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. Robert Groves | Cartoon Artist

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Friday 12 October 2018 , Broken Hill

    This exhibition is a collection of illustrations by cartoon artist Robert Groves. He drew inspiration from his 30 years of working in the mines. Robert Groves is well known for his wit and used his skills to draw hilarious safety posters th…

    22 Sep - 12 Oct
  2. SPARK

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018 , Lightning Ridge

    SPARK, a cinematic celebration of Lightning Ridge enjoyed by over 2,000 people and counting! SPARK is about what makes Lightning Ridge so special – why people come for a few days then stay a lifetime. Audiences love SPARK’s celebration of …

    22 Sep - 29 Sep
  3. Poetry on a Plate

    Sunday 23 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Bourke

    You haven’t experienced Bourke until you’ve relaxed beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, whilst sharing a scrumptious meal and experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories & music…

    23 Sep - 07 Oct
  4. Wilcannia Central School Art and Design Exhibition

    Monday 24 September 2018 to Friday 28 September 2018 , Wilcannia

    'Nanyi and Kirra' is a celebration of ‘Light and Country’ to recognise the creative achievements of Wilcannia Central School secondary students. Exhibition highlights include abstract light photography, landscape paintings, shibori dyed tex…

    24 Sep - 28 Sep
  5. Let's Dance Carinda: David Bowie Tribute Festival

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Walgett

    A weekend of music, local and travelling bands and activities for families young and old whilst experiencing the true outback of Australia. Accommodation - Camping, tents, swags and caravans. Lots of room and millions of stars. Purchase t…

    29 Sep - 01 Oct
  6. Broken Hill Community Markets

    Saturday 13 October 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 stal…

    13 Oct - 08 Dec
  7. The Perfect Light Film Festival - Broken Hill

    Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 02 December 2018 , Broken Hill

    Held annually in Broken Hill, the Perfect Light Film Festival is Broken Hill's iconic, annual, short film festival. The Festival runs from Friday November 30 - Sunday December 2. The program includes: Friday - Film Festival Launch night…

    30 Nov - 02 Dec
  8. 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 Pavi…

    17 Mar
  9. 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 …

    30 Mar - 31 Mar