Outback NSW

An outback loop around the edges of NSW including Lightning Ridge, Bourke, Broken Hill and Mungo NP.

Trail information

  • 3600km
  • 2-3 weeks
  • Grade 2 - Family friendly
  • Ascent 2500m
  • Descent 2500m
  • Loop
  • Start location: Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia
  • No dogs

We headed west, from Coffs to Moree, and out back o’ Bourke to explore the furtherest reaches of NSW. We had plans for a big 30,000km motorcycle ride across Europe and Asia with Compass Expeditions in 2020, and this was our “shakedown” tour to test our gear and skills. Covid-19 and border closures dashed our plans for our big ride unfortunately.

This route is primarily on tar, with some dirt around Lightning Ridge and Mungo NP. Highlights included the thermal pools at Moree, the miners memorial and sculpture park at Broken Hill, the friendly locals who invited us to party at Broken Hill Outback Resort, the surreal landscape of the road through the Darling River ana-branch, and the return to civilisation at beautiful Mildura.

Mungo National Park is well worth the effort to visit. The Walls of China are intriguing, the old pioneer woolshed is remarkable, but most poignant of all are the stories of the ancient people who lived here, when trees grew around the lake. The lives of these people echo across the centuries in the footprints they left, the woman who carried a restless child as she walked, the man who possibly paddled his craft, the stone tools which are an uncanny fit for our hands. A place all Australians should visit to get a sense of time and space.


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