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Discover Outback New South Wales

Back O' Bourke, Darling River & Corner Country


Wide open spaces, rugged rocks, sandy plains with mirages, deep-blue skies, diverse wildlife, unique pubs and historical places await you in the Outback New South Wales.
But wait! The far northwest of NSW is not all red earth and dust!

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Road to Cameron Corner

The majestic Darling, Australia's third largest river, meanders through Outback NSW on its way to meet the Murray river in Wentworth. So don't forget your fishing rod when you head out there!

Several national parks and nature reserves wait to be explored by the keen bushwalker.
Discover Aboriginal cave art, stunning features of nature, historic homesteads and sheering sheds.

Finally, the northwestern most areas that border Queensland and South Australia, also known as Corner Country, offer the deepest red earth the Australian Outback is famous for.

Come on! Pack your car and discover a stunning region.
Outback New South Wales can be easily reached on major highways from the east coast. Bourke, Broken Hill, Silverton, Menindee, Cobar & Wilcannia... drive on good bitumen roads to these unique cities & towns.

Outback NSW has a lot in store for adventurous folks and also for those who prefer a little comfort during their travels. You will enjoy it!

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Quick Facts Outback NSW

Highways & major roads:

  • Siver City Hwy, B79 - (684 km) Buronga to Qld border north of Tibooburra, unsealed sections north of Broken Hill
  • Barrier Hwy, A32 - (630 km) SA border to Nyngan, fully sealed
  • Menindee Road - (118 km) Broken Hill to Menindee, fully sealed
  • Darling River Run - (720 km) Bourke to Wentworth along the Darling River, dry weather gravel road
  • Wanaaring RD, MR405 - (426 km), Bourke to Tibooburra, unsealed dry weather road
Fuel & Supplies
Roadhouses and towns offer basic supplies and fuel along the roads. There is usually no need to carry extra fuel. However, remote places might be in short supply of fuel after a rainy period. That is to say when the fuel truck doesn't get through on wet roads.

Road conditions:
Many towns can be reached on good bitumen roads, while other destinations might require a 4WD. Roads might be closed after rain.
Before you go, please check road conditions    Ph: NRMA 131122 or RTA 132701, NSW western regions 80826660, and the weather forecasts.

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Main attractions in the Far West

I've been lucky to travel in Outback New South Wales after decent rainfalls. The wildflowers and the fresh green were a beautiful sight.

  • Silverton and the Mundi Mundi Lookout - The famous Outback ghost town has attracted artists and film makers. Actually, it is not a real ghost town, the famous pub, galleries and the tea rooms offer services for visitors.
    Don't miss the Mundi Mundi lookout a few kilometre out of town. If possible go out for a sunset experience, it is awesome!
  • Menindee, the lakes and Kinchega National Park can be explored on a day trip from Broken Hill.
  • Darling River Run - Discover the history of the old river ports on a tour from Bourke to Wentworth, where the Darling river joins the mighty Murray.
  • Take a tour along the Silver City Highway to Cameron Corner and Sturt National Park.
  • Go digging for opal in White Cliffs, who knows, you might make a fortune!
  • The sealed Barrier Highway is a true Outback connection. The hwy starts in Nyngan, NSW and heads west to Giles Corner, north of Tarlee in South Australia.
  • Broken Hill is the major centre in the far west. It is a wonderful place to enjoy city life before (or after) a major journey into the loneliness.
  • Scattered throughout Outback NSW are a few national parks to enjoy stunning nature & Aboriginal history.

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Silver City Hwy north of Packsaddle roadhouse
post office in bourke
Post office in Bourke
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Sunset at the Mundi Mundi lookout near Silverton
sign with old paddle steamers in bourke

For more information on planning a trip to Outback New South Wales check the following pages.

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