Outback NSW


Discover vibrant landscapes, incredible rock art, fascinating history and lush wetlands teeming with wildlife. Spend some time exploring the driving routes and walking tracks and learn the fascinating stories attached to this ancient land. You will find an abundance of wonderful experiences in Outback NSW. 

  • Road signs, Outback NSW
  • Mungo National Park

About 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 human cremations and the remarkable Mungo Man discovery. Unlock the secrets of this amazing archaeological site with Harry Nanya Outback Tours. The Walls of China rock formation is also awe-inspiring.

Mungo National Park - NSW Outback

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.

Gordon Waye murals in Palace Hotel - 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.

A paddle-steamer on the Murray River - Echuca

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.


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Local areas

  • Bourke Area Historic river port and gateway to outback NSW
  • Brewarrina Area Rich in Aboriginal culture, surrounded by rugged landscape.
  • Broken Hill Area Built on world's largest silver-lead-zinc mine and base for exploring Outback
  • Cobar Area Uncover Cobar's mining and pastoral history.
  • Corner Country Area Straddles NSW, Queensland and South Australia borders in Outback NSW.
  • Lightning Ridge Area See rare black opal mined and artesian baths in an Outback setting.
  • White Cliffs Area Visit White Cliffs underground opal mines, Tilpa and Wilcannia.