If you're interested in Australia's military heritage, colonial prisons and wartime fortifications, there's plenty to see in NSW.
There are collections in regional museums that truly capture in photographs, film, firearms and other weaponry, the wartime contribution of local communities.
Australia's war dead are honoured in peace gardens such as Cowra Japanese Garden, local memorials, shrines and museums.There are also historic aerodromes and aircraft, submarines and warships as well as weaponry from the early colonial era to modern warfare. The work of the NSW Cavalry and Light Horse regiment is showcased, there are historic barracks, colonial gaols and military fortifications in Sydney and Newcastle. Four convict sites in Sydney have World Heritage listing. They are Cockatoo Island, Hyde Park Barracks, Old Great North Road near Wiseman's ferry, and Old Government House and Domain on the Parramatta River.
Before you start your journey around NSW's military sites, make sure you head to Canberra to visit the Australian War Memorial. This shrine, world-class museum and extensive archive commemorates the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war.
Military heritage attractions in Sydney and NSW