The Darling River Run is a true Australian Touring experience
The Darling River Run is a true Australian Touring experience. This great driving adventure allows travellers to journey Australia’s longest river system, the Darling. The outback area of New South Wales has something for everyone in the family, an educational, engaging experience that will leave you feeling you want to go back for more.
This journey starts at the top end of Outback NSW visiting Lightning Ridge and Walgett where you can visit one of the Artesian Spas to truly start to relax. Fishing in the local rivers provides another water activity with complete solitude…so quiet you can hear the fish.
Follow the Barwon River to where it meets the Darling just near Brewarrina, home to the Heritage Listed Fish Traps which are the oldest indigenous structure in Australia.
Stop a while in Brewarrina to get a tour of the fish traps and have a ‘city style’ coffee from one of the local café’s.
Continue the Run down to Bourke which in its hay day was one of the busiest ports on the Darling. Gundakooka National Park is only a stone’s throw away. Be sure to make time to visit the Back ‘O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre and take a cruise down the Darling on the PV Jandra.
The tiny towns of Louth and Tilpa are an experience on their own. Visit Louth home of the Louth Races an amazing Horse Racing Event held annually in August, or stop in at the famous Tilpa Pub, where visitors can write on the pub walls in exchange for a gold coin donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service!
Some of the most amazing architecture in Outback NSW can be found in Wilcannia which has buildings that date back to the 1880’s when it was a busy shipping port.
Drop into council to collect a copy of the Historical Trail Guide. Divert off the Darling River Run to visit White Cliffs where you can sleep underground and learn about White Opals or Broken Hill the capital of Outback NSW for a truly unique Outback experience.Broken Hill has everything a traveller could hope for.
With it’s rich mining history, city style cafes, famous artists and galleries, this is a must see destination. Just 20 minutes outside of this city is the true outback town of Silverton with plenty of personality.
Silverton welcomes visitors to explore their galleries, historic buildings and ride one of the local camels…but you are certainly privileged if you get a visit from the local donkey, that loves saying hi to strangers in the street.
An easy drive on sealed roads sees you rejoin the Run at Menindee, the oasis of the Outback with its large lake system and abundant bird life.
Another wonder of Outback NSW and side trip on the Darling River Run is the famous Mungo National Park, defying some of the theories of evolution, with human remnants found that are dated back 20,000 years ago. But perhaps equally famous is the ‘walls of china’; the sand dunes that change colour with the sunset and sunrise.
The final stop on the Darling River Run is Wentworth which lies at the convergence of Australia’s two greatest rivers, the Murray and the Darling. The Wentworth region provides access to many national parks, including the World Heritage Listed, Mungo National Park and one of NSW newest National Parkes Yanga.
In this part of Outback NSW you can see huge rolling red sand hills, old gnarled gum trees on ancient river courses, lakes that go beyond the horizon, abundant bird and animal life, peaceful billabongs and meandering creeks.
For more information about the Darling River Run visit www.visitnsw.com