Nature around Pooncarie
Mungo National Park, 88 km from Pooncarie, is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, where the remains of Mungo Woman and Mungo Man were discovered. Mungo's lunar landscape and Walls of China hills are among the most striking natural formations in NSW.
This former Darling River port, 116 km north-east of Wentworth, is now a sleepy village. One hundred years ago, Pooncarie thrived as a port serving the stations farther upstream, such as Wilcannia. Today, little remains from this time, but visitors to this Outback NSW town will enjoy unhurried ambience and friendly locals.
Visitors planning to travel to the area should schedule in the Pooncarie Field Day, which takes place every two years at the Pooncarie Racecourse on the Darling River. With more than 100 exhibits on show from sheep breeds to gleaming utes, it's a fantastic family day out. Enter the Boot Art Competition or if you're game, the Ladies' Trailer Backing Competition!
Accommodation, meals and a pickup service from the all-weather airstrip are available at the Pooncarie Telegraph Hotel Motel. Make sure you enjoy a cold drink there after a game of golf on the Pooncarie Golf course, said to test even the best of golfers.
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Fly into Mildura Airport
Mildura Airport is located 10 km from Mildura’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip southwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Mildura Airport is one the busiest regional airports in Country NSW. Regional Express operates direct flights to and from Sydney, Broken Hill, Adelaide and Melbourne. QantasLink and Virgin Australia operate direct flights to and from Melbourne.
Pooncarie Post Office, Outback NSW
Cruising along the calm waters of the Darling River, Outback NSW
Harry Nanya Tours at Mungo National Park. Image Don Fuchs
Skeletal remains at Walls of China in Mungo National Park. Image Don Fuchs