On the banks of the beautiful Darling River, Pooncarie is a former river port where paddle-steamers loaded with wool bales anchored. In far south-western NSW, this village is a delightful stop on the way to magnificent Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area.

You’ll find several places to stay in Pooncaire, where kangaroos hop around at dusk and gather along the riverbank. The Pooncarie Telegraph Hotel Motel is a classic outback pub, serving hearty meals every day, and the two-bedroom Port Pitstop Cottage overlooks tranquil Bilbarka Park to the river.

Car sculpture, Pooncarie

A great family day out is Pooncarie Field Day, a biennial celebration of all things rural with 100 rural exhibits from sheep shearing to gleaming utes. There are also fun kids' competitions. Another popular event is the annual Pooncarie Race Cup Meeting, a classic outback race day.

With unhurried ambience and friendly locals, Pooncarie is a relaxing stopover on the marvellous Darling River Run touring route. This memorable road trip retraces the steps of colonial explorers such as Burke and Wills in striking outback landscapes and visits historic towns such as Broken Hill.

Walls of China - Mungo National Park

The breathtaking Mungo is an unforgettable experience, too. It's one of the world’s most significant national parks with archaeological treasures found there including the largest collection of fossilised human footprints. Accommodation is available at the heritage-listed Mungo Shearers’ Quarters.

Pooncarie, which has an all-weather airstrip for small aircraft, is 70 minutes’ drive northeast from Wentworth. You can fly directly into Mildura Airport from Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney and rent a car and explore this magnificent region. Broken Hill is less than three hours’ drive from Pooncarie.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Mental Health Forum

    Friday 23 March 2018 ,

    Three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. The Wentworth…

    23 Mar
  2. Australian Mounted Games Association

    Saturday 31 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 ,

    Mounted Games is a type of Equestrian competition which encourages riders of all ages to compete. The games have an emphasis on speed and tests the riders horsemanship, hand eye co-ordination and vaulting skills over a 60 metre course. Ra…

    31 Mar - 01 Apr
  3. Easter Long Weekend at Trentham Estate

    Saturday 31 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Wentworth

    The Shared Affair and Jauntybelle playing live music on Saturday and The Blueberries on Sunday. Platters and Gourmet barbecue on the lawns. Three Course set menu in the Restaurant. Wine Tasting and Sales in the Cellar Door all Weekend.…

    31 Mar - 01 Apr
  4. Wentworth and Mildura Rowing Regatta

    Saturday 31 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Wentworth

    Day One racing over 1000 metres downstream on the Darling River, Day Two racing over 500 metres upstream on the Darling River. Events include the State of Origin Mixed Eights race and a variety of Masters’ and Grade rowing from Single Scull…

    31 Mar - 01 Apr