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

    Wednesday 18 July 2018 to Saturday 15 September 2018 , Broken Hill

    ‘Altar’ is a place designed to experience the ephemeral light of the desert, a space to make communion with the light, the desert and the endless horizons of the outback. This installation is an opportunity to do just so; to sit still and …

    18 Jul - 15 Sep
  2. Poetry on a Plate

    Thursday 19 July 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…

    19 Jul - 07 Oct
  3. SPARK

    Thursday 19 July 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 …

    19 Jul - 29 Sep
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Louth Races

    Saturday 11 August 2018 , Bourke Area

    Situated on the banks of the Darling River 100 kilometres south-west of Bourke and 132 kilometres north-west of Cobar, Louth has an undeniable reputation for staging a great annual race meeting that keeps crowds coming back ... year after y…

    11 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