Central NSW Discovery Passport is your ticket to exploring the region

EXCITING PROJECT: Deb Marks from the Oberon Visitor Information Centre, Oberon Council's tourism and economic development manager Mathew Webb and Lynn Causer with the Central NSW Discovery Passports.
EXCITING PROJECT: Deb Marks from the Oberon Visitor Information Centre, Oberon Council's tourism and economic development manager Mathew Webb and Lynn Causer with the Central NSW Discovery Passports.

THERE is a new way to enjoy the best tourism experiences in the region.

Central NSW tourism managers have been working together in recent months to create the Central NSW Discovery Passport, to encourage people to embark on family-friendly tourism experiences in the region.

The passport will take them on adventures from Oberon through to Bathurst, Lake Cargelligo, Orange and down the Lachlan, across ten local government areas in Central NSW.

Oberon mayor Kathy Sajowitz has welcomed the initiative.

"There are fifty fabulous fun things to do chosen for their family friendliness," she said.

"The list is wide and varied and includes dinosaurs, playgrounds, gold panning, camping, sculptures, lookouts, kayaking, caves, fruit picking and museums.

"It's amazing what you can find just around the corner in our region."

Cr Sajowitz said the passport was a fun way to encourage engagement with what the region has to offers families and it was all affordable.

"There is minimal cost involved in visiting the attractions and venues. We don't want families to go to any added expense, we are just hoping they enjoy as many attractions across our region as they can," she said.

"By travelling just 40 minutes down the road you open up a whole other world of things to visit and see."

The Central NSW Discovery Passport can be collected from the Oberon Visitor Information Centre.

Together with the passport, all entrants will be given a list of the top 50 venues and attractions to visit from across the region, with five being in each council area.

In addition to exploring the region, people have the opportunity to win prizes.

Those who visit three out of the five venues listed for a council area can return to the visitor information centre with their passport and evidence of completion, which could be a selfie or a receipt of entrance or purchase.

A coloured sticker on the Passport will be awarded and a token prize handed out to the value of $5.

Entrants are then then encouraged to visit a neighbouring council area and repeat the steps to gain another sticker.

Once the entrant has received five different coloured stamps, they need to complete the contact details on the Discovery Passport and submit it at any visitor information centre to go in the draw for the overall Rainbow Prize, valued at approximately $1,160.

It includes two nights accommodation in the region for a family of four, plus a gift hamper filled with regional produce and family tourist passes.

Entrants are also encouraged to share photos from their visits using the hashtags #DiscoveryPassport and #UnearthCentralNSW.