Arts, culture and heritage in Wilcannia
Major Thomas Mitchell passed through the 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 exceeding 3,000 people. Visit the 1883 Athenaeum Library, now the Pioneer Museum, and Wilcannia Cemetery.
Wilcannia is an historic Darling River port town, 200 km east of Broken Hill. The town’s role as a prosperous riverboat trade is evident today from many heritage buildings quarried from local sandstone. The Darling River, which cuts through the town, softens the surrounding semi-arid landscape.
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.