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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!




Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre

Visit the Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre. The Centre gives the visitor a window to the past lives of those that lived, worked and played at the Back O' Bourke. Your ticket is a 2 consecutive day pass to allow you plenty of time to enjoy the experience. Phone the Back O' Bourke Information and Exhibition Centre for more details: (02) 68721321.

Back O' Bourke Gallery

The Back O’Bourke Gallery is situated on the banks of the Darling River at North Bourke, 5km north of Bourke. North Bourke is a developing outback tourist village and this beautifully presented gallery houses the studio of one of Australia’s foremost established outback artists, Jenny Greentree. Jen’s art is inspired by the rich Australian outback scenery and together with her husband Steve they have developed a gallery that never ceases to impress the many visitors that pass through its doors. This working commercial gallery is a must see gallery on the ‘Outback art gallery loop’ from Lightning Ridge to Broken Hill and original works and reproductions have found homes around Australia and overseas. Phone: (02) 68724674.

Cruise the Darling on the PV Jandra

This modern paddle vessel is also operated by Bourke Shire Council and part of the tourist experience at the Back O' Bourke. Buy a package that includes the Exhibition Centre and the Jandra. Say hi to the Captain.

Departs from the rear of Kidmans Camp. During our visitor season it runs at 2pm - Monday to Saturday.

This paddle vessel was built by Russell Mansell and his family and commissioned in 2000. In fact the 19th of August 2010 was its 10 year anniversary!

For ticketing and other information on the PV Jandra please call the Back O' Bourke Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6872 1321.


Gundabooka National Park

Gundabooka National Park is without doubt the best National Park in the State of NSW. A diverse cultural story, walking trails, camping facilities, rock art and just off the highway. About 50Km south of Bourke. Call in to the National Parks office and pick up a brochure.


Back O’ Bourke Outback Show

Paul Clarkson leads the Back O' Bourke Outback Show. This Stockman Style show is very entertaining with horses, working dogs, sheep and special cast members.

The 2019 season has commenced and will go through until late September. The one hour spectacular is held in the Stockman's Arena at the rear of the Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre. Show times are 11 am - daily.

A true outback show not to be missed! Book your tickets now at the Back O Bourke Information & Exhibition Centre on (02) 6872 1321 

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 is started up at 12 noon 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.

Campfire Sessions

You haven’t experienced Bourke until you’ve relaxed beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, whilst sharing a scrumptious meal and experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories & music.

Your hosts at Campfire Sessions ensure a most memorable & enjoyable evening. With a residency program that has the finest Australian poets, musicians and storytellers – they’ll have you laughing, crying, reflecting & learning about the iconic outback of Australia. You can check in on their website to see who the feature artist will be during your stay www.campfiresessions.com.au.

Meanwhile, the kitchen staff will prepare your slow cooked campfire dinner – a hearty beef casserole, and vegetable hotpot with dessert and a cuppa to finish off. It’s a night out in Bourke that shouldn’t be missed.

The show starts at 6.30pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at Kidmans Camp, North Bourke, from April through until October.

Back O' Bourke Loop Trails

Have you ever wanted to explore the fabulous outback but not sure where to start? The ideal base for your outback discovery is the iconic township of Bourke. With the Back O’ Bourke Loop Trails you have the opportunity to discover the real outback of New South Wales with six fabulous loops to choose from – you can spend a day or two up to a couple of weeks.

For all the details please download the PDF brochure below or contact the Back O’ Bourke Visitor Information Centre for a copy.

Back O' Bourke Loop Trails Brochure

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

Cobb & Co Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail
Learn and experience the history of Bourke in a horse drawn coach. Daily pick up and drop off at Mitchell Caravan Park.

Darling River Run
See the Darling river in a unique way. Live the thrill and experience the transport of yesteryear. Run daily out of Kidman's Camp.

For enquiries contact: 0400 029 758