White Cliffs

Australia's oldest commercial opal field, White Cliffs was the first site to establish Australia as the world’s leading opal producer since the fiery stone's discovery here in the 1880s. An easy drive on the sealed road from Wilcannia, the local opal showrooms are a great place to shop for locally mined opals that have been cut and set by expert jewellers. 

White Cliffs is also famous for its cool, all-white underground dwellings. When mining began, miners found the underground shafts comfortable compared to the harsh surface conditions. The Underground Motel today boasts 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.

guided tour of the Indigenous rock art paintings - Mutawintji National Park

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.

Mutawintji National Park is a four hour drive to the west. Here you will find The Old Coach Road drive, an historic route in Mutawintji National Park that follows a section of the Broken Hill to White Cliffs Coach Run that once connected the two outback towns. Along the way you will see the ruins of the Rockhole Hotel.

White Cliffs underground motel - Outback NSW

Just over an hour’s drive to the east, Paroo-Darling National Park home to rich wetland wildlife and significant indigenous sites.  Explore the Paroo Overflow, an area of outstanding natural beauty and conservation value. It is also the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Paddle or walk around Peery Lake, and admire the teeming  birdlife.

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. Milparinka Gymkhana

    Saturday 14 July 2018 , 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 gymkha…

    14 Jul
  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 acclaime…

    17 May - 19 May