Kidman Way officially starts just outside Jerilderie,
which is 35km north of Finley on the Newell Highway
running almost 800km through outback New South Wales,
and is a great introduction to the wide open expanse
of western New South Wales, particularly for those who
prefer to stay on the bitumen. Along the way you can
visit the scene of some of bushranger Ned Kellys more
notorious raids, enjoy the wineries and restaurants
of cosmopolitan Griffith and the surrounding Riverina
region, learn about the true story behind the legend
of the black stump, discover a rich local history
at the copper mining town of Cobar and explore the town
that has become synonymous with the bush and the outback
The Kidman Way officially starts just outside Jerilderie,
which is 35 km north of Finley on the Newell Highway.
From Jerilderie, The Kidman Way heads north through
the lush Riverina area towards Griffith, passing through
the small towns of Coleambally and Darlington Point,
where there are some picnic areas beside the Murrumbidgee
River. Griffith is a large regional centre, in the heart
of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), surrounded
by vineyards (seventy per cent of NSWs wine is produced
in this area), orchards and ricefields.
From Griffith, The Kidman Way heads north 366 km through
the vast, open western plains to Cobar. This is where
the outback begins, with plenty of kangaroos and emus
and giant tumbleweeds roll across the roads. The first
100 or so kilometres from the MIA are still fairly green
passing through towns such as Goolgowi and Merriwagga.
Hillston is the next town along The Kidman Way.
The stretch between Hillston and Cobar is long, straight
and unbroken except for the village of Mount Hope. There
are no fuel stations between Hillston and Cobar. The
Kidman Way continues 160 km through Mallee and semi-arid
woodlands on to Cobar, once famous for copper. From
then on the road takes to Cobar, Bourke and Barringun
(292 km), where the road cuts through western Queensland
to reach Normanton on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Courtesy source of http://en.wikipedia.org/