9 days in Cobar, Bourke & Lightning Ridge Itinerary

9 days in Cobar, Bourke & Lightning Ridge Itinerary

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9 days in Cobar, Bourke & Lightning Ridge Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Cobar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bourke
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Canberra

2
nights
Cobar

Cobar ©
Cobar is a town in central western New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Commonwealth Meteorological Station, get great views at Fort Bourke Hill Lookout, Peak Gold Mines, then get outside with Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool, and finally steep yourself in history at Mount Grenfell Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Great Cobar Heritage Centre and then stroll around Cobar Miners Heritage Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cobar trip site .

Canberra to Cobar is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in July; daily highs in Cobar reach 19°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Bourke.

Things to do in Cobar

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Great Cobar Heritage Centre ©
Great Cobar Heritage Centre
Mount Grenfell Historic Site ©
Mount Grenfell Historic Site

3
nights
Bourke

Bourke ©
Bourke is a town in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Bourke Historic Wharf, stroll the grounds of Bourke Historic Cemetery, then examine the collection at Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre, then view the masterpieces at Back O' Bourke Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Mulgowan (Yapa) Aboriginal Rock Art Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Gundabooka National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bourke online trip maker .

You can drive from Cobar to Bourke in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Bourke

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Back O' Bourke Gallery
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Bourke Historic Wharf ©
Bourke Historic Wharf
Gundabooka National Park ©
Gundabooka National Park

3
nights
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. When in Lightning Ridge, make a side trip to see Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd in Cumborah, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths, admire the natural beauty at Bevans Cactus Nursery, don't miss a visit to Stanley the Emu, and view the masterpieces at Chambers of The Black Hand.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Lightning Ridge trip planner.

Getting from Bourke to Lightning Ridge by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd
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John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge

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