Bourke Area

Once a major 19th century river port and trading post, Bourke is a classic outback town with beautiful heritage, gorgeous natural attractions and warm outback hospitality. Experience the history on the Paddle Vessel Jandra, as you cruise the mighty Darling River and learn about the Bourke's rich river boat history.

Set among river red gums on the banks of the Darling River, the Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre explores the history and culture of the Darling River and its surroundings. You will be captivated by interactive tales of the paddleboat trade, the Aboriginal people of the region, bush poets and Afghan cameleers.

Back O' Bourke Gallery, North Bourke

Follow the fascinating Bourke Town Trail and visit historic landmarks from the Cobb & Co stage coach days, including the Court House where bushranger Captain Starlight was charged after his capture in 1868. Legendary Australian poet Henry Lawson also lived here in the 1890s and the Carriers Arms Hotel, which still serves the thirsty traveller, features in one of his short stories.

About 40 minutes' drive from Bourke you will find the vast Gundabooka National Park, an area rich in Aboriginal heritage that stretches across the plains from the Darling River. 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.

Darling River from Bourke Historic Wharf

Located about 8km north of Bourke on the banks of the Darling River, Kidman's Camp offers comfortable accommodation and classic outback experiences. Join the popular Poetry on a Plate night to enjoy a slow-cooked meal and campfire poetry beneath the stars. You can also board the paddleboat Jandra from Kidman's Camp, and cruise the mighty Darling River.

125km from Bourke, Trilby Station is a working outback sheep station with cottages and powered campsites on the Darling River. Relax beneath the Coolabah trees, fish, or paddle a canoe as you listen to bird song. 150km north-west of Bourke, Comeroo Camel Station also has cottages and campsite. Join their camel-drawn tour through beautiful scenery, with artesian bore baths as a special treat.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. 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
  2. Bre Big Fish

    Tuesday 11 June 2019 , Brewarrina

    Held on the June long weekend, the "Bre Big Fish" is become bigger and better every year, attracting over 600 anglers in 2015. The Brewarrina Fishing Club aims to reduce the amount of pest fish such as Carp and restock the Barwon-Darling…

    11 Jun
  3. Duck Creek Picnic Races

    Saturday 06 July 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019 , Nyngan

    The Duck Creek Picnic Races are without a doubt the Western Plains social event of the year... An event not to be missed! Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food. Duck Creek…

    06 Jul - 07 Jul