Handsome as well as historic, Bourke sits on the banks of the mighty Darling River. This former river port has a thousand stories to tell. The surrounding region also offers many classic outback experiences, from fascinating historic attractions to friendly cattle stations that lay down the welcome mat.
About 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.
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.
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.