Where the Darling and Murray rivers meet, you’ll find a charming town brimming with history. Wentworth was once Australia’s busiest inland river port. Today, this town in The Murray is a great place hire a houseboat, venture into the exceptional Mungo National Park or start the famous Darling River Run drive.
At the turn of the 20th century, Wentworth’s wharf was bustling with paddle-steamers working the rivers and passing through this important confluence of the Darling and Murray rivers. There’s also a viewing tower overlooking the river junction.
At Junction Island Nature Reserve, you can walk to the point where the two rivers meet. Another wonderful way to experience the area’s beautiful rivers, tranquil billabongs and riverside red gums is on a guided kayak tour with Moontongue Eco Adventures. Lock 10 and weir is a great picnic spot.
Follow the Wentworth Trail to uncover the town’s top attractions and historic buildings, including the heritage-listed Old Wentworth Gaol and Ferguson Tractor Monument. You can pick up a map from the Wentworth Visitor Information Centre and get friendly advice on other things to do in the area.
At the Wentworth Pioneer Museum, see fossilised remains of Australia’s extinct mega-fauna and more than 3,000 artefacts from the area. Agriculture plays a big part in the region’s history. The whole family will love a tractor train tour of Orange World, an orchard with more than 10,000 trees.
Take a short drive out of town and enjoy teeing off at Coomealla Golf Club, wine tasting at Trentham Estate Winery or sandboarding down Perry Sandhills. Wentworth is a gateway to Mungo National Park. You can join Mungo Guided Tours and day trip to this starkly beautiful terrain, home to Mungo Man and the Walls of China.
Wentworth is around six hours’ drive from Melbourne and 12 hours from Sydney, making it ideal for a multi-day road trip. It’s also the start or finish for the Darling River Run, a four-day road trip through the NSW Outback. You can fly into Mildura Airport and rent a car for the 30-minute drive northeast.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets around Wentworth, from caravan parks and riverside campsites to holiday houses, motels and resorts. You can also stay in nearby Mungo National Park.