Cutting a slash across Outback NSW, the Darling River Run follows the course of the Darling from Walgett to Wentworth, a 730km journey brimming with memories of Australia’s pioneering days. Although the intervening years have cushioned the hardships, the journey along the Darling is still potent with a sense of adventure.
About Darling River Run
Walgett is the gateway to Opal Country, and a side trip to Lightning Ridge is a must. This opal town is the only place in Australia where Black Opal is found, a glossy, luminous gem with flecks of red, green and blue that make the stone radiate an inner fire. Try your hand at fossicking or visit one of the many attractions that the “Ridge” has to offer.
Brewarrina is home to one of the oldest man-made structures known in Australia, the Aboriginal Fish Traps, still visible in the riverbed. During the fishing season, neighbouring groups would come together for ceremonies and exchanges and the town still has a large Aboriginal population, for whom the region has special significance. The Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers a powerful indigenous perspective on Australian history.
When the Darling River was used mainly for transport purposes in the late 1800’s Bourke was one of the busiest ports on the Darling. Don’t miss the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre which rediscovers Australia through modern eyes, from the rich cultural history of the past to the future of the NSW Outback.
Tilpa is famous for its pub, made entirely from corrugated iron and covered with graffiti and autographs that bear witness to the dry wit of the bush. Every year the pub’s owners make a substantial donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, collected from visitors who pay a fee to add their own contribution to the pub walls.
Situated where the Darling joins the Murray River, Wentworth marks the journey’s end. Cross the footbridge to Junction Island and take in the view of the meeting of Australia’s two greatest rivers from the observation tower, explore Old Wentworth Gaol and climb the red dunes of the prehistoric Perry Sandhills, the backdrop for numerous films and commercials, great for photographers.