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Must Do's

1. Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre
This new world class centre showcases the history of western NSW and Bourke. It focuses on the people and the landscape that have not only contributed to the life of Bourke but also the history of Australia. The centre describes itself as ‘a billabong 500 years long’ because it tells the story of the Darling River. The displays are linked by running water, the lifeblood of western NSW.

2. Jandra Paddleboat
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 cruises per day along the Darling River. The Jandra departs Kidman's Camp Mon-Sat at 9am and 3pm (1 hour cruise) and one cruise on Sundays at 2:30pm (2 hour cruise) offering visitors a chance to relive the old river days.

3. Country Mateship Tours
Your Host, Stewart Johnston will take you on a tour in a comfortable Toyota Coaster bus through high tech citrus and grape farms, irrigation and cotton farms with large water storage. Gain insight into the history and heritage buildings of Bourke. For more information contact (02) 6872 1222.

4. Outback Show
The show, conducted by well-known bush character Lachie Cosser, is sure to entertain. This Stockman type show has performing Trick Horse, working dogs, sheep and much more. Held at the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre - true outback show not to be missed. 11.00am Tuesday - Sunday

5. Old 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. This particular engine was originally used from 1923 to 1938 in the Sydney Power House to generate electricity for Sydney. It was later used in the Allowrie Butter factory at Coffs Harbour and then went to Narromine to be used to pump water for crop irrigation. Acquired by the Bourke Shire Council in 2002, it was fully restored to working condition and is started at 12 noon Monday to Friday during the Visitor Season.

6. Bourke Historic Cemetery
Bourke is the resting-place for 1991 Australian of the Year Professor Fred Hollows. Also in the cemetery are the graves of several Afghans associated with the camel trade that ceased in the 1920's. Pick up your free Cemetery guide from the Back O’ Bourke Visitor Information Centre.

7. Mt Oxley
49.5k by road from Bourke to the Southeast heading towards Brewarrina. Magnificent views from the top looking back to the west over town and to the mountain ranges to the south. Wedge tailed eagles can be seen. Permit required from the Back O’ Bourke Visitor Information Centre.

8. Mt Gundabooka
A large hilly area about 80kms Southwest of Bourke. Consists of beautiful Australian bush land. The area has a number of Aboriginal rock paintings and is a wonderful place for bush walks. Superb views are available and kangaroos, emus and other wildlife are to be seen in abundance. Bush camping is available at Dry Tank and Yanda Campground. Fees apply. National Parks and Wildlife Service. Phone: 02 6872 2744.

9. The Lock and Weir
The lock at the Bourke Weir was the first to be built on a river anywhere along the Murray or Darling River systems. Built in 1897, the lock and weir is also the only one of its kind built on the Darling River.

10. Bourke Wharf
At the Northern 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.

11. The North Bourke Bridge
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.