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.
Saturday 2 May to Saturday 2 May 2015
Pooncarie Field Day The biennial Pooncarie Field Day, h
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