Getting to Outback NSW

By road, rail and air, there are a number of ways to get to Outback NSW and take in the highlights of this inspiring region. You will find a range of transport options including self-drive, car hire, bus and train services, and flights into regional centres.

A four-wheel drive vehicle helps unlock the riches of this region, enabling you to explore Outback national parks and rugged 4WD touring tracks. The 950km Darling River Run is a long distance touring route, taking in historic towns that were once ports along the Darling River.

Car on a scenic drive through the red outback in Gundabooka National Park, Bourke

Take extra care on the roads in the early morning and evening, as this is when wildlife is likely to be on the move. After heavy rainfall large areas might be covered by floodwaters. Check our essential safety tips and links, including official weather forecasts and nationwide weather warnings.

Driving: The drive from Sydney to Broken Hill, in the far west of the state, takes around 13 hours. Road conditions in NSW can vary from multi-lane motorways to single-lane dirt roads. Always check road and weather conditions before travelling to remote areas and drive at a safe speed, especially on unsealed roads. 4WD cars are recommended for unsealed roads and many of the national parks.

A small charter plane readies to take off in Mungo National Park

Airports: Regional Express Airlines operates daily flights between Sydney and Broken Hill (some with a stopover in Dubbo or Griffith). QantasLink flies from Sydney to Moree and Dubbo, which are a few hours’ drive from Lightning Ridge and Nyngan respectively. Mildura Airport is 28km from Wentworth, the gateway to Mungo National Park and the southern end of the Darling River Run, with direct flights to Melbourne.

Train and coach: NSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains connect Sydney with towns and cities of Outback NSW including Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Cobar, Brewarrina, Menindee and Broken Hill. The Indian Pacific also connects Adelaide and Perth via this region. Some NSW TrainLink services combine train and bus.