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. Altar | Kane Trubenbacher | Light installation

    Saturday 30 June 2018 to Saturday 15 September 2018 , Broken Hill

    ‘Altar’ by Kane Trubenbacher hosted at the Lodge Outback Motel, Broken Hill is a 'part sculpture part installation' of light. Placed in one of their motel rooms 'Altar' will act as a space to make communion with the light and the land of th…

    30 Jun - 15 Sep
  2. 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
  3. Milparinka Gymkhana

    Saturday 14 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 gymkha…

    14 Jul
  4. Broken Hill Community Markets

    Saturday 14 July 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…

    14 Jul - 08 Dec
  5. Carinda Races

    Saturday 21 July 2018 , Walgett

    Carinda's biggest event of the year is its picnic race meeting held each July. Carinda and District Race Club has been racing since 1915 and stages a six race meeting every July. Outback racing at its best! All racing enthusiasts please p…

    21 Jul
  6. Lightning Ridge Opal Festival

    Wednesday 25 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018 , Lightning Ridge

    The countdown has started for Lightning Ridge's biggest event! The Opal Festival is a four day celebration and there are many ways you can join in the festivities. There is Australia's largest show of opal and opal jewellery on display, t…

    25 Jul - 28 Jul
  7. AGL Nyngan Ag Expo

    Saturday 04 August 2018 , Nyngan

    The AGL Nyngan Ag Expo is a community event organised by a dedicated volunteer committee and all funds raised are returned to the community of Nyngan. Over 260 exhibitors will display their products and services ranging from farm machiner…

    04 Aug
  8. Miracles in Broken Hill - Psychic and Wellbeing Fair

    Saturday 11 August 2018 to Sunday 12 August 2018 , Broken Hill

    Miracles Psychic and Wellbeing Fair is back again for another exciting year. They bring a diverse group of Readers, Healers, Unique Stalls and welcome you to try new opportunities in their free Workshops. They showcase talented people fro…

    11 Aug - 12 Aug