Getting to Outback NSW from Sydney can provide the visitor with many options to explore the best attractions of NSW. From the mountains of the high country around Mt Kosciusko, to the mighty Murray, or, a more northern route to outback icons like Bourke and Lightning Ridge via the Hunter Valley and the New England region.

Driving to the Outback NSW from Sydney

Getting to Outback NSW from Sydney can provide the visitor with many options to explore the best attractions of New South Wales.

From the mountains of the high country around Mt Kosciusko, to the mighty Murray, or, a more northern route to outback icons like Bourke and Lightning Ridge via the Hunter Valley and the New England region.

There is a journey for whatever takes your fancy.

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Sydney to Broken Hill


  • The Blue Mountains <> Barrier Highway: (Distance = 1,115km approx)

Often, the most direct route is not necessarily the most inspiring, but in this case the drive to Broken Hill via the world famous Blues Mountains is highly recommended for those who have not experienced the grandeur of places like the Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls. It is worth an overnight stop to experience this spectacular region of NSW.

This journey then continues through the NSW western slopes and via Parkes and 'The Dish' and then onto Nyngan to join the Barrier Highway for the run to Broken Hill via Cobar and Wilcannia.


  • Hume Highway - Alpine Way - Riverina Highway - Sturt Highway: (Distance = 1,665km approx)

Looking for a REALLY spectacular tour? This one will take you though the Capital Country including Canberra, the high country around Mount Kosciuszko - Australia's Highest Mountain - and then via the Mighty Murray River to its confluence with the Darling River at Wentworth.

This tour really has it all; starting with an easy highway drive from Sydney to Canberra then across the Great Dividing Range past Thredbo village and Mount Kosciusko before picking up the Murray at the Tom Groggin and following the river to Albury-Wodonga.

From Albury, the trip continues along the Murray through the southern Riverina past Mulwala, Tocumwal, and then the Murray Valley to the Port of Echuca and onto Swan Hill, Mildura and Wentworth.

From Wentworth, it is either a straight run up the Silver City highway or via the Darling River to Menindee along the Darling River Run. A great side-trip here is the iconic Lake Mungo National Park.


  • The Riverina Way (Sturt Highway): (Distance = 1,310km approx)

Taking in the fabulous Riverina, this tour via the Hay Plains and the Murrumbidgee River includes great stopovers at Narrandera, Darlington Point, and Hay (the Shear Outback interpretive centre is a must-see).

Continuing westward to Euston, where the highway meets the Murray River, and follows the path of the river to Mildura and onto Wentworth where the Murray joins the Darling River.

From Wentworth, it is a pleasant run north along the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill or up the southern section of the Darling River Run via Pooncarie and Menindee and the option to experience one of Australia's greatest National Parks at Lake Mungo.



Sydney to Bourke


  • The Hunter Valley - New England - The Kamilaroi Highway: (Distance = 1,566km approx)

When it comes to incorporating some of the best that NSW has to offer into an outback tour between Sydney and Broken Hill, this route certainly has it all.

Heading north to the NSW Central Coast and Newcastle, or via the Hills District and Wisemans Ferry, the route continue though the famous wine growing region of the Hunter Valley before joining the Kamilaroi Highway through the beautiful New England area and on up to Narrabri, and Walgett – the start of the Darling River Run.

Heading west though Brewarrina and onto the iconic Outback town of Bourke.

From Bourke, the visitor can experience on of Australia's great journeys, The Darling River Run though iconic outback towns like Louth, Tilpa, and Wilcannia, Menindee, Pooncarie and Wentworth where the Darling River meets the Murray River. A not-to-miss stopover is Broken Hill which can be access from either Wilcannia (via the Barrier Highway or north from Menindee Lakes.



The Grand Tour


  • Around the Basin -Down the Murray and up the Darling: (Distance = 3,230km approx)

For the real adventurer, and a great opportunity to learn about the Murray Darling Basin, this extensive tour of the region will take you across the mountains, down the Murray, into Broken Hill, up the Darling River, along the Kamilaroi, Highway through New England, the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast, and back to Sydney. Basically down the Murray from its source in the Alps to where it joins the Darling, then up the Darling River to its northern tributaries.

Not only that, but there are endless opportunities to explore the many great side-trips (Lake Mungo, Menindee Lakes, Kinchega NP, Silverton, Cameron Corner, Sturt NP, White Cliffs, Gundabooka NP, Lightning Ridge, and many more...).