White Cliffs Area
Explore Australia's oldest commercial opal field, soak up spectacular natural beauty and uncover fascinating history, in the White Cliffs area of Outback NSW. Visit the unique underground town of White Cliffs, where opal mining began in the 1880s, establishing Australia as the world’s leading opal producer.
The opal showrooms in White Cliffs are a great place to shop for locally mined opals cut and set by expert jewellers. White Cliffs is also famous for its cool, all-white underground dwellings that hide the town from the sun. Experience underground living at the White Cliffs Underground Motel.
A one-hour drive south of White Cliffs is Wilcannia, a former paddle-steamer port on the that was one of the country's most important transport centres in the late 1800s. Today the town boasts magnificent heritage sandstone buildings such as the 19th century post office and Wilcannia Athenaeum.
Northeast of Wilcannia, on the banks of the Darling River, is the tiny town of Tilpa. It's a stop on the 950km Darling River Run drive and is best known for its fishing and iconic pub. Established in 1894, the famous Tilpa Hotel is a true Outback timber pub. Inside you will find the walls covered with messages that encapsulate the dry wit of the bush.
Enjoy kayaking, canoeing and fishing in Paroo-Darling National Park, a beautiful wetland and home of the Paroo Overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Walk around Peery Lake, see amazing birdlife and pitch your tent at Coach and Horses campground.
If you’re in the area in May, head along to the White Cliffs Music Festival, which brings together a wide variety of musical genres including many internationally acclaimed performers. This great family event includes a poetry breakfast, lantern parade, street party, workshops and plenty of dancing.