8-Days Road Tour Around Western NSW

8-Days Road Tour Around Western NSW
Now that international travel isn’t possible yet for many Australians, it would be a good idea to explore Australia’s hundreds of regional destinations. The Land Down Under is one of the world’s most rewarding places to visit with spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife, and some of the friendliest people on the planet. As a local Australian, wouldn’t be amazing if we experience it first-hand?

In this article, we present the great places to visit New South Wales and get set for some adventure on this epic New South Wales road trip through the 8-day outback itinerary. 

* Before packing your bags, check the latest COVID travel restrictions in NSW.





Day One: Sydney to Dubbo

Depart Sydney early in the morning heading west towards the Blue Mountains. Travel along the Bells Line of Road making a stop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens. Enjoy the stunning views here and grab a good coffee. Pass through Lithgow before turning off into the Castlereagh Highway towards Mudgee. Mudgee has become very well known for its local food and wines. Make a stop at the stunning Moothi Estate for lunch (and enjoy wine interpretation and tasting) overlooking the vineyards sprawling estate. After lunch, have a quick tour in Mudgee’s main street and continue towards Dubbo arriving late afternoon.

Check into accommodation at the Cattleman’s Country Motor Inn

Blue Mountains, NSW
Gorgeous view overlooking the Blue Mountains



Day Two: Dubbo Day

Enjoy breakfast at a local café and prepare for a wonderful day in Dubbo. The first stop is at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. They make your way to Savannah Safari where you board a safari-style struck for an exclusive 20-minute drive through the herds of African animals including giraffes, eland, and more. Take your time at each enclosure and enjoy animal viewing at your leisure. Enjoy your time appreciating the wildlife and its famous open-plains zoo. 

8-Days Road Tour Around Western NSW

Grab lunch at the Old Bank Restaurant, located within an 1870’s heritage building. Sit back and enjoy the historic surroundings and great food.

After lunch, make your way to the Old Dubbo Gaol. Learn about the 1800’s penal system and explore the goal grounds where the prisoners once roamed. You will get an understanding of the hardness of prison life as you travel back in time. Meet the Condemned Man, the Gaol Ghost, and view original goal artifacts. A great experience. 

The next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Base, servicing a 7-million-kilometer region of outback NSW. You’ll see the control room and live operations center. Also, view inside an RFDS aircraft on the tarmac and learn about the life and times of the doctors and nurses that service remote communities, a truly inspiring work!





Day Three: Dubbo to White Cliffs

After a sumptuous breakfast, head to the west side along the Mitchell Highway. You’ll pass through Narromine before making a coffee stop at the tiny town of Trangie, where it takes pride in its 19th-century architecture and its once-thriving farming community. After enjoying the main street, continue your journey heading to Cobar.
Cobar is another outback town that is full of characters. Enjoy your lunch at RSL Club just off the main street. Then continue your trip passing through the town of Wilcannia, before continuing onto White Cliffs.

White Cliffs is well known as the first place in Australia where opal was discovered by accident in 1872. Since then, opal has been mined continuously. Many of the locals live underground using their mining equipment to build their homes. 

Stay at the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel overnight. This accommodation was built into the side of an escarpment and keeping a perfect all-year-round temperature of 21-degrees.

White Cliffs Opal Mine, NSW
Aerial view of White Cliffs




Day Four: Exploring White Cliffs then on to Broken Hill

Visit the Red Earth Opal Mine and take a tour 25-meters underground to see firsthand how opals are mined. Learn all about their fascinating shapes and different colors. Continue the tour of White Cliffs afterward, admiring how even some businesses are built underground in this unique outback landscape. Enjoy lunch at a local café and have the opportunity to buy opals or souvenirs from local stores, before heading west towards Broken Hill. Enjoy views of the vast outback as you travel along the Barrier Highway to the last frontier, Broken Hill.

Broken Hill was established in the mid-19th century after silver was discovered. It became one of Australia’s richest towns for many decades as the mining industry boomed.
Check-in at the stylish accommodation Royal Exchange Hotel. Enjoy the opulent surrounds of yesteryear in this beautifully restored heritage hotel. 





Day Five: Broken Hill & Silverton

After breakfast, visit the amazing Living Desert Sanctuary, home of the stunning desert park where there are 12 unique hand-carved images. After the tour, head back to town and visit the miner’s memorial museum located on top of the original mullock heap in the middle of the town. Admire the views of Broken Hill and surrounding countryside, as well as the beautiful memorial to the local miners. 

Visit the Pro Hart Museum, home of a controversial Broken Hill artist, Pro one of Australia’s most iconic, prolific, and polarizing artists of all time. 

Travel to the nearby former mining town of Silverton. The town has been used in many movies and commercials but is most famous for its Mad Max movie franchise

Visit the legendary Silverton Hotel and admire the eclectic collection of memorabilia on the walls and roof of the pub, while having your lunch. Discover local galleries such as John Dynon Gallery, the Mad Max Museum, The Horizon Gallery, The Silverton Gaol and Historical Museum, and outdoor attractions like Silverton Outback Camels

Later head back to Broken Hill before dinner at the legendary The Palace Hotel well-known as the pub where the movie ‘ The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ was filmed. 


