Arts, culture and heritage in Nyngan
Explorer Thomas Mitchell camped at the site of the present-day town of Nyngan in 1835; the town site was surveyed in 1882. Wander the self-guided heritage trail to see many fine examples of buildings from this era.
Nyngan lies at the junction of the Mitchell and Barrier highways, near the geographical centre of NSW. The Barrier Highway starts from Nyngan on its journey through Outback NSW to Broken Hill. Today, Nyngan is at the centre of a prime agricultural and wool-growing region.
Take a drive through Cobb & Co country around Nyngan, past Duck Creek, the Eenaweena Plains and Monkey Bridge. See whether you can spot the ruins of the old pub at Monkey Bridge. When there's good rain, birdwatching at the Macquarie Marshes, 64 km north of Nyngan, is a must.
Be sure to visit the Mid-State Shearing Shed Museum, established by a group of retired shearers and Nyngan locals to highlight the role shearing has played locally and throughout NSW. Don't miss the Nyngan Museum, run by local volunteers dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Nyngan and its surrounds.
You'll also find affordable accommodation in Nyngan, at motels as well as on farms offering bed and breakfasts and a farm stay experience.
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Galahs, Outback NSW. Image Tourism NSW
Shearer, Outback New South Wales. Image Year of the Outback
Rock Art, Mootwingee NP. Image Dorothea Schmid, Tourism NSW