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.

A full moon shines over the Walls of China sand formation in Mungo National Park, Outback NSW, Australia

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.


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