Bourke is located in the far north-west of New South Wales, 137 kilometres south of the Queensland border and 160 kilometres north of Cobar. It is regarded as the gateway to the "real" outback.
The commercial heart of Bourke is located along Oxley Street. Nearby on Oxley Street is Central Park where there are extensive lawns and sporting facilities.
Bourke was a thriving river port during the second half of the 1800s, situated on the Darling River which was a major transport and trading route for paddlesteamers. The historic river wharf is still in existence, located at the northern end of Sturt Street. Visitors can enjoy a cruise along the river aboard the PV Jandra from Kidmans Camp at North Bourke.
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