BC Works

Kidman Way, Bourke NSW 2840 (02)6872 1321

Things To See and Do

Welcome to the Back O' Bourke!

While at the Back O' Bourke you must check out these great experiences!




Call in at a bush pub!

I think this probably should be number one! There are plenty of great bush pubs and I've not had a bad beer yet. They are all friendly. Favorites include: The Byrock Pub, The Oasis at Enngonia, Fordsy pub at Fords Bridge, Royal Mail at Hungerford (if you can get out there), Outback Inn at Wanaaring, Shindy's Inn at Louth, The Oxford and Port Of Bourke in town; hang on, that’s all of them! For those that are out for a days adventure do the Outback Triangle Pub Crawl. Start early and head to Shindy's Inn at Louth for smoko, then take the back road to Fordsy for lunch before settling in at the Northy for the afternoon. Total distance is about 250Km but its a great drive.

Check out the Crossley Engine

The Crossley Engine in Bourke is an oil-fuelled stationary engine manufactured by the Crossley Brothers in 1923. Located at the Wally Mitchell Wharf Precinct the Crossley Engine is up and running from 12 noon until 1pm each weekday during the visitor season.

This large oil fuelled stationary engine has an impressive history and sounds great when fired up. The Crossley is located at the old wharf in town.

Visit  Mount Oxley

You can't come to the Outback without a visit to Mount Oxley. Go at sunset if you have the chance. It is amazing. About a 40 minute drive from Bourke towards Brewarrina. Get some information from the Back O' Bourke Visitor Information Centre along with a permit.

The Darling River Run

The DRR is gaining popularity as one of Australia’s iconic outback journeys. With over 950 kilometres to enjoy follow this mighty river from the upper reaches at Walgett to where the Darling joins the Murray at Wentworth. The run caters to nature lovers, history buffs, adventure enthusiasts and those who enjoy the diversity and contrast of the outback.

Take several days to explore the dynamic Darling River and enjoy the hospitality of the small outback towns and villages along the way.

Please visit The Darling River Run website for further information or contact the Back O’ Bourke Visitor Information Centre for assistance.

Darling River Run brochure

Back O' Bourke Gallery

Back O Bourke Gallery is the working commercial gallery of renowned outback artist, Jenny Greentree. The beautiful gallery space offers the highest quality original Australian art and digital fine art reproductions.

26 Darling Street, Nth Bourke NSW 2840
Ph: 0268724674
Hours: Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm

Cultural Walks

This 45-minute leisurely walk delves into the rich history of the Aboriginal people; you’ll learn about the land, water use and spiritual connection to the waterways that surround their community.

Before the ‘Cultural Walk’ journey begins, you will join in a ceremony in which you accept ochre – a natural clay earth pigment – that personally acknowledges Earth Mother before you hear about her landscape.

You’ll discover how Aboriginal people respected and used their environment and how a personal connection is formed within the land.

Book your tour now at the Back O’ Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre or call us on 02 6872 1321.

Jandra Paddleboat

Experience the beautiful Darling River aboard the majestic Jandra Paddle Vessel. Enjoy one of the relaxing daily cruises, or book a private charter for your special event. Once on board, the Captain will inform and entertain you with a delightful commentary on river life, flora, fauna and the history of the riverboat era.

The original Jandra was a steam paddle boat, built in Mannum, South Australia in 1894 for Arthur Senior of Bourke. Our modern paddle vessel was built by Russell Mansell and his family and commissioned in 2000; the first paddle boat to operate on the Darling River in over 60 years.

There are two one hour cruises daily Monday to Saturday, 9am and 2.30pm with a 2 hour cruise on Sunday starting at 2pm. Cruises depart from Kidman’s Camp Caravan Park, during visitors season.

Book your tickets now at the Back O’ Bourke Information and Exhibition Centre (Ph: 02 6872 1321).

Historic Dunlop Station

Tour the Historic Dunlop Station on the banks of the Darling River at Louth NSW. Once a million acres and host to the first shearing shed to use mechanical shears. Join Kim for morning tea and a historical tour.

Bourke/Tilpa Rd, Louth NSW 2840.
0458 472 698
Tours: Sat - Sun 11.30am or by appointment.

Historic Cemetery & Fred Hollows’ Grave

Resting place of Prof. Fred Hollows plus significant gravesites from Bourke’s long history. An hour spent browsing the inscriptions will take you back into a world of bushrangers and drovers, cameleers and river boat men, lost children and local heroes.

Pick up the historic cemetery guide from the Back O’ Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre.

Located 2km South of Bourke on the Kidman Way.

