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Sydney - Broken Hill - Adelaide Drive

 

Sydney to Adelaide Outback Drive

2,200 km | 35 hrs | 8+ days 

Broken Hill – an outback mining town of art, historic buildings and unique landscapes – lies just over 1,100 km west of Sydney and 500 km north east of Adelaide. All the highlights mentioned in this article, as well as the best places to stay in your campervan, have been mapped below. We've mentioned where there are options to stay longer or explore off the beaten track. If you take us up on all of them (and they're worth it) you can turn this into an easy and fun 14 day road trip. But if time is limited, stick to the schedule laid out here. You will also want to spend a few days in Adelaide and Sydney in additional to this road trip.

Road Etiquette

If a truck approaches while travelling the outback roads, it is polite (and sensible) to pull over onto the side of the road and wait for it to pass. The trucker will thank you for it and you’ll protect your windscreen from flying rocks.

With Camperman, you can hire your campervan from Sydney and drop it off in Adelaide, or vice versa.

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Blue Mountains National Park

Sydney to Adelaide Itinerary (via Broken Hill)

Day 1: Sydney | Blue Mountains | Jenolan Caves - 180 km | 3 hrs
Option: Additional 1-2 days in the Blue Mountains
Day 2:  Bathurst | Orange | Hill End | Parkes - 360 km | 4 hr 50 min
Day 3 & 4: Parkes | Broken Hill - 819 km | 8 hr 30 min
Option: Spend a day exploring Mutawintji National Park
Day 5: Menindee Lakes - 114 km | 1 hr 15 min
Day 6: Mungo National Park - 215 km | 4 hr 40 min
Day 7: Mildura and Murray River - 120 km | 4 hr 20 min
Day 8: Barossa Valley | Adelaide - 395 km | 4 hr 40 min


Adelaide to Sydney Itinerary (via Broken Hill)

Day 1: Adelaide | Barossa Valley | Mildura  - 395 km | 4 hr 40 min 
Day 2:  Mildura | Murray River | Mungo - 120 km | 4 hr 20 min 
Day 3: Mungo National Park | Menindee - 215 km | 4 hr 40 min 
Day 4: Kinchega National Park | Broken Hill - 114 km | 1 hr 15 min
Option: Spend a day exploring Mutawintji National Park 
Day 6 & 7: Broken Hill | Parkes - 819 km | 8 hr 30 min 
Day 7: Orange | Hill End | Bathurst - 360 km | 4 hr 50 min 
Option: Additional 2 days in the Blue Mountains
Day 8: Jenolan Caves | Blue Mountains | Sydney - 180 km | 3 hrs 


Sydney to Adelaide Drive: Map of Routes

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains National Park is a bushwalkers paradise with endless valleys and mountains, stunning views, wildlife, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, quaint mountain villages, gardens, the Jenolan Caves and plenty of campervan friendly places to stay.  Read our full article on the Blue Mountains to get 12 highlights and the best place to camp, including free camping!

OPTION: Stay for two nights. There's enough here to keep you exploring for days.

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The Giant Stairway Walk, Blue Mountains.

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Mount Wilson in Autumn, Blue Mountains.

Free Camping Blue Mountains

Camping Blue Mountains

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Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains. Photo: Sky Rider Motor Inn


Bathurst | Hill End | Orange | Parkes

Katoomba to Parkes: 383 km | 5 hr 
233 km | 3 hr without Hill End
Parkes to Broken Hill: 750 km | 8.5 hr

Bathurst and Orange are sophisticated country towns bursting with charm, local produce, wine, culture, creativity, grand architecture and autumn colours. Enjoy the food, wine, art, unique boutiques, country lanes and friendly locals. The turn off for Hill End is at Bathurst.

Things to do in Bathurst


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Meadows Flat near Bathurst. Photo: Photos by BrendenCampervan Hire SYDNEY

Things to do in Orange

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Orange. Photo: TasteOrange via IG

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Desalis Winery

Things to do in Hill End

Hill End is a photographer's dream. It's a place of tree-lined lanes, lichen-covered picket fences, country cottages, and lots of rural charm. It has attracted a community of artists and creative folk who have opted out of the rat race. The village is great for a stroll. There are antiques, galleries, and places to eat or stop for a coffee. Take a drive, or walk up Bald Hill for views over the village.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo near Dubbo is more of a zoofari due to the massive, open-style enclosures in natural bushland. You can drive, cycle or take a tour around the 6 km circuit, getting out at each enclosure. Book ahead for animal encounters. There are free BBQs and picnic tables for visitors.

