Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station



The Station is an active participant in the research and development of ecotourism in Outback NSW and wildlife tourism with kangaroos Australia-wide (see the Rootourism web site). The Station is part of a Corner Country New South Wales network of accommodation facilities (see The unique character of the Station is its long history of research, teaching and environmental monitoring, and its commitment to public education through publication and support of documentary film-makers. Interpretation is based on the latest knowledge, you can stand where David Attenborough filmed the ‘kangaroo sequence’ in Life on Earth, and on occasions walk and talk with leading researchers.

The Station has constructed eco-trails and wildlife-viewing platforms to interpret this landscape and the flora and fauna (see Information and Guides). We encourage the intimate experience of traversing the varied landscape on foot or quite contemplation on the verandah or at a waterhole. We do not normally allow driving on Station tracks or camping because of interference with research and livestock management. These experiences are well-catered for in nearby national parks and some properties in the Corner Country network. 

We offer comfortable, clean, well-equipped and fully self-contained accommodation in the hub of the Station complex or in remote eco-friendly retreats/studios. Thus visitors to the Station are accommodated in self-contained cottages, high-quality shearer’s quarters or a large communal dormitory (see Accommodation). For a unique secluded and private wilderness experience, we recommend the Ochre House Artist’s Retreat where you can immerse yourself in a varied and multi-coloured landscape that has inspired leading and upcoming national and international artists.

The Director, Dr David Croft, is conducting research on wildlife tourism with the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism and has published papers and reports with a focus on Outback tourism with kangaroos (see CRC Tourism bookshop). The Station applies these findings, and bush-walking on Eco-trails and animal-viewing at bird hides are available to further visitors' understanding of life in the arid lands of Outback NSW.

Our market is special interests in bird or other fauna watching; bush-walking with interpretation of geomorphology, flora and fauna; or learning about the biology and environmental management of the Outback including a fully-functioning pastoral enterprise. Individuals or small groups can choose a spacious 4-bedroom self-contained cottage on the periphery of the homestead complex or a remote secluded retreat/studio. Larger groups can take-over our twin-share rooms in our spacious well-appointed Quarters with a large meeting/dining room. Assistance with catering for large groups may be arranged with sufficient notice. We support local tourism operators and you may request a visit to the Station as part of a custom itinerary.

Bookings are essential because of our commitments to research and teaching and we provide a booking form on this site for your convenience.

The Station collaborates with regional tourism organisations in Broken Hill and Milparinka to promote visitation and features in local information such as the 'Great Outback Touring Route' map available from regional visitors centres.