Backtrack to the Outback - Where the legend begins.....|
The Kidman Way passes through some of Australias most stunning outback country, and brings together a vast sweep of outback NSW.
From Jerilderie in the south to the Queensland border in the north, it embraces broad expanses of flat, lush rolling hills to rugged, awsome rocky ranges and gorges.
Jerilderie boasts a modern swimming pool and sporting complex, 18-hole golf course, bowling greens and turf racetrack. Jerilderie offers excellent facilities for a short stop or a longer stay, with no shortage of places to obtain light refreshments or scrumptious home-style meals. Accommodation is available to suit all needs and budgets, ranging from family operated motels, a caravan park or backpacker accommodation.
Coleambally, the newest town in New South Wales, was established in a state pine forest in 1968. You are assured of a warm welcome in Coleambally. A planned town with beautiful gardens and streets named after the local birds, it has often been labelled an 'oasis on the plains'.
Griffith is a remarkable city that even the likes of Australias most famous grazier, Sir Sidney Kidman, would have been inspired by.
Griffith's rich blend of cultures and traditions results in a vibrant, cosmopolitan lifestyle. The cities unmistakable Italian heritage lives on in its passion for food and wine. The main street is a bustling retail district punctuated by street cafes and delicatessens that offer a wide selection of locally made produce. Griffith also boasts a fun-packed calendar of events that encompasses everything from food and wine festivals to world music and dance!
Established in 1864 on a bend in the Murrumbidgee River where road river traffic converged, Darlington Point has much to offer the tourist with great bush hospitality.
Evidence of the paddle steamer era can be seen with the reconstructed 1904 lift-span bridge forming the entrance to the caravan park and old wharf pylons upstream.
Goolgowi is situated on the crossroads of the Mid Western Highway and the Kidman Way , and is a popular stopping place for travellers. Settled in the late 1920s when the land was opened up for wheat farming, the village today includes two motels, a caravan park, Ex-Servicemens Club, general store, hotel, service station and primary school. Sport is an important part of the community Goolgowi has a golf club, recreation ground and pool complex.
Merriwagga is situated on the Kidman Way , half way between Goolgowi and Hillston, and is the very heart of the Black Stump Country. Merriwagga has two claims to fame - the tallest bar in Australia and the Black Stump Legend.
Whilst in Hillston, there are a number of things to see do. The Hillston Cotton Gin provides visitors with an insight into the cotton industry. The Red Dust Paddy Melons Gallery in the main street showcases the districts talented artists and their subjects. Lake Woorabinda , a man made lake, is a haven for birdlife in summer and is perfect for a cool dip and a walk along the waters edge. Follow the heritage trail along the main street learn of Hillstons colourful exciting history, visit the history room in the new WG Parker Memorial Library Complex to research your family tree.
Mount Hope is situated ninety five kilometers north of Hillston and 160km south of Cobar on the Kidman Way. Copper ore was discovered in 1873 on Coan Downs by a shepherd named MacDowall. Mount Hope today has a population of about twelve people but in its heyday it boasted a population of 3,000. The Mount Hope Hotel or the General Store are both happy to assist visitors with camping requirements and tourist information. Visits to old mines can be organized where crystals can be fossicked.
The Cobar District abounds with wildlife which includes kangaroos, emus. echidnas, snakes, lizards and giant goannas. Birdwatchers will be fascinated to discover over 200 species of birds, including the magnificent Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Mallee Ringnecks.
The Gateway to the Real Outback
The Back of Bourke is more than a geographic location, it's part of the Australian language, part of its folklore. That may be what provoked author Henry Lawson to write after his visit in 1892, "If you know Bourke, you know Australia. "
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