THREDBO
    We have spent many ski holidays in Thredbo and also ventured there in summer. There is always plenty to do in the NSW High Country no matter when you visit.

    Even though travel restrictions are easing the opening of the ski season is yet to be announced. Check with the resort before heading there, but all going well we will have a ski season this year.

    Places to explore in our beautiful High Country -

  • Backcountry Adventures - Enjoy a trek off the beaten path.
    The Thredbo Leisure Centre. Swim or visit the gym.

  • Golf and Disc Golf - Family-friendly game on the golf course.

  • Hikes -Check the Thredbo website for the many hiking trails.

  • Fly Fishing - The Thredbo river is full of wild tasty trout.

    The Thredbo website will announce the start of the 2020 ski season.

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    Whales pass by Eden between September and November. Photo courtesy ofhttps://www.goodfreephotos.com.


    EDEN
    If you feel like venturing further, the pristine fishing village of Eden on the NSW far south coast has lots to offer. This town is in a region known as The Sapphire Coast and also as The Humpback Highway. This is because thousands of Humpback whales pass by from September to November, heading back to Antarctica.

    There are lots of walks to explore, including the Lake Curalo Boardwalk. Once you have walked, you can fill up on the freshest seafood, Eden is known for the pristine Saffire Coast oysters available at many of the local restaurants.

    Places to explore in this seafood paradise -

  • Ben Boyd National Park - Camping is available (check first) and there are many hiking and walking trails.

  • Eden Killer Whale Museum - The home of the only Orca skeletons in the world.

  • Twofold Bay - Places to stay and places to eat, walk and explore.

  • Light to Light Walk - A gentle walk through the wilderness.

  • Lake Curalo Boardwalk - A 6km walk around the lake. Easy and no steps.

    Eden is in The Sapphire Coast region and there is more information on the website.

    These are only five suggestions of where to visit after #lockdown eases. NSW, in fact, all of Australia, needs us to travel again and keep the economies of our regional areas going. Between Coronavirus and the bush fires, the local travel industry has taken a beating. As part of our road to recovery, let's do some domestic travel and enjoy our beautiful regional areas.

    You can choose to travel closer to home or enjoy my suggested places to visit. Wherever you go, please stay safe and take care as we come out of this unprecedented time.
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