Nature & Outdoors
Visit the invigorating NSW Tablelands for a clean, green and authentic outdoor experience.
The Tablelands is a place of natural beauty and vast country landscapes, offering a diverse range of outdoor experiences from the more relaxed through to the more adventurous for those of us with a wild side.
There are nature and outdoor experiences to be discovered the whole way through the Tablelands.
The Hilltops Region is home to varied landscapes, from undulating hills decorated with vineyards and orchards, open pasture with glimpses of distant blue ranges, and jagged hills near the Murrumbidgee River. In Autumn, there are stunning golden avenues for your scenic drive, or meander through family farms and old street paths. In Spring, admire vast landscapes of stunning canola and cherry blossoms as you make your way through the Hilltops region. Each visit will bring a different delight.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Wee Jasper Valley‘s sweeping hills, blue skies and freshwater rivers, lakes and dams. Sit back and relax with a picnic and a book or pack your fishing gear for a twilight cast as the sun sets on the Tablelands horizon. Carey’s Caves in Wee Jasper provides a fascinating ancient underground journey, or stay on top and experience 400,000,000 year old limestone that has been thrust up and eroded into spectacular rock belts.
Crookwell sits high on the Great Dividing Range where you can treat your senses to a breath-taking view of the rolling hills that lead to the many creeks and river systems that are popular boating and fishing locations. Some of the spots for public fishing for Trout, Golden Perch and Silver Bream include well known fishing holes like Wyangala and Pejar Dams.
There’s an abundance of natural attractions in the Queanbeyan and surrounding area, including the Googong Foreshores. Try a spot of fly fishing, visit Monga National Park for a stroll or challenging walk in the forest depending on your route, or drive through the Tallaganda or Deua National Parks for a true wilderness experience.
Nature lovers will be impressed with the range of outdoor experiences on offer in Yass Valley – from exploring caves and bushwalking, to strolling through our parks and gardens, camping and water sports on the lake. Stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh country air as you wander along Yass’ town walk trail or the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. If you’re a thrill seeker, the Murrumbidgee River Canoe and Kayak Trail covers 230km from the Burrinjuck dam to Wagga Wagga. Your heart will race as you float down our vast river system. With a number of Crown Land Reserves along the trail, you can camp overnight or stop for a well-earned lunch break.
If you’re in to caving, Bungonia National Park is home to some of the deepest caves in Australia, drawing in canyoning, abseiling and rock-climbing enthusiasts. For those visiting for the first time, head out to the highly accessible Wombeyan Caves. The Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve offers guided and self-guided tours of spectacular limestone caves featuring vast caverns adorned with striking and delicate formations. Enjoy the diverse range of flora and fauna, and follow one of the walking trails that lead you to spectacular canyons, lookouts and waterfalls.
If you need to entertain the little ones, the Taralga Wildlife Park is the perfect place for a day out with the family. Just down the road in Goulburn you will find Adrenaline Skydive for a different view.
If it’s real nature and outdoor experiences you’re on the hunt for, you will find it in the Canberra Region Tablelands. From sunsets, landscapes, events, nature and attractions, there is plenty to discover.