Outback NSW

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I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to outback NSW. Any advice on "must sees" would be greatly appreciated. I hope the stories of lawlessness I've been told are embellished and I'm sure one can have a great time visiting the folk of the outback.
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Reply By: Member - Gillian L (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 06:39

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 06:39
Everywhere! Mungo National Park, up to Menindee Lakes, White Cliffs, Mutawintji National Park, Broken Hill & Silverton, up to Tibooburra, Milparinka & Cameron Corner then east through Wanaaring & Burke. But then there's so much more.......
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:20

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:20
Thanks Gillian. Yes, I've done the corner country- Broken Hill, Tibooburra up to Birdsville. This one will be central NSW. Thanks again
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Reply By: Waynepd (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 08:53

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 08:53
Before I went exploring West NSW I joined up with DRive NSW, the tourism body for the state. Thy sent me maps and stuff which helped a great deal with the planning stages.
ALong with the maps therre are lists of must sees and histories etc well worth joining this free service....HAVE FUN
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:21

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:21
Thanks Wayne - I'll join
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Reply By: Laura B - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 13:04

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 13:04
dunno if your heading in the south part sort of mid nsw either but Echuca is a good'n' its on the nsw vic border on murray rv. ...... like some one else said.....borken hill and silverton (mad max made here),bourke,cameron corner,
i dunno.....i reckon om living in the wrong state.....too far from all the good tracks!!maybe im just used to it and thinkits no good anymore!!LOL

goodluck with the planning.

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:23

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:23
Thanks Laura. Will be going through Echuca but am looking for details of further north - Ivanhoe, Hay then north. Been up from Mildura to Birdsville and all in between. Thanks again
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Reply By: Laura B - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 14:26

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 14:26
did some research for myself and came upon this web site.......looks good.....

www.outbacknsw.com.au/innamincka_loop.htm

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:24

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:24
Thanks Laura - I'll use that site
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Reply By: Laura B - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 14:34

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 14:34
not sure if that was the web site that had REOLA STATION on it....has the "Big Wool Shed"....when its shearing season they do 2500 sheep a day.....booking by appointment.....ph Deidre and Graham Brown on 08 8091 6826......Via White Cliffs.....we are going to go there in Sept......do another diversion...just what our trip needs!!

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 21:33

Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 21:33
booking by appointment....should i say...visit by appointent...or looking....

LB
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Reply By: Aandy(WA) - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:28

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:28
Thanks all for your replies. I must say I'm a bit surprised and pleased about no warnings though. Many people I've spoken to in person have warned me not to even consider stopping in certain towns - because of the possibility of theft and violence! Stories of all the shops boarded or shuttered etc etc
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Follow Up By: Marn - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:42

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:42
Heed your friends warnings. Better safe than sorry
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:43

Sunday, Apr 16, 2006 at 16:43
These towns have been covered in previous posts. One person's experience is not necessarily another's so it leads to disagreements......

The media beats things up, just before i took off on my first big trip west, Dubbo was a nest of fighting youths who assaulted, robbed and pillaged the unwary according to the papers. I raised this on this forum and "Dodger" contacted me and set me right, putting things into the correct perspective.....

I won't stop in Wilcannia again but others have stayed there and had no hassles.
I found Cobar to be a wonderful little town with friendly and rightly proud people. Maybe somebody else hates Cobar....

The problems that occur in these towns, occur in any town around the country, you just have to stay alert and don't place possessions in a situation where they tempt the dishonest. You safety in any place depends on how alert you are to your surroundings. Same as anywhere you are, even in your own street....
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Follow Up By: Member - Mungo Explorer (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 00:41

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 00:41
I'd avoid Sydney. You're much safer in Wilcannia.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:38

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:38
As far as the warnings on certain towns go there is some truth in all of them, and some embelishment.

I live in Broken Hill and travel through Wilcannia about 8 to 10 times a year. I have never had a problem myself but I know plenty of people who have.

We have stopped in Wilcannia for lunch and not had a problem but I am always cautious. I will not leave my vehicle unattended and I keep the family pretty close if they are with me.

There are parts of Bourke I don't go to as there are parts of Dubbo, Brewarrina, Walgett and some others as well including Sydne, Melbourne and Adelaide but generally all these towns are OK.

The place I felt the most threatened was Coen (on Cape Yorke) on the way north it was literally frightening on the way south it was lovely.

It's a bit like the post on avoiding roos. Most of us most of the time don't have major dramas with them but sometimes we do. How do you avoid them? Stay home and don't go anywhere ever. But then again innocent people have been shot watching tv in their own lounge room.

Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Peter (1) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 16:48

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 16:48
G'day Aandy(WA)
Sorry for late reply but just got back from Easter Wedding in SA.
Last Oct. & Nov. I did a trip east to Coffs Harbour for a Navy reunion and travelled back to Perth via Outback NSW. Trip consisted of travelling from Coffs out to Bourke and then followed the Darling River Run down to Wentworth on the Murray, then followed the Murray to Goolwa and the coast back to Perth. Great trip. I highly recommend the Darling River Run to see some great country, info can be obtained from NSW Tourist Centre. Highlights:- Burning Cross at Louth, Trilby Station, Idelia Station, Tilpa pub, Minidee lakes.
I travelled by myself and at no time did I feel unsafe, (I'm only a little old bloke) but do not buy fuel from Wilcannia, very expensive.
Hope this is of help, if require more help get back to me.
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It doesn't get any better than this!!!
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 17:55

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 17:55
Peter,
Like the Rig nad glad to see you get yours off rd as well.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 17:51

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 17:51
Hi all ,
Travelling the west of NSW the so called outback is safer than negoitating the cities. One must always take care and be well prepared.
The stories about some towns, Dubbo, Wilcannia, Bourke, Walgett and many others do have some truth in them, but for the most if you take care then they are no worse than any other place.
As we all know in most larger towns there are areas that one should not stay in and that is the way our society has become.
I have cqamped on the rivers near all the above towns and the only worry I had was if it rained as they are all black soil country, just a few mm and your stuck until it dries out.
If any member is travelling through Dubbo "E" mail me and I will be able to advise about the area.

Just love new faces n Places.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:31

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:31
How's it going Dodger,
Still keeping that smorgasboard in business at the Railway? .....

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:59

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:59
Yep sure am.
been the Hay river treck since I last saw you.
9 Vehicles went April 05.
Terrific trip would recommend to anyone.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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