New South Wales Far West Vacations
The Far West of New South Wales is a vast area stretching away to the Queensland and South Australia borders and the Riverina area in the south.
Sparsely populated, not many towns and a diverse region, ranging from the harsh, hot semi-desert north west to the lakes and rivers of the south west. This is the big country with huge horizons and great night skies....and the reason for the Aussie salute...flies!
This is a place for outback vacations, self drive 4WD safaris, camel riding, historic sites, freshwater fishing, houseboats, wildlife, national parks, Aboriginal art and engravings.
Places of Interest - Far West NSW
Cobar - a copper mining town with an earlier history. Mt Drysdale is an historical town and mine site. Cobar Heritage Town has private and public buildings from days gone by. A significant Aboriginal rock art site can be seen at Mt Grenfell west of the town.
Bourke - see historic buildings on Mitchell Street that bear testimony to the time when Bourke was a thriving Darling River wool port. View Aboriginal rock art at Mt Gunderbooka.
Tibooburra - a place of unusual granite formations, located in the far north-west corner of NSW. Not a destination for the faint hearted, being the hottest place in New South Wales. Visit Sturt National Park to see its emus, eagles, bearded dragons and the mighty red kangaroo.
Lightning Ridge - located in the far north of New South Wales near the Queensland border, this huge opal mining centre is noted for its black opals. Dwellings and showrooms are underground to avoid the heat.
Wilcannia - once a busy Darling River port for the wool carrying paddle-steamers. 100km up the road is White Cliffs, an opal mining settlement with underground dwellings where you can fossick the old diggings.
Broken Hill - a silver, lead and zinc mine town that has been a major contributor to the New South Wales coffers for a very long time. A major centre for artists drawn to the harsh landscapes and environment. Mootwingee National Park north of the town is popular and worth a visit for the wildlife and Aboriginal art.
Pay a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base as well as School of the Air. Silverton is a ghost town west of Broken Hill where many of the original buildings still stand. It is a place of vivid sunsets and camels in the main street.
Menindee - Lake Paramaroo, a part of the Menindee Lakes Scheme, was the site of a camp for the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. Locals go there for swimming, boating, picnicking and the birdlife.
Mungo National Park - a dry lakebed and site of the oldest archaeological discoveries in Australia, dating back 45,000 years to when the lake was a fertile centre of Aboriginal life.