Outback NSW

With breathtaking panoramas, historic colonial towns, rich indigenous culture and World-Heritage national parks, Outback NSW is spellbinding. Discover wonders as an Aboriginal ranger deciphers the rock art of Mutawintji National Park, take a memorable road trip along the historic paddleboat towns of the Darling River or camp under the stars. 

Explore the beauty of Mungo National Park, in Southern Outback NSW, home to the world’s oldest ritual human cremation site. Unlock the secrets of this amazing archaeological site with Tri State Safaris and Outback Geo Adventures. The Walls of China rock formation is also awe-inspiring.

Walls of China, Mungo National Park

The Paroo-Darling National Park, further north, is another area of outstanding beauty where you can swim, fish, or spend the night under the stars at Coach and Horses campground. You’ll also find thriving birdlife and water adventures around Menindee Lakes, situated near the birdwatchers’ paradise of Kinchega National Park wetlands.

In Northern Outback NSW, discover rare and luminous gems, fabulous underground art caves and natural heated springs in the majestic surrounds of historic Lightning Ridge. Further south, the White Cliffs area is another legendary opal mining region with underground dwellings and fascinating heritage attractions.

The Astra, Broken Hill

The Broken Hill region is a breathtaking part of the country. You can make this your base in Outback NSW, and discover a friendly city of palatial federation heritage, fine restaurants and cafes, and amazing art galleries. Mutawintji National Park is 130km northeast of Broken Hill.

Another great base is the historic town of Bourke. Once a major 19th century river port and trading post, you can experience Bourke on the Paddle Vessel Jandra as you cruise the mighty Darling River. You can also explore the historic river towns on the Darling River Run.

The Paddle Vessel (PV) Jandra cruising the Darling River in Bourke

NSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains and the Indian Pacific connect Sydney with towns and cities of Outback NSW including NynganCobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill. The Indian Pacific also connects Adelaide and Perth with this region.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Broken Hill Community Markets

    Saturday 01 December 2018 to Saturday 08 December 2018 , Broken Hill

    Broken Hill Community Markets occur on the second Saturday of each month. Come and meet the locals. The Markets run in the mornings every month except in December when they have a Twilight Market after the Christmas Pageant. Regular…

    01 Dec - 08 Dec
  2. The Sunsets Music Festival

    Friday 01 March 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Silverton

    An all Australian, acoustic music festival held at the iconic Silverton Hotel in outback NSW. Hosted by Australia's Country Music darling Catherine Britt and her husband James Beverley, The Silverton Sunsets Music Festival returns for a…

    01 Mar - 03 Mar
  3. Broken Hill St Patricks Race Day

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Broken Hill

    The St. Patrick's Race Club becomes "The City in the Outback" during race week with fun throughout the week and on race day it is the place to be and be seen. With ladies and gentlemen in race attire, fun is had by all, either in the…

  4. Lightning Ridge Easter Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Lightning Ridge

    Home of the elusive 'Black Opal' and renowned for its colourful characters, barrels of dreams, opportunities and experiences! The Ridge is as unique as the Black Opal itself. The Easter Festival showcases all the Ridge has to offer and…

  5. The Grey Mardi Gras

    Friday 12 April 2019 to Monday 15 April 2019 , Cobar

    The Grey Mardi Gras will held in April 2019. The event will celebrate everything 50's, 60's and 70's. People will be encourage to attend all events dressed in clothes from that era. The events will consist of dinner dance, a street parade…

    12 Apr - 15 Apr
  6. Heritage Festival Broken Hill

    Thursday 18 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Broken Hill

    The Heritage Festival is a showcase of the Nation's history through architecture, theatre, art, music, interactive tours and displays. The 2019 festival program focuses on mining and unions includes events for all age groups, visitors,…

    18 Apr - 28 Apr
  7. White Cliffs Music Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2019 , White Cliffs

    The White Cliffs Music Festival showcases a wide variety of musical genres with artists from all walks of music, many of whom are internationally acclaimed performers. The Festival has hosted fantastic performances from highly…