Historic Wharf

Once the largest inland port on the Darling River the wharf represents Bourke’s historic link with the river trade. Now a peaceful community place to view the Darling River.

The Bourke Wharf is a replica of the original wharves in Bourke. The area was considered to have little prospects for commercial activity. In the late 1850s, the Darling River was opened up as a key transport route, and river communities like Bourke grew as important transport centres.

While the wharf is a replica, it has been constructed showing how the design of the wharf caters for the varying levels of water that occurs on the Darling River.

Bales of wool were towed down the river by paddle steamers, but eventually, river transport was replaced when other forms of transport became available, and the last commercial riverboat finished in 1931. (Brian, B & W).

Located Cnr Sturt St & Mitchell Lane.

Gundabooka National Park

Visit Gundabooka National Park and State Conservation Area, near Bourke in outback NSW, to see the imposing Mount Gundabooka, go camping in the outback and see the Aboriginal rock art.

Gundabooka National Park and State Conservation Area is a vast area rich in Aboriginal and European heritage that stretches from the banks of the Darling River, across the plains and over Mount Gundabooka.

The park, featuring woodlands, floodplains, sandhills and the rugged Mount Gundabooka that rises 500m above the park, is of great significance to the local Ngemba Aboriginal people. Be sure to take Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site walking track to see some ancient Aboriginal rock art up close.

You’ll find the striking sight of weathered red soils against bright blue skies makes for excellent landscape photography, and you’re bound to see a range of birdlife along the park’s walking tracks. There are great places for camping, including sites for caravans, motorhomes and tents, or you can stay in the historic Redbank Homestead or Shearers’ Quarters.

Toorale National Park

Explore the vast floodplain and beautiful rivers of outback NSW near Bourke on a car tour of Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. You’ll enjoy great fishing and birdwatching.

Experience an outback adventure at Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area (SCA). Awe-inspiring skies, dramatic sunsets and starry nights under Australian floodplain landscapes are just a few things you can enjoy while riverside camping at Darling River campground (Yapara Paaka Thuru). Picnic by the river bank to the sight and sound of birds at Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa).

Best visited between April and November, few places offer the rare opportunity to see the floodplain landscape come to life after rain like Toorale National Park and SCA. Located at the junction of Warrego and Darling Rivers, the seasonal wetlands offer an abundance of birdlife, with ibis, pelicans, as well as iconic brolgas.

This park lies within the traditional lands of Kurnu-Baakandji people. You can learn about their culture as well as the historic significance of this region on a Discovery tour.

NSW National Parks - Bourke Office
51 Oxley St, Bourke NSW 2840
02 6830 0200

North Bourke Bridge

Opened on 4 May 1883, this lift bridge was designed by J H Daniels and modified in 1895 and 1903 by E M de Burgh, both Public Works bridge engineers.

Built at the zenith of the River Trade, its construction was begun by David Baillie and completed by McCulloch & Co.

The 1895 modifications led to improved designs for subsequent lift-span bridges.

The bridge is the oldest moveable-span bridge in Australia and is the sole survivor of its type in New South Wales.

It served as a Gateway structure for 114 years before being bypassed in 1997.

Located 3km North of Bourke on the Kidman Way.

Historic Buildings

Bourke showcases many remarkable historically significant buildings over 100 years old including the Court House, Roman Catholic Church & Convent, Post Office, Post Office Hotel & Western Lands Department.

Pick up the Mud Maps brochure from the Back O’ Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre.

Lock & Weir

The Lock at the Bourke Weir was the first to be built on a river anywhere along the Murray/Darling river systems. Built in 1897, the lock measures 59.5 metres between gates and is 11 metres wide.

Pick up the Mud Maps brochure from the Back O’ Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre.

Located 7km West of Bourke on Anson St.

Fort Bourke Stockade

Built as a depot and defensive fort by Major Thomas Mitchell during his exploration to the region in 1835. The Fort was named after His Excellency Governor Richard Bourke. A replica of the original fort was built in 1938.

Pick up the Mud Maps brochure from the Back O’ Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre.

Located 16km South West of Bourke on Louth Rd. An access key is available from the Back O’ Bourke Information and Exhibition Centre.

Bourke Scenic Flights

2 hour guided gallery and scenic flight tour hosted by renowned outback artist, Jenny Greentree. Includes 1 hr flight time into the landscape, history and sites that have inspired Jenny's art.

Soar above majestic Mount Gundabooka, the mighty Darling River and the historic North Bourke Bridge. Literally fly into Jenny's paintings.

For bookings and more information visit www.backobourkegallery.com.au