BourkeEmbedded in our Australian folklore is the iconic saying “Back O’ Bourke”. First coined by the Scottish poet William Ogilvie in his poem “At the Back O’ Bourke” the saying captures the image of the remoteness of Australia’s vast outback. Bourke is known as the gateway to the real outback and the ideal place to start your Darling River journey.
BrewarrinaBrewarrina is a popular cultural and heritage stop for visitors taking in some of Outback NSW’s most stunning country. The Brewarrina District is adorned with some of nature’s most spectacular natural attractions including the National Heritage Listed Brewarrina Fish Traps, Culgoa National Park and the magnificent Barwon River.
National ParksOutback NSW not only has some of the best National Parks in NSW, but also Australia. National Parks of Outback NSW are as diverse as the area itself. From Mungo National Park in the south-west of the State, the river land beside the Darling River at Kinchega National Park to the remote outback expanses of Sturt National Park.
Darling River Run is a thin, winding line describing a route through the NSW outback, characterised by landscape, history, culture, literature and adventure. Taken as a whole, or in its various component parts, the route provides an opportunity to see the real Australian Bush and experience some safe and easy off-road driving, connect with Aboriginal culture and iconic Towns & Locations along the Darling River, and drench yourself in the history, and contemporary life of a part of the country that is central to the national psyche.
Explore the Towns of the Darling River
Darling River is the third longest river in Australia and is the lifeblood of Outback NSW. Only a small percentage of the Darling’s water comes from within the Western Catchment - the majority of “fresh” enters the system from Queensland rains (rain falling west of the Divide in Queensland). Be sure during your drive that you call in to the Visitor Information Centres in each township and chat with the friendly staff who are knowledgeable on the best vantage points, local attractions, river history and updated road conditions.