Outback - North West New South Wales
The region known as Outback New South Wales, is a dry, dusty, arid and unforgiving part of Australia-bordering on Queensland and South Australia and over 1000 square km’s in landmass. And while this region may look baron and un-inviting at first glance, explore beneath the surface and you will find some wonderfully interesting experiences, that will enrich your life.
The colours, characters and landscapes of this desolate country in the New South Wales Outback, has inspired many a poet, artist or story teller.
The New South Wales Outback region has a multitude of interesting towns and National Parks to travel to and enjoy. Visit White Cliffs and feel like your part of a lunar landscape , as years of opal mining digs have re-shaped its dry surface. The place is so hot, people have dug in and built their houses under-ground to escape the 40 + degree heat. Much like the South Australian Outback mining town of Coober Pedy. Opals are still mined here.
Broken Hill is another famous mining town in the region, located high on the Barrier Ranges. Broken Hill was first established in the 1880’s , so there are many historical buildings and structures that represent the hard mining days of past. There are also over 30 art galleries for art lovers to enjoy unique Australian desert culture. And when your hungry, there are also many reasonable places to eat in Broken Hill, a desert oasis of sorts.
Nearby is Silverton, made famous as the location for the Mad Max II movie.
Another great town to visit in the New South Wales Outback region is Bourke. This outback town has many links to our heritage past-remembered at the “Back O Bourke Exhibition Centre”
In Outback New South Wales, there are also some excellent National Parks to explore, such as Lake Mungo National Park and the Sturt National Park.
While landscapes in the Outback can be stunning-please ensure you have made thorough preparations-prior to travel in the Outback. Adequate provisions, rations and water and notifying rangers or police of your itineraries , can go a long way to a safe and enjoyable holiday in a somewhat hostile and untamed landscape of the Outback New South Wales
(all photo's courtesy of Tourism NSW)