Steeped in indigenous and European history, the towns of the Darling River provide unique experiences for the traveller and not trip through though Outback NSW or Corner Country would not be complete without experiences this unique outback towns.

Early navigation of the Darling River provided an insight to how the Outback could be opened up for pastoral activities and for this to be realised, river ports along its length would be needed. With the ports, towns grew around them to service the river trade and the outlying farms.

Towns like Wentworth, Wilcannia and Bourke became integral centres for the transport of Australia's wool clip and today, the centres still provide a similar integral link; although the transport today is not by the river but via road and rail.


It is not hard to agree with famous Australian poet Henry Lawson when he wrote, "if you know Bourke, you know Australia" (1882). The iconic Darling River town of Bourke is...


For an insight into the Darling River's significance to indigenous history and living culture, the upper Darling town of Brewarrina is a must. Beside the centre of town are...

Broken Hill

Broken Hill, the oasis in the outback and considered the capital of Outback NSW, is a large outback city that has become a premier travel destination known for its artists...

Lightning Ridge

Most would agree, that any travel through Outback NSW should include a few days at Lightning Ridge. Home of the unique Black Opal and like the precious stone it is famous...


Henry Lawson lived and worked for a period in the Louth area and referred to it as, 'a place that loved a drink, a party and a punt..' He was able to sum up the town and...


The beautifully penned 'The Man from Snowy River' by Banjo Paterson is an immortal Australian poem and in it there is the line, "There was Harrison, who made his pile when...


The famous explorers Bourke and Wills reached the Darling River near Pooncarie at nearby Tarcoola Station and made camp at what is now Bilbarka Park in September 1860 on...


Silverton, few outback places are as iconic and visitors come from far and wide to this little town on the edge of the real outback. Visitors come to experience what was...


"Tis said the land out west is grand, do not care who says it", ('The Paroo River' 1893). Mr Lawson certainly knew how to eloquently sum up the outback and those that...


Walgett likes to describe itself as 'The Gateway to the Opal Fields' because it is an ideal place to stay before heading off to the opal mining town of Lightning Ridge (76...


A place that, in 1844, was described as "Magnificent trees droop like willows to the water's edge with evening's mildest radiance in their foliage, throwing a soft haze...


Wilcannia, on the Barrier Highway between Cobar and Broken Hill, is largely undisturbed port on the Darling River. Cross the bridge driving from Sydney to Broken Hill and...

Outback NSW Road Alerts

This traffic region is bounded by Broken Hill and the South Australian border to the west to Mudgee and the Blue Mountains in the east. This region extends as far north as Tibooburra and the Queensland border and as far south as Cowra and Marsden. The region includes the towns of Dubbo, Parkes and Bourke. There are currently 1 hazards in this region.
  • Regional NSW - West
    The Pilliga Newell Hwy between Coonabarabran and Narrabri
    Started 18/01/2018 10:25pm, last checked today 6:43pm
    Impact: Highway closed in both directions.
    Diversions:Oxley Highway to Gunnedah and then take Kamilaroi Highway. The diversion can be used in both directions and is suitable for all vehicles.
    Advice:Use alternative route
    Allow extra travel time
    Location:View on map

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