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New South Wales, the beautiful southeastern state of Australia, is a treasure trove of charming little towns that are waiting to be explored. From coastal villages to picturesque countryside towns, each has its unique touch of character and must-see attractions.

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at some of the quaint little towns in NSW that you should add to your bucket list for your next adventure. Not sure where to start? Choose East Coast Car Rentals, taking the fuss out of worrying about transportation on your trip.

Quaint Little Towns in New South Wales

Huskisson – Jervis Bay

If you’re starting from our Sydney airport car rentals location, you’ll promptly find yourself on the road to Huskisson, about 3 hours away. Located on the shores of Jervis Bay, Huskisson is a picturesque town that’s perfect for a weekend getaway. This specific town is famous for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life. While you’re here you can take a whale watching tour, enjoy a day snorkelling or scuba diving, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the warm New South Wales sun.

Berry – Shoalhaven Region

Located just two hours south of Sydney, Berry is one of the more charming towns in NSW that is famous for its heritage-listed buildings, antique shops, and delicious food. Take a stroll down the main street, and you’ll be transported back in time, with many of the shops still retaining their original facades. You can browse through the vintage stores, art galleries, and boutique shops, or take a walk in the nearby countryside and soak in the stunning natural scenery.


Medowie is a charming rural town located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, about 30 minutes north of Newcastle. The town is known for its peaceful setting and proximity to natural attractions, including the Worimi Conservation Lands and the Tilligerry National Park. Visitors to Medowie can explore the nearby sand dunes, go bushwalking, or take a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside. The town also has plenty of cafes and restaurants, as well as a weekly farmers’ market where you can sample local produce. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway and a chance to connect with nature, Medowie is a great destination to visit.

Rainbow Beach – North Haven

Rainbow Beach is named after the multi-coloured sand dunes that surround the beach and rightfully so have become a popular attraction for visitors. This location is also known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, which are perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling too. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy here, including kayaking, fishing, and whale watching. The town has a laid-back vibe and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.


Bellingen is one of the more charming, quaint little towns to visit in the northern part of New South Wales, about 30 minutes south of Coffs Harbour. The town is known for its laid-back atmosphere, historic buildings, and creative arts community. Take a stroll down the main street, and you’ll find art galleries, boutique shops, and cafes serving delicious food. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including bushwalking, kayaking, and swimming in the nearby rivers.


Grafton is a charming town located in the northern part of New South Wales, known for its beautiful historic buildings, including the heritage-listed Christ Church Cathedral and the stunning Art Deco style Saraton Theatre. It is also famous for its annual Jacaranda Festival, which takes place in late October and early November when the streets are lined with purple jacaranda trees in full bloom. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including fishing and boating on the nearby Clarence River and exploring nearby national parks.