Rolling vineyards, riverside lunches and beautiful country sunsets. Mid-week is one of the best times to appreciate the important things in life, whether you’re looking for a short-notice break with someone special, a swift getaway with friends or simply some much-needed time out. Find out about some of the best regional towns NSW has to offer to escape the bustle.

Wagga Wagga

a close-up of a winery with a big metal sign.
Magpies Nest Restaurant, Wagga Wagga. Image from Destination NSW.

Situated in the heart of the Riverina food and wine region, Wagga Wagga is surrounded by thriving vineyards and luxurious farmland. Treat yourself to a delicious meal with vineyard views in Magpie’s Nest’s stone stable. Midweek is also a great time to enjoy a relaxed cellar door experience at the award-winning Borambola Wines or Charles Sturt Boutique Wines.

Slip into some natural attractions on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River by taking a dip or enjoying a picnic at Wagga Beach. You can also enjoy a stroll along part of the surrounding Wiradjuri Trail. The Botanic Garden is an oasis of relaxation and one of the great free things to do in Wagga Wagga. Top your mid-week adventure with great art at the Wagga Gallery.  

Where to stay

Discover places to visit in Wagga Wagga right on your doorstep. Comfort Inn Heritage Wagga is centrally positioned in the heart of Wagga Wagga. Quality Inn Carriage House offers a peaceful escape on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River.


The Big Golden Guitar on display outside the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre in Tamworth.
Be sure to visit the Big Golden Guitar at the tourist centre! Image from Destination NSW.

Known as Australia’s Country Music Capital, Tamworth is a meeting point of culture, cuisine and country comfort. Get a taste of some seasonal flavours at the intimate and beautifully restored DECO Wine Bar & Restaurant. Your tastebuds will take you even further at the annual Taste Tamworth Festival, a celebrated event held in March.

Standing 12 metres tall, the iconic Golden Guitar is a testament to the town’s dynamic musical heritage. Find out more at the Country Music Hall of Fame and browse an unrivalled collection of country music memorabilia. You’ll discover more unique and culturally significant exhibits at Tamworth Regional Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in Australia. 

Where to stay

Enjoy a host of Tamworth activities, with some fine wine and dining, at the stylish CH Boutique Hotel. For a Tamworth holiday in a historic property, The Quality Inn Ashby House is another comfortable winner. The Econo Lodge Gateway Tamworth is a great family-friendly hotel to stay at.


Aerial overlooking Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park, Whian Whian.
Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Image from Destination NSW.

A gem of the rolling NSW Northern Rivers region, Lismore is a vibrant hub of galleries, heritage and seriously lush hinterland beauty. Soak in some mid-week vibe at the picturesque 19th-century Eltham Hotel. This relaxed venue is perfect for enjoying a cool drink and quality meal under the jacarandas. 

Explore the town’s creative mix of historic and contemporary at the Back Alley Gallery and Lismore Regional Gallery’s fascinating exhibits and pop-ups. For a breath of pure escape take a scenic drive to Nightcap National Park, home to the spectacular Protestors Falls and World Heritage-listed rainforest. 

Where to stay

Enjoy things to do in Lismore, with attractions at your fingertips, by staying at the Comfort Inn Centrepoint in the heart of the CBD.

Broken Hill

The Line of Lode Memorial in Broken Hill commemorates the lives lost in Broken Hill's mining industry since operation in 1883.
Line of Lode Miners Memorial, Broken Hill. Image from Destination NSW.

Australia’s first heritage-listed city, Broken Hill is a great midweek getaway destination renowned for its grand history, delicious cuisine and spectacular desert vistas. Relax at the Palace Hotel, famed for its appearance in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and enjoy a meal amongst the ornate murals. 

Get to know the area in nearby Living Desert State Park. Situated amongst the Barrier Ranges, this attraction is home to 12 desert-inspired sculptures amongst the walking trails. Don’t miss the amazing Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery or Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial lookout – just a couple of leading attractions and free things to do in Broken Hill. 

Where to stay

Discover plenty of things to see and do in Broken Hill by staying a walk away from the top attractions at Comfort Inn Crystal.


Autumn leaves in Noreuil Park Foreshore and The River Deck cafe, Albury.
Be sure to stop by the River Deck Cafe at Albury. Image from Destination NSW.

It’s hard to beat this historic paddlesteamer town for some quiet midweek ambience. Settle in at the River Deck Cafe, overlooking the winding Murray River for a delicious lunch with a glass or two. You’ll also enjoy some winemaking heritage in the nearby Rutherglen Wine Region, one of Australia’s most iconic food and wine regions. 

If you’re looking to spring into action, the expansive Lake Hume is only 15 minutes away with paddle board, kayak and cycling options. For indoor activities Albury also has you covered –  the impressive Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is one of Australia’s finest art spaces. Set your own pace with a stroll along the green riverside park and heritage trail.  

Where to stay

You’ll find top places to visit in Albury right within reach at The Quality Resort Siesta, a popular hotel with fantastic facilities.

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