Stargazing and Storytelling

Lightning Ridge

Explore the Dreamtime stories and constellation-scattered sky of Outback NSW on this four-day drive. You’ll visit the Parkes telescope that helped broadcast Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and see the Siding Springs Observatory.

You’ll take in the wonder of one of the world's only Dark Sky Parks in the Warrumbungle National Park and marvel at the stars without any interference from artificial light. In Lightning Ridge, you’ll learn about the rare black opal and soak in two-million-year-old artesian water.

Then, you’ll finish your experience around an open fire in the back of Bourke listening to bush poets weave their rhyming magic.

Parkes Elvis Festival

If you’re travelling in January, stop off for the annual Parkes Elvis Festival. Celebrating the music and films of the King of rock ‘n’ roll, the five-day festival features more than 150 events including international Elvis tribute artists.

Click the below interactive map and itinerary to start exploring! You can also share the road trip itineraries with friends and family on social media.

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Road & Maritimes

Plan your trip and arrive safely

Driving tired is the second biggest killer on NSW roads after speeding, so it's important to stop, revive, survive. See tips and advice for planning and taking your trip, so that you arrive safely at your holiday destination.

Visit the Roads and Maritime Services transport page to access all the information you need quickly and easily. Plan your rest breaks with an interactive map and receive live updates, traveller information and personalised alerts for NSW roads.