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. Outback | Colour | Wind

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Broken Hill

    Pop up art exhibition at the Lodge Outback Motel. It has long been their vision to use the public area at the Lodge Outback Motel to display art, so it is with great excitement that they have finally taken the steps towards making this new …

    27 Apr - 06 May
  2. Broken Hill Community Markets

    Saturday 12 May 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…

    12 May - 08 Dec
  3. White Cliffs Music Festival

    Friday 18 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , 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 acclaimed a…

    18 May - 20 May
  4. Bre Big Fish

    Friday 08 June 2018 to Sunday 10 June 2018 , Brewarrina

    Held on the June long weekend, the "Bre Big Fish" is become bigger and better every year, attracting over 600 anglers in 2015. The Brewarrina Fishing Club aims to reduce the amount of pest fish such as Carp and restock the Barwon-Darling Ri…

    08 Jun - 10 Jun
  5. PJ O'Brien Memorial Race Meeting Walgett

    Saturday 16 June 2018 , Walgett

    The PJ O'Brien Memorial Race Meeting is a six race meeting. There will be fashions on the field for men and women and children, there will be an open bar and luncheon as well as smaller food stalls, novelty races, entertainment and activi…

    16 Jun
  6. Duck Creek Picnic Races

    Saturday 07 July 2018 , Nyngan

    The Duck Creek Picnic Races are without a doubt the Western Plains social event of the year... An event not to be missed! Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food. Duck Creek Pi…

    07 Jul
  7. Milparinka Gymkhana

    Event dates to be confirmed: July 2018 , Milparinka

    The Milparinka Gymkhana is held annually on the second Saturday of the NSW July School Holidays. The day long event takes place on the Milparinka Sports Grounds, just on the north side of Milparinka, alongside the Evelyn Creek. The gymk…

    14 Jul