Welcome to Northwest
People tend to race through the northwest part of central NSW and its flat archetypal Australian landscape, possibly with Queensland beaches on their minds, and certainly to the detriment of the wildlife whose corpses litter many roads (be warned: driving after dark can be dangerous). If Queensland isn't on the itinerary, the chances are Lightning Ridge is. Like other outback mining communities, the town throws up as many characters as it does gems. This land traditionally belongs to the Gamilaroi people.