Day Six: Broken Hill to Hillston

The first stop of the day is the stunning Lake Menindee. Menindee is the oldest European settlement in Western New South Wales and was the first town established on the darling River. The explorers' Burke and Wills stopped here on their expedition to Northern Australia. 

Continue your journey along the Menindee Road towards Ivanhoe, a small town with a population of just 200 people. After lunch, head towards Hillston, another charming outback town on the banks of Lachlan River, and teaming with history. 

Bathurst, NSW


Day Seven: Hillston to Bathurst 

Discover Hillston, known for its beautiful parks and long streets. Stroll down the main street to observe the stunning 19th-century architecture and walk across the unique Lachlan River swing bridge providing safe local cross-river access. Visit Willandra, a beautifully restored pastoral homestead. Look into the past with the owners of this fine example of colonial history. 
Continue your travel along The Henry Parkes Way towards Bathurst for an overnight destination. Stay at Bathurst Heritage Motor Inn.





Day Eight: Bathurst to Sydney

Enjoy the tour around Bathurst and admire the stunning century-old homes and charming streets of Australia’s oldest inland town. For a better view of Bathurst town and the surrounding countryside, head into the famous Mount Panorama racetrack.

Continue along the Great Western Highway towards Lithgow and the Blue Mountains, and enjoy lunch at the High Hopes Road House, built-in a former petrol station, the roadhouse oozes charm and a great home-style menu. Enjoy the surroundings and continue the rest of the day back to Sydney.

8-Days Road Tour Around Western NSW

WHAT TO PACK for Outback NSW road trip

These three things are the absolute essentials you need to bring with you on your road trip.

Hiking Boots or sturdy walking shoes. Do not forget!
Protection Against Sun - Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Lipbalm with Sunscreen, and Hat 
Check the weather app for the latest update which determines the clothes you need to bring.
Camera, to capture memories and occasional wildlife interaction.


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8-Days Road Tour Around Western NSW


Acknowledgment of the Country:
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country throughout New South Wales and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging and ask that during your travels you respect these cultures, peoples, and land. 






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26 comments :

  1. What an awesome trip! We aren't doing any international travel right now either, but for my family that means we are exploring the United States. We are working on seeing all of our National Parks. Looks like you had an amazing trip and got to see a lot of neat places.

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    1. Yes it is!! Australia is so big it would take years to explore all of Australia. Hope you can visit when restrictions are over.

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  2. My dream has always been to visit Australia but right now you only hear horrible things, many people are suffering and living in a condition of imprisonment ç_ç

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    1. I don't know what media channel have you encountered these stories but I can tell you that so far Australia is a much safer to travel even for us locals. Everywhere around the world, there are people suffering and getting imprisoned, but at least in Australia, shooting incidents are not a regular news.

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  3. Ahhh this takes me back to my time living in NSW! So much to see in that part of the country - it truly is the most fantastic place to have a road trip adventure.

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    1. That's true! That's why it is best to drive around Australia.

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  4. In India too we aren't having international flights. I always wanted to work in Australia because it is one of the best place for my subject. Your picture and itinerary intrigued me though...

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  5. Sounds like an awesome trip. I wish I can visit Australia too someday.

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    1. Maybe it was by luck that I am now stocked here coz it wasn't my intention to stay. But here I am just enjoying what Australia lifestyle is.

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  6. This is a perfect plan for a trip. I will add this to my list

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  7. What an adventure! I'm not jealous or anything but I would love the opportunity to travel. It's all but stopped for us (we can go local but no where else) due to COVID and I'm dying to see places like this again.

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    1. Don't worry, Nyxie. Have more patience and soon all of us will free to travel once again.

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  8. Australia is still on my bucket list, can't wait to visit someday. I will have to make it like a month long trip so I can see a lot of places there. New South Whales, looks incredible!

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    1. A month would be enough to explore key places, and that's awesome!

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  9. You've been through a lot of beautiful places and I'm envious. All the photos will blow you away!

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    1. I'm still missing the Philippines! It is much cheaper to travel over there.

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  10. These awesome places, Love to visit this place and enjoy some time by the water.

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    1. Yes it is! Hope you can visit Australia soon after the pandemic.

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  11. Oh wow, that was one fully packed tour. I think that 8 day tour almost covered every adventure you want on a trip from nature to the city skirts.. I bet you had a great blast from this amazing tour. Gosh i wish i can visit this place someday

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    1. Thanks Milton, fully packed and yet this just a few of many adventures waiting in NSW.

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  12. Love how you were able to use the eight days to enjoy the travel. Traveling is indeed healthy for the mind and soul, makes you discover new things, culture, and food.

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    1. That's true! I enjoyed visiting the places, and learning their stories.

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  13. Great photos! I love the fact that you are in Australia! It's my second home. I miss it a lot! New South Wales is one of the places I really love in Australia. I always visit Sydney as much as I can.

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    1. Western NSW pa lang yan, next time yung north, south, and east NSW naman!

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