Outback New South Wales

Corner Country, Outback Australia

On the banks on the Paroo River, 240 kilometres to the east of Tibooburra, and 195 kilometres north-west of the Darling River township of Bourke, is the village of Wanaaring. Established in the 1880s, the town provided services to the large sheep properties of the time. Once, wool scouring, or wool washing, was carried out on the banks of the river. Long gone, reminders of those times can be found among the memorabilia on the river banks.


Today, the township today provides services to the outlying station properties, and to the travellers passing this way, to or from the Corner Country.

Wanaaring See & Do...

  • Fish for yellow belly
  • Cast a net for yabbies
  • Play golf with the locals
  • Take a tour of a bee farm, and take home some honey
  • Explore the historic Cemetery
  • Visit the RFDS Clinic
  • Walk along the Paroo River

Driving to Wanaaring

There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Wanaaring; there are highway routes and adventure routes along the 'road less travelled' via sealed and unsealed roads..

As a general overview:

From Brisbane:

Warrego Highway <> Newell Highway <>Gwydir Highway <> Kamilaroi Highway <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Road: Distance = 1,106km approx

From Sydney:

Castlereagh Highway > Golden Highway <> Mitchell Highway <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Road: Distance = 952km approx

From Melbourne:

Kidman Way <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Road: Distance = 1,178km aprox

From Adelaide:

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Road: Distance = 1,023km approx

Wanaaring Weather Outlook


Food, Fuel and Emergency Services

Outback NSW is very well serviced by food and fuel outlets as well as emergency services but the Corner Country is more remote so good planning is the key to safe outback travel.

The following downloadable file highlights what is available in the Corner Country; download, and even print a copy, as a ready reckoner.