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.
Nyngan Leisure and Van Park, 12 Old Warren Rd; (02) 6832 2366
Nearby national parks
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 kmWarren 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 kmLocated 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
Tandara Caravan Park 92 kmThis 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
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Rest areas around town
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
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
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.