Getting to NSW Outback


  • Driving: A great way to travel Outback NSW, always check road and weather conditions before travelling. Some roads require 4WD
  • Airports: Regular services fly between Sydney and Broken Hill and Cobar
  • Train and coach: Services run regularly between Sydney and Broken Hill, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Cobar, Brewarinna and Menindee. 
  • Headless Horseman Sculpture - Wanganella
  • The Southern Aurora train - Cobar - Image; Great Cobar Heritage Centre

About Getting to the Outback

Getting to the Outback region of NSW is made easy by air and rail connections and roads that weave together the highlights of this inspiring region. You’ll find a range of options, including driving, bus services, train and coach services, plane and airport car rentals, or plane and airport transfers

Outback national parks are an outstanding example of the riches of this region that open their door to four-wheel drive vehicles. The 730km Darling River Run is a classic long distance touring route, taking in historical towns that were once river ports along the Darling River.

Extra care is needed in the early morning and evening, when wildlife is likely to be on the move. After heavy rainfall large areas might be covered by floodwaters. This is a good time to sit still and wait until they subside. Check our essential safety tips and links, including official weather forecasts as well as nationwide weather warnings. 

Driving: The drive from Sydney to Broken Hill, at the extreme western end of the state, takes about 13 hours. Road conditions in NSW can vary from multi-lane motorways to single-lane roads. Always check road and weather conditions before travelling to remote areas and drive at a safe speed, especially on unsealed roads.

Airports: Regional Express Airlines operates connection flights between Sydney and Broken Hill and CobarMildura Airport is 36km from Wentworth, the gateway to Mungo National Park and the southern end of the Darling River Run.

Train and CoachNSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains and the Indian Pacific connect Sydney with towns and cities of Outback NSW including BourkeLightning RidgeCobarBrewarinnaMenindee and Broken Hill. The Indian Pacific also connects Adelaide and Perth with this region. Some NSW TrainLink services combine train and bus.