White Cliffs Area

Discover fiery opals, fine heritage and spectacular nature around the fascinating underground town of White Cliffs. Famous for the cool, all-white underground rooms that hide the town from the sun, White Cliffs established Australia as the world’s leading opal producer when mining began here in the 1880s.

The local opal showrooms are a great place to shop for locally mined opals cut and set by expert jewellers. The Underground Motel in White Cliffs also contains a café, shop and galley with locally produced artworks. An above-ground pool is a welcome treat at the end of a day of sightseeing. 

Sunset in Paroo-Darling National Park near White Cliffs

Only 72km south of White Cliffs, Wilcannia was once a thriving port for cargoes of wool that were shipped along the Darling by river steamers. Today the town boasts magnificent heritage buildings such as the 19th century post office and Club Hotel and the Athenaeum Library, now the town's Pioneer Museum.

Tilpa, 124 km north-east of Wilcannia, is home to the famous Tilpa Hotel, a classic pub of corrugated iron and timber. Inside you will find the walls covered with graffiti and autographs that encapsulate the dry wit of the bush. You can also purchase a fishing licence at the Hotel and go boating or fishing for Murray cod in the Darling River.

Tilpa Pub - Outback NSW

Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing  in Paroo–Darling National Park, a beautiful wetland and part of the only unregulated flow in the Murray-Darling Basin. This free-flowing river sustains its rich and diverse ecosystem that includes a large number of bird species in particular and is an area of profound cultural significance for the Paakantji Aboriginal people.

Held over a long weekend in May, White Cliffs Music Festival brings together a wide variety of musical genres including many internationally acclaimed performers. This is also a great family event with a Poets' Breakfast, a lantern parade, street party, workshops and plenty of dancing.


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  1. 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
  2. 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…

  3. Milparinka Gymkhana

    Thursday 11 July 2019 , Milparinka

    The Milparinka Gymkhana is held annually on the second Saturday of the NSW July School Holidays. The day long event takes place on the Milparinka Sports Grounds, just on the north side of Milparinka, alongside the Evelyn Creek. The…

    11 Jul