Outback racetrack, Australian Geographic

Population 1975

Nyngan is a pleasant country town on the Bogan River, on the edge of the outback. It was largely unknown to the rest of the country until 1990, when the worst floods of the century struck here, doing damage worth $50 million. A helicopter was called in to airlift 2000 people – almost the whole town – to safety. Today the town is at the centre of a sheep, wheat and wool district.

Visitor Information

Nyngan Leisure and Van Park, 12 Old Warren Rd; (02) 6832 2366


Nearby national parks

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    At Warrumbungle National Park rocky spires emerge from the heavily forested valleys and peaks, and gorges slice deep into the landscape....more

Nearby towns

  • Cobar

    Cobar got its name from the Aboriginal word 'kubbur', meaning 'burnt earth'. The story goes that three European settlers were camping at...more

  • Coonamble

    Coonamble owes its existence to the discovery of artesian water in the area in the 1890s. On the Great Inland Way, the route via Coonamble...more

  • Gilgandra

    A historic town at the junction of three highways, 'Gil' is the centre for the surrounding wool and farming country. The 1915 Coo-ee March...more

In Town

Museum: local memorabilia, photographs, an audio room with local stories, an 1800s kitchen and remnants from the 1990 flood; at railway station, Railway Sq.

Mid-state Shearing Shed: informative displays of the continuing importance of shearing to the region, with work of local artists in murals; Mitchell Hwy.

Historical town drive and Levee Tour: includes historic buildings in Cobar and Pangee sts, the Bicentennial Mural Wall and the heritage-listed railway overbridge with a lookout over town. The levee was built after the 1990 floods; brochure from visitor centre.


Macquarie Marshes This mosaic of semi-permanent wetlands includes 2 major areas: the south marsh and the north marsh. The wetlands expand and contract, depending on recent rainfall, and provide a waterbird sanctuary and breeding ground. It is thought that the Macquarie Marshes contributed to the early myth of an inland sea, which led explorers – most notably Charles Sturt – on many ill-fated journeys. NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service has discovery rangers available to take visitors on tours of the reserve. Bookings in advance (02) 6842 1311. Marsh Meanders offers a range of activities including kayaking and bushwalking. Inquiries (02) 6824 2070. Both tours are seasonally dependant on water levels. 64 km N.

Cairn: marking the geographic centre of NSW. It is on private property but visible from the road; 65 km S.

Richard Cunningham's grave: botanist with explorer Major Mitchell's party, Cunningham was killed by Aboriginal people in 1835 and buried here; 70 km S.

Campsites around town

Warren Weir camping area 67 km

Warren is a laid-back country town on the Macquarie River, 80 km west of Gilgandra on the Oxley Hwy. The weir is 5 km south of town; the camping and picnicking area is on the western side, accessed via Dubbo St.... Find out more

Tandara Caravan Park 92 km

Located in Trangie, a friendly, small town on the Mitchell Hwy 72 km south-west of Dubbo, Tandara offers a range of accommodation including powered and unpowered tent sites, cabins and on-site vans. If you’re... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Nyngan Riverside Caravan Park 1 km

The park is set in a quiet riverfront location on the western side of Nyngan, strategically located near the junction of the Mitchell and Barrier highways. It has most of the normal park facilities and, while it has... Find out more

Tandara Caravan Park 92 km

This owner-operated park is in a quiet off-highway location. Seasonal workers in the cotton industry often stay here. It has good amenities and a well-stocked shop. This is a good, budget-priced park.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beancounters House

Located in the old Bank of New South Wales building, Beancounters House offers cosy B&B-style accommodation in the heart of Nyngan. There are four individually themed guest rooms, with all the modern comforts. A... Find out more

Country Manor Motor Inn

Straight across the road from the RSL Club, the Country Manor Motor Inn offers clean, comfortable accommodation in the centre of town, with free pick-up and drop-off to Nyngan airstrip. Among the 20 ground-floor rooms... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Nyngan park area

At Nyngan

Well off the highway on the banks of the Bogan River.

Sandy Creek rest area 60 km

7km SW of Warren (L) or 12km NE of Nevertire (R)

Well off the highway among some large shady trees.

Warren park area 64 km

At Warren

Just off the highway. On the east side of town at Oxley Park.

Warren North rest area 65 km

81km SW of Gilgandra (R) or 4km NE of Warren (L)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

Florida rest area 80 km

82km W of Nyngan (R) or 50km E of Cobar (L)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Trangie park area 92 km

At Trangie

Just off the highway. On the south side of town at Goan Waterhole.

What's on around town

ANZAC Day Race Meeting: horserace; Apr.

Nyngan Show: highlights the produce of the area; May.

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