Beautiful and historic, Menindee is the gateway to Kinchega National Park, home to stunning natural wetlands teeming with birdlife. Menindee was also the first town to be established on the Darling River and quickly became a port for river steamers carrying cargoes of wool downriver.
Situated between the birdwatchers’ paradise of Kinchega National Park wetlands and the mighty Darling River, Menindee is a wonderful base to enjoy stunning natural attractions, captivating history and warm hospitality. Enjoy a meal and stay in the second oldest pub in NSW, where famous explorers Burke and Wills once rested.
Explore beautiful Kinchega National Park, where you can take a boat tour across majestic wetlands amongst the River Red Gums and abundant birdlife. Flocks of black swan, pelican, duck and egret thrive on these banks. You can also walk the Kinchega Homestead Billabong Walk, past historic homestead ruins and ancient aboriginal sites.
Set on the edge of a billabong, the remnants of the Old Kinchega Homestead are testament to the region’s Aboriginal and European heritage. Once the heart of a vast sheep station that supported more than 100,000 sheep, the ruins paint an enthralling picture of life in the late 1800s.
The beautiful and historic Kinchega Woolshed, near Emu Lake, saw six million sheep cross the floor over its 97 years. Built in 1875 from corrugated iron and river red gum, this is a monument to the stout hands that worked the blades. Step into the woolshed and see the presses, machinery room and the original steam engine that powered the hand shears.
Maidens Menindee Hotel is the second oldest pub in NSW. Its most famous visitors were the explorers Burke and Wills, who were attempting to cross Australia from Melbourne. They arrived in Menindee in 1860 by river steamer as they travelled north on their ill-fated trip. Today the Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and restaurant meals.