Gateway to Outback NSW
Situated at the great confluence of the Darling and the Murray rivers in far south-western NSW, Wentworth has an illustrious history as the busiest inland river port in NSW. Today, you can still experience the town's river-boat history as well as explore the colonial legacies of the old frontier township.
As an historic and important colonial-era river port, Wentworth has also been known as the 'Gateway to the Outback'. Founded as a river port in the early 1850s, it soon became the busiest inland port in Australia by the late 1870s.
Today you can cruise the waterways on a riverboat tour, explore numerous sites associated with the indigenous Barkindji people and wander along self-guided heritage trails. Harry Narnya Tours also runs fascinating cultural excursions into the important indigenous areas of the region.
The colonial era buildings of the town, including the Old Gaol and Customs House, are also testament to the township's ever-present history.
Wentworth Pioneer Museum meanwhile has more than 3,000 exhibits including the fossilised remains of Australian mega-fauna and giant animals that became extinct around 20,000 years ago.
For those keen to relax and enjoy the view of the Murray's rolling waters, Trentham Estate Restaurant is set on the banks of the river and features a menu of local produce.
Wentworth is also a good staging point for tours of Mungo National Park.
Saturday 19 September to Sunday 20 September 2015
Paddle Steamer Ruby - Wentworth to Gol Gol overnight cruise Enjoy a relaxing weekend cruising o
Arts and Culture
Enjoy a cup of coffee whilst perusing the work of local artists at Artback Australia Gallery and Cafe or discover the beauty and significance of Indigenous art during a visit to Original Aboriginal Creations. Learn about Wentworth’s heritage from a variety of displays at the Wentworth Pioneer Museum.
Head to the Darling and Murray River Junction and Viewing Tower to observe the meeting point of two of Australia’s longest rivers. Enjoy panoramic views from Mungo Lookout or stop by the Walls of China formation. Explore Mungo National Park at your own pace on the Mungo Self-guided Drive tour.
Cruise along the Murray River aboard the historic PS Ruby or join a chartered tour on a modern vessel. Cast a fishing line and spend time angling Murray cod, golden perch, trout and other species. Visit the Wentworth Wharf to see a remnant of when the town acted as one of the state’s busiest inland ports.
Walking across Perry Sandhills in Wentworth. Image Rob Blackburn
Lookout tower at the confluence of Murray and Darling Rivers in Wentworth, The Murray. Image Rob Blackburn
Roadsign for Wilcanna, Wentworth, Sydney, Adelaide and Menindee, Outback NSW.