Outback NSW

Bourke, Tibooburra, Milparinka, Mungo, Mootwingee, Lightening Ridge, White Cliffs, Wilcannia, Goondiwindi, Walgett, Nyngan. These outback areas are really worth seeing and experiencing for yourself.
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Page Updated: 31 Jan 2011

Go to top Description

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, Tibooburra, 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).

Go to top Treks

Corner CountryCorner Country
Follow the Cobb & Co and Charles Sturt routes from Broken Hill, where the bitumen gives way to dirt as it heads deeper into outback NSW. Discover old towns like Milparinka and Tibooburra, before finishing where NSW, SA and QLD join at Cameron Corner.
Darling River RunDarling River Run
Set within the heart of outback NSW, the Darling River Run is a fascinating trek that takes you back through time. This route follows the meandering Darling River, between the historic town of Bourke and the town of Wentworth, where the Darling greets the Murray River.[Feature Story]
Kidman WayKidman Way
This bitumen route is also the shortcut from Victoria, through the heart of western NSW, up to Central Qld where it meets the Matilda Highway at Cunnamulla
Lightning RidgeLightning Ridge
What brings tourists from all over the globe to Lightning Ridge in outback New South Wales? - The answer is black opals. A handful of opal mining towns attract visitors alike to Coober Pedy, Andamooka and White Cliffs, but Lightning Ridge is the only town in Australia where the precious and highly prized black opal is found.
Mildura to Mungo NPMildura to Mungo NP
This route takes you to Mungo National Park from Mildura travelling on the Buronga Arumpo Road. It passes through some nice outback scenery including Lake Arumpo.
Mungo National ParkMungo National Park
Mungo NP holds the most ancient and culturally significant artefacts in all of Australia. This area in far southwest NSW has become very popular since the remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man was discovered. Step back thousands of years in time to a lake that was once brimming with water and life.
Mungo NP via Top Hut RoadMungo NP via Top Hut Road
This route takes you to Mungo National Park from Mildura travelling on the Buronga Arumpo Road. It passes through some nice outback scenery including Lake Arumpo.

Go to top Outback NSW Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Broken Hill Airport at 25/08:30am EST
Distance from Broken Hill 5.45km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Broken Hill (Patton Street)
Distance from Broken Hill 2.76km SE
Mean Max. °C32.832.228.923.919.215.615.217.321.125.028.731.4
Mean Min. °C18.518.315.611.
Mean Rain mm25.226.021.717.222.322.119.118.420.324.421.221.8


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