Outback Intro Loop
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Total Route Details:
- Distance: 1,200km - Mostly Sealed Roads
- Allow: Min 6 Days (5 Nights)
Never been to the outback but really want to go? Then this touring route is the perfect way to get an insight and understanding of what makes the outback such a wonderful place to visit. The Outback Intro route will take you to the ‘Back O Bourke’ and you will be able to do so easily and safely in a non-4x4 vehicle with your Outback Beds' hosts expecting you every step of the way. After all, the Outback Beds motto is “stay in the outback with friends...”
While this route will not take you to the really remote outback like some of our other routes, it will provide a very good taste of what is out here... and along the way stay with some of our wonderful Outback Beds Members.
This touring route can be started/finished at any point, but for illustrative purposes, Dubbo is the starting point.
With its zoo (part of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo), Dubbo is a must see town with all the amenities of a large city but with a distinctive country-town feel. So with so much to see and do in Dubbo, it is worth a couple of nights and there is no better place to stay than at Walls Court, our wonderful Dubbo member who will not only give a great introduction to the town, but also our Outback Beds network.
The next member on the itinerary is Barkala Farm (and Pilliga Pottery) nestled in a beautiful valley between the forest of the Pilliga and the foothills of the Warrumbungle Range in north-western NSW. As well as being a working farm, it is also home to the fabulous creative energy of Pilliga Pottery, the largest and most unique pottery in NSW.
From the Pilliga, it is a beautiful drive north to Walgett, where the Barwon and Namoi rivers meet and a short drive to one of the most iconic towns in the outback and home of the Black Opal... Lightning Ridge.
It is such an endearing destination that many people who visit for a few days, end up staying a life time. Local opal and jewellery artisan, Jo Lindsay, is our member out there and her ‘Fossickers Cottages’ can accommodate couples and families in comfort.
From the Ridge, it is time to head over to Brewarrina, location of the ancient fish-traps and a very informative indigenous visitor centre, both of which are well worth experiencing. From Brewarrina, Bourke is the next destination; the iconic town on the Darling River. We have a member in Bourke, Food and Huts by Mt Oxley. Bourke also has some wonderful accommodation options.
For the run back to Dubbo, along the Mitchell Highway, a stopover in Trangie is easy and comfortable with our member Trangie Caravan Park.
Dubbo <> Barkala Farm:
- Route: Newell Highway <> Oxley Highway (163 km - about 2.5 hours) - Mostly Sealed
Leaving Dubbo it is a scenic drive towards Coonabarabran and on to Barkala Farm which is 35km from Coonabarabran (including 10km dirt road).
Barkala Farm <> Walgett:
- Route: Oxley Highway <> Castlereagh Highway (220 km - about 3.5 hours) - Sealed
After a day or two soaking up the creative ambience of Barkala Farm and Pilliga Pottery, the touring route heads north to Walgett where the Namoi and Barwon rivers meet.
Walgett <> Lightning Ridge:
- Route: Castlereagh Highway <> Bill O'Brien Way (80km - about 3 hours) - Unsealed
The 'Ridge' is a destination high on many a traveller's list and it is easy to see why... it is such a unique place. With some much to see, do and experience, allow for at least 2 nights (if not three) to fully appreciate this wonderful destination and our member Fossickers Cottage is the ideal place and location to set as your base.
Lightning Ridge <> Bourke:
Route: Cumborah-Lightning Ridge Rd <> Narran Lake Rd <> Kamilaroi Highway (180km - about 3 hours) - Mostly Unsealed
The route from Lightning Ridge to Bourke is via Cumborah and Narren Lake (Unsealed roads) but if you prefer, there is a sealed route back via Walgett, then heading west to Brewarrina and onto Bourke. The unsealed route gives the option of going via The Grawin (another opal field near Lightning Ridge - ask at the Ridge Visitor Information Centre for details) and into Brewarrina past Narren Lake. Allow some time to stop at the 'Fish Traps' and Visitor Centre at Brewarrina before continuing along the Kamilaroi to Bourke.
Bourke <> Trangie:
Route: Mitchell Highway (296km - about 3.5 hours) - Sealed
With only a short drive the next destination, grab the morning to further experience the sights and sounds of life on the Darling at Bourke before heading off down the highway to Trangie.
Trangie <> Dubbo:
Route: Mitchell Highway (80km - about 1 hour) - Sealed
While on the face of it, Trangie appears to be just a small service centre, but scratch the surface a bit and there are some interesting things to see, and with only a short drive back to Dubbo and our members Walls Court, it is easy to while away a few ours exploring this wonderful town on the Macquarie River, a tributary of the Darling
Outback Beds Members & Towns along the way