Today the town welcomes all visitors with a smile and G’day. Bourke is a wonderful community established in 1861 on the banks of the Darling River. Historically, the town was a vital link for agriculture in the west and larger cities to the east.
Today the town welcomes all visitors with a smile and G’day.
Bourke and the surrounds have a multitude of activities for visitors, ranging from cruising the Darling river to watching the eagles soar at Mount Oxley. While in Bourke make sure that you visit…
1. Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre
This new world class centre showcases the history of western NSW and Bourke. 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.For further information call the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre on (02) 6872 1321
Or check out the website www.backobourke.com.au/
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 and o ne cruise on Sundays at 2:30pm offering visitors a 1 hour cruise and a chance to relive the old river days.
3. Country Mateship Tours
Your Host, Stuart Johnson 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, Jojoba and Pera Bore. Gain insight into the history and heritage buildings of Bourke.
4. Old Crossley Engine
Located at the Wharf area is a fully restored 1923 vintage Crossley oil fuelled stationary engine. This particular engine was originally used from 1923 to 1938 in the Sydney Power House to gene rate electricity for Sydney. Donated to the Bourke Shire Council in 2002, it was fully restored to working condition and is started at 12pm Monday to Friday.
6. Mt Oxley
Mount Oxley is part of a rich Aboriginal history and part of the local dreaming. Access to the mountain can be provided via the Mateship Country Tours where travellers will need to obtain a key.Phone for more details (02) 6872 1222For more information about Bourke go to www.visitbourke.com.au/