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Orana and the Outback

The Orana is the largest region in New South Wales and covers around 198,000 square kilometers, an area roughly defined as north of Dubbo and Mudgee and then west to Bourke and Cobar and up to the Queensland border to the north. On the western side of the Great Dividing Range, the slopes and tablelands roll down to the fertile plains of the Orana.

Beyond Orana, with the exception of the heavily irrigated strip along the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers in the south, is the arid semi desert and desert of the New South Wales outback.


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Wilcannia was once an important port along the Darling River and in fact the third largest inland port in Australia… Read More »Wilcannia


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An outpost on the west of the Orana and former port on the Darling River to service the wool farmers… Read More »Bourke


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The main city in the south and gateway to the Orana, Dubbo’s history and prosperity revolved around the sale and… Read More »Dubbo


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One of the earliest wine producing areas in Australia, Mudgee was the second township to be established west of the… Read More »Mudgee


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