Arts, culture and heritage in Wilcannia
Major Thomas Mitchell passed through this area in 1835, and the first European pastoralists arrived in the 1850s. By the 1880s, Wilcannia was the third largest inland port in Australia, with a population of more than 3,000 people. Visit the 1883 Athenaeum Library – now the Pioneer Museum – and Wilcannia Cemetery.
Wilcannia is a historic Darling River port town in Outback NSW, 200 km east of Broken Hill and part of the White Cliffs area. The town’s role in the prosperous riverboat era is evident today in the many heritage buildings quarried from local sandstone. The Darling River, which cuts through the town, softens the surrounding semi-arid landscape. Stay in unique nearby accommodation, including underground caves, stations, caravan parks and even an old train compartment.
There are plenty of things to see and do around Wilcannia. The Paroo-Darling National Park, 60 km north-east of Wilcannia, is a major wetland ecosystem. Some 55 species of birds have been recorded, along with many threatened fauna species. The area around Peery Lake has the most extensive bone midden deposits in the State.
Mutawintji National Park in Broken Hill is also well worth a visit – it’s a significant place in Indigenous Australian culture. Nature lovers will also enjoy the Menindee Lake System and Kinchega National Park.