Sitting alongside the Bogan River, at the edge of Outback NSW, the rural town of Nyngan is home to a rich agricultural heritage, interesting museums and the Big Bogan statue. The Barrier Highway starts at Nyngan, and runs west to Cobar and onto the heritage-listed city of Broken Hill.
Built by a group of retired shearers, the Mid-State Shearing Shed honours the local shearing industry and showcases shearing memorabilia. Housed in a former railway shed, the shearing equipment, wool and bag stencils and stalls evoke the atmosphere of a real shearing shed.
At the Nyngan Museum, inside the historic Railway Station, discover the town’s history through a captivating collection of artefacts and displays. Learn about the 1835 journey of explorer Major Thomas Mitchell to reach the Bogan River and the important role the railway has played in Nyngan’s history.
North of Nyngan, Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve is one of the largest inland semi-permanent wetlands in southeast Australia and a major breeding area for waterbirds. Access is restricted, but at certain times National Parks and Wildlife Service runs guided tours.
Located northwest of Nyngan, Mount Grenfell Historic Site has incredible Ngiyampaa Aboriginal rock art. Found in three main rock shelters, admire images of human figures, animals and dreaming stories painted in red, yellow and ochre pigment.