The outback is an amazing and adventurous destination that most Australians dream of exploring at least once in their lifetime. This New South Wales outback special includes incredible experiences and accommodation options that will help to make your outback holiday everything you’d hoped for.

Discover the hot spot of Outback NSW

Soaking in the hot artesian bore bath in Lightning Ridge is an unmissable pleasure. Pumped some 690 metres from the hidden Great Artesian Basin, the naturally hot, mineral-rich water is more than two million years old. This soothing and revitalising experience is guaranteed to engender a state of deep relaxation and, with a starry night sky as your backdrop, it’s the perfect way to end a long day of outback touring and adventure.

Located around nine hours north-west of Sydney, on the edge of the outback, Lightning Ridge is the largest opal-producing fields in Australia. Its town is as colourful in its character and diversity as is its world-famous black opal.

With an average temperature of 18 degrees, Lightning Ridge is the perfect place to visit during the winter months to escape the cold. With opal fields, the varied and ingenious miners’ camps, fabulous arid-adapted plants and animals, spectacular skies and an exciting range of quality attractions, some with a whimsical, eccentric local flavour, Lightning Ridge is like nowhere else.

Contact: 02 6828 6100; walgett.nsw.gov.au

Fly Across the vast outback skyline

With flights to around 58 destinations throughout regional Australia, holiday options with Rex are almost as endless as the vast blue outback sky.

Operating flights in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, Rex travels to Australian outback destinations that no other airline reaches; iconic places such as Coober Pedy, Birdsville, Broken Hill, Julia Creek, Quilpie and Winton are all accessible with Rex.

Connections are available from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and car hire is available in many of Rex’s ports adding extra convenience. Getting to the Australian outback has never been easier or quicker than it is with Rex.

Contact: 13 17 13; rex.com.au