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.
There are seven national parks in Outback NSW, and most are located within easy reach of towns. Enhance the experience by camping under bright outback skies at Warrawong on the Darling or join in campfire talks at Mungo Lodge, located near Mungo National Park, home of the Walls of China rock formation.
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 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.
The land has many stories to tell. Listen to an Aboriginal ranger decipher rock art in Mutawintji National Park. 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. Climb the huge red dunes at Perry Sandhills near Wentworth, used as a bombing range during WWII.
About 50 minutes' drive from Bourke you will find the vast Gundabooka National Park, an area rich in Aboriginal heritage. Camp in the Outback, see Aboriginal rock art and walk near the majestic Mount Gunderbooka. You can also stay in the historic Redbank Homestead or Belah Shearers’ Quarters.
The heritage-listed city of Broken Hill is a culturally rich base for the intrepid explorer. A visit to the Living Desert Reserve and Sculptures is a must. NSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains and the Indian Pacific connect Broken Hill with Sydney and other Outback NSW towns including Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia and Menindee.