Outback NSW

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Head west of the coastline, and you’ll begin to discover Australia’s sunburnt country; Outback New South Wales. Like a scene straight out of a movie, drive through historic colonial towns and learn about rich indigenous culture with an array of national parks and native wildlife surrounding you. Set your base in Broken Hill filled with beautiful restaurants, cafes and art, or Bourke, which was once a major inland river port.

On a hot summer’s day, temperatures can skyrocket so consider visiting during the colder months or in spring. Roads connect the region efficiently, and the drive from Sydney to Broken Hill is about 13 hours. Outback NSW is also easily accessible by air or rail.

The Darling River will guide your trail through the outback country as you pass through paddleboat towns. Learn about Australia’s rich heritage through its array of museums, with the Aboriginal Culture Centre preserving stories and artefacts from the local Aboriginal people. Embrace Outback NSW’s spectacular national parks between Mungo National Park, Kinchega National Park or Sturt National Park. At Mungo National Park you’ll find the world’s oldest ritual human cremation site and the Mungo Track circuit to guide you. The circuit connects each of the main attractions of the land; from short walks to lookouts and heritage features. Take the journey at a leisurely pace and camp overnight at Belah Camp, as light begins to fade, watch the sky fill with pastel colours.

Sturt National Park is made up of contrasting landscapes and expansive outback that gives you a glimpse of some of the incredible wildlife across the land. Lake Pinaroo gathers many waterbirds and waders, acting as a stunning contrast to the red landscape. Take a scenic drive along the lake or set up camp for a night to completely disconnect.

Further north, enjoy the wetlands of Kinchega National Park where you’ll be able to take advantage of the water adventures around Menindee Lakes, surrounded by river red gums and colourful birdlife.

Explore the area’s precious stones in Lightning Ridge and learn about a rare gem mined from surrounding plains, the black opal. The town is filled with opal stores and gives you the chance to visit an opal mine too. While you're there make sure you experience Lightning Ridge’s incredible natural heated springs where water remains at a constant 42C. Stay til late and watch the sun go down and stars begin to twinkle over you.

Broken Hill is home to over 30 art galleries, and it is clear the rugged landscape has inspired and influenced many of these incredible artists. Spend some time absorbing the incredible pieces of work at Broken Hill Region Art Gallery or Silver City Mint and Art Gallery.

Outback NSW is a haven of majestic wildlife, iconic red soil and breathtaking scenery that will leave you feeling connected to nature. Take the opportunity to discover the diverse and fascinating heritage of Australia and spend your days exploring the numerous national parks and lakes surrounding the area.