Adventure in Outback NSW
With rugged landscapes, ancient World Heritage wilderness and stunning natural wetlands teeming with birdlife, Outback NSW is made for adventure. Spend a night out under the stars and uncover incredible Aboriginal sites. Visit the region as a do-it-yourself expedition, road trip or part of an organised tour.
Things to do in Outback NSW
There are seven national parks in Outback NSW, each with its own fascinating history and stunning landscapes. Enjoy hikes, bushwalks, cycle rides or guided tours through the parks and discover unique wildlife and scenery.
The land has many stories to tell. Listen to an Aboriginal ranger decipher rock art in Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill. About 50 minutes' drive from Bourke you will find the vast Gundabooka National Park, an area rich in Aboriginal heritage. You can see Aboriginal rock art and walk near the majestic Mount Gunderbooka.
Take a paddleboat down the Darling River, and discover the heritage river port towns of Bourke, Walgett and Tilpa. Tour more waterways in the Paroo-Darling National Park, an area of outstanding beauty, where you can swim, kayak and relax by Peery Lake, or pitch a tent at Coach and Horses campground.
The Sturt’s Steps Touring Route follows in the footsteps of explorer Charles Sturt and his team, as they searched in vain for an inland sea. Further south, you can climb the huge red dunes at Perry Sandhills near Wentworth, used as a bombing range during WWII.
The historic mining town of Lightning Ridge is home to the rare black opal. At The Big Opal, take a tour of a working opal mine or try your hand at fossicking. The White Cliffs area is another legendary opal mining region, equally famous for its cool, all-white underground living.
Getting to and staying in Outback NSW
NSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains connect Broken Hill with Sydney and other Outback NSW towns including Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill. Regional Express Airlines operates daily flights between Sydney and Broken Hill. You can also fly to Moree and Dubbo.
Enhance the experience by camping under bright outback skies. There are campsites in many of the national parks including Culgoa National Park and Toorale National Park. You’ll also find lodges and homesteads, such as Mungo Lodge, located near Mungo National Park and the historic Redbank Homestead or Belah Shearers’ Quarters in Gundabooka National Park.