The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Nature in the Outback
Link up with Aboriginal Discovery Rangers in Mungo National Park for an informative tour of the famous Walls of China, a 30-km-long dune formation. Learn about the Aboriginal cultural history of the Willandra Lakes which is now a World Heritage site and you can even stay nearby. Find out more about where you can stay in national parks of Outback NSW.
Holiday in outback national parks
Experience the grand scale of Outback NSW by visiting one of the many national parks in the region. Landscapes are vast and ancient; sand dunes are full of colour while sunset at Menindee Lakes is mesmerising. Watch flocks of birds settle on lakes and rivers, see hardy wildflowers after rain, and gaze in awe as hundreds of kangaroos, wallabies and emus roam the wide-open spaces.
Stay in a national park to make the most of your outback holiday. There are plenty of choices ranging from homestead accommodation to shearers' quarters, secluded campsites and bush camps. Spend a night under the stars either as a do-it-yourself camping expedition or as part of an escorted tour and you'll return home with some unforgettable memories.
Take advantage of Discovery Tours led by local National Parks rangers who'll help you unlock the mysteries of survival in the outback. Learn how Aboriginal people hunted for food in Kinchega National Park, stroll around beautiful Peery Lake and see an abundance of birdlife, after recent flooding. In Sturt National Park, a tag-along tour follows in the footsteps of explorer, Charles Sturt and his team, as they searched in vain for an inland sea.
Visit the amazing Perry Sandhills, a unique land formation of continuously-shifting sand dunes, located just 6km from Wentworth. Formed more than 40,000 years ago, the sand hills held the remains of giant mega-fauna such as kangaroos, lions, emus and wombats, replicas of which are now in the Pioneer Museum at Wentworth. Aboriginal people used to hunt and camp in this area with evidence of this activity still being found as the sands drift.
A vast reserve on the banks of the Darling River and the Menindee lakes, Kinchega National Park is a haven for native wildlife. You'll see an amazing selection of ducks, black swans, wedge-tailed eagles, egrets, emus, herons, cormorants, echidnas, kangaroos, emus, snake and goannas. Camp along the river or by a lake and you'll see great flocks of corellas and pelicans arrive at dawn and depart at dusk, sheltering in the river red gums along the river.
A world of fascinating experiences awaits you on a drive through the spectacular Outback NSW National Parks. Find out about loop trails, side trips and local attractions
Take a journey through Outback NSW you've got 527,648kms to explore. Plan your journey using these helpful itineraries created by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Book in for a Discovery Tour and you'll get all the inside information from a local National Parks ranger. Tours run during NSW school holidays in autumn, winter and spring.
Where to stay
Stay in an outback national park and you'll waste no time getting out and exploring some amazing places. Camp out under the stars or stay in an historic homestead.
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Picnic amongst the dark green canopies and gnarled trunks of ancient Antarctic beech trees at Antarctic Beech picnic area in Border Ranges National Park. This is a great place to stop and rest if you're camping,...
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Part of Bar Mountain circuit, this scenic lookout sits atop an escarpment over Collins Creek, offering spectacular views of Black Hand Mountain and beyond to Mount Lindesay and Mount Barney. The lookout is located...