Bourke is the largest town in far Western New South Wales and has many services which have been developed over the years. They include: A number of schools, both private and public for all levels of education, including TAFE.
  • Three large super markets bringing fresh groceries daily.
  • A new hospital under development which is home to eight local doctors and many travelling specialists.
  • Many recreational facilities including;
  • Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • 18 hole golf course
  • tennis courts
  • sporting fields
  • organised junior sport
  • team sport competitions such as netball, basketball, rugby, tennis and hockey
  • Community owned RSL and Bowling Club
  • River activities
  • Bushwalking
  • Two community radio stations.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Qualified tradesman.
  • Retirement Village
  • Four free to air television stations. ABC, SBS, Central Seven and Imparja
  • Austar Television at capital city rates.
  • Regular flights to and from Bourke.
  • Recently renovated bed and breakfasts, farmstays and modern motels.
  • Overnight freight transport services.
  • Two coffee shops and a bakery.
  • Restaurants and take away food shops
  • Opportunities

The major industries in Bourke are related to pastoral and irrigation enterprise. Many people are directly and indirectly employed in these industries. As Bourke is the major service centre in the far west, many government departments also call Bourke home. These include:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Department of Community Services
  • Police Department
  • Regional Health Services
  • Ambulance Service
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources
  • Department of Sport and Recreation

There are many employment opportunities for partners and spouses in these departments and of course others. The tourism industry is continuing to develop and many people are now employed in related businesses. As in any small town there are also opportunities to be self employed. New business is welcome!So your thinking of moving to Bourke or coming for a visit? Come along, you are very welcome, bring your family, come and say G’day!


Jandra Paddleboat cruises the Darling River daily, depending on river heights. Tours vary in length. Further information can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre 6872 2280 and the Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre 6872 1321

Community Gatherings are run quarterly by local community groups. Please check this site for future updates.

Psychology Matters runs living in isolation workshops monthly and on demand. Please contact Nicole Reid on 6872 1314 to make a booking.

The Bourke Tourist Centre conducts bus tours of the town and surrounds daily, at 2pm. Bookings can be made on 6872 2280.