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Bourke is a town in Far West New South Wales.


Back of Bourke is Australian slang for the middle of nowhere. If you head north west from Sydney you'll have no difficulty understanding the origins of the slang. However, Bourke is a service town for a large surrounding area.

Historically, Bourke is another remnant of the grand vision the Australian European pioneers had for opening up the inland of Australia. Bourke was even (briefly) an inland port on the Murray Darling, as steamer companies set up business along the Murray, shipping agricultural produce down to Adelaide. The steamer companies soon lost money because of snags, water levels, and the general lack of suitability of the Darling as an inland waterway for shipping. You can still see the wharf in Bourke.

Visitors Information Centre[edit]

Get in[edit]

Airlink fly to Bourke from Dubbo. Flights to Dubbo are available from Sydney and some other regional locations.

NSW Trainlink have a daily train service to Dubbo from Sydney connecting with a bus service to Bourke. The trip will take a full day's travel.

Get around[edit]

You can hire a car in Bourke, but none of the majors operate here.


Bourke is situated on the Darling River.






Go next[edit]

  • Hungerford and the Currawinya National Park.
  • Brewarrina is only a few minutes east, home to the world's oldest human construction.
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