Back O'Bourke - Discover the real outback NSW

How To Get There

There are a number of ways to come to the Back O'Bourke. Bourke is easily accessible by road, air or by coach.

For information on getting to Bourke the following web sites are very helpful: Kidman Way, MyNRMA,

Suggested routes by car

From Melbourne

Many of our visitors come to Bourke via the Kidman Way. The Kidman Way is fast becoming the premier travel route for inland New South Wales. Towns along the way welcome visitors and quality accommodation and places to visit mean that the trip will be an enjoyable one.

Travel time from Melbourne is a comfortable 2 days with an overnight stop in the Riverina region. Total distance to Bourke is approximately 1000 Km. Towns along the way: Jerilderie, Griffith, Hillston, Cobar, Bourke.

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From Brisbane

The quickest and most pleasant way from Brisbane to Adelaide is via Bourke. Many people are now choose to travel through Bourke to beyond.

Travel time from Brisbane to Bourke is about 2 days. Enjoy the stop over in some of the richest farming areas of Australia. Distance from Brisbane to Bourke is 930 Km. Towns along the way: Warwick, Goondiwindi, Moree, Walgett, Brewarrina.

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From Adelaide

Ever been to Broken Hill? You'll love the visit. From Adelaide enjoy Broken Hill, Cobar and maybe even a journey up the Darling River Run to Bourke.

On your way to Bourke, enjoy a stop over in Broken Hill as you'll definitely need more than one day to get here. Recommended travel time is 2 to 3 days with a total distance of 1130 Km.

Towns along the way: Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Cobar. Or alternatively: Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Tilpa, Louth.

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Sydney to Bourke Loop

Ever been to the Outback? Its not as far as you might think. Try this 4 night itinerary and get a real taste of Outback!

Day one - Sydney to Dubbo

Leave the traffic of Western Sydney behind you as you head for the hills. The Mitchell Highway heads west out though the Blue Mountains and Katoomba. The first day's journey will take you through Bathurst and Orange on to Dubbo.

Check out the Visitors Centres of Bathurst and Orange and enjoy lunch in one of these central western towns. Beautiful scenery and smooth roads make this day an easy one arriving in Dubbo mid afternoon.

Dubbo is the home of the Western Plains Zoo and has much to offer a visitor. All of the motels have details of what's on!

Distance from Sydney to Dubbo is 412 Km, driving time of about 5 hours

Over night in Dubbo

Day Two - Dubbo to Bourke

Get out of bed! You're in the bush now. Go for a walk at the Zoo. The best time to see the zoo is at feeding time and the Western Plains Zoo offers early morning feeding tours.

Enjoy a short rest before heading west for the real outback. Join the Mitchell Highway again and set out for the Back O'Bourke.

Nyngan is about half way between Dubbo and Bourke and there are many places to enjoy lunch on the Bogan River. Home to some rich and diverse agriculture and the infamous floods of 1990.

After lunch head for the sun and Bourke. You should arrive by mid afternoon just in time to put your feet up.

Take it easy tonight. You'll need the next couple of days to get around.

Distance from Dubbo to Bourke is 360 Km, driving time is 5 hours

Over night in Bourke

Day Three - Exploring Bourke

Now you are here, there is essential viewing to do...

Visit the Exhibition Centre in the morning for a rich and engaging exploration of the region's cultural past, a look at local Indigenous Culture and insights into the future of our region.

Grab some lunch at the Exhibition Centre's coffee shop before heading to the tourist centre to book a Mateship Country Tour. Get out on the road with Stuart Johnson and take a look at modern day Bourke. The tour goes for 4 hours, bring a hat.

Over night in Bourke

Day Four - Bourke to Lightning Ridge

Now you understand. So this is why people live in the back country. Before you leave take a cruise on the PV Jandra. The Jandra holds 100 passengers and this one hour cruise will give an insight into the paddleboat days and modern life on the river. The Jandra leaves Kidman's Camp at North Bourke at 9am and 3pm.

After the Cruise it's time to say goodbye to Bourke. Lightning Ridge is the next stop - home of the Opal and John Murray - call in on this outback artist and have a laugh.

The visitor's centre will arm you with the information needed for the night stop over in the Ridge. Tomorrow you are on your way home.

Driving distance, 300 Km, about 3 hours

Overnight in the Ridge

Day Five - Lightning Ridge to Sydney

Off home today, kick the dust from your shoes and head east. There are a number of ways that you can get back to the City from the Ridge. Why not go through the hunter valley via Narrabri and Gunnedah. It will take you all day to get back to the City. And if you decide to take it easy, you could always take an extra day!

Distance from the Ridge to Sydney 730Km, about 9 hours driving.

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