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. UnDiscover Broken Hill

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Friday 03 May 2019 , Broken Hill

    They invite you, UnDiscover the unique experiences that most tourists don’t know about. Make Broken Hill your next destination, be inspired and UnDiscover what Broken Hill has to offer. This exhibition is a culmination of research that…

    27 Apr - 03 May
  2. White Cliffs Gymkhana and Rodeo

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , White Cliffs

    The White Cliffs Gymkhana and Rodeo is one of the last remaining bush events in the Western Division of NSW. The Gymkhana has been held annually for more than 100 years and is one of the few continuing successful weekend outback events. …

    27 Apr - 28 Apr
  3. Heritage Festival Broken Hill

    Saturday 27 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,…

    27 Apr - 28 Apr
  4. Broken Hill Community Markets

    Saturday 11 May 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…

    11 May - 09 Nov
  5. 81st Annual Walgett Show

    Saturday 11 May 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019 , Walgett

    Pavilions (child, adult and open classes to enter), Sideshow Alley, Specialty Stalls, Pets, Dogs and Sporting, Horse Events, Displays, Quick Shears, Bar, Entertainment, Fireworks and so much more to be announced! Walgett Shire’s…

    11 May - 12 May
  6. 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…

  7. Dancing On The Darling

    Saturday 25 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , Menindee

    Come along and enjoy a weekend of entertainment at the Dancing on the Darling music festival. With performances by a number of artists and local acts. Plenty of food and drinks, along with kids activites. Bring the family and friends to…

    25 May - 26 May
  8. Rowena Cracker Night

    Sunday 09 June 2019 , Walgett

    In the evening of the Sunday of the June long weekend every year, a huge crowd converges on the tiny village of Rowena for a barbecue meal and supper, an amazing bonfire and entertainment, and of course fire works! Join them for a fun…

    09 Jun