At the edge of Outback NSW alongside the Bogan River is the rural town of Nyngan. Home to a rich agricultural heritage, interesting museums and the Big Bogan statue, the town sits at the start of the Barrier Highway, which runs west to Cobar and onto the heritage listed city of Broken Hill.

Things to do in Nyngan

Built by a group of retired shearers, the Mid-State Shearing Shed honours the local shearing industry, showcasing shearing memorabilia. Housed in a former railway shed, you’ll find shearing equipment, wool, bag stencils and shearing stalls, as well as murals by local artists.

The Nyngan Museum is housed in the historic Railway Station

At Nyngan Museum, 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 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.

Ancient Aboriginal rock art of emus painted in yellow ochre at the Mount Grenfell Historic Site near Nyngan

Eat and drink in Nyngan

Mart’s Café is a great destination for breakfast, coffee and lunch, located close to the Big Bogan. For dinner try Gold Medal Chinese Restaurant in the Nyngan Bowling Club or pizza at the Australian Hotel.

Getting to and staying in Nyngan

It takes about 7 hours to drive to Nyngan from Sydney and 6 hours from Canberra. Alternatively, you can fly to Dubbo, which is 2 hours’ drive away. 4WD cars are recommended for unsealed roads and many of the national parks. There are a few accommodation options in town including Alamo Motor Inn and The Country Manor Motor Inn.