From Lithgow on the edge of the Blue Mountains to the ‘back o’ Bourke’ and NSW outback, Western NSW encompasses a wild array of rural landscapes including lush wetlands, harsh scrub and sun-baked dunes. Compared with the rest of the state, Western NSW is relatively hot and dry year round, except in higher areas like Bathurst, Orange & Cowra, which experience cool, frosty days in the winter months. If you’re after a getaway that feels like a million miles from the city, Central & Western NSW is the ideal camping destination.
Western NSW is characterised by charming country towns that are steeped in history, each one brimming with culture and with its own unique story to tell. Take a stroll around the largest Japanese garden in the southern hemisphere in Cowra and learn about the town’s significant prisoner of war history. Marvel at ‘The Dish’ whilst reliving the 1969 moon landing, or check out The King’s Castle Elvis Museum in Parkes, the ‘Elvis Capital of Australia’.
Use Camplify to hire an RV from a local and take an easy, scenic drive around the Mudgee, Orange & Bathurst areas for gorgeous wineries & breweries and sample the delicious local produce; or to experience real outback hospitality, stay a few nights in the remote mining towns of Broken Hill, Cobar or Lightning Ridge.
For amazing natural scenery, visit the Wellington or Abercrombie caves with their dramatic limestone arches and ancient stalagmites. Step back millennia and explore the region’s rich Aboriginal history with a guided tour of ancient remains and rock art in Mungo National Park & the remote community of Bourke. The Kinchega and Darling National Parks offer excellent bush camping experiences surrounded by the raw NSW outback and its hardy flora & fauna.