Adventure in Outback NSW

Outback NSW will reward you with unforgettable activities and adventures. Explore ancient World Heritage wilderness, visit incredible Aboriginal sites, tour stunning natural wetlands teeming with birdlife. Spend a night out under the stars, either as a do-it-yourself expedition, road trip or as part of an organised tour. 

Most national parks in this region are located within easy reach of towns with comfortable accommodation facilities. Camp out under bright Outback skies at Warrawong on the Darling or join in campfire talks at Mungo Lodge, near World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and the Walls of China rock formation.

Walls of China, Mungo National Park

The land has many stories to tell. Listen to an Aboriginal ranger decipher the rock art of Mutawintji National Park. In Sturt National Park, the Sturts Steps Touring Route follows in the footsteps of explorer, Charles Sturt and his team, as they searched in vain for an inland sea. Visit former river ports with a thousand stories to tell. 

Enjoy a paddleboat down the mighty Darling River from the heritage towns of Bourke, Wilcannia and Wentworth. Tour more spectacular waterways in the Paroo-Darling National Park, an area of outstanding beauty where you can swim, kayak and relax by Peery Lake or settle down for the night at Coach and Horses.

The Paddle Vessel (PV) Jandra cruising the Darling River in Bourke

At The Big Opal in Lightning Ridge you can venture into the mine site where opal was once mined, or try your hand at fossicking nearby. The White Cliffs area is another legendary opal mining region with underground dwellings and heritage attractions. White Cliffs established Australia as the world’s leading opal producer when mining began here in the 1880s.

About 40 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 you can stay in the historic Redbank Homestead or Shearers’ Quarters.

Bourke Gundabooka National Park

A visit to the Living Desert Sculptures, 9 km from Broken Hill, is an iconic Outback NSW adventure experience. The Heritage-listed city of Broken Hill is a culturally rich base for the intrepid explorer, with NSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains and the Indian Pacific connecting Broken Hill with Sydney and other Outback NSW towns including NynganCobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill. 

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  1. Heritage near me | an exhibition of social history

    Thursday 20 December 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019 , Broken Hill

    This exhibition Heritage near me draws together social stories of the Lodge Outback Motel going all the way back to its original owner Dr William MacGillivray. The exhibition is a culmination of research that has unveiled narratives,…

    20 Dec - 28 Feb
  2. The Sunsets Music Festival

    Friday 01 March 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Silverton

    An all Australian, acoustic music festival held at the iconic Silverton Hotel in outback NSW. Hosted by Australia's Country Music darling Catherine Britt and her husband James Beverley, The Silverton Sunsets Music Festival returns for a…

    01 Mar - 03 Mar
  3. Broken Hill Community Markets

    Saturday 09 March 2019 to Saturday 09 November 2019 , Broken Hill

    Broken Hill Community Markets occur on the second Saturday morning of each month except in December when they have a Twilight Market after the Christmas Pageant. Regular stalls offer delicious food like freshly cooked sausage and onion…

    09 Mar - 09 Nov
  4. Broken Hill St Patricks Race Day

    Saturday 16 March 2019 , Broken Hill

    The St. Patrick's Race Club becomes "The City in the Outback" during race week with fun throughout the week and on race day it is the place to be and be seen. With ladies and gentlemen in race attire, fun is had by all, either in the…

    16 Mar
  5. Lightning Ridge Easter Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Lightning Ridge

    Home of the elusive 'Black Opal' and renowned for its colourful characters, barrels of dreams, opportunities and experiences! The Ridge is as unique as the Black Opal itself. The Easter Festival showcases all the Ridge has to offer and…

  6. The Grey Mardi Gras

    Friday 12 April 2019 to Monday 15 April 2019 , Cobar

    The Grey Mardi Gras will held in April 2019. The event will celebrate everything 50's, 60's and 70's. People will be encourage to attend all events dressed in clothes from that era. The events will consist of dinner dance, a street parade…

    12 Apr - 15 Apr
  7. Heritage Festival Broken Hill

    Thursday 18 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Broken Hill

    The Heritage Festival is a showcase of the Nation's history through architecture, theatre, art, music, interactive tours and displays. The 2019 festival program focuses on mining and unions includes events for all age groups, visitors,…

    18 Apr - 28 Apr
  8. White Cliffs Music Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2019 , White Cliffs

    The White Cliffs Music Festival showcases a wide variety of musical genres with artists from all walks of music, many of whom are internationally acclaimed performers. The Festival has hosted fantastic performances from highly…