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CROSSING THE DARLING

Follow the course of the Darling, Australia’s third longest river and a vital part of the nation’s ecosystem. Discover the incredible history of the Darling, from the Barkindji people living on the river for tens of thousands of years to its use as a commercial and passenger transportation route in the late 19th century and beyond.

Begin this route by heading to Menindee, the oldest European settlement in western New South Wales and a famous spot on the Burke & Wills trail. Be sure to leave enough time to visit the Kinchega National Park, home to the historic Kinchega Woolshed, a wonderfully preserved piece of Australian agricultural history constructed in 1875.

From Kinchega, head down to Pooncarie and Mungo National Park, part of the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes Region. These ancient dry lakes have hosted human life for over 45,000 years and has retained this cultural heritage, remaining an important meeting place for Muthi Muthi, Nyiampaar and Barkindji people to this day.

Continue following the Darling to its confluence with the Murray at Wentworth, an important river port in the late 1800’s home to a fleet of paddle steamers. PS Ruby, a paddle steamer built in 1907 is fully restored and on display at Wentworth Wharf.

Head east to Balranald and Yanga National Park on the banks of the Murrumbidgee. Yanga is a must-visit for birdwatchers, as various migratory birds use the park’s wetlands as breeding grounds. Finish your route through Hay, the site of the notorious WWII internment camps that held the “Dunera Boys” and then Ivanhoe, a historic town that truly captures the optimism and resilience of early European settlers.

Towns:
  • Broken Hill
  • Menindee
  • Pooncarie
  • Wentworth
  • Balranald
  • Hay
  • Ivanhoe
National Parks:
  • Kinchega National Park
  • ungo National Park
  • Yanga National Park

Menindee & Kinchega
National Park

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation (Menindee)
- Caravan parks/cabins
- Camping - Historic homestead accommodation
- Shearer’s Quarters (Kinchega NP)


Food:
- Hotels
- Take-away food
- Grocery store


Boxes to tick:
❑ Self-drive/walk historic tour
❑ Menindee’s historic trees
❑ Rail Bridge
❑ River tours
❑ Menindee Lakes
❑ Fantastic Darling River scenery
❑ Outback sunsets and night skies
❑ Amazing birdlife with over 240 species
❑ Great fishing
❑ Aboriginal historical/cultural sites
❑ Pastoral history, homestead and woolshed
❑ Walking trails ❑ Guided and/or self-guided tours in Kinchega National Park


More information:
Menindee Regional Tourist Association
tel: (08) 8091 4274
Kinchega Visitor Centre
tel: (08) 8080 3200
nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
destinationbrokenhill.com.au

Pooncarie & Mungo
National Park

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation
- Farm stay
- Short-term cottage accommodation
- Historic homestead accommodation
- Caravan park
- Camping
- Shearers’ Quarters (Mungo NP)


Food:
- Hotel/motel
- Café
- Takeaway food
- General store


Boxes to tick:
❑ The old wharf site
❑ Pooncarie Field Day (biennial)
❑ Pooncarie Cup (Outback horse race – October)
❑ Cracking Outback sunsets and night skies
❑ Fantastic Darling River scenery
❑ The Great Walls of China
❑ Mungo Lookout
❑ Aboriginal historical/cultural sites
❑ Pastoral history, homestead and woolshed
❑ Walking trails
❑ Guided and/or self-guided tours in Mungo National Park


More information:
Mungo Visitor Centre
(NPWS office Buronga)
tel: (03) 5021 8900
nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
destinationbrokenhill.com.au

Wentworth

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation
- Caravan parks
- Houseboats
- Farm stay
- Short-term cottage and other rental accommodation
- Camping


Food:
- Restaurants
- Cafés
- Pubs and clubs
- Takeaway food
- Supermarkets and other food stores


Boxes to tick:
❑ Wentworth Wharf
❑ Junction of Darling and Murray Rivers (viewing tower and interpretive centre)
❑ Junction Island Nature Reserve
❑ Canoe Tree
❑ Lock 10 and weir
❑ Guided walks and kayak tours
❑ Fantastic Darling River scenery
❑ Historic trails
❑ Old Wentworth Gaol
❑ Museums and Galleries
❑ Zanci Homestead site
❑ Ferguson Tractor Monument
❑ Lake Victoria


More information:
Wentworth Visitor Information Centre
tel: (03) 5027 5080

Balranald & Yanga National Park

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation
- Caravan parks
- Camping
- Farm stay
- Short-term cottage and other rental accommodation


Food:
- Restaurants
- Cafés
- Pubs and clubs
- Takeaway food
- Supermarkets and other food stores


Boxes to tick:
❑ Discovery Centre
❑ Historic trails round town
❑ Arts and cultural activities
❑ Museums and galleries
❑ Low Level Weir
❑ Wetlands
❑ Amazing birdlife
❑ Great fishing
❑ Historic woolshed and homestead
❑ Yanga Lake viewing deck
❑ Walking trails


More information:
Balranald Visitor Information Centre
tel: 1800 444 043
nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Hay

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation
- Caravan parks
- Camping
- Farm stay
- Short-term cottage and other rental accommodation


Food:
- Restaurants
- Cafés
- Pubs and clubs
- Takeaway food
- Supermarkets and other food stores


Boxes to tick:
❑ Australian Shearers Hall of Fame
❑ Walking trails
❑ Free bicycle hire
❑ Museums and galleries
❑ Amazing birdlife
❑ Sunset Viewing Area
❑ Rodeo (May)
❑ Booligal Sheep Races (April)


More information:
Hay Visitor Information Centre
tel: (02) 6993 4045

Ivanhoe

Where to stay:
- Hotel and motel accommodation
- Caravan park and cabins


Food:
- Hotel/Motel
- Service Station and Shop
- RSL Club


Boxes to tick:
❑ Heritage trail
❑ Cracking Outback sunsets and night skies