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Bourke, NSW

Dscover a variety of ways to navigate the area in and around Bourke ­ one of New South Wales’ most important inland towns. Wool, cotton and citrus growing map out this area, located almost 800 kilometres from Sydney on the Darling River. Amongst the many historic buildings worth a visit in Bourke are the Court House, Police Station and the old Carriers Arms Hotel on the Mitchell Highway where, it is alleged, bush balladeer Henry Lawson penned some of his stories.


The Back O’Bourke is more than a Geographical location; it’s part of the Australian language, part of our folklore.

Bourke has a population of 3,000 people who thoroughly enjoy the “back country”, because of its mateship, history and wealth. Yes – Cotton, Citrus, Grapes, Jojoba and other crops grow out here with the help of the mighty Darling River.

Fishing, Camping, Bird watching (over 160 different identified species), Bush walking at our National Parks (Mt Gundabooka), Mt Oxley (the Uluru of the Outback) Paddleboats and wonderful Mateship Country Tours that leaves from the well equipped Tourist Office in the Old Railway building. The tourist office provides information for the outback region and also has some great souvenirs and books to enjoy.


Bourke’s tourist industry is well and truly on the move with a Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre soon to be completed. An interactive visual centre that will take your breath away – a must for all visitors to Bourke.

There are two excellent caravan parks, 4 modern motels, 5 hotels (1 with accommodation), a number of B & Bs and Outback Station Stays. The 2 Clubs, provide the traveller with good restaurant meals and fine wine.

Nearest Airport: North Bourke (12kms)

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About Bourke

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Bourke Postcode: 2840
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Outback NSW
  • Latitude: -30.08885
  • Longitude: 145.93774
  • Elevation: 111m
  • Population: 1909
  • Median Income: $38948
  • Area (Sq/km): 3882.792
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Accommodation In Bourke

Discover some of the accommodation in and around Bourke

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Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

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Luxe Accommodation

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Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


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