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    Pocket Guide: New South Wales Outback

    There’s nothing in the outback but sand and rocks, right? Wrong! Although the sun-scorched, red earth landscape of Outback NSW is more rugged than the city or the coast, it offers a surprising number of interesting activities. Towns like Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge, White Cliffs, Burke and Cobar - as well as having cool names – are also packed with Indigenous history, opals and relics, national parks and famous film locations. They’re also home to some of the most original art you may have ever seen. Channel your inner Crocodile Dundee and see the fair dinkum Aussie outback with our Outback NSW hotels.

    The outback’s history is well-preserved in areas such as Broken Hill’s Mutawinji National Park, which has Aboriginal rock art from up to 30,000 years ago. Mungo National Park is where scientists found the remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, two skeletons over 40,000 years old. Discovered in 1969 on the shores of Lake Mungo, Mungo Lady is the oldest human in known history to be ritually cremated. As well as being an interesting place historically, Mungo is worth a visit for amazing landscapes like the Walls of China, where erosion has dramatically crisscrossed the ancient rocks with deep lines.

    The unofficial capital of Outback NSW, Broken Hill is not only the home of BHP Billiton – the world’s biggest zinc, silver and lead mine – it’s also full of shops, cafes, restaurants and exciting art and cultural sights. Wander through the town centre for something to eat, or explore more than 30 art galleries, many featuring outback-inspired works. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Living Desert Sculptures at Sundown Reserve, 10km from town. Standing on top of a mighty hill, these unusually-shaped sculptures were created by artists from around the globe in 1993, and standing here seems like an almost mystical experience, especially when the sun is going down.

    Lightning Ridge is famous for having the highest number of black opals in the world, and you can check out its thriving mining industry first-hand when you visit. Drop into the Australian Opal Centre or visit an actual underground working mine. For some non-opal activities, visit the artesian bore baths or a local art gallery, or see the Astronomer’s Monument, a ‘concrete folly’ that pays tribute to the world’s astronomers. Silverton, 26km north-west of Broken Hill, is a must-see for film buffs, with the Silverton Hotel and its dry, dusty surroundings used as a location for movies, from Mad Max 2 to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to Mission Impossible 2.

    The best way to get to Outback NSW is with one of our flights to Broken Hill. Local tour operators can take you to all the region’s big attractions. If you don’t mind a dusty road trip, load up your Ute with supplies and go. If you really want to challenge yourself, drive the Darling River Run, which runs alongside Australia’s longest river and spans the length from Walgett to Wentworth. It’s a ripper of a journey! Book your Outback NSW accommodation now for some rural action.

    Image credit Amanda Slater under Creative Commons
    New South Wales Outback Hotels
    New South Wales Outback Hotels

    Hotels in Broken Hill

    Comfort Inn Crystal - Broken Hill Hotels

    Comfort Inn Crystal

    326 Crystal Street, Broken Hill - Map
    "Great motel near the Musicians Club."
    The staff were very friendly and helpful. They appeared to understand the concept of looking after their guests. Too many business's have not got a clue. The motel was easy to find and is only about 200 mtrs from the club. The room was good value ($110), compared to a few we have recently stayed at.
    Traveller from NSW
    Located in the heart of Broken Hill, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery …More
    Lodge Outback Motel - Broken Hill Hotels

    Lodge Outback Motel

    252 Mica Street, Broken Hill - Map
    "Stunning Historical Features"
    Stunning room with historic charm. Quiet, comfy and clean. Close to everything. Great place to stay and relax whilst taking in the nostalgic charm of Broken Hill.
    Traveller from Dubbo
    Located in the heart of Broken Hill, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Stuart Park and Railway, Mineral and Train …More
    ibis Styles Broken Hill - Broken Hill Hotels

    ibis Styles Broken Hill

    120 Argent Street, Broken Hill - Map
    "Convo entry located and friendly staff"
    From the moment we arrived the staff were very helpful. Andrew gave us lots of suggestions for sight seeing. The accomodation was what you would expect from Ibis, comfort, cleanliness and excellent customer service. I would highly recommend Ibis styles when staying in Broken Hill. limited onsite parking was not a problem with us but I would feel comfortable parking on the street in front of Ibis Styles if needed.
    A Traveller
    Located in the heart of Broken Hill, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Broken Hill Visitor Information Center and …More

    Hotels in Bourke

    Major Mitchell Motel - Bourke Hotels

    Major Mitchell Motel

    44 Mertin Street, Bourke - Map
    Clean & tidy with a a very useful little kitchenette.
    A Traveller
    Situated in Bourke, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Park and Bourke Sporting Center. Back O'Bourke Exhibition …More
    Bourke Riverside Motel - Bourke Hotels

    Bourke Riverside Motel

    3-13 Mitchell Street, Bourke - Map
    "Quaint hotel with beautiful rose gardens "
    Lovely and peaceful I enjoyed sitting on my veranda drinking in the morning sun.
    Traveller from MG
    Situated in Bourke, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Park and Bourke Sporting Center. Back O'Bourke Exhibition …More

    Hotels in Tooleybuc

    Tooleybuc Country Roads Motor Inn - Tooleybuc Hotels

    Tooleybuc Country Roads Motor Inn

    78 Cadell Street, Tooleybuc - Map
    "An OK motel"
    Décor a little outdated/tired but it was Ok for an overnight stay, rooms were clean and tidy with the basic necessities, tea/coffee, hairdryer etc staff were friendly and helpful.
    Traveller from Country NSW
    Situated in Tooleybuc, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Tooleybuc Golf Course and Tooleybuc Racetrack. Andrew Peace …More
    Tooleybuc Motel - Tooleybuc Hotels

    Tooleybuc Motel

    43 Murray Street, Tooleybuc - Map
    "Room good size"
    Kitchenette good amenities good, lighting to read poor needed to use a torch , if that rectified would be excellent
    Traveller from adelaide
    Situated in Tooleybuc, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Tooleybuc Golf Course and Tooleybuc Racetrack. Andrew Peace …More