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Hill End. Photo: Philip Johnson Photography.

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Hill End. Alex Taylor photography via IG

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Hill End. MissWorldTravellerOz via IG

Things to do in Parkes

Parkes is famous for its Elvis Festival and 'The Dish' - a massive radio telescope in the countryside just north of Parkes. 

Camping and Caravan Parks

Hill End

OrangeParkes

 

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Parkes Elvis Festival

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The Dish

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Gooban National Park. El_Pie_De_Samantha via IG

Broken Hill

The almost nine hour drive from Parkes to Broken Hill is the longest you'll do on this trip. Get an early start. If you arrive in Broken Hill  just before sunset, head straight to the Sculpture Symposium in the Living Desert State park north of town for the perfect photo opportunity. 

Spend a day in Broken Hill to enjoy the town and the surrounding landscapes. Spectacular outback sunsets, art, a desert sculpture park, star-studded night skies and Victorian architecture are all here to be explored. 

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Things to do in Broken Hill

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Sculpture Symposium, Broken Hill. Photo via a1onsite.com

Broken Hill Caravan Parks

Mutawintji National Park

OPTIONAL: If you have the freedom to add a day or two to your journey, consider detouring north to Mutawintji National Park. The drive is 3.5 hours each way and you'll be rewarded with ancient outback landscapes that are uniquely Australian and rich in Aboriginal heritage. Drop into the Mutawintji Visitor Centre when you arrive to get the low down on the highlights.

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Mutawintji National Park rock paintings.

Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Park

Menindee Lake provides an important breeding ground for a variety of waterbirds, including herons, ibises, spoonbills and black swan. Walking tracks take you through forests of river red gums. Scenic drives follow the course of the Darling River and the lake shores.

The water-soaked landscape is particularly photogenic at the 'magic hour' of dawn and dusk. Make the place home for a night in your campervan. 

Menindee Camping and Caravan Parks

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Menindee Lakes, Kinchega National Park. Photo: phenomena_of_the_world via IG

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Kinchega National Park. Photo: _DanielTran_ via IG

Mungo National Park

After rising at dawn to take those magnificent photos of Menindee Lakes, follow the Darling River south to Mungo National park. Scientists have discovered Aboriginal artifacts here dating back over 50,000 years going back as far as the last ice age. It's a surreal moonscape of a place with unusual rock formations that change color with the shifting light. Monet would have loved it! Drop into the Visitor Centre for a map of the self-guided drive and the various walks. 

The night sky will blow you away! Try your hand at some night photography. 

Camping

There are two campgrounds. Both are campervan friendly and are a first-come first-served basis. 

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Mungo National Park

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Wall of China, Mungo National Park. Photo: Shazzahlicious via IG

Mildura and the Murray River

It's time to feast your eyes on some green! Mildura is an oasis in the outback and a cornucopia of local produce and vineyards. Stop here for the paddle steamer tours of the Murray River, the art deco buildings, the wine tasting at local vineyards, the quality dining and the picturesque hinterland. 

Things to do in Mildura

OPTIONAL: If you want to explore this region properly, stay two nights.

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Mildura's riverfront.

Camping and Caravan Parks

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Mildura citrus season. Photo: DavidSickerdick via IG

Barossa Valley to Adelaide

On the way to the Barossa Valley you will follow the Murray River for a while. The Murray has a lot of history behind her. It is worth stopping at Banrock Station Winery, if not to taste their wine or their refreshing punches, to explore the magnificent wetlands on their boardwalk.There are three walking trails. The shortest is 2.5 km, the longest 8 km.

OPTIONAL: If you prefer the history of the Murray River to the wines of the Barrossa Valley, you could head south at Blanchetown, hugging the Murray River to Mannum (see our Murray River drive) and head in to Adelaide via the very pleasant drive through Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills.

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Hahndorf

Things to do in Barossa Valley

Barossa Wine Tasting

Barossa Valley is famous for its wines. Call into Mildura Visitor Information Centre before you leave and grab some brochures on the Barossa Valley region. It is easy enough once you have a map of the wineries in the region, to explore on your own. 

If you'd like some guidance on which wineries to visit, here are our favorites, including the world famous wineries such as Yalumba and Penfolds.

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The road to Seppeltsfield Winery

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