Experience the extraordinary NSW Outback for yourself.
It’s easy to see why people from around the world dream about visiting Australia’s legendary outback. Vast open spaces, breathtaking natural beauty and the charming personalities of the unique locals have made it a cultural icon that every world traveller aspires to visit. From history and heritage to arts and culture through to natural wonders and unreal adventures, there's truly something for everyone in the far reaches on New South Wales.
Outback NSW is the stuff of legends, and now’s the time to finally get out here and see it for yourself.
It may surprise you to discover that visiting this expansive region is a lot easier than you may think. For those looking to fly, flights to Broken Hill - the unofficial capital of the Outback - operate daily from Sydney and Adelaide with Regional Express Airlines, while Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia also connect daily to Mildura.
If you have the time, there are a number of touring routes to the Outback that are as exciting as the destination itself. The iconic Darling River Run and historic Transcontinental Railway are two such options, while a number of sealed highways also service the area. You can see the most direct routes to Broken Hill here, as well as train and coach options.
You can also check out this helpful guide to help you plan and prepare for this trip of a lifetime.
ICONIC OUTBACK TOWNS
Broken Hill is an Outback hub, rich in history, culture and endless surprises. The city boasts an extensive arts scene and a blossoming foodie culture, as well as a long and significant history. no trip to the Outback is complete without at least a night in Broken Hill; thankfully, they have more than a couple unique accommodation options.
The town of Wilcannia offers a fascinating past, having once been known as the ‘Queen City of the West’. The town may be a little quieter these days, but there is no shortage of adventures to be had, not least of all due to its proximity to the Paroo-Darling National Park.
Venture further inland through the red desert to Tibooburra and the sprawling Sturt National Park with its rolling sand dunes and flat-topped mesas. You’re now in Corner Country, the iconic meeting place of the NSW, SA and QLD borders, and the home of the famous Dingo Fence – the world’s longest at 5614 kilometres.
Located right on the junction of the NSW, QLD and SA borders, Cameron Corner is a fascinating Outback gem. Set on the edge of the Sturt National Park, Cameron Corner can be reached via the In Sturt's Steps Touring Route, which offers a unique perspective of the region. Do not leave town without having a beer at the Cameron Corner Store.
Cobar offers an authentic taste of the Outback, and boasts a rich history steeped in mining. Visit the Great Cobar Heritage Centre for an insight into days gone by, explore the open cut mine of Fort Bourke Hill, or get a taste for the town streets by strolling the heritage trail.
It may be small, but the town of Hay packs a punch. Explore the heritage buildings of this historic town, pay a visit to its many fascinating museums, or explore the artworks of the Bidgee Riverside Trail. There's a reason, after all, that Banjo Paterson found the town evocative enough to write his poem 'Hay and Hell and Booligal' about it.
Historic, charming and unique, Menindee has more than a few surprises up its sleeve. Sitting between the magnificent Menindee Lakes and the Darling River, this Outback town boasts some of the region's most beautiful sunsets, while the nearby Kinchega National Park offers its own adventures.
Harbouring a long mining history, the truly unique town of White Cliffs is a sight to behold. Owing to the discovery of opals in the 1890s, the town today resembles the moon's surface, with the landscape dotted with more than 50,000 mines. When in town, consider staying at the unique Underground Motel or taking a tour of a working opal mine.
While boasting only a small population, the town of Silverton has a big personality. Used as the backdrop for many famous movies - including Mad Max II and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - the town offers a landscape that has to be seen to be believed, and wealth of attractions that aren't to be missed.
BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES AND NATIONAL PARKS
The NSW Outback is a haven for outdoorsy types, not least of all because it boasts such a wide range of extraordinary and diverse national parks. Whether you enjoy bush walking, bird watching, mountain biking, camping or 4WDing, you're guaranteed to find it in the great NSW Outback.
RICH ABORIGINAL HERITAGE
The Aboriginal heritage of the Outback is extremely palpable, and can be felt right across the region. From the mysteries of the Mungo National Park to the long Aboriginal history of Wilcannia, no trip to the Outback is complete without immersing yourself in this fascinating history. Learn about the rock art in Mutawintji National Park with Tri State Safaris, glimpse unique indigenous artifacts in Tibooburra, visit the famous Living Desert Reserve in Broken Hill, and more.
When it comes to accommodation that's out of the ordinary, the Outback has you covered. You can stay in a renovated 1911 church, an underground motel, an original miner's cottage, an authentic Outback station like Eldee Station, Goodwood Station Stay, Trilby Station or Mount Gipps Station, an historic hotel, and so much more.
The NSW Outback is almost bursting at the seams with character-rich old fashioned pubs. You've got the Cameron Corner Store, which is situated at the intersection of the NSW, QLD and SA borders, the Palace Hotel in Broken Hill, which rose to fame with a cameo in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and the infamous Tilpa Pub, which is made entirely from corrugated iron and covered in graffiti. You can even add your own mark to these walls for the price of a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Broken Hill is a veritable smorgasbord of hotels and as such boasts a legendary pub scene, while the Packsaddle Roadhouse in Packsaddle and the Family Hotel in Tibooburra both hold incredible histories and enviable reputations. And where would we be without mentioning the Silverton Hotel, that famous pub that appeared in Australian cinema classics like Wake in Fright and Razorback.
Just as important to the unique appeal of the Outback are the local characters. There are those who were born in the Outback and have since moved away - like Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker and comedian Steve 'The Sandman' Abbott - those who moved to the Outback from the coast - such as Outback ER doc Andrew Olesnicky and ABC rural reporter Cherie von Hӧrchner - and those who have called this vast region home their whole lives - like Olympian Marina Morris.
THINGS TO DO
Fill your itinerary with a magnitude of other fascinating, unique and quirky adventures: prospect for black opals, visit an iconic film set, take a walk through some spectacular scenery and look at 40,000 year old Aboriginal fish traps. Go on a 4WD tour with Tri State Safaris, visit a plethora of fascinating museums, immerse yourself in a flourishing arts scene, delve into the region's surprising cafe culture, and so much more.
So what are you waiting for? The incredible NSW Outback is yours to discover today.