Outback NSW

Outback NSW

The Grandeur of the Outback



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Major Destinations

A holiday in Broken Hill is for real. This world-renowned mining city overflows with nationally significant heritage and authentic experiences amid the iconic, accessible outback. Much more than a stunning backdrop, the Silver City is a place for complete immersion. A destination where daily discoveries are recounted every night amid an atmosphere of historic grandeur and hospitality.

Broken Hill offers a breathtaking range of diverse landscapes to discover and explore. From lush wetlands and lakes to spectacular flat topped mesas and shimmering gibber desert plains.

Things to See & Do

  • Pro Hart Gallery
  • The Living Desert Sanctuary
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Headquarters
  • Line of Lode (Hilltop lookout)
  • Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
  • St Patricks Day Races (March)

Cobar is a flourishing town built around the thriving mining and pastoral industries. Mining commenced here in the 1870’s, and today, the town is an important source of copper, lead, silver, zinc and gold.

Follow the self-guided Cobar Heritage Walk and Centenary of Federation Walking Track to uncover the town’s history. View the open-cut mine and Cobar’s surroundings from Fort Bourke Hill Lookout, the site of the town’s first gold mine.

Explore the Aboriginal rock art at Mount Grenfell, where three main rock shelters feature more than 1,000 images.

Things to See & Do

  • Mt Grenfell Historic Site
  • Great Cobar Heritage Centre
  • Great Cobar Open Cut
  • White Cliffs Music Festival (May)
  • Festival of the Miner’s Ghost (October)

Lightning Ridge is the outback mining town that’s famous for its rare black opals. Professional prospector Charles Nettleton uncovered the opal-mining potential of the area in 1902; the town has been attracting opal-lovers ever since. Buy your own at one of the many opal stores in town.

Things to See & Do

  • Garrawal Aboriginal Artefacts
  • Artesian Bore Baths
  • Australian Opal Centre
  • Black Queen Theatre on the Ridge
  • Chambers of the Black Hand
  • Lightning Ridge Easter Festival and Great Goat Race (Easter)
  • Lightning Ridge Opal Festival (July)

Warren is known as the wool and cotton capital of New South Wales. Merino sheep have long been bred locally and there is an Auscott Cotton Gin just out of town. Explore the River Red Gum walk at Macquarie Park or play golf at Warren Golf Club.

Try fishing the Macquarie River but don’t forget to visit Tiger Bay Wildlife Park, home to 227 bird species.

Things to See & Do

  • Tiger Bay Wildlife Park
  • Red River Gum Walk
  • Auscott Cotton Farm
  • The Australian Cotton Cup Race Meeting (November)
  • Nevertire Family Muster (October)

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Australian Opal Centre
  • Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre​
  • Black Queen Theatre on the Ridge
  • Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
  • Chambers of the Black Hand
  • Cobar Heritage Centre
  • Garrawal Aboriginal Artefacts Artesian Bore Baths
  • Gundabooka National Park
  • Macquarie Marshes Natural Reserve
  • Mad Max Museum
  • Mundi Mundi Plains
  • Mt Grenfell Historic Site Great
  • Pro Hart Gallery (Broken Hill)
  • PV Jandra Paddleboat
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service HQ
  • The Living Desert Sanctuary

Touring Routes

The Darling River Run allows the traveller to experience some of the best Outback country in Australia; flora, fauna, wondrous landscapes, outback characters and truly remarkable sunrises and sunsets. More information

Travelling along the Kidman Way you will witness changing landscape, meet characters and enjoy a relaxing journey. The Kidman Way touring route takes you through the heart of NSW, taking in Jerilderie in the south to Barringun in the north. More information