Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre
The Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre brings to life the story of Outback new South Wales and the Back O’ Bourke.
Enjoy the interactive stories of the Inland Sea, CEW Bean, the Wool story, Riverboats, conflict and much more. Discover more about the life of Henry Lawson ‘Outback’ and marvel at the stories of our women of the west.
A two day ticket to the Exhibition Centre is available and joint tickets can be purchased to enjoy a cruise on the PV Jandra. During the busy winter tourist season the Exhibition Centre is open 7 days per week from 9am till 5pm. The Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre is now also home to the Bourke Tourist Information Centre.
A wonderful cafe sits alongside the Exhibition Centre. Enjoy a coffee in the bush surrounds.
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 new 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 Kidmans Camp. During our main tourist season it runs at 9am and 3pm – Monday to Saturday. This modern boat was built by Russell Mansell and his family and commissioned in 2000. In fact the 19th of August 2010 was its 10 year anniversary! Further information and tickets available at the Back O’ Bourke Information Centre.
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.
Located on the western side of Mt Gunderbooka, just 50km from Bourke, Bennetts Gorge picnic area is a great place for a picnic lunch or barbecue.
The picnic area is also wonderful for birdwatching – keep your eyes open for the hooded robin and the diamond firetail. There’s easy access to the Valley of the Eagles walk from Bennetts Gorge picnic area, so when you’ve polished off your picnic lunch be sure to set off. The walk takes you to the base of Mt Gundabooka.
Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site walking track offers a unique Outback experience with Aboriginal rock art and birdwatching in Gundabooka National Park, near Bourke.
- Drinking water is not available in this park so it’s a good idea to bring your own
- Check the weather and road conditions before you set out as the roads to Gundabooka National Park may be closed
- This park is in a remote location, please ensure you are thoroughly prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans
Back O’ Bourke Outback Show
Luke Thomas Back O’ Bourke Outback Show. Featuring Camels, Clydesdales, Trick horses, Working Dogs, Bullocks. The Outback Show will be operating from June till September – 6 days per week at 11am.
The funniest show this side of the Black Stump!
Check out the Crossley Engine
It runs at noon each weekday during the tourist season. This large oil engine has a great history and sounds great when its fired up. The Crossley is at the old wharf in the town.
Visit Mount Oxley
Mount Oxley is a tabletop mountain that rises from a flat landscape, with magnificent 360 degree views from the top. Wedge tailed eagles are frequently seen soaring overhead. The road to the top is sealed but very narrow with only enough room for one car, with deep ruts on the inside and a steep fall on the outside. While you are there, go bushwalking and also check out the mysterious craters just past the facilities. Make a day of it and have a picnic while you are there as there are great facilities including picnic tables, barbecues, stainless steel kitchen area and toilets.
From Bourke travel east along the Brewarrina Road for 28 kilometres, staying on the main road. Just past the only grid on the road you come to a turnoff marked Tarcoon and Mt Oxley. Turn right here and travel down this gravel road for approximately 4 kilometres then turn right at the small brown Mount Oxley sign. Continue straight ahead on this road and it will take you to the summit.
Get some information from the tourist information centre along with a permit.
Dine Out Under the Stars at Poetry on a Plate
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 Poetry on A Plate are Andrew Hull & Sarah Goulden & between them they ensure a most memorable & enjoyable evening.
Andrew is renowned as the “Bard of Bourke” – he’ll have you laughing, crying, reflecting & learning about the iconic part of Australia. Sarah takes great pleasure in preparing the slow cooked meals & home made desserts, as well as meeting & conversing with the guests.
These two ”love what they do, & do what they love”. It’s a night out in Bourke that shouldn’t be missed. The show starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night’s at Kidmans Camp, North Bourke, from April through until October. For more details, check out the website below.