White Cliffs

White Cliffs has been an active opal mining town ever since the precious gemstone was first discovered here in the 1880s. This Outback NSW town is also famous for its cool, all-white underground dwellings and opal showrooms where you purchase locally mined jewels.

An easy drive on a sealed road from Wilcannia, White Cliffs is Australia's oldest commercial opal field. When mining first began, miners started building underground dwellings to escape the outback heat and most of the town still lives underground. Try it out at the White Cliffs Underground Motel.

A group underground on a Red Earth Opal Mine tour in White Cliffs

Time your visit with the White Cliffs Music Festival, held annually in May. This great family event brings together a wide variety of musical genres including many internationally acclaimed performers, and includes a poetry breakfast, street party, workshops and plenty of dancing.

Mutawintji National Park, a four-hour drive northwest, is home to many well-preserved Aboriginal rock art sites. You will also find the Old Coach Road drive, an historic route that follows a section of the Broken Hill to White Cliffs Coach Run that once connected the two Outback towns. Look out for the ruins of the Rockholes Hotel.

A Tri State Safaris tour guide showing Aboriginal rock art in Mutawintji National Park, near White Cliffs

Around an hour from White Cliffs, Paroo-Darling National Park is home to amazing birdlife and significant Aboriginal sites. Explore the Paroo Overflow, an area of outstanding natural beauty and conservation value, and the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin.

White Cliffs was also the site of Australia’s first solar power station, built in 1981 to provide power to the town. Located just outside the town, visit the mirror-plated collector discs stand out from their surroundings like spectacular science fiction props.

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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