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THING'S TO DO
 Exibition Centre  
The Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre has recently been redeveloped as a world class facility nestled in a spectacular natural setting amongst the river red gums on the banks of the Darling River.
 Back O Bouke School Excursions  
Experience the Back O' Bourke through our professionally run school excursions program. We offer you the experience of a lifetime! You can expect the excursion to be educational, interesting, adventurous, carefully planned, safe, fully packaged, very competitively priced and tailored to your needs.
 Jandra Paddle Boat Tours  
The PV Jandra is a replica paddle vessel built locally by the Mansell family in 2000. The Jandra is licensed to carry 100 passengers and offers 2 regular crusies per day along the Darling River.
 Mateship Bus Tours  
Mateship Country Tours takes you on a 3.5 hour discovery tour of Bourke. Absorb first hand the past and present stories of the Outback's most famous town.
 Fishing & Yabbying  
As the Darling River flows through Bourke, it makes the perfect setting to relax and unwind. If you enjoy fishing then try your luck catching the much sought after Cod or Yellowbelly, or take a river cruise on the Jandra Paddleboat, a replica paddle vessel that cruises the river.
 Para Native Gardens  
Para Native Garden is an interpretive native garden established in the suburban back yard of Olga Collis-McAnespie and her husband Alan. It offers an exclusive andpersonal account of a Muruwari family's journey and way of life during the pastcentury. It teaches about traditional uses of native, bush tucker and bushmedicine plants, while providing insight into Aboriginal culture, values and protocols.
 The Bourke Wharf  
At the end of Sturt Street is the Port O' Bourke and the location of the old Bourke wharves. A replica wharf now stands just slightly down stream form the originals. Well worth a visit the wharf area and the Old Crossley Engine will please.
 Crossley Engine  
Located at the Wharf area is a fully restored 1923 vintage Crossley oil fuelled stationary engine. The engine manufactured in Manchester England, is a fine example of an early four stroke diesel type engine.
 Bourke Cemetery (Fred Hollows) Afghan |Mosc  
The Bourke Cemetery occupies a large site (approx. 6ha) along the eastern side of Gorrell Avenue (the road to Cobar) approx 1km south of Bourke town. The Coolibahs of Bourke cemetery guard a fascinating piece of Australia's frontier history. The Bourke Cemetery predates the town and has been the scene for two of Australia's most famous funerals.
 The Wharf Gallery  
The Back O' Bourke Gallery is situated on the banks of the Darling River at North Bourke, 5km north of the legendary Australian town of Bourke in outback NSW. North Bourke is a developing outback tourist village and this beautifully presented gallery houses the studio of exciting outback artist, Jenny Greentree.
 The Historic North Bourke Bridge (Darling River)  
The first bridge built over the Darling at North Bourke was built in 1883. This is a Lift-up Bridge and the remains of the pulleys and cogs can be easily seen. The bridge was decommissioned in 1998 and the new Bridge opened.
 Mount Oxley  
The craters on Mt Oxley may provide a clue to one of the persistent mysteries of the outback. Sturt reported distinctly hearing "a report as of a great gun discharge" three times in his travels; twice in the Stony Desert, and once when near Mt Oxley in 1828.
 Historic Bourke Weir  
Built in 1897 to ensure a permanent supply of water to the town. The Bourke Lock was the first to be built in Australia and the only one on the Darling River.
 Bourke Heritage Walk  
Some of the Oxley St buildings consist of The Old London Bank (1888), Courthouse (1900),Post Office (1880), and Post Office Hotel (1888). At the corner of Mitchell and Wilson Streets is the Carriers Arms Inn, frequented by Henry Lawson in the early 1890's and mentioned in some of his stories. The Inn was also a Cobb & Co coaching stop on the Hungerford route.
 Brewarrina Fisheries Fish Traps  
The Brewarrina fish traps are estimated to be over 40,000 years old. This elaborate network of rock weirs and pools stretches for around half a kilometre along the riverbed from the town weir and were built by the ancient tribes to catch fish as they swam upstream.
 Bourke Visitors Information  
The Back of Bourke is more than a geographic location, it's part of the Australian language, part of the folklore. Bourke provoked author Henry Lawson to write after his visit in 1893, 'If you know Bourke, you know Australia.'
 Motorbike track  
 
 PCYC  

Bourke PCYC has been a part of the local community since 2006 and continues to contribute to our society.
Bourke PCYC is located on the corner of Hope and Wilson St near Davison oval. 

 Skiing & Jet Skiing  
 
Historical Buildings  
 Bourke Courthouse (Only inland maritime court in Australia)  
Location: Richard Street, Bourke, NSW 2840
 Catholic Church (Sister of Mercy Convent)  
Catholic Church, St Ignatius.
This is Bourke's oldest documented building and was opened the first Sunday after Easter in 1874.
 Department of Land and Property Management  
NSW Department of Lands website hompage
   
National Parks  
 Gundabooka National Park  
Mount Gunderbooka rises to 500 m among the rust-coloured cliffs, gorges and hills of the Gunderbooka Range. The region is of great significance to the local Ngemba people and the range has a history of ceremonial gatherings and rock art. 
 Currawinya National Park  
The Currawinya National Park located in the outback of Queensland is home to a large wetland area with 2 lakes at it heart. The Numalla and Wyara are semi permanent lakes with a wide variety of bird life.
 Ledknapper Nature Reserve  
This park was created in October 2002. It covers an area of 30,604 hectares.
 Toorale National Park  
This park was created in November 2010. It covers an area of 30,866 hectares.
   
Villages Surrounding Bourke  
 Louth  
Louth Darling River: 'a place that loved a drink, a party and a punt..' So wrote Henry Lawson about Louth. Louth is a small service town (Pub, fuel and general store) on the Darling River about 100km downstream from Bourke and 100km upstream from Tilpa.
 Hungerford  
Tiny border town made famous by Henry Lawson's short story. 'One of the hungriest cleared roads in New South Wales runs to within a couple of miles of Hungerford, and stops there; then you strike through the scrub to the town.
 Enngonia  
Tiny village near the Queensland border Located 100 km north of Bourke and only 40 km from the Queensland border, Enngonia is one of those towns which has seen better days.
 Tilpa  

Sign your name on the bar wall at Tilpa's famous Royal Hotel, a real bush pub on the banks if the Darling River. A hundred years old and made of corrugated iron and timber, it's full of outback character - and characters, too.

 Byrock  
Sleepy little township with a pleasant pub No one really knows how Byrock got its name and the theories which abound are almost certainly more interesting than the real origins. One school of thought argues that one of the early local residents, a family which had a holding of 1600 acres, was named Bye. Thus when referring to the nearby rock hole people spoke of Bye's Rockhole.
 Wanaaring  
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 1880's, 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 amongst the memorabilia on the river banks.
 Fords Bridge  
Sleepy little township with a pleasant pub No one really knows how Byrock got its name and the theories which abound are almost certainly more interesting than the real origins. One school of thought argues that one of the early local residents, a family which had a holding of 1600 acres, was named Bye. Thus when referring to the nearby rock hole people spoke of Bye's Rockhole.