Vast sunburnt plains, crimson sunsets and empty horizons – far west NSW is massive, rugged and oh so dry. But it’s also fascinating and richly diverse. Should you get a chance to fly above its burnt swirls, dots and splotches, it will suddenly hit you: you’re looking at Aboriginal art.
The NSW outback produces much of the state’s wealth, particularly from the mines of Broken Hill, and its national parks boast stunning natural environments and significant Aboriginal heritage. It’s sparsely populated, and the people you meet are special – larger than life – yet calm and caring.
From November to February the heat is intense – by 10am the Celsius landmark of 40°C is passed, and 51.7°C is the current daytime record.
There’s plenty to see and do, and you can get into the towns and most national parks in a 2WD. But seek local advice if you want to venture onto unsealed roads, even in a 4WD. Although the country is flat to the horizon with small clumps of saltbush all over it, there are plenty of birds, mobs of emus, cattle, feral goats and kangaroos along the roadside to watch – and to watch out for!