One of the perks of regional city living is that each of the Evocities is positioned within some of the state’s most stunning natural beauty.
Forget needing to drive hours on the weekend to immerse yourself in nature, when you live in an Evocity it’s literally minutes from your door.
You can easily escape into tranquil green space before or after work, on your lunch break or for a longer stint on the weekend.
Below we’ve compiled some of the top spots for nature lovers across the Evocities – take your pick from majestic rivers, stunning waterfalls and even a serene inland beach.
Albury – the Murray River
Flowing between Albury and Wodonga is the mighty Murray River – perfect for swimming, kayaking, a riverside picnic or a quiet walk surrounded by beautiful bushland.
Noreuil Park in Albury is a great spot to swim, kayak, paddleboard, ride your bike or do as the locals do and ride your own tube. There’s also the 6.5km Wagirra Trail for those who enjoy walking a leisurely riverside trail.
Armidale – Dangers Falls
Armidale is situated in picturesque New England High Country which boasts endless waterfalls, gorges and national parks.
The perfect spot to start with is the stunning Dangers Falls situated on Tourist Drive 19, which is a scenic trip from Armidale to Uralla which takes you past a quaint chapel, historic wool shed and cool climate vineyard.
Bathurst – Chifley Dam
When you’re done lapping the world-famous racing circuit that is Mount Panorama (also worth a walk), head to Bathurst’s Chifley Dam. As Bathurst’s primary water supply, Chifley Dam is also a fantastic recreation area.
Residents and visitors are welcome to power boat, water ski and sail the dam which also offers excellent fishing, barbeque and picnic facilities.
Dubbo – Macquarie River
Dubbo’s majestic Macquarie River flows through the centre of the City alongside the Central Business District, making it the perfect lunchtime spot when the weather’s fine.
The 12.5km Tracker Riley Cycleway intersperses with the river and takes you on a loop out to Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Dundullimal Homestead before making your way back into the City.
Alternatively hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard or bring your own tube for a leisurely float downstream.
Orange – Mount Canobolas
Mount Canobolas is an ancient volcano standing 1,395 metres above sea level and is the highest peak between the Blue Mountains and the Indian Ocean.
Offering a stunning 360-degree view from the summit across the City, the countryside and the Blue Mountains in the distance, Mount Canobolas features a series of walking trails through attractions including Federal Falls, Mount Towac, Bald Hill and Young Man Canobolas.
Tamworth – Oxley Lookout
The Oxley Scenic Lookout provides panoramic views of Tamworth and the Peel River Valley and is surrounded by natural bushland. As the base camp for the Kamilaroi Walking Track, you can wind your way through the bushland of Oxley Park linking the Marsupial Park, Oxley Lookout and Flagstaff Mountain over a distance of several kilometres.
Wagga Wagga – Wagga Beach
Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the centre of Wagga Wagga, Wagga Beach is a popular spot for locals to relax on the shaded lawn, picnic on the banks or go for a swim.
You might even catch a glimpse of the famous 5 o’clock wave. Barbeque facilities are available.