If you were to drive from East to West of Outback New South Wales, you’d need a spare 13 hours—but boy, what a drive it’d be. The Outback is what international visitors tend to have imagined of Australian life. But where to begin?
Lighting Ridge, New South Wales. Known as the only dinosaur fossil site in New South Wales, Lightning Ridge is where some of the world’s best opals have been found. It so well known, the Australian Opal Centre was built in the late 1990s to showcase the amazing history and finds of the area.
Almost five hours south is Cobar, which is the perfect location for an outback holiday. Steeped in mining history, the town has enormous open-cut mines, museums and, of course, the Great Cobar Heritage Centre in the former Great Cobar Copper Mine. In the early 1800s, it was one the largest mining and processing operation in the world. You most definitely should make the trip 72km to the Mouth Grenfell Historical Site art walk. This amazing walk takes you through cypress pines to lead to an overhang of dreamtime art stories of the Ngiyampaa people.
You could make the drive out to Broken Hill, close to the South Australian border, or you could just fly into the airport. One of the many must-dos of the area is the 9km trip out to the Living Desert Sculptures, which made of sandstone, make a real sight as the sun sets over the outback.
What better way to truly appreciate the outback than stay at a farm and partake in daily life? If you want a little more luxury, there are plenty of resorts, hotels, caravan parks and self-contained living quarters to rest your head.