Often referred to as the ‘Accessible Outback’, this vast arid and sparsely populated landscape covers almost two-thirds of New South Wales. Although mining and sheep farming are the main industries, the spectacular colours of the outback, stunning landscapes, natural heritage and rich indigenous history are what keeps the tourism industry strong. Towns like Bourke set on the banks of the Darling River have many heritage sites. The opal mining Town of Lightening Ridge is the only place in the world where the famous black opal can be found, why not take a tour of an opal mine?
The Corner Country in far western New South Wales is bounded by the Queensland and South Australian borders. It is a place of diverse arid landscapes, rolling-red dunes, rugged sandstone escapments with many unique animals and birds. Enjoy modern facilities and old fashioned outback hospitality in Milparinka and Tibooburra. Milparinka has an excellent heritage and visitor information centre. Visit www.outbacknsw.com.au for more info.
Broken Hill established in the 1880’s is like stepping back in time with its quaint miners cottages and many pubs and art galleries. Nearby Silverton ( a National Trust-classified town) is surrounded by stark, arid plains, making it a popular location for filmmakers. A visit to the Silverton Hotel with its array of photo’s provides and interesting stop off point. White Cliffs looks like a moonscape due to the 5000 or more abandoned opal digs. Opals are still mined there and the White Cliffs Pub is worth a visit to chat with the locals and enjoy a cold beer. Visit www.visitbrokenhill.com.au
‘Let the journey begin’