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NATIONAL TREASURES

Outside Broken Hill lies a multitude of amazing experiences just waiting for you. Fossick for opals, learn about indigenous and European history and take in some truly stunning National parks on this journey east.

Begin your journey to the historic and operational opal mining community of White Cliffs. Learn more about Australia’s opal mining history and try your hand at fossicking for our national gemstone yourself. Nearby ParooDarling National Park is a must-visit, showcasing the iconic red earth and arid climate The Outback is known for.

Continue on to Wilcannia and learn about the early European settlers of the region. This town was once a major inland port, its Paddle Steamers were vital in establishing trade routes from The Outback to the cities.

From Wilcannia, head on to Tilpa and Louth, two towns built to service the many travellers on the Darling during the Riverboat Era. While in Louth, be sure to visit the Shining Headstone, an Australian National Monument. Built by town founder Thomas A. Mathews to honour his late wife. This large headstone reflects the setting sun each night, acting as a beacon of light shining through the town.

Toorale and Gundabooka National Parks lay just beyond Louth, both highlighting stunning natural
beauty and rich indigenous heritage, with several petroglyph rock art and ceremonial areas having
been discovered across the parks.

Towns:
  • Wilcannia
  • Tilpa
  • Louth
  • White Cliffs
National Parks:
  • Toorale National Park
  • Gundabooka National Park
  • Paroo-Darling National Park

Wilcannia

Where to stay:
- Motels
- Caravan parks
- Cabins
- Camping


Food:
- Road House/Motel
- Café
- Golf club


Boxes to tick:
❑ Heritage trail around town
❑ Historic sandstone buildings
❑ Wilcannia Bridge
❑ Museum
❑ Cracking Outback sunsets and night skies


More information:
Wilcannia Tourist Information
(Post Office)
tel: (08) 8091 5000
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White Cliffs & Paroo Darling National Park

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation
- Underground motel
- Caravan park
- Camping


Food:
- Pub
- Cafés
- General store


Boxes to tick:
❑ Heritage trail around town
❑ Bill O’Reilly Oval
❑ Solar power station
❑ Opal Pioneer Federation Park
❑ Art gallery
❑ Museum
❑ Opal fossicking
❑ Opal shopping
❑ Cracking Outback sunsets and night skies
❑ Historic dugouts
❑ Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre (White Cliffs)
❑ Peery Lake (amazing birdlife when full)
❑ Aboriginal historical/cultural sites
❑ Self-guided driving/walking tours
❑ Walking trails


More information:
White Cliffs General Store
tel: (08) 8091 6611
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nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Tilpa and Louth; Toorale & Gundabooka National Parks

Where to stay:
- Hotel (Tilpa)
- Hotel cabins (Louth)
- Farm stays
- Shearers’ Quarter (Gundabooka NP)
- Camping


Food:
- Hotels


Boxes to tick:
❑ Shining headstone (Louth)
❑ Cracking Outback sunsets and night skies
❑ Aboriginal historical/cultural sites
❑ Self-guided driving/walking tours
❑ Toorale Homestead
❑ Mt Talowla lookout (Toorale NP)
❑ Fantastic Darling River scenery
❑ Walking trails
❑ Amazing birdlife


More information:
nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
destinationbrokenhill.com.au