Outback New South Wales
New South Wales
Australian Deserts maps and Guides
Covers a vaste area
from west of
Dubbo to Broken Hill near the South Australia border. From Wentworth in
the south west near the borders of New South Wales, Victoria and South
Australia north to Camerons Corner in, whats known as, the corner
country at the point where New South Wales, South Australia and
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There are several places of major historical interest within the area
as well as interesting places to visit from easy access places to four
wheel drive country only.
Some of the areas that are of most interest include Wentworth, Cobar,
Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill, Bourke, Brewarina, White Cliffs,
Balranald and off course Camerons Corner for 4wdrivers.
Wentworth in the far south
west of NSW is an
old river port situated on the river banks where the Murray and Darling
rivers meet. In the past it was a significant inland for the boats that
plied up and down the Murray and Darling Rivers carying produce and
supplies in and out of the area.
The main street has been tastefully restored and the town has several
well maintained parks and gardens. The junction of the two rivers is a
short distance out of town where there is an observation platform from
which to observe the scenery.
Cobar is a copper mining area where
mines were first
established around 1870. East of the town is what was once the richest
copper deposit in the state, the Canbelego mining area. There is an
excellent vantage area south east of Cobar at Fort Bourke Hill where
the present day open cut mines can be observed.
The town has several museums that will be of great interest to those
interested in the past of the area and at the Commonwealth
Meterological Station a short distance out of town you can see weather
baloons being released.
Lightning Ridge Still today Lightning
Ridge is home
to opal mining and, in particular, the famous black opal. It is a town
that many have come to and gone from hoping to make their fortune
Visitors to Lightning Ridge have several options to view the opal
mining process from visiting tradional opal mines to watching the
processes of cutting and polishing the stones. For those that want to
try their hand a finding a stone of their own do a bit of fossicking,
which is very popular in the area.
Lightning Ridge, Burren Junction and Walgett each have hot
bore baths where you can relax and unwind. There are several smaller
towns in the vicinity that make interesting places to visit, so, if you
can, try and spend several days in the area.
Broken Hill The home of the late artist,
Broken Hill is often known as the Second City of the Arts. It has been
home to other well known artists and is, today, home to 'The Big
Picture' which is the worlds largest landscape on canvas.
Perhaps Broken Hill is best known as being the start of
to the the mining giant BHP. The company was originally established to
extract some of the regions mineral wealth. Broken Hill is also home to
the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of The Air, that
broadcasts school lessons to children living on remote properties.
There is much to see in the area with its mining museums and tours of
the open cut and underground mines. On the outskirts of Broken Hill are
The Pinnacles, an area of rocky knolls. Much of the area surrounding
the Pinnacles has restricted access because of mining leases but there
are good vantage points nevertheless.
A little north west is the old mining village of Silverton
its excellently restored buildings. Silverton was the centre of
attraction for mining before Broken Hill was settled.
If you are into bush walking then visit The Living Desert and Sundowner
Trails, to the north of Broken Hill. Here you can observe the natural
fauna and flora in a semi-desert environment.
Bourke Fort Bourke, not far from the
Bourke, was established by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1835,
Charles Sturt had passed throug the area in 1824.
Adjacent to the Darling River the town became a popular area for
pastoralist who stared settling in the area in the 1850's. In its
heyday Bourke was a major river port where tens of thousands of bales
of wool were loaded on the river ports for transportation out of the
area. The phrase Back of Bouke, which is still used today, was coined
in the early days as Bourke was regarded as being at the extremities of
civilisation, beyond which little was known.
Today the river still plays a major role in the economy of Bourke as it
is the major water source for the cotton farms and orchards.
Summer months can bring searing heat to the area which make autumn and
spring pleasant times to visit.
There is lots to do and see in Burke, simply go walking and observe the
beautiful, old, colonial buildings or why not take a trip on the
Darling River on a paddle boat and if you feel like a drive go out to
Mount Gundabooks National Park and see the Aboriginal rock art. Mount
Gundabooks is about 50 km of of town.
If you happen to be around in May you can experience a
truely outback event with the Bourke Show, whilst September
the staging of the Yamma Festival, a celebration of indigenous culture.
Brewarina, was for thousands of
Aboriginal meeting place when 10's of thousand used to gather from time
to time, is situated on the Barwon-Darling River. Some 800 km NW of
Sydney Brewarina is a true outback town. The first european explorers
passed through the area in the 1840's but the town was not established
until 1863 when it became a pastoral centre.
As with so many town along the Murray and Darling river system,
Brewarina became a loading port for wool produced in the area. Cobb
& Co, of stage coach fame, also made the town a regular resting
Whilst in town enjoy the historical buildings, visit the Aboriginal
Cultural Museum or simply go fishing.
White Cliffs Fancy staying in an
underground hotel ?
well this is the place to do it. First settled towards the end of the
1800's White Cliffs was a popular opal mining spot where, as with
Lighning Ridge, many came to seek their fortune, few made it though.
The landscape today, which is very flat and dry, is literaly a mass of
abandoned opal mines, many of which today are home to the local
Whilst in town give fossicking a go, you never know your luck, meet the
locals at the only pub in town or simply explore the area.
Balranald, situated on the banks of the
River towards the south west of the state and a little north of the
border with Victoria. Balranald is where one of the main access roads
from NSW to South Australia, The Sturt Highway, crosses the
Murrumbidgee. The town has all of the modern conveniences,
including a small airport.
Visited by explorers in the early 1800's it was not until 1851 that the
town was settled. Today Balranald is often used as a base for those
visiting the Mungo Nationbal Park some 150 km or so north of the town
which is World Heritage Listed. The area is a very popular fishing spot
due to its close proximity to several rivers.
Cameron Corner, situated in the extreme
corner of New South Wales, in an area known as The Corner Country, is
an area ideally accessable by four wheel drive. There is a page on this
website that describes the area and the trip, click on the following link - Corner Country - New South Wales
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