Outback NSW is considered to be the area of land further west towards the SA border than central NSW
where the fertile wheat and sheep farming belt gives way to untamed dust, gibber plains and floodplains. Often ravaged by severe droughts this is remote country with few towns or farms.
Mining and exploration leases have yielded gas, gemstones and minerals bringing a rough bred of people to this inhospitable area.
While life in remote communities has been much improved by modern developments such as the RFDS, School of the Air and an expanding telecommunications infrastructure
, all outback places
are affected by distances from supplies, services
and other human contact. People in these places
may rely on mail services
by air, fortnightly food supplies by road train and where it was once no television or radio it is now probably no internet or mobile phone service.
But with the increase in 4WD traffic many of these outback places
enjoy a seasonal tourism trade. Many struggling farmers, miners and labourers have turned to tourism to make a living, which means a trip to the outback is now a fascinating adventure.
Due to Australia
's changing geography
over many millions of years, startling evidence of ancient rainforests, and aboriginal occupation lies almost untouched. National Parks and conservation areas scatter the outback, each with their own distinctive feature or attraction.
Camping is relatively easy in the outback provided you are well equipped and fully self sufficient. Many people are attracted to the outback merely for the chance to experience the solitude that one cannot find in modern cities.Broken Hill
, White Cliffs
, Kinchega National Park
, Mungo National Park
, and Cameron Corner
(where 3 states meet) are places
of great interest in the NSW outback.
All travellers need to be aware that there is a zone across these 3 states called the "Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone". The Fruit Fly Exclusion zone means it is illegal to take ANY fresh fruit - including tomatoes, capsicum and avocadoes into any area within the zone. Random roadblocks operate within the zone and $200 minimum on the spot fines apply.
For more detailed information ring the TriState Fruit Fly freecall number 1800 084 881 (b/h).