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Summer time in Bourke

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015

It may not quite be Summer time but our here we have already begun our Summer season. It is already 35 degrees and spring is being replaced by warmer winds. Tourism is important for this town and over the years many businesses have enjoyed growth through their ability to offer visitors a unique Outback experience. If you don't know what it is like to spend a day in the Outback during Summer or have not enjoyed the long twilight that Outback evenings offer then why not do it in 2015? We would love to see you out here and help extend our busy winter tourist season into our warmer months!

Destination Outback

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

The Inland NSW Tourist Organisation have recently been working with the local tourism industry to come up with a destination management plan for the Outback region of New South Wales.

This is one of the opening statements in the plan and I can't think of a better way to describe the experiences on offer in our part of the world.

Outback New South Wales is a rite of passage: a must do experience that rivals the rock and the reef; an escape from the mundane of everyday to a world like no other; an iconic Australian pilgrimage;   an adventure to the back o’ Bourke and back again.

Our ancient Aboriginal culture stretches back to the dawn of time, but we are custodians of a living culture, evolving with modern life but respecting and honouring the land and our heritage.

Our rugged landscape is ever changing: vast, open and alive with the colour and movement of abundant and iconic Australian wildlife.

Our people love to spin yarns that our visitors never forget; stories of legends and larrikins, of heroes and madmen; tales of black opal, treasure and tragedy.

We promise a brilliant adventure.

We want our visitors to create their own legend on a journey that takes them from the heart of country to the edge of the outback.

Nothing says this better than a visit to Mount Gundabooka or the many other attractions around Bourke. Stay a while!

Louth Races

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

The Enngonia races were run recently with over 500 people attending the meeting. The club has been trying to run their event over the past 4 years and have been rained out each time. Am looking forward now to the Louth Races which are the single biggest event in the local sporting calendar. The races are on the 10th of August 2013 and a crowd of over 2,000 people are expected.  www.louthraces.com

Back O' Bourke Outback Show

Posted on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The addition of the nationally renowned Outback Show to Bourke's tourism line-up will see the iconic outback town claim a stake in the increasingly important regional tourism industry, according to Bourke shire council tourism and development manager Phil Johnston.    

The Outback show, which features horseman Luke Thomas and his bullocks, camels, stock and heavy horses, was a major drawcard in Longreach and now is proving to be the same in Bourke.

In addition to the town's already established and highly regarded Back O' Bourke Exhibition centre and the popular Jandra paddle boat tours of the Darling River, Bourke now has much to offer the growing number of regional tourists, Mr Johnston said.

“Our research shows that people are choosing to stay longer in the town because there's just so much more to do here,” he said. “We're attracting more visitors who are deciding that Bourke is a must-see destination on their itinerary and most of our visitors are surprised about how much there is to see and do once they get here, and how beautiful the town is.”

Bourke visitors are well catered for with a range of accommodation, from luxury cabins to budget motels and free camp sites. As well as the big three ticketed attractions – the Outback Show, the Exhibition Centre and the Jandra paddle boat – Bourke also offers a thriving cafe culture, quality gift shops and a range of dining options.

The town is also blessed to be set among some of the outback's most spectacular natural wonders. Gundabooka National park boasts a stunning landscape of red ochres and easy access to ancient aboriginal rock art. Mt Oxley offers views to the horizon and the Darling River is a haven for bird life and also offers great fishing.

“We've worked hard to improve what we can offer visitors to the town,” Mr Johnston said. “We are growing the tourism product, giving more options to our visitors and encouraging them to stay longer to experience what a real outback town is like.

“Bourke is a surprise to most people. We value our visitors and try to offer them an unforgettable experience.”