Getting to Outback NSW

Getting to the Outback region of NSW is made easy by air and rail connections and roads that weave together the highlights of this inspiring region. You’ll find a range of options, including driving, bus services, train and coach services, plane and airport car rentals, or plane and airport transfers

Outback national parks are an outstanding example of the riches of this region that open their door to four-wheel drive vehicles. The 730km Darling River Run is a classic long distance touring route, taking in historical towns that were once river ports along the Darling River.

Darling River from Bourke Historic Wharf

Extra care is needed in the early morning and evening, when wildlife is likely to be on the move. After heavy rainfall large areas might be covered by floodwaters. This is a good time to sit still and wait until they subside. Check our essential safety tips and links, including official weather forecasts as well as nationwide weather warnings. 

Driving: The drive from Sydney to Broken Hill, at the extreme western end of the state, takes about 13 hours. Road conditions in NSW can vary from multi-lane motorways to single-lane roads. Always check road and weather conditions before travelling to remote areas and drive at a safe speed, especially on unsealed roads.

Airports: Regional Express Airlines operates connection flights between Sydney and Broken Hill and CobarMildura Airport is 36km from Wentworth, the gateway to Mungo National Park and the southern end of the Darling River Run.

Train and CoachNSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains and the Indian Pacific connect Sydney with towns and cities of Outback NSW including BourkeLightning RidgeCobarBrewarinnaMenindee and Broken Hill. The Indian Pacific also connects Adelaide and Perth with this region. Some NSW TrainLink services combine train and bus.

Don't miss these attractions in Outback NSW

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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…

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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…